"STICKS AND STONES"
From May 22nd to July 17th
LUIS ADELANTADO VALENCIA, Spain
"Sticks and Stones" is the first individual show of Morten Slettemeås (1975 Gvarv, Telemark, Norway) in Spain. After his participation in the X International Call for young Artists in the summer of 2008, and his incorporation to the Gallery, his work has been presented with great success at the fairs in Madrid, Bologna, Rome, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
After his graduation in 2003 from the Academy of Fine Arts of Oslo, where he resides, he has participated actively in diverse collective and individual expositions chiefly in Norway and Germany. At present he enjoys a three year scholarship for young emerging artists from the government of Norway. In 2006 he received the Diesel prize. His work is already to be found in public collections such as: Stavanger International Collection, Malmø Konstmuseum in Sweden, StatoilHydro and Norwegian Cultural Council and in private Collections of Norway, Spain, Germany and Portugal.
Slettemeås' paintings are large in format; they are colorful, expressive and organic. The artist knows that painting of today with necessity will have to relate to the long and rich history of painting, and he relates actively to these traditions. In the paintings one can see anonymous human beings partly set in heroic postures that remind one of pre-modernistic history-paintings. At the same time he relates to the Nordic expressionistic painting of the post-war period, like the painting of the COBRA-group and of Per Kirkeby.
You could say that his main characteristic, is the mixture, completely irreverent and audacious, of his diverse sources; The most dignified art history with its old heroic paintings, along with images of the daily press, advertisements and comics of old heroes. An interesting combination of low and high culture.
One of these points of departure is a 17th century painting which in a superior, dignified way depicts Spanish conquistadors. Slettemeås keeps some of the baroque structure. The diagonals. The pictorial space. But the figures are no longer superior to the observer. On the contrary, they have attained a touch of comedy or ridicule.
On one hand, the action is halfway destructive (the starting point is always very close to an existing image that is going to be "destroyed") and, on the other hand, the effect is always a new painting, partly reconstructed, recycled, spun and presented as an orgasmic explosion of colors, very seductive to the eye.
Slettemeås reveals himself under an anti authoritarian attitude towards painting and society. He cuts and pastes his motives in a kind of conspiracy that forces us to continue the evanescent narrative thread that takes place in his images. He steals like a magpie and plays around in the history of art as it was his own backyard.
For more information or high-res images please contact the gallery. Ph. +34 963510179 or
prensa @ luisadelantado.com