Clemens Behr and Olve Sande: about the exhibitions

Clemens Behr
Suspended Bins & Broken Windows

Architecture is also the cue word in Clemens Behrs projects, but whereas Sandes art is subtle and contemplative, Behrs art is characterized by energy, playfulness and humour. The compositions are constructed on site, whether inside a gallery or outside in public space. Spontaneity and impulsivity characterizes his spacious constructions. Recycling thrown-away and used materials is a significant aspect of his projects. Behr has been noticed for his origami-look-alike installations made of cardboard, but recently materials such as glass, wood and plastic are subject to scrutiny in his projects.

In the exhibition Suspended Bins & Broken Windows the wood is in focus and provide the framework for interactive sculptures. The American art critic and art historian Michael Fried blamed the minimalist art objects of the 60´s and 70´s for being theatrical. But mixed with street art, one is left with a distinctive and fascinating expression like the one in Behrs many projects.

Recent years, Behr has participated in many festivals and events, such as Monumental Art Festival in Gdansk (2012), India Art Fair in New Delhi (2012) and The Awaln´ Art Festival in Marrakech (2011).

You´ll find Behrs works on the second floor in Akershus Art Center, and outside on the exterior of the art center.

Olve Sande

On the ground floor Olve Sande is presenting his first big solo exhibition in Norway. The last year, Sande has lived in Berlin, and had exhibitions in Paris, Berlin, Brussels and Zürich. With a background in both visual art and architecture as well as literature his perspectives in the approach to the projects are broadened.

Apart from the architectural starting point, literature also makes an important founding for Sandes work. But more than explicit referances, the literature functions as  subtle sources of inspiration. For a long time, presence and the contemplative has characterized his artistic project. Yet he is now searching for a more spontaneous and direct approach in the process, which we now can experience in his new pieces.

In an attempt of approaching drawing, Sande has used sculpture as a point of departure. The title and the term «flats» refers to the flattening that occurs when sculpture is turned into a wall-piece. This «flattening» has its roots in the cubism, where the sculptural works were flattened and made into two-dimensional wall-pieces. Each of Sandes pieces are in different ways connected; they are offsprings of each other, adaptations and traces of each other. For instance, the sculptureTotem I is the basis to the wall-piece Sculpture drawing no. 1.

The exhibition at Akershus Art Center consists exclusively of new pieces. In addition to three-dimensional pieces, new silk screen prints, paintings and photographies are also presented.