Title of work: Late Anthropocene Motor Mace (2022)
Technique: Bricolage / Sculpture
Format: 70 x 30 x 25 cm
Gabriel Johann Kvendseth’s (b. 1984, Karlsøy/Gálsá, Norway) artistic practice encompasses sculpture, installation, performance and participatory situations.
His sculptures appear at the same time multifunctional and dysfunctional, oscillating between concrete prose and metaphor. Traffic across disciplinary borders, between the domains of art and craft, is a leading trope. He frequently works with abandoned materials, which he manipulates idiosyncratically into storyteller sculptures that resemble weapons, tools or ceremonial artefacts.
He has exhibited at Arkhangelsk Fine Arts Museum and Murmansk Regional Art Museum in Russia, Sámi Center for Contemporary Art in Karasjok, Nordic House in Reykjavik, Northern Norwegian Art Museum in Tromsø, Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kunstnerforbundet and Kunstindustrimuseet in Oslo, Kunsthall Oslo, KODE 2 and Kraft in Bergen. His work is represented in the collections of The Art Museum of Northern Norway; KODE1; Hordaland County; Narvik Municipality and The Faculty of Art, Music and Design at the University of Bergen. He lives and works in Bergen and is a graduate of the Bergen National Academy of Art and Design.