Åsdams contribution to
the exhibition is a video work "Come to your own"(1993),
which investigates the hypno-therapeutic possibilities of video. In this work, the artist
appears dressed in black, sitting in an empty white room, repeating the same phrase
endlessly. The pseudo-hypnotic phrase invites the viewer/patient to enter a space, to
become aware of his physical presence, and eventually to "come to his/her own".
This piece explores how affect is transmitted in conversations, and plays with the
relationship established between viewer and video subject.
Åsdam's work has recently
been presented in solo exhibitions at Gasser &
Grunert, NYC (2001), The Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo, Norway
(2001), Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland (2001), and the Tate
Britain, London (2000). Large installations were also featured at the
Nordic Pavilion during the 1999 Venice Biennial and at the Norwegian
Pavilion of the International Biennial in Melbourne, Australia (1999).
Born 28 of August 1968 in Trondheim, Norway.
Lives in New York.
1994-95 The Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. New York, U.S.A.
1992-94 Postgraduate Studies in Fine Art at Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, NL
1989-92 B.A. (Hons.) Fine Art, Goldsmiths College,University of London, London, U.K.
1988-89 Foundation Course in Art at Wimbledon School of Art, London, U.K.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS (*Denotes
2001 Galleri Tommy Lund, Copenhagen, Denmark
Gasser Grunert Gallery, NYC
Galeria Sonia Rosso, Pordenone, Italy*
Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland*
Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo*
2000 ArtNow, Tate Britain*
1999 Galleri Tommy Lund, Copenhagen
Nordic Pavillion*, Venice Biennial*.
Norwegian Pavillion, Melbourne International Biennial*, Melbourne.
1998 Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius*
1994 Galleri Riis, Oslo.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS (*Denotes
2001 [Untitled] 654321, Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark*
Scenes, Henry Urbach Gallery, New York
Sous-titrée X, Galerie Art & Essai, l,Université de Rennes, France*
Haute Bretagne, F*
Schpaa (2), Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway*
Quality Street, Galleri Tommy Lund, Copenhagen
Treff, Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen, Norway*
2000 Waterfront, Helsingør, Denmark*
Schpaa, Den Frie Utstilling, Copenhagen*
Norden, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna*
Models of Resistance, Overgaden -the state center for contemporary art,Copenhagen
Organising Freedom, Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm*
1999 Hundstage, Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen*
Nordiske Klassikere, Bergen Kunstforening, Bergen*
Samfunnsengasjement, Politikk og Hverdag 1970/90, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo.
Ideal*, Ms Waldstätter der Schiffahrtsgesellschaft des Vierwaldstättersees, Luzerner
1998-99 Nuit Blanche-Nordic Video Tour*. Soros Center, Bratislava; Soros Center Zagreb;
Moderna Galeria (Soros) Ljubljana; Soros Center, Kiev, Ukraina;
Museum Ludwig, Budapest;
Motevideo, Amsterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Salong 3, London;
1998 Nordic Nomads, White Columns, New York*
Momentum, Pakkhus, Nordic Art Biennial, Moss, Norway*
The UKS Biennial, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, The Henie Onstad Museum, Oslo
Nuit Blanche, Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris*
Elevator, Steffany Martz Gallery, NYC*
1997 Still, Salle de Bal, French Institute, Wien
DIY Mapping & Instruction, Bricks and Kicks, Wien.
DIY Webradio on http://www.thing.net.
XL Xavier LaBoulbenne Gallery, New York City
Rum för Aktuell Konst presenterar samtida konst fra OSLO, Göteborg Konstmuseum*
Reality Check, Apex Art, New York City
1996 27.680.000 (contemporary art in massmedia), Stockholm and nationally in Sweden on
Compartments, Escape Attempts, GLOBE, Copenhagen.*
Video Faz), Museo Regional, Guadalajara, Jalisco and at Art & Idea, Mexico City.*
Departure Lounge, The Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S.1 Museum, Clocktower Gallery, NY
UKS Biennalen 1996, 'The uks Biennal 1996', Stenersenmuseet, Bergen Kunstforening &
Trondheim Kunstforening. Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim*
1995 One Night Stand, Nordic Video and Performance Art, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo. *
Whitney Museum I.S.P. Exhibition, New York.
1994 Prosjekt i Gamlebyen, Oslo.*
1993 And Justice For All, Maastricht.*
LINK TO OTHER EXHIBITION RUNNING OR COMING UP
Klemens &Grunert Inc.
6.11.01 - 22.12.01
Klemens Gasser and Tanja Grunert
are pleased to announce
the first New York solo exhibition by New York based Norwegian artist Knut Åsdam.
PALAZZO DELLE PAPESSE, CENTRO ARTE CONTEMPORANEA,
11.11.01 - 20.01.02
Interferenze is the first large
group show of contemporary artists from
the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden)
organized in Italy. The exhibition is conceived on the notion of
interference and is proposed as an occasion for revision of the cultural
stereotypes of Scandinavia. The legendary communion with nature has
ceased to be a primary, or even the only, source of inspiration for many
Nordic artists. In recent years, social and psychological pressures have
emerged and are reflected in art works which interfere with the current
condition of the welfare State, redefining the psychology of the
individual and his/her relationship with the urban context as well as
the natural landscape.
Galerie Tommy Lund, Copenhagen
November 16, 2001 - January
Opening Friday November 16, 6 - 8pm
Njalsgade 21 Build. 15
DK. 2300 Copenhagen S
ph. +45 32577957