Jan Christensen

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Artist: Jan Christensen
Works at: Seoul Art Space_GeumCheon
Stays in: 2012
Genre: Visual Arts
Solo exhibitions and projects
2012           Onomatopoeia (with Anders Fjøsne), Galleri F15, Moss (NO) Upcoming
                 Onomatopoeia (with Anders Fjøsne), Vitenfabrikken, Sandnes (NO)
                  Project, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo (NO)

2011           Jan Christensen/Onomatopoeia (with Anders Fjøsne), Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand (NO)
                 En Melankoli, Rom for kunst/Oslo S, Oslo(NO)                                                                                                
              The LEAP Sessions 2011 (with Anders Fjøsne), LEAP Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance, Berlin (D)
                 The Seoul Sessions 2011 (with Anders Fjøsne), Artsonje Lounge Project, Seoul (KOR)
                 Nothing is for Free, M. F. presents Mmmm... (with Anders Fjøsne and Kristian Skylstad), Dortmund Bodega, Oslo (NO)
2010           2010: The Pod Bay Door, The Helen E. Copeland Gallery, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT (US)  
                 Interrupted Space Continuum, c/o - Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin (DE)
                 Camera Studies, Østfold Kunstnersenter, Fredrikstad (NO)
                 I Love Myself and Everyone Else / I Hate Myself and I Want to Die; Less Time Left to Live, Even More to Do;
                 Bipolar-conceptualism - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (with Kristian Skylstad), Galleri MGM, Oslo (NO)
Selected group exhibitions and projects
2011           Island: 22 Artists on Iceland, Eastern Michigan University/CAVE, Detroit (curated by Amy Sacksteder)
                  Let the Rhythm Hit 'em, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin (with A. Fjøsne and M. Dickhage, curated by M. Mayer)
                 You are Free, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna (with Anders Fjøsne, curated by Julie McKim & Daniel Kingery)
                  ΔΤΧ, Or Gallery, Berlin (curated by Håvard Pedersen)
                  Figurer og fortellinger, norsk samtidskunst fra Astrup Fearnley-samlingen, Sogn
                  Kunstsenter, Lærdalsøyri (curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran and Grete Årbu)
                  Stop and Go, Galerie Baer, Dresden (curated by Mathias Wagner)
2010           Grafosfæren, Norske Grafikere, Oslo (curated by Truls Ramberg)
                  The Supreme Council of Higher Beings, SIM, Reykjavik
                  Redefining Centre, Artlight Domaquaree, Berlin
                  Rahmenprogramm, organized by AW Available Works during the ArtForum fair, Berlin               
                  Stoff, Stockholm Fringe Fest, Stockholm
                  Øyafestivalen, Oslo (with Bjørn-Kowalski Hansen, curated by Marianne Karlsen)
                  «Intensif-Station», K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (curated by Susanne Meyer-Büser)
                  Metropolis, Galerie M+R Fricke, Berlin (curated by Marion and Roswitha Fricke)
                  Das schönste im Leben, Pilotenkueche, Leipzig (curated by Fridey Mickel and Nicolas Manenti)
                  Spy Club: Hosted by Atle Gerhardsen, Cookies, Berlin (curated by Atle Gerhardsen)
                  Open Light in Private Spaces, Biennale für internationale Lichtkunst Ruhr 2010, Ruhr (curated by Matthias Wagner K)
                  You are Free, Tape Modern, Berlin (curated by Julie McKim & Daniel Kingery)
                  Shazam!, c/o - Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin

 Miramarmora, 2012, Plywood, glue, screwes and lacquer

 68825_final_final_endelig.ai, 2008, Canvas, digital print

 UOOO(Unexpected Oversized Ordinary Object), 2012~2013, Reinforced concrete, pebbles and wood

 Yessirnosir, 2011, Wallpainting, acrylic paint

Jan Christensen

My work spans from discussions on artistic production, playing with the notions of aura and originality, appropriation, researching the means of artistic language, including experiments of large-scale installation work. I have been investigating the definitions of site-specificity and phenomenology and the relationship between the viewer and the work of art and the surrounding architecture. I have had a conscious approach to the diversity of concepts and materials with which I work. I alternate between different means of expression, all chosen in relation to the ideas I would like to relay. Monumental wall paintings constitute an important part of my production, as text work, elaborate graphic and painterly compositions or as a combination of this. Sometimes my works are temporary installations that disappear after an exhibition; sometimes they are permanent in the sense that they are publicly commissioned and have a symbiotic yet tense relation with their architectural surroundings. During the last few years I have also expanded into the field of interactive light- and audio installations, as well as more complex sculptural work.

The large installation mimics an architectural super-structure, such as a foundation of sorts, which is partially submerged in the river. A path will lead to the platform through the woods. The public has access to the sculpture and can use it as a recreational spot and for various activities, as well as a general vantage point. In as much as the design of the inner pattern of the structure resembles the streets of the original city plan for downtown Trondheim from the 17th century, the artwork refers to the existing ruins of bygone agricultural and industrial sites upriver. The river itself used to be an essential source for food, production of energy and means of communication. Today, this area has changed and the river only constitutes an element of nature and ambience among many others, and represents an added value to the experience of the surroundings in the re-developed housing complex. Realizing that the drawing which constitutes the shape of this reclining sculpture is a rendition of a shopping cart, one might consider these historical and socio-political implications