Art in the Lofoten Islands, Norway

September 3, 2014 3:11 PM

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Art in the Lofoten Islands, Norway

Galleri 2, Stamsund, Lofoten Island. Scott Thoe and Vebjorg Hagene Thoe are both artists and founders of Galleri 2, in Stamsund of the Lofoten archipelago. On the first floor, Scott Thoe's paintings depict moon-eyed sheep beneath aurora borealis, along with portraits of children, reindeer, sea lions, etc. Scott is a Norwegian-American born in Minnesota. On view on the second floor of Galleri 2, is the exhibition The Sound of Art (Lyden Av Kunst), which was previously at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, in Oslo. The Sound of Art includes Camille Norment's microphone and light installation, Triplight. Norment's piece is soundless (with the use of light-waves instead of sound-waves), as light is cast upon an old-time 1955 microphone, leading to an exaggerated, monstrous shadow upon the wall that looks like hollowed ribcage bones, where one can feel the empty rattle of time. Also on view is Sophie Clements' black and white video sculpture, Bicycle Samba along with Tallervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen's The Complaints Choir, a global collection of sung complaints which dramatically articulate specific public woes (some grave, some playful). These complaints were collected from the local inhabitants of Birmingham, Helsinki, Tokyo and Chicago, rotating on loop on four separate screens, one after the other, with each screen facing each other north south east or west.

Tori Wrånes, Performance still, LIAF Lofoten International Art Festival, 2010. Photo: Kjell Ove Storvik.

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