Jone Kvie


OSL contemporary is proud to present Reminiscence, our first exhibition with the sculptor Jone Kvie. The gallery is showing works from the period 2011 - 2013, including the freestanding, monumental piece Stellar Core (2011), and two new works in bronze, Star Cluster I and Star Cluster II. It is the first time the works are exhibited in Norway.

From the outset, Kvie’s practise has been marked by an existentialistic motivation, and by an intention to extend the notion of art towards contemplation over the world’s being, and what it means to be human in it. Our relentless attempts at achieving insight into the universe seem to interest Kvie to the same extent as the “natural world” in it self. This fascination is reflected in his attention to visual and verbal interpretations, to archetypes and collective myths, and finally in his choices of themes, form, materials and titles.

Since 2005 Kvies production has been mainly oriented towards phenomenon within astronomy, where our imagining capacities are both liberated by the unfathomable immensity of the universe, and restricted by our inadequate knowledge about it. Kvie’s sculptures may be read both as reflections on our attempts to understand, and as physical manifestations of the ideas that are created in these attempts. Mental and abstract notions become objects with independent existence, appearing recognizable as well surprising in their firm presence. Writing for an upcoming book about Kvie, Jimmie Durham says:

“What makes Kvie’s work so unexpected and delightful is the intellectual radical ways in which he re-interprets perceptions of what is out there in the world and how these things are communicated....How might someone, for example, show us something about our own knowledge of cloud nebulae? Our knowledge of our knowledge? Well, you could make one out of papier-mache.”

Jone Kvie (b. 1971, Stavanger) has exhibited widely at Scandinavian galleries and museums, including Sørlandets Art Museum, Kunstnerforbundet (Oslo), Bergen Art Museum, The National Museum (Oslo), Malmö Art Museum and Göteborgs Museum of Art. He has performed a range of public and private commissions, and is represented in key collections including those of Corcoran Museum (Washington DC), AROS Art Museum (Aarhus), The National Museum (Oslo), The National Public Arts Council (Stockholm), the Art Museums in Malmô, Bergen and Stavanger, as well as in a permanent installation at Göteborg Museum of Art. In November 2013 Kalejdoskop Förlag will publish a new book on Kvies production in the period 2005-2013. Kvie is also included in Michael Petry’s “ Nature Morte” to be released by Thames & Hudson 14. October 2013.