If you want it you can get it for the rest of your life. (Truth is what works.), curated by ISCP resident Erlend Hammer, presents a selection of works from artists that have a “studio-based practice”- there is little film, video or performance and the works all represent a kind of artistic knowledge that develops intuitively over time, and to some extent is willfully incommunicable. Artists: Matthew Antezzo, Bosko Blagojevic, Paolo Chiasera with Øystein Aasan, Ane Graff, Mai Hofstad Gunnes, Knut Henrik Henriksen, Ann Cathrin November Høibo, Kristian Skylstad, Eve K. Tremblay, Lars Monrad Vaage, and Arja Wiik-Hansen.
The exhibition space becomes Hammer’s studio in the sense that he experiments with various constellations of artists in a continuous attempt to put together exhibitions that freely generate ideas that are not preconceptions about the individual artists’ works. Meaning is discovered rather than constructed.
Since September, a concrete sculpture in the shape of a chair by artist Matthew Antezzo has been installed in Hammer’s studio space at ISCP. Intended by the artist as a challenge that the curator should spend most of his time outside the studio exploring New York City, the work now enters into a conversation with other works including Knut Henrik Henriksen’s wall-based, wooden sculpture, Lars Monrad Vaage’s series of abstract paintings that simultaneously attempt to be portraits and to grasp the completeness of reality, and Paolo Chiasera’s highly elaborate and conceptual paintings in which the artist curates canvas-based exhibitions based on the work of other artists. In Mai Hofstad Gunnes’ 16mm film Bike and Bolex, the artist explores the idea of multiple perspectives and subjectivities as seen through the lenses of five women who film each other with Bolex cameras while bicycling.
ISCP thanks the following contributors for their generous support: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council, The Greenwich Collection, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, OCA: Office for Contemporary Art Norway and Royal Norwegian Consulate General.