23. September - 16. October
Vernissage 23. september kl. 18.00
Kristin Sæterdal, born 1963, graduated from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in 1988. During her studies she was also a student at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. She has since studied at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts and completed two years of tapestry at the Oslo University College. She has had solo exhibitions at Galleri Format, The North Norwegian Art Centre and RAM galleri. Sæterdal is represented in several art collections and has taken part in various group exhibitions both in Norway and abroad. Her work can also be found in several public buildings in Norway.
Mothership is an extensive new tapestry by Sæterdal. It is suspended from the ceiling of the exhibition room and can be perceived from both sides. It depicts the interior of a spaceship and a door revealing a dark world. The piece is a continuation of her series of control rooms. As the spectator walks behind the tapestry it reveals itself to be inverted. The tapestry is based on a small pencil sketch that has been reversed with image-editing software to create the motif as a whole. Consequently the variations in the interpretation from drawing to tapestry are emphasised; all the variations and differences between the right and the left side have occurred during the process of weaving. Sæterdal has chosen to utilise slightly different hues of grey on each side. The black area, depicting the view, consists of small holes. These holes are a natural process of the weaving technique that have been further manipulated to form an image when light floods through. The door is an important symbol in both art history and philosophy. Old Egyptian tombs consist of increasingly more sacred rooms with a final room ending with a dead-end door.
The large canvas allows us to experience the illusion of space. The viewer is tempted to walk into the image. The piece may be experienced as a unit, but there are details that can be uncovered with time. Abstract figures suggesting function and technology are integrated into the walls and may give the illusion that through knowledge it is possible to control the technology and thereby the future.
Sæterdal is occupied with how technology influences our lives and contends that we are already living in a Sci-Fi world with no part of nature untouched. Our bodies have already become cyborgs. The technology is becoming increasingly more alienating and immaterial, while in outer space there is still a necessity for engineers, mechanics and electricians.
This may be a contributing factor in explaining why contemporary Science Fiction often has a nostalgic and retrospective aesthetic. Both the relationship between the virtual, expanded and real world, and the question: What is a human?, are central subjects.
Sæterdal constructs her pieces by meticulously and chronologically weaving one thread to the tapestry at a time. The technique hails from the stone age and has been utilised in ancient cultures all over the world. There is a coherency between material and motif in tapestry. The work is thoroughly consistent and the front is the same as the back.
The exhibition is supported by Arts Council Norway.