Experimental works showing works in progress
Exhibition opening: 2009/09/28, Monday, 20:00
Exhibition duration: 2009/09/28—-10/27
Gallery opening time: 10:00–22:00(Tue-Sat), 17:00-22:00(Mon)
Curator: Luo Fei
Co-curator: Tian Yao
Performance artist for the opening: Luo Fei
Painting presentation for the opening: He Libin
Music: Huang Shan
Graphic Designer: Du Ning
Host by: TCG Nordica
Support: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affaires, ArtsNordica
Address: xibalu 101, Kunming, Yunnan, China
“As an artist in postmodern times I work with multiple media forms.
My last exhibition in Mumbai, India, January this year, included paintings; in Maison de NorvÃ©ge, Paris, May, it was paintings and sculptures,and as a participant in the Summer Exhibition in Seljord 09, Norway, I show an outdoors installation made of earth and clothes.
In 2003 I was invited artist to TCG Nordica in Kunming. In a groupshow together with artists from Denmark and Norway, I exhibited sculptures and installations made of painted polyurethane foam together with roses. This was made on the spot as art in progress, exhibited during the visiting time. The installations was about the idea of birth, life and death.
Now I am very honoured to come back to TCG Nordica for a solo show.
This time I want to continue the ideas from my first show in Kunming.
I want to work out the exhibition during the stay in Folk studio, all made in China. I like to work in the pressure of time. In this experimental works, a lot can happen.The title of the exhibition, WAY, is open for many interpretations.
My installations are all actions and reactions related to things happening in society. The sculptures are studies and new creations of forms. They are influenced by the statement of Hans Arp:”We do not wish to imitate nature, we do not wish to reproduce, we want to produce… We want to produce directly, not indirectly. Since there is not a trace of abstraction in this art, we call it concrete art.”
This is also what I aim for in my paintings, and I am asking if it is possible not to see any abstractions or figurations in this expressive way of painting. If the paintings are gestures, movements, calligraphic strokes, they could also have a symbolic meaning, a stroke of life and hope.”
Alfred Vaagsvold, 2009
Video link: http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/xrCU5BBoE1E/
(born at Lista 1946)
is a distinctive painter. He is best known for his organically formed, abstract sculptures of laminated wood. Vaagsvold is part of a modernistic tradition.
The dominating theme in his art has been the uncontrollable forces of nature, namely the traces of wind and surf power. Whether Vaagsvold uses materials like wood, painted or not, or synthetic substance, his works of art are always delicate and refined. Vaagsvold has also worked with installation and performance related art. As an artist, Vaagsvold is self-educated.
He has been taught by Kjell Nupen, Erlend GrÃ¸stad, Hugo Frank Watne and Cato Augensen. He is familiar with the development of art through several study tours in Norway and abroad. Vaagsvold made his debut at The National Art Exhibition (HÃ¸stutstillingen) in 1979, and he is an industrious exhibitor. He has been assigned several public purchases, among others at the National Gallery, and public decorations. He is a cultural personality in his region, and an outstanding art mediator. Alfred Vaagsvold is an accomplished gallerist, and has presented several large art projects at Lista. Vaagsvold received the cultural awards from Farsund in 1996 and Vest-Agder County in 2000.
Alfred Vaagsvold might correctly be defined as avantgarde. Classical modernism built on distinctive approaches, representing a characteristic mood.
Modernists sought contemporary expressions of art, or preferably future expressions. They sought new sources of inspiration and were experimenting in their efforts. Their art form was revolutionary and it aroused opposition.
Every visitor at Lista is struck by how the persistent wind has formed landscape and trees. The abstract sculptures of Alfred Vaagsvold present a reinforced notion of these forces and of nature`s processes. Few art forms can produce an emotional impression equally dynamic, pure and strong as abstract modernism. His sculptures “Nattbilde” (Night Picture) and “Havbilde” (Sea Picture) at the exhibition are monumental works.
Narrow and tall, the sculptures form square, dark silhouettes seen from the side. They are made from acrylic glass, the former with inlaid mirror.
Alternately convex and concave in billowing movements the surfaces give associations to sea waves or northern lights. The titles of his works of art indicate nature`s grand dimensions and forms.
The material the sculptures are made of give them a transparent character. Light plays an important role, it is reflected and streams through the primarily dark objects giving them a character of exotic mysticism. The sculptures of Alfred Vaagsvold are poetic works of art.
About the art historian:
Svein Thorud (born 1946) took his degree in history of the fine arts at the University of Oslo in 1977. He has mainly worked with contemporary art in the National Gallery, the Oslo Art Collection, the Art Museum in Trondheim, the SÃ¸rlandet Art Museum, and the Christianssand Art Museum. He has written a number of professional texts in books, catalogues and articles etc, and works today as a freelance art historian and critic.
Alfred Vaagsvold was invited to be a residence artist at TCG Nordica in Kunming from 2009/9/7-10/14.
On Sep 28,, he hold his exhibition opening at TCG Nordica gallery. The opening specially invited the gallery director/artist Mr. Luo Fei presented an art performance â€˜Blind Spotâ€™. And also Alfred involved an oil painter He Libin’s work â€˜The Wasteland No. 23â€™ as painting presentation to participate the exhibition, those two artists showed the similarities understanding of the â€˜WAYâ€™, but expressed in different wise. On the opening, there were over 200 audience attended, including artists, teachers, students, westerners and others. It achieves a great successful opening.
In the exhibition, Alfred Vaagsvold showed his experimental painting, it was 20m length, and 1.6m width, this was painted in Kunming during his residency. This art works exerted rich color and simple portray brought up a special “WAY” to audiences. He described that was the explanation of “line”, that was the “line” everybody needs pass through. This line could be a long one that followed whole life, or it could be short as the rich day. Even it could be shorter within a period of time, but a big white space expressed purity outside of rich colors. Golden described a kind of holistic heaven which quite from ancient Roman. During the exhibition, he also used white roses be a part of exhibition. He had invited audience into the creation. His visiting is the second time after 6 years when he made his first visiting. This time, he felt big difference as before. Especially felt exciting when he met a lot of young people attend to his exhibition.