St. Moritz Art Masters
Hotel Waldhaus - Sils
Sonntag, 25.8. 10.00 Uhr bis Montag, 2.9.
Der norwegische Konzeptkünstler Rune Guneriussen arbeitet mit alltäglichen, quasi unbeseelten Objekten wie Lampen, Globen, Telefonen und Stühlen, die er in scheinbar unberührten Landschaften platziert. Sie sind damit die einzige Spur menschlicher Präsenz. Normalerweise ist er der einzige Zeuge seiner standortspezifischen Installationen, welche eine einzigartige Kombination von Natur und menschlichem Beiwerk bedeuten. Dem Betrachter bleibt allein die Fotografie als greifbarer Beweis der zwischenzeitlichen Präsenz von Guneriussens Werk. Sein Beitrag zur Art Masters jedoch ist dem Betrachter nicht nur als Fotografie., sondern auch als Installation zugänglich. Dieser sieht sich dabei mit dem Mobiliar des traditionellen Hotels Waldhaus konfrontiert, das der Künstler in der direkten Umgebung des Hotels in einen neuen Sinnzusammenhang bringt.
Opening: Saturday 9th of June, 11 - 17 and Sunday, 10th of June, 11 - 1, 2012
Exhibition ends end of August
Open: Wed - Sat 13 - 18
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)