Artist: Sveinung Rudjord Unneland / Norway
Author: Andreas Vermehren Holm / Denmark
Opening: 2017-6-24, 15:30
Address: TCG Nordica, Xiba Road 101#, Xi Shan District , Kunming
Visual artist Sveinung Rudjord Unneland and writer Andreas Vermehren Holm presents Descending movements, a collaborative artwork elaborating on the Anthropocene, bodily degradation and creaturely worth. The exhibition contains both photographic images, drawing material, sculptural work, installations and written text. The exhibition is commissioned by TCG Nordica and produced in Kunming, June 2017.
Exhibition site at TCG Nordica:
Andreas Vermehren Holm, Wang Bei, Sveinung Rudjord Unneland and Luo Fei
On the artist
Sveinung Rudjord Unneland (born 1981) is a norwegian artist based in Bergen, Norway. His work is usually concerned with questions of how artworks inhabit the space in which they are presented, and how they are shaped in and by this concrete dialogue. He often lets specific situations, such as geographical conditions or restrictions imposed by architecture or social context, play a vital role in developing the work.
At the centre of Sveinung Rudjord Unnelands artistic creation lies the practice of painting. From this point of departure he ventures into a wide range of experiments with materials, forms, volumes and artistic strategies. Central to the methodology of the work is the combination of sculptural elements, video installations, and graphical works, that all together develops a tension between the different elements put into play. Sveinung Rudjord Unneland holds his BA and MA degree from the Academy of Arts at the University in Bergen and from 2007. He has presented his artworks mostly in Norway at LNM, Entrée, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Lautom Contemporary, Kunstnerforbundet, Tag Team Studio, Kristiansand Kunsthall, Waterside Contemporary, Høstutstillingen and KODE.
On the author
Andreas Vermehren Holm (born 1988) is a danish author, translator and editor based in
Copenhagen, Denmark. He has published several volumes of poetry in which he elaborates on
cultural evolution, the anthropocene and creaturely poetics. In his work creation is composed of a lowering of oneself, identifying with affliction and powerlessness rather than strength and omnipotence. In this perspective the gift of our wounds are the very tools we need in order to relate to the beings that continuously refuse to serve as ends. Vulnerability and creaturely indebtedness serves as tools capable of withstanding any dry theorisation about the hopelessness of the world.
Andreas Vermehren Holm holds his MA and Diploma in Literary Composition, Poetry and
Prose, from the Art Academy of Gothenburg, Sweden. Visit: www.Andreasvermehrenholm.dk
Pictures of Andreas Vermehren Holm’s works, 2016
On the collaboration
In 2016 Sveinung Rudjord Unneland and Andreas Vermehren Holm co-published The Darkening on Lord Jim Publishing in Norway. The book was based on Sveinung Rudjord Unnelands major exhibition Neo Compressions and a shared visit to Greece in january 2016, documenting the democratic center of Athens, Syntagma Square, in relation to the vast number of human refugees in Europe 2016. The Darkening tackled questions of receptivity and creaturely worth, striving towards an ontological subversion where the desperate situation of the refugees in Europe and the middleaast was transformed into a unique opportunity for the west to face the crisis of their own helplessness and to care for this fundamental condition in a conscious way.
They further developed this collaboration in Tag Team Studio in Bergen, Norway, november
2016, where Sveinung Rudjord Unneland reconstructed Syntagma Square in the gallery space, stacked and disrupted, and combined it with elements of text by Andreas Vermehren Holm that tackled questions of unbearable unreality, dizziness and emotional distance.
In this work, Descending movements, they further develop fundamental questions on bodily creatures as an integrate part of nature; on certain bodies that constitutes the ‘burning class’ of society; the inherent limits of change and what to do with them. What is the relationship between our bodies and the world? Should we change it? Can we change it? In order to answer these questions, we must necessarily turn to something other than ourselves.