Dissolved Rodeo Dr. LA 02. Size 70x100 cm. OSL duo 01. Size 100x240 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum. Dissolved Rodeo Dr. LA 02. Size 70x100 cm. OSL duo 01. Size 100x240 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum.

Delirious Metropol

Gallery Semmingsen
Christine Istad
12/3 - 19/4 2020

Gallery Semmingsen is proud to present the forth solo exhibition by Christine Istad at the gallery, titled ‘Delirious Metropol’. The show is comprised of ten large scale colour photographs from the artist’s ongoing body of work, produced between 2018 and 2020. Istad’s work displays a thorough commitment to the photographic medium.

A New Nature
We are all familiar with the term nostalgia. But perhaps less with the newer term “solastalgia”. A word “invented” by Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht to describe ecological sorrow. A melancholia felt strongly by many of us; a “homesickness” for lost landscapes and species, in an area where human civilization characterizes the environment to the extent that clear geological traces are deposited on earth.

Through photographic studies, Christine Istad highlights details in modern architecture, in photographs referring to the real time and place in which they were taken. The motifs appear abstract and dissolved, although many of her most recent works are more organic in form than her previous. None the less, trough her detailed focus on optical effects, reflections of light and rhythms, Istad creates images of new forms of landscapes; artificial spaces.

Identity, relationship between people, society and modern, high speed cities are topics that concern the artist. Her close-up studies of towering architecture and densely packed urbanity reveal both her interest in a loss of nature and mankind's capacity to adapt to alienation and find small 'pockets' for physical and psychological space. The result is reminiscent of a principle of cultural anthropology, where the main question is what happens to inherited traditions and fundamental values when technology and efficiency become the defining powers in our lives? How is the balance between man and nature, and nature within man, maintained when the individual is increasingly defined as a "mechanical figure"?

Istad’s works focus on contrasts found in our most modern and innovative metropolises, where tradition and technology are thrown into sharp relief. Her photo series are stunningly beautiful and plays with the viewers perception. What do we see? Is it the in- or outside of a building? Is it the building itself or reflections of buildings in its proximity?
Istad offers no answers. Instead she asks: How do we keep our identity and humanity in a world perceived as façades and reflections?

Text: Karin Sunderø

The exhibition is supported by Bildende Kunstneres Vederlagsfond, NBK
Gallery Semmingsen
semmingsen.no
Astrid Hilde Semmingsen
Mob 90594117
Fru Kroghs Brygge 2, Tjuvholmen, 0252 Oslo, Norway.

OSL duo 01. Size 100x240 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum. OSL duo 01. Size 100x240 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum.

Dissolved Tr.Heim 01. Dissolved Rodeo Dr. 02. Size 70x100 cm. OPhoto on brushed aluminum. Dissolved Tr.Heim 01. Dissolved Rodeo Dr. 02. Size 70x100 cm. OPhoto on brushed aluminum.

Dissolved Hamburg 01. Size 70x100 cm. Photo digital print. Dissolved Hamburg 01. Size 70x100 cm. Photo digital print.

Dissolved OSL 01. Size 70x100 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum. Dissolved Pantheon 01. Size 100x150 cm. Digital print. Dissolved OSL 01. Size 70x100 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum. Dissolved Pantheon 01. Size 100x150 cm. Digital print.

Dissolved OSL 01. Size 70x100 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum. Dissolved OSL 01. Size 70x100 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum.

Dissolved Tokyo 01. Size 70x100 cm. Dissolved San Fransisco 01. Size 100x150 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum. Dissolved Tokyo 01. Size 70x100 cm. Dissolved San Fransisco 01. Size 100x150 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum.

Dissolved Tokyo 01. Size 70x100 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum. Dissolved Tokyo 01. Size 70x100 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum.

Dissolved San Fransisco 01. Size 100x150 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum. Dissolved San Fransisco 01. Size 100x150 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum.

Delirious Metropol Pantheon 01. Size 100x150 cm. Digital print. OSL duo 02. Size 100x150 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum. Delirious Metropol Pantheon 01. Size 100x150 cm. Digital print. OSL duo 02. Size 100x150 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum.

OSL duo 02. Size 100x240 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum OSL duo 02. Size 100x240 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum

Delirious Rodeo Dr. 01. Delirious Rodeo Dr. 03. Size 70 x 100 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum. Delirious Rodeo Dr. 01. Delirious Rodeo Dr. 03. Size 70 x 100 cm. Photo on brushed aluminum.

From Left, Dissolved San Fransisco 01, Dissolved Tr.Heim 01, Dissolved Rodeo Dr. LA 01. Dissolved Rodeo Dr. LA 03. From Left, Dissolved San Fransisco 01, Dissolved Tr.Heim 01, Dissolved Rodeo Dr. LA 01. Dissolved Rodeo Dr. LA 03.

Dissolved OSL 01. 70x100 cm, photo on brushed aluminum. Dissolved Pantheon 01. 100x150 cm, photo digital print. Dissolved OSL 01. 70x100 cm, photo on brushed aluminum. Dissolved Pantheon 01. 100x150 cm, photo digital print.