Selected works: mars


Silkscreen is a graphic printing method that originated in Japan, but since the 20th century has become more and more relevant in art. This month we are highlighting artists who work in different ways with screen printing, where the works touch on both photography and paintings.

Bjørn Båsen (b. 1981, Eggedal, Norway) has a BA from The Arts Institute at Bournemouth and an MA from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Båsen’s works invite the spectator into a whole new world. His skillful perspectives make one feel as though you could take a leap and fall into his illusion of a blissful wonderland. However, in his world of porcelain puzzles, cracks are always present and propped with references to deep and often dark matters. Båsen’s oeuvre is filled with references to mythology, past and present decadence – the fairytales of former glory meet the realism of today.

His work is included in the collection of the Astrup Fearnley Museum, KODE Art Museum, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Equinor, DNB as well as numerous private collections nationally and abroad.

Jorunn Hancke Øgstad (b.1979, Bærum) lives and works in Oslo. Her artistry explores and questions compositional elements and techniques within the abstract painting. In her works she utilize both traditional and untraditional materials to investigate their qualities. With references to art history and nods to epochs liks pop art, abstract expressionism and the 20th century spiritual abstraction, she mimics seemingly spontaneous processes and techniques as a conscious game with the eyes movement over the painting.

Lars Morell (b. 1980, NO) is educated at the Oslo National Academy of Fine Arts. Over the past few years, Lars Morell has created a complex and diverse body of work consisting of photographs, sculptures, and installations. Morell’s work has always encompassed and questioned the visible/invisible and what seems to be something that it is not. In numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally this iconography has been thoroughly developed, and in his recent works distorted shapes, which now “grow” over the canvas, are constructed from imagery in his previous works – paintings, sculptures and drawings. We see colored constructs that at first glance are reminiscent of branching root systems; we recognize the outlines of chains and hooks – and thus again objects that are used in illusion and deception. Morell develops these works out of figuration and sees them as distorted still lives, as a dilemma between abstraction and representational painting.

Morells works is in numerous private collections as well as the Caviar Factory Art Museum, Malmö Art Museum, Sørlandet Art Museum, Equinor and KLP.

Christian Tunge (b. 1989 in Stavanger) is educated with a BFA in photography from the University of Gothenburg (2015). Tunge works with photography, prints, installations and art books. In 2014, he started the art book publisher "Heavy Books", which specializes in printed publications from young artists. Tunge is also one of the people behind the artist run photo gallery MELK, which opened its doors in 2009.