The exhibition features artists like Lizzi Bougatsos, Corin Hewitt, Terence Koh and Klara Lidén, who express themselves through diverse media such as sculpture, drawing, video, painting and photography. These artists often take their point of departure in existing visual material, yet in addition to appropriating pictures from mass media and consumer society, they personally transform their materials and means. Through collages, assemblages and altered readymades, the artists create stories. The impulse behind a work may be something surreal and surprising, like the works of Matthew Ronay or mysterious and immaterial, as we see in Trisha Donnelly’s works. In addition, we find works of artists like Gardar Eide Einarsson and Karl Haendel, expressing strong political engagement. The artists work with impressions from contemporary culture such as cartoon series and graffiti, yet when doing so, also engage with art historical traditions such as Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Neorealism, Pop Art or 1960s Performance Art. The artworks do not represent any particular generation, but can be seen as narrative, object based and figurative.
The exhibition title Meet Me Around the Corner is borrowed from Dan Colen’s eponymously titled painting. The letters are painted with big and abrupt movements reminiscent of spontaneous, anonymous messages in the urban landscape. With this title, we invite visitors to engage in dialogue with the artworks, and hope the exhibition will open up for enlightening and stimulating experiences. Discussions of several works are recorded on sound files that are available via mobile telephone.
Artists: Matthew Barney, Frank Benson, Mike Bouchet, Lizzi Bougatsos, Paul Chan, Dan Colen, Trisha Donnelly, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Hannah Greely, Taft Green, Karl Haendel, Corin Hewitt, Damien Hirst, Christian Holstad, Matt Johnson, Mike Kelley, Terence Koh, Jeff Koons, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Klara Lidén, Nate Lowman, Jason Meadows, Bruce Nauman, Cady Noland, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Adam Putnam, Charles Ray, Jason Rhoades, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Matthew Ronay, Tom Sachs, Cindy Sherman, Josh Smith Christopher Wool.
Curators: Gunnar B. Kvaran, Hanne Beate Ueland, Grete Årbu.