Torbjørn Rødland

In his attempt to dissolve the traditional distinctions between 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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