LUTZ-RAINER MÜLLER AND STIAN ÅDLANDSVIK
YOU ONLY TELL ME YOU LOVE ME WHEN YOU'RE DRUNK
Between September 3rd and October 3rd the two artists Lutz-Rainer Müller and Stian Ådlandsvik transform the house on Holmedalshammaren 67 at the island of Askøy outside of Bergen to a sculpture. This is one part of the two part exhibition titled You only tell me you love me when you're drunk. The other part can be seen at Hordaland Art Centre at Nordnes in Bergen. On the opening night there will be a free shuttle bus beween Hordaland Art Centre and Holmedalshammaren 67.
In the past we built houses for eternity. Today property and housing have changed from being a beloved necessity to becoming an investment. At least if we are to believe the media, where reports on homes are just as well about economics. As Norway has changed from a nation with sensible rations to a country of plenty, the relationship to our surroundings has changed too.
The artists made a scale model of the house and sent it around the world via Beijing, Sydney, New York City and Paris in poor wrapping. The sculpture at Askøy is a recreation of the model as it looked when it returned. The materials which have been removed from Holmedalshammaren 67 are used to make the exhibition at Hordaland Art Centre.
For the exhibition writer and curator Petra Reichensperger has been invited to write at text. A book about the project is planned for next year.
This is the first exhibition of the autumn 2010 at Hordaland Art Centre, where we investigate artistic collaborations in a series of three exhibitions made by artist duos. The following exhibitions are made by Øyvind Renberg and Miho Shimizu and aiPotu (Anders Kjellesvik and Andreas Siqueland).
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Lutz-Rainer Müller (1977 Neustadt in Ostholstein, Germany) and Stian Ådlandsvik (1981 Bergen, Norway) live and work in Leipzig and Oslo. The two met in 2006 while studying at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo. Recent exhibitions of their collaborative practice include Still life with hyena, lotus and cave at W17, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, in 2010; If I won’t fly, try using it as a reducing machine simultaneously at Galerie HfbK, Elektrohaus, Trottoir and St. Pauli Kunstverein, all simultaneously in Hamburg, 2008, and Sketches for the meantime at Fotogalleriet, Oslo, 2006. Their works are often products of a reaction to specific situations or contexts in which they find themselves or arrange for themselves. Currently they are working on a series where the theme of collaboration in itself is investigated, using the help of their respective arm bones, medical technology and a fortune teller.
You only tell me you love me when you're drunk is produced by Hordaland Art Centre, and supported by KORO, City of Bergen, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond and Statens utstillingsstipend.The artists and Hordaland Art Centre extends their gratitude to Kranringen Nordås AS, USF Verftet and Kleppestø Panorama AS. The artists would also like to thank their collaborators Philip Tinari (Beijing), Melody Willis (Sydney), Joe Amrhein (New York City), Jeremie Giniaux-Kats (Paris) for all their help.
Public Art Norway (KORO) is the government’s professional body for art in public spaces, and the country’s largest art producer. KORO emphasises diversity and innovation in art productions that reach a wide and varied audiences in cities and regions throughout the country. In addition to maintaining art projects for two government institutions, public buildings owned by municipalities and counties, and one for outdoor spaces, KORO have approx. 65 governmental projects at work. KORO’s Uteromsordning (URO, Out Door Projects) supports art projects positioned in a political/social context, as well as secures a variety in artistic expression. For 2010 art projects in public space discussing national and global challenges to democracy are given priority, as well as projects exploring Norway as a heterogeneous and varied society and which explores the relation between aesthetics, ethics and context. You only tell me you love me when you’re drunk has received support through URO-2010.