Irene Sævik | Interior Distractions
June 14 – 15, 2014 | Hours: 12 – 6 pm
Preview: Friday June 13, 7 – 9 pm
LYNX is proud to present the exhibition Interior Distractions, with new works by Irene Sævik.
Drawing heavily on her lifelong practice as an architect, Sævik carefully examines the architectural premises and tropes of the LYNX pavillion as well as painting’s often painfully distraught relation to itself, to its creation, to its "lived-in" surroundings, its socialites—or, perhaps, painting's purportedly strictly regulated sociality, or lack thereof.The palette is sober, and humble and restrained to different, almost imperceptible and foggy hues of grey. While the central paintings—oil on canvas—serve as the main interlocutors, however silent—one even has a large piece of blank paper attached to it---they nevertheless partake in a retisonic drama that is both elliptically and exigently played out. Large sheets of paper both cover and open up the stage of painting, the gallery space and its rather idiosyncratic history, and blur the edges between painterly surface and haptic painterly sociality.
A precise and nervous stacking of both finished and unfinished works signal both a creative turbulence and indecision that expounds a somewhat dark, blind, or cut-off space at the impossible interior of artistic creation.A sculptural work reveals the artist's indebtedness to Carl Andre and American (post-) Minimalism. But that legacy is a dissected one, one that exposes the profanities and compulsions of everyday life at its slushy core.
Irene Sævik (b.1949) received her diploma from AHO (The Oslo School of Architecture) in 1990. During her training as an architect she studied two semesters at Statens Kunstakademi (1989/90). As an architect she worked with, among others, Naarud Stokke Wiig AS, Kristin Jarmund AS, Knut Longva AS, as well as ran her own office (with Gro Eileraas), Eileraas/Sævik AS. She has directed and been involved with several public buildings and projects that have received critical acclaim. These include developments and rehabilitations of Legeforeningens selskapslokaler (Drammensveien, Oslo), Munkebakken (villa originally designed by Arnstein Arneberg, 1917), as well as additions to Kristelig Gymnasium and Nasjonalbiblioteket, both Oslo. Documentations and articles on her work as an architect have been published internationally. Recently, her own summer house in Hallangen outside of Oslo has been featured by magazines and sites such as D2, Maison, Arktiektur N, Dwell, Europaconcorsi, and Ignant. Since 2013 Sævik has focused on her work as a painter and artist.
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