Vinyl, terror & Horror
I Took a Look at the Sun and it Gave Me a Headache
9th April - 7th May 2016
In Birk Bjørlo's second solo exhibition at Gether Contemporary I Took a Look at the Sun and it Gave me a Headache we are confronted with our own body, through Bjørlo's expressive and non-figurative paintings.
Light and darkness flicker for our eyes. The multiple painted layers visualize a state of mind or an inner space, rather than an actual place. Bjørlo builds on the existentialist idea of the Nordic landscape painting, but breaks with tradition with his non-figurative nature, which vibrates as a tactile primeval mass on the canvases. The works examine the concept of light, and thus darkness as well. Large colour fields light up like the sun, and keep us at a distance of the large canvases, while smaller dark canvases suck us in, like black holes in an intangible large universe.
In the concept of light lies a duality. When we turn our heads towards the sun, we are blinded and at the same time illuminated. The light illuminates our body. We are confronted with our own longing and current condition; with the inner and outer landscape we find ourselves in.
It is an immediate bodily experience, which confronts us when facing Bjørlo's visualizations of light and dark. An experience that resonates the sublime - that which cannot be comprehended with logics or explained in words, but instead here leaves its trace, in the viewer, as bodily experience. We are present in front of Bjørlo's works and we feel the presence of the works.
Birk Bjørlo was born in 1986 in Hønefoss, Norway. He lives and works in Copenhagen, where he graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in 2014. His work have been shown in exhibitions at, amongst others, &Model in Leeds (UK); Galerie Weissraum in Kyoto (JA) and Showroom in Malmö (SE).
Birk Bjørlo I am Lost to the World 2016, 220 x 320 cm, oil on canvas
Birk Bjørlo Dust 7 2016, 50 x 40 cm, oil on canvas
Birk Bjørlo Dust 8 2016, 50 x 40 cm, oil on canvas
Birk Bjørlo Look at the Sun 2016, 220 x 190 cm, oil on canvas
Birk Bjørlo Dust 6 2016, 50 x 40 cm, oil on canvas
Birk Bjørlo O 013 2016, 190 x 145 cm, oil on canvas
Birk Bjørlo O 014 2016, 190 x 145 cm, oil on canvas
Birk Bjørlo O 006 2016, 190 x 145 cm, oil on canvas
Birk Bjørlo O 011 2016, 190 x 145 cm, oil on canvas
Birk Bjørlo Dust 10 2016, 50 x 40 cm, oil on canvas
Birk Bjørlo Dust 5 2016, 50 x 40 cm, oil on canvas