| Bjørn Kowalski
/ press release
"Bjørn-Kowalski Hansen recreates the mythical situation
of the backstage-area, but stripped of its primary source of meaning,
the band itself. Through the use of the rider, the recipe so to speak,
the structure is relocated without the aura and one is left with the question
of whether the remaining signs in themselves are strong enough to survive
the situation as copy. In turn the work can be read as a critique of the
idea of authenticity that is often attached to the similar situations
within relational aesthetics."
Erlend Hammer, critic and curator
For UD#9 Unten Drunter has invited the Norwegian Bjørn Kowalski
Hansen. In the installation Rocket 88 he is presenting a time limited
installation where the audience eventually is invited to interact with
Bjørn-Kowalski Hansen is an artist and a self proclaimed
entrepreneur that earned his BA at the National Academy of Fine Arts in
Trondheim, where he graduated in 2004. Since then he has been living and
working in both Berlin, and his hometown Bergen in Norway. In 2007 his
projects were featured in solo shows at Gallery Yujiro, London and The
Norwegian Center for Design and Architecture in Oslo.
His work draws on a range of influences including the visual language
of advertising, signage and vintage children-book illustrations to create
a unique graphic language. His silkscreens, sculptures and numerous t-shirt
designs often use humor to comment on and question a wide range of issues
from the way mass media and popular culture influence our identity to
globalisation, socio-political and economic issues.
HåkkiTM (2000 - ) is a brand and art project, initated together
with Norwegian designer Mats Stenslet, Swedish artist Tomas Eriksson in
2001. With three outlet shops in Norway, functioning at the intersection
of art and economics, they are formulating ideas that verge on the utopian
and re-evaluating globalisation and cultural exchange.
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