'fair is foul, and foul is fair'
witches chorus act I, scene I, macbeth
all images © gottfried helnwein
stage, costumes, and masks: gottfried helnwein
choreographic theatre hans kresnik
more gottfried helnwein
PROGRAM: historical museum for writer Knut Hamsun including exhibition areas, library, reading room, cafe and 230 seat auditorium
CLIENT: Nordland Fylkeskommune (County)
SIZE: 24445 sf
This center dedicated to Hamsun is located above the Arctic Circle near the village of Presteid of Hamarøy and the farm where the writer grew up. The museum includes exhibition areas, a library and reading room, a cafe and an auditorium. The concept for the museum is "building as a body," creating a battleground of invisible forces. The stained black wood exterior skin is characteristic of the great wooden stave Norse churches. The spine of the building body is the central elevator, providing handicapped and freight access to all parts of the building. At the roof garden the long grass reflects the traditional Norwegian sod roofs in a different way. Strange, surprising and phenomenal experiences in space perspective and light will provide an inspiring frame for the exhibitions.
artist spencer tunick has been documenting the live nude figure in public, with photography and video, since 1992. since 1994 he has organized over 75 temporary site-specific installations in the united states and abroad. tunick's installations encompass dozens, hundreds or thousands of volunteers; and his photographs are records of these events. the individuals en masse, without their clothing, grouped together metamorphose into a new shape. the bodies extend into and upon the landscape like a substance. these grouped masses which do not underscore sexuality become abstractions that challenge or reconfigure one's views of nudity and privacy. the work also refers to the complex issue of presenting art in permanent or temporary public spaces.
...over the course of 30 years photographers have rejected certain modernist aesthetics in favor of conceptual theory, resulting in eventless imagery devoid of specific narrative. in these pictures, photography as document is disrupted and expanded and the intimacy of a singular object gives way to seriality and monumentality.
from the exhibition notes: abstract photography, selections from glenstone, 9.3.9 - 1.3.10, university of virginia art museum