Marius Moldvær

HEIMAT/HIRAETH OPENING AT KUNSTHUSET KABUSO IN ØYSTESE

Heimat: A german word with no equivalent translation to english—or any other language—which meanning points toward a human beings connection to a social unit, a home, or a homeland.

Hiraet: A Welsh word with no equivalent translation to english—or any other language—which meanning points toward a longing for a home, a nostalgia, a going back to where one believes one comes from.

The exhibition HEIMAT/HIRAETH at KABUSO 7th of February – 1st March 2015 is an exploration into the concept, or rather idea of home, taking as its starting point both the idea of home-place as a physical landscape, and the two untranslatable words Heimat and Hiraeth which points toward the more emotional, historical, and cultural understanding of home. Between the physical home-place and the two untranslatable terms, Marius Moldvaer wishes´s to discuss how one can recognize oneself in a landscape, how one can feel a belonging to a physical piece of land, long to go back there, and, at the same one can understand home as something altogether intangible, without borders, and a physical body as such. This twofold understanding of home is what Marius Moldvaer wants to bring together in the exhibition HEIMAT/HIRAETH, as he believes that an understanding of home solely as a physical landscape, or a intangible feeling will only provide half an answer; it is through an understanding of home as both a landscape and an intangible feeling that we can begin to explore what the idea and significance of home actually is.

Marken frelste han.
Knut Hamsun, Markens Grøde

How far we all come. How far away we all come away from ourselves. So far, so much between, you can never go home again. You can go home, it´s good to go home, but you never really get all the way home again in your life. And what´s it all for? All I tried to be, all I ever wanted and went away for, what´s it all for?
James Agee, A death in the Family.

Marius Moldvær (b. 1985) holds a Bachelor degree in Photography from Bergen Academy of Art and Design, and a Master´s degree in Critical Theory and Creative Research from the Pacific Northwest College of Art Portland, OR. Moldvaer´s visual undertakings are conducted in the intersection between nature and culture, where his works become an interpretation of landscape; how it appears as a physical body, how it is shaped by human interaction, and finally, how it is constructed culturally and mentally.

HEIMAT/HIRAETH
opens on the 7th of February 13:30 at Kunsthuset KABUSO (Hardangerfjordvegen 626, 5610 Øystese). From Bergen you can take bus no. 925 toward Øystese from Bergen Busstasjon 11:50, buses back to Bergen from Øystese departs at 15:35 and 17:25.

IN RESIDENCY AT NORDIC ART CENTER DALÅSEN NOV2014-JAN2015

NORDIC ART CENTER

ESSAY IN THE PLANTATION JOURNAL NO. 3 ”SCULPTURAL LANDSCAPE”

My essay “The Shape of Things to Come” introduces the theme of The Plantation Journal NO.3 entitled “Sculptural photography. More information, and, the journal itself are found here:

The Plantation

“The tittle for this volume of The Plantation is “Sculptural Landscape,” and when you sculpt, you manipulate a material, manipulate it to something recognizable to your own eye, and to the world around the material at hand. And as you sculpt clay, stone, and metal these artists sculpt the landscape through the medium of photography. “
Excerpt from the essay “The Shape of Things to Come”

PART OF VESTLANDSUTSTILLINGEN 2015

Part of Vestlandsutstillingen 2015 with the new work A Place of Sun and Magnetism

“All must align for something to happen and appear, destruction and change to further manifest. Planets, people, spaces, and not to forgo, history. We align ourselves with one or more of these forces at multiple points in life, both to orient, and navigate. Alignment is thought to be a state of equilibrium. That which we seek in our everyday life, or that which we escape our lives to achieve. In many ways Land-Art—or Environmental-art—seeks to disrupt this equilibrium, misaligning the spaces so we yet again stand as strange explorer confronted with an expanse of the unknown.”

Opens at Sogn and Fjordane Kunstmuseum, Førde, on January 24th

VESTLANDSUTSTILLINGEN

24.jan-22.feb // SOGN OG FJORDANE KUNSTMUSEUM, FØRDE
7.-29. mars // KUNSTHUSET KABUSO ØYSTESE
10.april – 3.mai // KUNSTMUSEET KUBE, ÅLESUND
8.-31. mai // HAUGESUND KUNST FORENING
12.juni-5.juli // KUNSTHALL STAVANGER

ATTENDING CLUI Wendover Residence Program 22.06-13.07 2014

WENDOVER RESIDENCY PROGRAM SITE

MA CRITICAL THEORY AND CREATIVE RESEARCH

ABSTRACT
In this thesis, I investigate the life and death of Christopher McCandless, who ventured into the Alaskan wilderness in 1992 and died.  McCandless’s story became the subject of Jon Krakauer’s 1996 novel Into the Wild and Sean Penn’s 2007 feature film of the same name.  A deeper inquiry demands that we take into account the reverberations of McCandless’s journey in the lives of those who undertake to recreate the original sequence of events that lead to McCandless’s death. Using the followers’ re-creations, I direct my argument towards a framework that is constructed holistically around McCandless’s actions.  This preliminary stance leads to a two-folded analysis:  First, I leverage the terms wilderness, escapism, belonging, and home to better understand an individual’s relationship to identity formation in the US and the West; second, I assert the actions of McCandless and his followers raise essential philosophical questions concerning the ideas of being, place, and home.

CT+CR PACIFIC NORTHWEST COLLEGE OF ART

ATTEMPT FOR PRAYER, EXHIBITION AT TØRKELOFTET/THE GARRET, OSLO, AUGUST 2014

WORKS FROM THE PLATFORM CHINA RESIDENCY

Walking stick, Fujufilm Instax, duration 12 hours, 2013

Walking stick, Fujufilm Instax, duration 12 hours, 2013


Walking stick (detail), wood, duration12 hours, 2013.

Walking stick (detail), wood, duration12 hours, 2013.


Walking stick (installation view), wood, duration12 hours, 2013.

Walking stick (installation view), wood, duration12 hours, 2013.


Walking stick (text detail), duration12 hours, 2013.

Walking stick (text detail), duration12 hours, 2013.

IN RESIDENCY AT PLATFORM CHINA BEIJING

UNTIL 31ST OF MAY.

OCA

PLATFORM CHINA

PART OF VESTLANDSUTSTILLINGEN 2013

Uten tittel (Mount Everest), 2012, Exhibition view from Haugesund Billedgalleri.

Part of the Vestlandsutstillingen NearFar 2013.

Touring schedule:

Haugesund Kunstforening, Haugesund: 08.02. – 03.03.
Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum, Førde: 09.03 – 02.04.
Stavanger Kunstforening, Stavanger: 11.04 – 01.05.
Kunsthuset Kabuso, Øystese: 11.05. – 02.06.
Kunstmuseet Kube, Ålesund: 08.06. – 30.06.