Solo at van Etten Oslo

Oslo, 2023

  • Opening Sept. 14th at 7
  • 14.09-02.08.2023 // Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday 1300-1600
  • Van Etten is delighted to present the solo exhibition My Old Norwegian by visual artist Ulrich Vogl.

    Parallel to his exhibition at Van Etten, Voglís monumental total installation The Newsroom is showing at Trafo Kunsthall between 16 September and 08 October. The aim of this collaboration is to give a comprehensive and extensive presentation of Voglís fascinating works and his complex artistic practice to the Norwegian audience.

    Read more about the exhbition at Trafo Kunsthal:

    Vogl works mainly with installation and sculpture. In his practice, he delicately manoeuvres materials and concepts. His visual language, never arbitrary or excessive, gently guides both the eye and the mind in surprising directions, while also leaving space for the spectator to venture into their own interpretative horizons.

    Ulrich Vogl is interested in everyday objects: their ambient effects, their life stories, and their status in contemporary culture. We surround ourselves with things, perhaps more than ever. In our material culture, we are accustomed to ascribing meaning to objects. Their aesthetic appeal is determined by a time and a place that influence our cognitive responses to them. How do we experience the past? How do we attribute meaning to things? Which perspectives do we apply to the objects that surround us, or the views that we share?

    Through Voglís creative acts, recognisable shapes appear in new, sometimes odd, constellations. Voglís approach to the artwork is also steered by playful experimentation and humour. By removing or adding essential elements, the object is released of its supposed stable and inherent meaning. The exhibition illustrates how our views of the world are determined by the perspective that we carry with us. Moving around in the material universe presented by Vogl exposes us to constantly changing positions - between the familiar and strange, the meaningful and the absurd. Voglís works spark ambiguity and openness, fostering a sensation that the world is not about conclusion.

    Van Etten / Smedgata 3, 0651 Oslo

    Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday 1300-1600