Bjarne Melgaard, ‘An existence in a paranomadic landscape’, 2012, Phillips
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Bjarne Melgaard

An existence in a paranomadic landscape, 2012

Oil on canvas
47 1/5 × 40 1/5 in
120 × 102.2 cm
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Signed and dated "Bjarne Melgaard 2012" on the reverse
Bjarne Melgaard
Norwegian, b. 1967
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Multi-hyphenate Bjarne Melgaard’s practice is as immersive as it is provocative. Engaging a plethora of methods in his paintings, sculptures, writing, and sensory installations, Melgaard probes psychological angst and taboo-bending subcultures. In recent work, he has crafted large-scale pink panther figures, some holding meth pipes, covered in seemingly arbitrary swaths of paint. His expressionistic paintings incorporate texts that have a confessional quality, revealing desires, fears, violence, personal anxieties, drug-taking, and sex, though whether these relate to a fictional or real persona is left ambiguous. “Melgaard’s art comes across as something much closer to need itself, something manically important he’s trying to get at,” the critic Jerry Saltz wrote, “even if he knows that in our oversaturated, defensively cynical moment that this is almost impossible.”

Bjarne Melgaard, ‘An existence in a paranomadic landscape’, 2012, Phillips
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About the work
Exhibition history
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Phillips
Medium
Painting
Signature
Signed and dated "Bjarne Melgaard 2012" on the reverse
Bjarne Melgaard
Norwegian, b. 1967
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Multi-hyphenate Bjarne Melgaard’s practice is as immersive as it is provocative. Engaging a plethora of methods in his paintings, sculptures, writing, and sensory installations, Melgaard probes psychological angst and taboo-bending subcultures. In recent work, he has crafted large-scale pink panther figures, some holding meth pipes, covered in seemingly arbitrary swaths of paint. His expressionistic paintings incorporate texts that have a confessional quality, revealing desires, fears, violence, personal anxieties, drug-taking, and sex, though whether these relate to a fictional or real persona is left ambiguous. “Melgaard’s art comes across as something much closer to need itself, something manically important he’s trying to get at,” the critic Jerry Saltz wrote, “even if he knows that in our oversaturated, defensively cynical moment that this is almost impossible.”

Bjarne Melgaard

An existence in a paranomadic landscape, 2012

Oil on canvas
47 1/5 × 40 1/5 in
120 × 102.2 cm
Bidding closed
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