All Around Amateur
Martin Clark, Anne Pontégnie & Steinar Sekkingstad (Eds.)
Contemporary Norwegian painter Fredrik Værslev (b. 1979) presents his new series in this deconstructed exhibition catalog/artist’s book, All Around Amateur. Inspired by sunsets taken with his iPhone, Værslev re-creates the images on canvas by using a mechanical trolley used for marking lines on roads or sports fields. The rows of applied color are rubbed into the canvas resulting in resonant toned paintings mimicking the glow of the sun. The paintings are installed to create a massive line of shimmering tones recalling the color field paintings of Rothko. The artist book, accompanying the solo exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall, is available as two different versions, each made up of 320 one-to-one digital images scanned from eight of the new “sunset” paintings and reproduced in the book sequentially, left to right, top to bottom. Full-bleed scans in each “volume” together reproduce an entire wall of paintings. Following the images are newly commissioned texts by Ina Blom, Martin Clark, and Steinar Sekkingstad plus an interview with artist Anne Pontégnie.
7 ¾ x 11 ¼ in. / 352 pp / Full color
Retail Price: $48.00
BERGEN KUNSTHALL, NORWAY
LE CONSORTIUM, DIJON