15 August – 21 September 2014
Problems and the Strives of Humanity
August 15 – September 21 2014 | Opening August 15th at 7 pm
[NB. This exhibition took place under the auspices of former UKS Director Johanne Nordbye Wernøe—text and images follow the style sheet devised 2013–2016]
Some problems are larger than others. This may seem obvious, but what if we have neglected to address the moral and philosophical implications of such an insight? What if you were to make it your main priority to prevent the same mistakes in the next, hypothetical future civilization?
The issue of problems is the basis for Lars Brekke’s solo exhibition at Unge Kunstneres Samfund (UKS) — an exhibit which also marks the inauguration of UKS’ new location at Tullinløkka in downtown Oslo. The newly renovated, skylit hall, which until recently housed the Bårdar Dance Institute, has now been transformed to display a series of films screening in uniquely-designed booths and private cinema surroundings. Set in the deteriorated living room of a post-apocalyptic future, the films address humanity’s regrets and the hopeless attempt to repair the damage — when it’s already too late.
Lars Brekke (b. Tromsø, 1983; lives and works in Oslo and Skånevik) studied at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, 2012. Through varying collaborations and individual practice, his work has been shown at, among others the Museum for Contemporary Art (Oslo), the Kunstnerforbundet (Oslo), Kölnische Kunstverein (Cologne), Galleri D.O.R. (Brussels), and Reena Spaulings (New York), as well as in solo exhibitions at the project space Konkret and the artist-run NoPlace. In 2009 he was awarded the Einar Granum Art Prize (Kunstpris). The exhibition at UKS is his first large solo exhibition.
For more information about the exhibition in English, please click here.