Van Etten Visningsrom
Soloshow at Van Etten 5.june 2020

moved to 9th of october 2020

The eternal question for the last great painters was "When is the picture done"?

Åsmund Thorkildsen

They asked me to make some totebag paintings directly on the canvas as a preparation to the show

So I did 22 paintings today

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The eternal question for the last great painters was "When is the picture done"?

But there is a far more brutal selection than this in art. The art institution is based on the fact that the taste is shared, that something is decided to fall within the concept of art that one wants to convey, develop or change. So even if the criteria change, the art system is very much a "system of exclusion". If everything is art, art is dead.

A slacker artist like Terje Nicloaisen works directly and quickly. There are no visible traces of assessment processes in his drawings. He decides, takes a bet and leaves it at that. Thus, considerable amounts of drawings are generated by such an artist.

Åsmund Thorkildsen (2002), Festen (excerpt), published in the Artist-book TN-3080

Selected Works (2002)
Colour xerox reproductions.
Archival binding.
300 x 405 mm
143 sheets + cover
Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst
Drammens Museum
Edition-5-TN-3080-4/5
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Det evige spørsmålet for de siste store malerne var ”Når er bildet ferdig”?

Men det foregår en langt mer brutal utvelgelse enn dette i kunsten. Kunstinstitusjonen bygger på at smaken er delt, at noe bestemmes å ligge innenfor det kunstbegrep man vil formidle, utvikle eller forandre. Så selv om kriteriene endrer seg, er kunstsystemet i høy grad ”a system of exclusion”. Hvis alt er kunst, er kunsten død.

En slackertegner som Terje Nicloaisen arbeider direkte og raskt. Det er ingen synlige spor av vurdringsprosesser i hans tegninger. Han bestemmer seg, tar sats og lar det stå til. Det genereres dermed betydelige mengder av tegninger hos en slik kunstner.

Åsmund Thorkildsen (2002), Utdrag av Festen, publisert i Artist-book TN-3080

Selected Works (2002)
Colour xerox reproductions.
Archival binding.
300 x 405 mm
143 sheets + cover
Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst
Drammens Museum
Edition-5-TN-3080-4/5

Tote Bag Painting (2020) Acryl on canvas
Tote Bag Painting (2020) Acryl on canvas