Artist: Torbjørn Rødland
Venue: Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden
Exhibition Title: Sasquatch Century
Date: January 23 – April 26, 2015
Note: The publication associated with this exhibition can be viewed here.
Full gallery of video, images, press release and link available after the jump.
Torbjørn Rødland, Blues for Bigfoot, 2005. Color video with sound, 14 min.
Video and images courtesy of Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden
Sasquatch is the name of the elusive, hairy, humanoid creature popularly known as Bigfoot. The Sasquatch has been solidified in mythology and popular culture through a simultaneous belief in and denial of its existence. As such, the enduring phenomenon embodies many of the artist’s interests in activating the tension between myth and reality, between the familiar and ungraspable, and the constructed and authentic.
With an incisive photographic consciousness, Rødland takes on subject matter and motives that have often become cliché-ridden and drained of their symbolic power. He reactivates them, often with very unnerving results. Despite the works’ immediacy, there is always something more—an underlying self-awareness that is difficult to pin down and prompts both self-doubt and curiosity upon encounter.
A richly illustrated book with an introduction by curator Milena Hoegsberg and an in-depth essay by Linda Norden is being published by HOK in collaboration with Mousse Publishing.