Bjarne Bare Solo Exhibition at Palazzetto Tito in Venice

Published 2014/05/02

Bjarne Bare, Outboard Swaddle, 2014. Courtesy of the artist


Bjarne Bare Solo Exhibition
‘Outboard Swaddle (Studies from Venice)’

at Palazzetto Tito,
Dorsoduro 2826, Venice

Opening Reception: Thursday 8 May, 18:00
Exhibition Dates: 9–18 May 2014

As a result of his three-month residency at Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, artist Bjarne Bare presents the solo exhibition ’Outboard Swaddle (Studies from Venice)’ at Palazzetto Tito from 9 to 18 May 2014.

Through the use of a large-format photographic series, the exhibition presents 'a somewhat disenchanted vision of Venice, constantly in the balance between nostalgia and modernity'. Bare’s analysis feature various outboard boat motors, and in particular the commonplace practice in Venice to cover them with protective sheeting. The artist captures the ironic and at the same time spectral side of them, hinting at the attempt to conceal their intrinsic and unequivocally modern mechanical component. The organisers state that ‘like contemporary ‘mummies’, the engines seem to re-emerge from a timeless, dream-like atmosphere which envelops the mystery of the lagoon, immersed in the mists and a salty wateriness, as if depicting phantoms caught in a modern vacuum. Thus, by shifting away from the most common photographic imagery of Venice, forever intent on playing up the most magnificent and picturesque aspects, Bare puts forward a study capable of grasping the contradictions brought about by the advent of modernity in the everyday life of the city’. The exhibition is held with the support of the Norwegian Photographic Fund.

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About the artist
Bjarne Bare (b.1985 in Poznan, Poland, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) holds a BA from The Oslo National Academy of the Arts. He is one of the co-founders of the artist-run initiative MELK in Oslo, where he has organised and curated more than thirty exhibitions with emerging artists. His works and publications have been presented in venues such as the Henie Onstad Art Centre, Bærum, Norway; the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria; the Galerie Dieschönestadt, Halle, Germany; Viktor Wynd Fine Art, London, United Kingdom, and Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo. In 2011 he published his first book, Hose Variations, Studies from Los Angeles and elsewhere (Cornerkiosk Press, Oslo), and in 2012 he was a contributor to the publication Entering a Site of Production – MoDERNISM MACHINE, accompanying the exhibition project ‘MoDERNISM MACHINE’ at the Henie Onstad Art Centre.

About OCA’s Artist-in-Residency Programme at Bevilaqua La Masa in Venice
Bjarne Bare holds a fellowship from OCA as part of the Artist-in-Residency Programme at Bevilaqua La Masa in Venice. OCA offers a three-months residency for an artist at the Bevilaqua La Masa. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists and international artists residing in Norway who have already elaborated a specific and promising aesthetic language but seek artistic, theoretical and professional support in order to develop their practice. Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa will assist the artist in experiencing the cultural life of Venice and introduce him/her to the Venice arts’ community, and at the end of the residency period the artist will be offered a project room to exhibit the artworks carried out during the stay in Venice. Upcoming deadline: 1 September 2014.

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
The OCA Norway is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in Autumn 2001 with the aim of developing collaboration projects in the cultural field between Norway and the international arts scene. The foundation aims to become one of the main organs in the contemporary arts debate through initiatives such as exhibitions, seminars, publications, as well as by providing support to Norwegian artists both in Norway and abroad.