Bjarne Melgaard’s new exhibition is exhilarating, nerdy and nail biting.
In a multipronged presentation, the artist challenges his own oeuvre and enlists Elise By Olsen to help expose Oslo’s undulating underground.
The Australian-Norwegian transplant Bjarne Melgaard just debuted his latest, bodacious and bonkers body of work called Bodyparty – Substance Paintings in cahoots with the cutest editor ever Elise by Olsen and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. His art explodes with an angsty amplitude and emotional turmoil; something about the paintings makes them feel real, raw, surreal and illusory at the same time, suffused with kinetic colors, Basquiat-esque pop qualities and waggish weirdness.The compositions are visually conflicted and a wee bit porn-y, exuding self-conscious, nerdy and nihilistic undertones. They tell the story of their own making and make allusions to masculinity, verility and artistic alienation. Vivid alien-like cartoon characters cuddle each other, some crying, some copulating, in an exploration of sexuality and existential isolation. Random scribbles and text are emblazoned on the center and periphery of the works, saying things like “Femi-Donna Paranoia,” “Ny Begynner” and “Alt Er Galt.” There are boners galore, too.Curated in partnership with publisher/editor Elise By Olsen, the show explores the emerging counterculture of Oslo, Norway where both Melgaard and Olsen are based. Other artists are featured as well, including slick sculptures by Veronica Bruce and Karoline Bakken Lund, amazing photography by Maria Pasenau, and paintings by Charlie Roberts. Check it…
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