Ida Ekblad, Elias Hansen, Sebastian Helling, Lars Holdhus, Yngve Holen and Vibeke Tandberg. Curated by Peter J. Amdam


So, what is one supposed to bring forward, to present?

Let us say: [X] = placeholder of whatever is present, functional, operational, non-operational, actual, or virtual.

[X]’s thought is moving through abstract and lower layers of mediatic ontology. This is testing new ground, emphatically assuring the unfinished, the unfulfilled potentiality, or virtuality. Given the unsure and indeed unstable nature and outcome of a test drive, [X] feeds forward—this is not feedback—an as of yet unknown outside of the thought being thought. Inside of the image being imagined.

The workings of contemporary apparatuses are not confined to a specific technology or so-called new media. The regimes governing the (in)visible take on their own automations, subjectivations, transformations, transmutations, identifications, derivations, fissures, and variations—an ubiquitous systemics of control and decontrol. Tracking devices are everywhere present, traversing new archives and containers of (in)visibility.

Elias Hansen's carefully crafted aggregates of outlaw lines of light and flight illuminate cognitions and objects still being metabolized. The track paintings of Ida Ekblad embody an amphibian subjectivity, the excesses of contemporary society as well as the impossibility of measure and the impossibility of man. Lars Holdhus’ inscribed images magnify, enhance, and accelerate the military apparatus, the regimes of the (in)visible. Yngve Holen obsesses uncontrollably on control, surface, core, and maintenance of form as it all collapses into being as epigenetic deposit. Vibeke Tandberg un-works on unstable interfaces of obsolete ecologies. Sebastian Helling cracks, fractures, breaks the above-mentioned placeholder, a clog and a spark plug in the machine.

Not a sequence of works, but an emanation from a pre-cognitive void. No longer disconnected.

Peter J. Amdam

Ida Ekblad (Norwegian, b.1980) Lives and works in Oslo. Holds a MFA from Statens Kunstakademi (Oslo). Attended the Mountain School of Arts (Los Angeles) in 2008. Ekblad has had solo exhibitions at Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo, 2013; Kunstmuseum, Luzern, 2013; and De Vleeshal, Middleburg, The Netherlands, 2013. Recent group exhibitions include Nouvelles Vagues, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2013; and To Be with Art Is All We Ask, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, 2012. She was featured in Expanded Painting International, Prague jBiennale 5, Prague 2014; ILLUMInations at the 54th Biennale di Venezia, 2011; and the 5th Prague Biennale, 2011. Her works is represented in numerous international collections.

Elias Hansen (American, b.1979) Lives and works in upstate New York. Educated at New Orleans School of Glass and Print (New Orleans).Selected solo exhibitions include Should be fine, Maccarone, New York, 2012; We’re just in it for the money (with Oscar Tuazon), Balice Hertling, Paris, 2012; Jonathan Viner, London, 2012; The Company, Los Angeles; and Lawrimore Projects, Seattle. Hansen's work has exhibited in the Seattle Art Museum, WA; Howard House Contemporary Art, WA; The Swiss Institute, NY; and Parc Saint Leger, Paris (with Oscar Tuazon.) In 2014, Hansen will participate in the Yokohama Triennale and will present a solo exhibition at Jonathan Viner, London in June.

Sebastian Helling (Norwegian, b.1975) Lives and works in Oslo. Helling has a MFA from The Royal College of Art in London and received his MFA from Statens Kunstakademi in Oslo. Recent solo exhibitions at Trafo Kunsthall, Asker, 2013; Bukowskis, Stockholm, 2012; and Galleri Christian Torp, Oslo, 2011. Group exhibitions include Raw and Order, Lynx, Oslo, 2013; Transformer Gallery, Washington DC, USA, 2013; A Science of Friendship, Carl Kostyal, London, 2011; The Sanity of Art, Johan Berggren, Malmö, 2010.

Lars Holdhus (Norwegian, b.1986) Holdhus is educated at Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam) and Staatliche HfBK Städelschulein (Frankfurt). Recent exhibitions include LIQUIDATE, Sandy Brown, Berlin, 2013; Look….No Hands, HHDM, Vienna, 2013; and Access Speed, Vault, Berlin, 2013. Holdhus is also a critically acclaimed producer of electronic music and is releasing music under the moniker TCF with a forthcoming record on Liberation Technologies.

Yngve Holen (Norwegian, b.1982) Lives and works in Berlin. Completed Meisterschüler Bildhauerei at HfBK Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, in 2010. Recent exhibitions include Speculations on Anonymous Materials, curated by Susanne Pfeffer, Fridericianum, Kassel, 2013; and Based in Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2011. Solo exhibitions include sensitive to detergent, Autocenter, Berlin, 2011; and Extended Operations, Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger, 2013.

Vibeke Tandberg (Norwegian b. 1967) Lives and works in Oslo and Berlin. Tandberg has a MFA from Department of Film and Photography, Gôteborgs Universitet and a BFA from Department of Photography, Kunsthøgskolen i Bergen. Tandberg has exhibited extensively since the mid 90's. Recent solo exhibitions include New York and Assumption, OSL contemporary, Oslo, 2013; Mumbles, Martin Klosterfelde, Berlin, 2011; and A Real Feeling, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto, 2010. Her work is represented in a number of international collections.Tandberg recently published her second novel Tempelhof (Oslo: Oktober, 2014.)

Peter J. Amdam is a curator, writer, and critic based in Oslo. Recent exhibitions include The Medium of Intensity, Carl Kostyál, Stockholm, 2013; Awaiting Immanence, Carl Kostyál, Stockholm, 2013; Concatenation. Signature, Seriality, Painting, Blain|Southern, London, 2012. He has written extensively on contemporary art and aesthetic theory and his writing has appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and catalogs. Amdam is opening his first solo exhibition as an artist in Oslo this spring. He is also a well-known figure on the international hardcore music scene.