Torbjørn Rødland

Jan 22, 2010 - Feb 28, 2010

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Torbjørn Rødland, ACV09, 2009, silver gelatin print on baryta paper, 10 x 8 inches. Courtesy of the artist and STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo.

Torbjorn Rodland, 2010. Installation view of The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by Lynna Borden.

Torbjorn Rodland, 2010. Installation view of The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by Lynna Borden.

Torbjørn Rødland, ACV09, 2009, silver gelatin print on baryta paper, 10 x 8 inches. Courtesy of the artist and STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo.Torbjorn Rodland, 2010. Installation view of The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by Lynna Borden.Torbjorn Rodland, 2010. Installation view of The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by Lynna Borden.

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In his attempt to dissolve the traditional genres of portraiture, still life, and landscape photography, Norwegian artist Torbjørn Rødland creates perverted juxtapositions that lead viewers to question their own process of looking. Mute, flat, but somehow still seductive, his photographs inject an uncanny blankness into recognizable images.

On the outside wall of The Front Room, Rødland presents a suite of recent works based on the British comic strip character Andy Capp, a figure sometimes evoked by progressive Norwegian politicians to represent the “common man.” This serialized trademark character, printed onto a souvenir mirror, becomes neither portrait, nor landscape, nor still life, as Rødland extends the play of flatness and depth beyond the limits of analog photographic techniques.

 

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General support for the Contemporary’s exhibitions program is generously provided by the Whitaker Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; William E. Weiss Foundation; Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer Brown; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Regional Arts Commission; Arts and Education Council; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.