A Solo Exhibition by
Morten Norbye Halvorsen
Curator: Chris Fitzpatrick
14 September–23 October 2013
Opening: Saturday, 14 September / 2–5pm
Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, Belgium
From 14 September to 23 October 2013 Objectif Exhibitions presents 'Alluvium', a solo exhibition by Morten Norbye Halvorsen, aiming to present the artist's diverse practice, consisting of sound, film, sculpture, photography, performance and the internet.
The exhibition comprises of two video projections that alternate on a single screen, surrounded by four speakers that 'fill the basement with visual and auditory images, inquiry, procedures and temporality’.
The first projection is Placer, which is 'set in an alluvial gold field in Finnmark, Norway. Tracking shots of forest foilage, sorted rocks, concave fields and other matter cuiminate with metamorphic dolomites by the Barents Sea. Both the imagery and sound operate as characters, at times, synchronised, at others, independently'. Vertical Belongings developes as a 'sequence of images slides, which morph and advance within set parameters. Two horizontal, one vertical, but all three overlaid with their configurations triggered by sounds forged in Halvorsen’s studio. This procession of dislocated information alternates with Placer on loop-cycling bits of paper, sticks, rubber, copper, mung beans, dripping acid and danceable square waves’.
A third screen is displaying Halvorsen’s project 'www.reverbarium.com', 'a remote repository, accessible from anywhere as an ongoing publication, "depot for rebooting and reanimating desktop sedimentation"'.
According to curator Chris Fitzpatrick '"Alluvium" is firmly grounded in nature. Or, perhaps less fixed than that. Erosion is, after all, a complex process of conveyance, which leaves pastoral traces, as clay, silt, sand, or gravel congeal. Water moves as it will, and reshapes the earth in its wake. Yet these currents leave other, more symbolically valuable, traces, gold and platinum ore, gemstones. Value lures other forces, whose prospection causes erosion of another sort, a material and relational choreography, explained away through mythology (by those who remain), and abandoned (by those who don’t) to be orated geologically'.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Morten Norbye Halvorsen (b.1980 in Stavanger, Norway, lives and works in Hundvåg, Norway) is a graduate of Falmouth College of Arts, Cornwall, UK and The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norway. He participated in the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, in Venice, Italy (2013), which was awarded with a special mention for National Participation. Among other recent exhibitions and performances are 'The Museum Problem', Frutta Gallery, Rome, Italy (2012); 'Run, Comrade, the Old World is Behind You', Kunsthall Oslo (2011); 'A Clock That Runs on Mud', Galeria Stereo, Poznan, Poland (2011); 'More or Less, A Few Pocket Universes', Gallery Augusta (HIAP), Helsinki, Finland (2011); 'Champagne Polka', Gaudel de Stampa, Paris, France (2011); 'Token Took', Chert gallery, Berlin, Germany (2011); 'Clifford Irving Show', Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, Belgium (2010); 'Repetition Island', Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010); 'Paper Exhibition', Artists Space, New York, NY, USA (2009) and 'Clifford Irving Show', New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA (2008).
ABOUT THE OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a foundation created by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in autumn 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a key contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.