Knut Ivar Aaser, Untitled (Bordskikk #2), 2019, drypoint and monotype print on paper, 31 7⁄8 × 24 3⁄8".

Knut Ivar Aaser


The center of Knut Ivar Aaser’s exhibition “Bordskikk” (Table Manners) was occupied by a miniature wooden table, about an inch and a quarter high, called Untitled (all works 2019). A bright surface of sanded maple set the table apart from the oily shine of the gallery’s herringbone parquet floor, and the combination of richness of detail with diminutive scale let it oscillate between the categories of furniture and toy. Three tiny clothespins were scattered over its surface, as if they had been dropped accidentally. These unobtrusive miniature objects appealed to the imagination, inviting viewers to speculate on the backstory of their inconspicuous presence.

Hung on the walls was a series of five printed works, Untitled (Bordskikk #1–5). Each was a single sheet of paper bearing an assortment of palm-size rectangular drypoint and monotype prints, mostly in blue and turquoise tones. Some of

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