Per Inge Bjørlo: Nattsyn / Night Vision
28 October–17 December 2016
Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Eastern-facing exhibition space
On Friday 28 October, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard opens its third solo exhibition with the Norwegian artist Per Inge Bjørlo (b. 1952). The exhibition Night Vision presents a number of new works on paper, plastic and felt, which explore and challenge the characteristics of the material and drawing as a medium.
'Anxiety' and 'pain' are words often associated with Bjørlo's work, and this exhibition, where heads, skulls and twisted, skeletal self-portraits populate the gallery's east-facing exhibition space, is no exception. In The Stairs from 2013, the partially etched faces are trapped behind plastic, leaving the viewer with a feeling of claustrophobia. In works from 2016 such as Black (A) and Night Vision (1-3), it is as if a scream is being held in by the black lines, which appear almost to have taken over the contours of the face.
Per Inge Bjørlo often works with installations, as is evident in the title work of the exhibition Night Vision (4) from 2016; an abstract composition in charcoal and oil pastel on paper, from which a number of ribbons with metal objects at the end gently cascade down the wall and onto the floor – seaweed-like umbilical cords that relentlessly maintain their grip on the 'mother'.
In addition to a broad and weighty representation in his home country, Norway, Bjørlo's work is represented at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the Tate Gallery in London. Bjørlo last had a major exhibition in Denmark at Kunstmuseet i Tønder (Tønder art museum) in 2013, and his work is represented both in the National Gallery of Denmark's collection and at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
All are welcome to attend the vernissage on Friday 28 October from 16-18, when we will also be opening the exhibition Daylight by Per Bak Jensen. For further information and to order pictorial material on the works, please contact the gallery.