new-york

Knut Åsdam

Tanja Grunert Gallery

Knut Åsdam deals with boundaries. both physical and metaphoric. By problematizing such apparently clear-cut categories as subject/object, internal/external, and private/public, Åsdam shows how slippery binary oppositions can be. The results are often uncanny. His 1995 video Untitled: Pissing, for instance, a tightly cropped crotch shot of a man wetting his pants, tracks a transgression of social and psychic boundaries and invokes an individual in neurotic crisis. Over the past six years Åsdam has broadened his horizons to tackle similar issues on a more collective scale. Training his camera on the architecture that surrounds us, the Norwegian-born artist has produced three works for his New York solo debut that, while less iconic than Untitled: Pissing, prove more resonant.

Psychastenia 10 Series 2, 2000–2001, a slide show of sixteen architectural exteriors, filled the first mom of the

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