Sunday, 19 May 2013

Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas - Ikebana Works

In some of their latest works Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas, an artist duo currently living and working in Oslo, Norway, have been exploring traditions and the means of transferring ideas. In an interview they explain "We're interested in durability. And how ideas and concepts survive through times. And how artworks, for example, survive through time. The ideas, concepts and artworks that survives longest, are past on biologically. So they are ideas that are transferred from person to person. In other words traditions."

This focus on transferring ideas also led them to experiment with ikebana as an integral part of installations. Here are a few examples:

2013 Grünerløkka Kunsthall, Olso, Brooding on what I have lived through

Ikebana Number 14 Flowers, and Abstract Expressionist Classics Folded Over onto Themselves.

Photo: Svein G. Josefsen
Photo: Svein G. Josefsen

2012 INCA: Institute for Neo Connotative Action, Detroit, COPIOUS TROPHY

Ikebana No. 13 Twigs and frame, and Copious Trophy.


2012 IASPIS, Stockholm, Health and Prosperity in the Age of Kleptomania

Ikebana Number 1. Flowers in mid-century Danish modern vase by Knabstrup, broken GDR clock, Stockholm sanitation pipe and 1 SEK commemorative of the Swedish colony in Finland, permanent marker.

Ikebana Number 2. Flowers in Swedish mid-century modern vase by S. B. G, Styrofoam™, blue patch cable, red and green electric cables and tulle.

Watch the interview with Aearon and Alejandra, Feng Shui Consultation for 0047, through this link.

Their next exhibition will take place at Steirischer Herbst, Graz, 20th September - 13th October 2013.

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