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Øystein Aasan

Norwegian, b. 1977

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Øystein Aasan

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Norwegian, b. 1977

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Øystein Aasan uses a combination of materials including paper, plywood, ink, adhesive letters, photography, and pop cultural imagery to create sculptural installations and wall pieces that explore issues around memory and duplication. Influenced by the presentation of works in Peggy Guggenheim’s early-20th-century gallery, Art of This Century, Aasan arranges images and reproduced texts on architectural grids, or what the artist calls “display units”, drawing attention to the construction of the pieces. In Display Unit (UT UT UT) (2007), Aasan presents a gridded structure in which phrases from James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake are printed on slanted shelves lined with mirror paper so that the characters are reflected. The effect complicates the act of reading, inviting viewers to call on memory to piece the text together.

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Øystein Aasan uses a combination of materials including paper, plywood, ink, adhesive letters, photography, and pop cultural imagery to create sculptural installations and wall pieces that explore issues around memory and duplication. Influenced by the presentation of works in Peggy Guggenheim’s early-20th-century gallery, Art of This Century, Aasan arranges images and reproduced texts on architectural grids, or what the artist calls “display units”, drawing attention to the construction of the pieces. In Display Unit (UT UT UT) (2007), Aasan presents a gridded structure in which phrases from James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake are printed on slanted shelves lined with mirror paper so that the characters are reflected. The effect complicates the act of reading, inviting viewers to call on memory to piece the text together.

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