GROSSES TREFFEN

Johanne Teigen

Born: 1986
Nationality: Norwegian
Based in: Norway
Media: Photography, Sculpture / Installation
Content: Abstract

Website: https://www.johanneteigen.com

Artist statement

Image of a non-place where the only value is found in the relationship between the artist, the space and the exact moment of time in which the image is captured. The place ceases to have value when the moment has passed, so the value is transferred to the image, the digital memory of the event. This is then destroyed.

It is destroyed through digital distortion, a covering of tracks involving over-saturation of colours and breaking the image down in to meaningless constituent parts. The resultant image echoes advertising where colour is used to stimulate our pleasure-centres, a mimicry which is emphasized by the print materials used. The resulting work has no relationship to the initial event beyond the seduction of the viewer, the pleasure, sensation and vacuous beauty. This is then destroyed.

The work is broken down. Folded, crumpled, fractured, cut. The viewer is teased with a glimpse of colour, a suggestion of form and texture but never given enough to make a connection. The need to make a connect is implied but the opportunity never offered.



Short texts about the uploaded works.

The uploaded images are from three different exhibitions that are site specific, monumental, photographic installations situated in the juxtapositions between sculpture and photography. Where I have explored themes as:

Aberration. It is described as a deviation from what is considered as normal, usual or expected. This exhibition explores the way to allow, that coincidences decides what was intended as the right thing to do beforehand. This emerges in distortions and small deviations, that happens by itself when constructing the actual work.

The works includes in a game: a form or a colour refers only to other forms and colours with no greater significance than what the viewer creates himself. As an open guide for different interpretations. Where the viewer's brain engages in a process of attempted categorization and they become aware of a frustration caused by the inability to fully decipher what they see.

And the exploration about when the normal disappears in seconds because you let go of your inhibitions. This was shown with abstracted images of exotic, romanticized, soft colours such as blue, purple and pink. There is an intersection in each scene and in the folding and curling in the work that underscores the disruptive in this incident.

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Crump, 2016, photo paper, 315 x 330 x 100 cm

Crump, 2016, photo paper, 315 x 330 x 100 cm Detail

Love-Drunk And Vicious, 2016, pvc, 250 x 55 x 210 cm

Love-Drunk And Vicious, 2016, pvc, 250 x 55 x 210 cm Detail

Oh, I, I, I, 2016, photo paper, 300 x 290 x 25 cm Detail

Oh, I, I, I, 2016, photo paper, 300 x 290 x 25 cm

Pendulous, 2016, pvc and nylon cord, 320 x 120 x 140 cm.

Pendulous, 2016, pvc and nylon cord, 320 x 120 x 140 cm. Detail

Untitled, 2016, photo paper and pvc 320 x 230 cm