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Bjarne Melgaard

You Are Not Hard Enough, 2018

Oil on canvas
70 9/10 × 70 9/10 in
180 × 180 cm
This is a unique work.
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Stockholm
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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.”

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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

You Are Not Hard Enough, 2018

Oil on canvas
70 9/10 × 70 9/10 in
180 × 180 cm
This is a unique work.
Contact For Price
location
Stockholm
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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