18.januar - 4.februar 2018
Solo Exhibition: Martinka Bobrikova & Oscar de Carmen
Bobrikova & de Carmens prosjekt omhandler maktstrukturene innen kunstverdenen, og arbeidene referer til det rådende kapitalistiske systemet og dets korrelasjon med kunstfeltet.
Kunstnerduoen undersøker moral og gyldighet i forholdet mellom kunstnere, kunsthandlere, gallerier og samlere, såvel som bemidlede amatører som ønsker å samle eller investere i kunst. Temaet og de resulterende arbeidene er del av et større pågående forskningsprosjekt.
The project that Bobrikova & de Carmen proposed for the gallery reconsiders the power structures operating within the Art world, referring to the current dominant capitalistic system and its interrelation with the art scene.
Through the piece, the artists question the morality and validity of the relationships between artists, dealers, auction houses, collectors, and affluent dabblers who aspire to be collectors or even investors in art. A Sketch of an Opera is a work in progress and its theme is one part of a larger research project, questioning….
This installation evolves from the desire to make apparent or
expose the basic structure of the capitalist art world through
composing a multimedia opera including 4 works. The work with the
title ¨Questions and Notes” is intended to draw a sketch of what
would be the Libreto of the opera. It consists of 17 folios where the
artists create a plot questioning and interpreting 53 quotes from
various allegorical authors to the world of art. The idea of the
utopian prevails in the fact of proposing a work aimed at questioning
the position of the artist in the Art world. Visualizing the work with
the title ¨Death in life¨ the artists review and question the
notoriety of the appropriation, the rhetoric of the incongruous and of
the production of new art work for them, as well as a plea to the
defense on the people exiled to not be a part of society through
metaphor (the work is based on the collection of functional lighting
material found in waste containers from the refurbishing of a
buildings). In the works ¨How to create an unusual experience for a
consumer's expectations” and ¨Sound architecture, prelude to a new
social order¨, the artists develop the notion of
“visualization without function” as a way to highlight
questions related to consumption, appropriation, risk taking, and the
creation of a new work.
Bobrikova & de Carmen is a Oslo based artist duo working together since 2005.
They both hold MFA from Nordic Sound Art programme and Malmo Art Academy, Sweden.
They work around the idea of an open interaction with the art world beyond
the dialogue of what can be considered institutional or not, to see our artistic
practice as a single space of coexistence and confluence.
They believe that this context is emerging as one of the only exchanging
environments to promote social transformation.
This approach allows them to critically investigate our roots and social habits,
questioning the mechanisms and contexts which creates powerful current systems of values. Their vision is to show an analysis of the synergy between the economic system and the drift of current biocenosis, aiming at the creation of new social ecosystems by intervening on the border between art and topical issues of contemporary life in order carry out a proposal between the transient and the utopian.
They have participated in several residencies such as Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, HomeBase Saitama, KulturKontakt Austria in Vienna, Nida art Colony in Lithuania, Latent Spaces in Singapore or MeetFactory in Prague. Their works were presented in venues including and projects such as Saitama Triennial, JP; Nitra Gallery, SK; Akershus Kunstnersenter, Lillestrom, NO; Tranzit, Bratislava, SK (2016); 2nd Tbilisi Triennial, Tbilisi, GE; Prague Quadrennial, Prague, CZ; Babel Art Space in Trondheim, NO; Entrance Gallery in Prague, CZ (2015); Post-PopUp at CCA, Centre Contemporary Art Singapore, SG; Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, NO; ANX/ Atelier Nord in Oslo, NO; Skanes Konstforening, Malmo, SE; City Gallery Bratislava, SK (2014); Nitra Gallery, Nitra, SK; Karlin studio, Prague, CZ; Rake, Trondheim, NO (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, DK; KURANT, Trømso, NO (2012); Singuhr, Berlin, DE (2011); Center of Contemporary Art – Tbilisi, Tbilisi, GE; Roda Sten, Gothenburg, SE; City Museum, Gothenburg, SE; Space gallery, Bratislava, SK (2010).
Since 2012 we run Nomad AIR, a Nomadic artist-in-residence program focuses on the notion of hospitality and the social relations between “host” and “guest” para-siting the infrastructure of other institutions.