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The Sound of Splitting the Atom » at the Netja Center for Contemporary Art - Reviews and Recommendations

The Sound of Splitting the Atom » at the Netja Center for Contemporary Art – Reviews and Recommendations

When I started writing art criticism in the early 2000s, it was like that Port Sither Right on everyone’s lips. He’s been the young shooting star of the millennium scene, creating exciting debate with his gorgeous film-inspired installations, weaving together art history, mythology, popular culture, fiction, and reality.

RECOGNIZED: The unicorn installation by Puri Sather in the first separate museum exhibition, “My Private sky” (2001) at the Astrup Fearnley Museum, consisted of a sci-fi-inspired interior in a glossy supermarine with a cozy unicorn. The installation is finished on the outside of a book on the world’s best installation art. Burr Sither: “My Own Sky” – Unit 1 / White Shock, 2001-2003 C-print laminated glass case 70 x 212 cm from Astrup Fearnley Collection.

Photo: Astrop Fernley Museum

In his lounge-like interiors, he used lighting and often stuffed animals to evoke a sense of alienation. Inspired by film directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch, he was also interested in shipping his expressions of underlying turmoil.

In the Norwegian artistic life, he liked something completely new, and quickly established himself as a very central artist: just two years after graduating from the Norwegian Academy of Fine Arts, he made significant progress with the wonderful work “Masturbating with the Gods” at Kunstnernes Hus in 1998. Since the beginning of Millennium Until he was selected as a showrunner at a festival in Bergen in 2007, great works and exhibitions went hand in hand.

"Frog kiss!  The art of transformation" It was opened to the press in Tullinløkka in Oslo in 2005. Here is part of an artwork by Buri Sæthre called "Summer beauty is dead".

IN THE NATIONAL MUSEUM: Burr Sither’s installation of a dead tree full of stuffed black crows got a lot of attention in the National Museum’s first newly integrated exhibition, “Kiss the Frog: The Art of Transformation” in 2005.

Photo: Erlend Aas / NTB

long awaited event

So it’s a long-awaited big event when the Nitja Center for Contemporary Art now presents its first solo exhibition with Børre Sæthre in Norway in 10 years.

I was actually a bit worried when I walked in The new signaling building in LillestrømBecause my expectations were too low. It is very painful when the great heroes fall.

But fortunately, Bor Sither still going strong. Without stuffed animals, but with a powerful ability intact, to evoke the experience of the darkness lurking behind a glamorous facade. The Sound of the Atom Split installation fills the large exhibition hall of the Arts Center on the second floor.

from the exhibition "Bur Sither: The sound of atom splitting" At the Nitja Center for Contemporary Art in Lillestrøm.

Blinking light: A blinking light may indicate a light bulb is on or a nightclub is about to shut down. Perhaps as a symbol of something irrevocable above?

Photo: Mona Paheli-Berky/NRK

Like an empty disco

Here we enter a sparkling room where the walls are filled with blue and green sequins that shimmer and reflect light from a large number of flashing electric lamps that surround a large stage resembling a theater or a dance floor.

A shapeless beeswax statue suspended from a rope from the ceiling. The statue has something bodily about it, and it makes me think of a tumor, or maybe a huge accumulation of frozen semen.

from the exhibition "Bur Sither: The sound of atom splitting" At the Nitja Center for Contemporary Art in Lillestrøm.

Biwax sculpture gives associations to semen. Semen is an innovation of life, an expression of pleasure and ecstasy, but it can also be a deadly fluid that carries the deadly HIV virus that killed hundreds of gay men in Norway in the 1980s and 1990s.

Photo: Mona Paheli-Berky/NRK

A perfect replica is placed on the platform Urinal in Stensparken In Oslo, which has remained a symbol of forbidden love, as for many years it was a meeting place for gays.

The urinal is covered with a mirror that catches the twinkling light from the installation. Blinking lights around the large platform make the green and blue sequins covering the walls shine and flash.

from the exhibition "Bur Sither: The sound of atom splitting" At the Nitja Center for Contemporary Art in Lillestrøm.

URINAL: The Circle of Love as the Stensparken urinal is generally protected in 2009, both because it represents the functionalist architecture of the 1930s, but also because of its historical importance as a gay meeting place. Although it’s frustrating to think that the urinal was one of the few opportunities open to gays, it represents a lonely community. Maybe it wasn’t so good today yet when most of the physical yards have been replaced by verification apps?

Photo: Mona Paheli-Berky/NRK

Aesthetically speaking, references to Cuban-American artist Felix Gonzalez Torres abound. Børre Sæthre’s rope coils from the ceiling, combined with light bulbs, can make us think of Gonzales-Torres’ famous light clusters, and the blue-green sequins on the walls are reminiscent of his famous fixtures with shimmering turquoise drops, wrapped in cellophane. Through his drops, Torres identified the spread of infection, but also weight loss and death. He lost his girlfriend first in what was then called bullying homse – AIDS – before he too was forced to succumb to the deadly 1996 disease.

These clear references in Sæthre’s artwork reinforce the experience that AIDS is a central theme in the installation.

from the exhibition "Bur Sither: The sound of atom splitting" At the Nitja Center for Contemporary Art in Lillestrøm.
Photo: Mona Paheli-Berky/NRK

Chills and palpitations

I get goosebumps and throbbing as I stand amidst Børre Sæthre’s powerful installations depicting a longing for beauty and a fear of death. Like a frightening recurring chorus, the great bell rings again and again, like an acoustic panel reminding all the notions of AIDS as God’s merciless punishment for a sinful life.

It’s been a long time since I had an artistic experience. What a wonderful encounter with an artist that I hope to see a lot more of in the coming years.

All comments and recommendations from NRK can be found at nrk.no/anmeldelser.

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