Erlend Grytbakk Wold


Erlend Grytbakk Wold’s (NO, 1986) paintings show the very moment where we don’t see clearly or understand anything and ask us to think about what this experience entails. As such, he paints an architectural construction with a mixture of lines and shadows of shapes of a level of thinking he catches us in - a level where we are closer to a reassessment rather than being conscious of the importance of what we see.

The work consists of watercolor paint on unprimed linen before alternately spraying red, yellow and blue paint - the primary colors that became typical for modernism and the Neoplastcism’s ideology for harmony and order - layered on the canvas. The outcome of these colors becomes a brownish mixture. After observing the painting more thoroughly we can clearly distinguish other colors than brown. The result of his paintings are lines and fields of foggy shadows, which alternately appear as they’re emerging from the surface, with a melancholic and dystopian alternative and archaeological look at modernism.

Erlend Grytbakk Wold had his first institutional solo show last year (2017) at Trøndelag Center for Contemporary Art in Trondheim, Norway.

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