Rhododendron by Erik Tidemann

Bojan Maric

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  • Galleri s.e
  • Galleri s.e
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When we are young, monsters are under our beds. As we get older, they occupy our closets. As we get even more mature, the scariest monsters reside in hidden compartments of our tortured-by-life psyche. These are the ones we will never be able to get rid of – what is more – we probably won’t even want to… A young Norwegian artist, Erik Tidemann, shows us his monsters, the ones which question the notions of life and death. An exciting exhibition is coming our way at Galleri s.e…

 

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Erik Tidemann at Galleri s.e – exhibition view

 

This is Galleri s.e

Established almost two decades ago, Galleri s.e is the largest international contemporary art in Bergen and one of the most renowned privately owned galleries in Norway. A professional art storage and a 400 square meters space enables the gallery to show works form large collections parallel to running exhibitions. This cultural institution owned by Sjur and Elin Nedreaas organizes art talks as well as similar events in an effort to present an inspiring introduction to contemporary art to their viewers. Galleri s.e focuses on both emerging as well as established artists. One of those creative individuals is Erik Tidemann…

 

Galleri s.e

Erik Tidemann at Galleri s.e – exhibition view

 

The Art of Erik Tidemann

One of the instances which is the first noticeable aspect of Tidemann’s methodology is, most certainly, the use of dead animals. These objects, which become part of the artist’s creative process, are utilized in order to build a particular aesthetics, devoted to the investigation of concepts of life and death. Wood, plants, animal fur and skin are mediums of choice for Tidemann, rendering his work to carry an echo of that which once belonged in the realm of the living. This Norwegian artist of a younger generation has stated on many occasions that it is important for him to “embed” the spiritual in his work by incorporating material derived from living beings. As for sources of inspiration, Tidemann’s early work has been influenced by artists such as Matthew Barney, Paul McCarthy, as well as Harmony Korine (if you like the work of Harmony Korine, check out our article Loops, Mistakes, Trance-y Repetition). Apart from the world of urban and contemporary art, Tidemann is inspired by trance, house and metal sounds. With all of this in mind, his exhibition at Galleri s.e promises to be an exciting one…

 

Galleri s.e

Erik Tidemann at Galleri s.e – exhibition view

 

Erik Tidemann at Galleri s.e

In terms of Tidemann’s artistic practice, there are numerous layers to take into consideration. It is, therefore, a challenging task and always a complex endeavor to inscribe the political connotations into the artist’s work (for more on a similar topic, check out our selection of 10 Favorite Politically Charged Art Expressions of 2014). The exhibition in Galleri s.e will represent a showing of bizarre and monster-like sculptures and paintings by the young artist. Mixed media sculptures made mostly of glass-fiber armed polyester, together with the artist’s waste production of brand new paintings on both paper and canvas, will be enriched with a 3D video-sculpture which was made in collaboration with InXile Entertainment for the release of the video game Wasteland 2. Solo exhibition by Erik Tidemann is on show at Galleri s.e, Bergen, Norway, from January 22nd to March 1st 2015.

 

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Erik Tidemann at Galleri s.e – exhibition view

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