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Mikkel Wettre Detalj, In Praise of Shadows Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Mikkel Wettre

10.March -17.April 2016

The exhibition will be officially opened by Gunnar H. Gundersen, artist and professor at the Department of Product Design, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

SOFT galleri is pleased to welcome you to an exhibition featuring a new work by Mikkel Wettre: a site-specific installation consisting of seven perforated panels that hang from the ceiling and rotate slowly on their own axes. The installation is lit by a strong light, and its cast shadows create continuously changing ornaments on the walls.

In the streets around the gallery cars pass continuously, and light moves and changes from day to dusk to night. As we look through the large window, our awareness of light and architecture mixes with our experience of the large ornaments and the projections moving in the gallery space. Phenomena such as repetitive movements and light that constantly comes into and goes out of focus usually remain in our peripheral vision. We tend not to give them our full attention.

By focusing on the connection between movement, basic shapes and the eye’s functionality, Mikkel Wettre explores the circumstances that make up the transition between actual and fictive experience. What our eyes perceive is dependent on light, distance, placement, contrast and, not least, our previous experience. The installation is conceived as a materialisation of what happens in the eye’s peripheral field of focus – as constant manifestations of forms or fleeting glimpses. These are mutable visual impressions lacking a fixed position in a specific cultural framework, much like incomplete memories.

Mikkel Wettre (b. 1974 in Sierra Leone) lives in the municipality of Fet near Oslo. He is currently a professor of product design at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. In 2000 he completed a Master’s degree at the Institute for Colour, Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Wettre has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Norway and abroad. We make do to mention his contribution to the sculpture biennial at Vigeland Museum in 2015, his presentations at the annual Autumn Exhibitions, and his participation in exhibitions in Japan, Spain, Ireland, Thailand and England. He has also held numerous solo exhibitions in Norway. His most recent Oslo show was in 2014 at Prosjektrommet Carl Berner, and before that in 2012 at the gallery Kunstnerforbundet.

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Mikkel Wettre
Detalj, In Praise of Shadows
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Mikkel Wettre
In Praise of Shadows
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Mikkel Wettre
Detalj, In Praise of Shadows
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen