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In preparedness Bente Sommerfeldt-Colberg. I beredskap. Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen.

Bente Sommerfeldt-Colberg
In preparedness

7. August - 7. September 2014

Welcome to the exhibition In preparedness featuring new works by Bente Sommerfeldt-Colberg.
The show begins on Thursday, 7 August, from 6-8pm, and will be officially opened by Lise Bjørne Linnert, artist and board member of Norwegian Textile Artists.

The exhibited works take recourse in functional objects from everyday life. Because their sizes and functions are changed, they allow us to see aspects of reality from an oblique angle.

Sommerfeldt-Colberg’s works are characteristically associative, referring to rituals and focusing our attention on the actions performed. The exhibited works are based on two familiar functional objects, yet we see them in new, unfamiliar contexts and can create multiple narratives about what is happening. While they hold inherent conflicts that can trigger feelings of unease and ambivalence, they are also poetic, beautiful and humorous.

In the exhibition we see a mechanical installation entitled In Preparedness. The public’s movement and proximity activate two large umbrellas; they open and close as if inhaling and exhaling. While one umbrella opens like a screen or flower petals, the other closes to become as sharp as a spear.

The exhibition’s second work is called Needle, and that is exactly what it is. But when a needle is as strong and large as this one – larger than a person – it no longer simply references a useful sewing tool. It becomes a sharp, threatening weapon.

Bente Sommerfeldt-Colberg (born 1966) lives and works in Lier, Norway and studied at Vestlandets Art Academy in Bergen from 1991-1995. She has held a large number of exhibitions and currently is presenting a parallel exhibition at Sogn and Fjordane Museum of Fine Art. In recent years she has held solo shows at Kunstnerforbundet in Oslo, Kongsberg Art Society and Østfold Artists’ Centre, to name a few. She has participated in numerous group shows at home and abroad and her works are included in the permanent collections of Hå Municipality, Sørlandets Art Museum, Arts Council Norway and the airline Braathens SAFE. She has created public artworks for the University of Tromsø and several other schools.

www.bentesommerfeldt-colberg.no

Translation: Arlyne Moi.

In preparedness

Bente Sommerfeldt-Colberg. I beredskap.
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen.

In preparedness

Bente Sommerfeldt-Colberg. Nål.
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen.

In preparedness

Bente Sommerfeldt-Colberg. I beredskap.
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen.

In preparedness

Bente Sommerfeldt-Colberg. I beredskap.
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen.