previews

  • Knut Åsdam

    Astrup Fearnley Museet
    Strandpromenaden 2
    May 6–September 3, 2006

    Curated by Grete Årbu, Gunnar B. Kvaran, and Hanne Beate Ueland

    Knut Åsdam’s projects from the past fifteen years range from work in which almost nothing is hidden to that in which concealment is the theme. The video Untitled: Pissing, 1995, is an up-close view of a man wetting his pants, while Psychasthenia 10 Series 2, 2000–2001, a silent slide projection of anodyne housing projects at night, is screened within a chamber of black felt and summons Roger Caillois’s link between insect camouflage and the schizophrenic experience of urban spatial assimilation. These works, and roughly a dozen others in film, video, and photography as well as installations, are included in this small mid-career retrospective in the artist’s native country. Two recent films, Filter City, 2003, and Blissed, 2005, round out the selection and extend Åsdam’s interest in the muddling of phenomenological boundaries.