A | B | Contemporary is pleased to present Norwegian contemporary artist Rune Guneriussen (*1977, lives and works in Norway) with his latest photographs in a first solo show in Switzerland.
Norwegian born Rune Guneriussen is a conceptual artist dealing with the transition between installation and photography. In implementing objects like lamps, globes, telephones and chairs in appropriate landscapes, the artist achieves to combine nature and manmade structures to stunning installations. What makes his work truly unique is the fact that he is the only witness of his ad hoc installations, leaving the audience only the photograph of it as proof. With their poetic titles, the monumental photographs suggest multiple stories representing a balance between nature and culture.
Armin Berger Gallery Zurich
"I would like to say that I am inspired by the objects I am working on, the place or location I am working at, and the specific time everything is made in. My imagination can just as easily be inspired by global events and politics as it can be inspired by looking at a bird flying across the sky. But I also relate back this inspiration to my artistic development and the real time put into making a work like I do."
(Rune Guneriussen, p. 68, Elephant magazine, issue 8, 2011)
The title of the exhibition "Imposer of shifts" is not only identical with the title of one of his large format photographs, but also refers to issues and necessities in life and society. Imposing shifts issomething one has to do over and over again to progress and develop in life. Our show presents Guneriussen's latest works from the years 2010 and 2011, some of them not having been shown before. This selection is complemented with some earlier works from the years 2006 until 2009.
Norwegian born Rune Guneriussen is a conceptual artist who uses photography to express hispoetic ideas. In his works everyday objects are cast in seemingly untouched Norwegian landscapes where they are the only trace of human presence subject to a particular character and carefully laying out a story. By placing inanimate objects like lamps, globes, telephones and chairs in untouched landscapes, the artist achieves to combine nature and manmade structures into whimsical installations. Guneriussen is the only witness of the site-specific installations, leaving the audience with nothing but the photograph as tangible proof which documents the brevity of his objects. In this way, he uses the photographs to extend the space of the idea by means of documentation. With their poetic titles the often monumental photographs suggest multiple stories representing a balance between nature and culture.
Guneriussen believes in art as a means to question and bewilder rather than to patronize and restrict. The medium of photography offers new ways to document ephemeral events and at the same time interrogate accepted meanings. Guneriussen does not want to dictate a way to understand his art, but indicates a path to understand a story.
Rune Guneriussen was born in Køngsberg, Norway. From 1992 - 1996 he attended Eiker College in Norway. The years 2000-2002 he spent at Surrey Institute of Art & Design in England where he received his BA degree in photography.
(Text: Patricia Meyer / Sabine Clauer)