fredag 24. april 2015

PRESTEBEKKEN | Johan Otto Weisser

Opening PRESTEBEKKEN | Johan Otto Weisser
Friday 17.4.15

We are very proud to present this exhibition around the seemingly simple theme of a little neighbourhood stream, Prestebekken, or 'the Vicar's brook'. The artist, Johan Otto Weisser is next door neighbour of this stream, and has had the pleasure of getting to know it quite well the last three years, the duration of this project which has culminated into at least this exhibition. Hopefully we will see more as time goes on.

We were happy to receive people from Kristiansand that are interested in this new direction that Weisser is taking with his art. From mainly focusing on the medium of oilpainting, he has taken a new step into the realm of photography.

I  myself remember when I at a quite younger age read about his then monochromatic works that were exhibited in Kristiansand. The fact that he took that kind of artistic step in this town was in all cases quite extraordinary. Kristiansand has long not exactly been known for carrying an avant garde attitude towards visual art, or any art at all. This has luckily changed in the course of the last decades. Some would say not without growing pains. Other would comment on how extraordinary fast this process in fact has been.

We were extremely lucky to have Ragnar Evensen there, the director of the tecnical division of the municipality of Kristiansand, to open the exhibition for us. In a ten year period he has had the chance of getting to know the subject of the stream, Prestebekken, on a professional level. Also he is an ardent observer of visual art, and took to the task of the opening speach with passion and great  curiosity. Certainly he was opening up the perspective, intensifying the experience for many visitors of the show.

Such an evening is the perfect time for mingling, seeing one another again, catching up, making new plans for coffee, visits, exhibitions, writings. The variety of people that come to the exhibition is also a compliment to the artist and to the gallery of course.

Contemplation whilst taking in the visual is often a great part of the enjoyment of art. This project of Weisser also invites to contemplation, and many seem to be drawn to his work exactly for that reason.

Again, thank you Johan Otto Weisser for a beautiful show. We are looking forward to seing more of your work in the future!

You are welcome here at arteriet on wednesdays thru sundays from 12 to 16 in the exhibition period lasting till 16th of May.

mandag 23. mars 2015

Videotour: Bright Green & Other Colors | Marianne Lund

Finally for those of you who did not get to see the show of Marianne Lund: here is the videotour of the exhibition. Completely free of charge and only for you!

fredag 13. februar 2015


Text by Irene Strandenes Photos by Naysa Andrade

13.2 - 15.3 2015

Friday February 13, arteriet had the honor of hosting the opening of Marianne Lund’s exhibition Bright Green and Other Colors


Lund is a local architect and artist who has years worth of experience behind her. Part of what is exciting about this exhibit, is that she has moved beyond her signature pencil drawings to also create wonderful, and also larger, works of bright and beautiful oil colors.


As the title indicates, the color green is prominent in the exhibition, but yellow, orange and red are also very much present. The works all come nicely together and complement each other.  

In a pre-show interview with Fædrelandsvennen, she explains a little bit about her process and end results, and how her starting point is drawing or painting lines. Lines that will never be straight as she does not use a ruler, lines that she builds upon, and thus wavy, intricate patterns emerge.

 In the article she lets us know that it is the human body’s inadequacy that is being expressed, and she also reveals that silence and solitude are important elements to her work process.


The opening night started with a presentation by gallery owner Marianne Laukvik, before visitors started roaming free to take it all in. 

The meticulous work and the details of it are so that one find oneself captivated in front of each one of the pictures looking for even more to discover. 


The crowd was happy and appreciative of the exhibition, enjoying a glass of wine or juice – and of course, the soup. The soup is always delicious.  
Bright Green and Other Colors runs through March 15.

(To read the article, go to For open access link, go through arteriet’s Facebook page at

søndag 30. november 2014


Forgjengelighet, mørkets kontrast til lyset, det dystre og det lekne samt et oppgjør med tingenes tilstand.

Photos courtesy  Kinga  Kovacs.


Abusland utforsker kontrastene vi finner i tilværelsen. Tingene som de er eller kunne ha vært, eller tingene som man helst ville ha kvittet seg med. Hva er egentlig perfekt og hva er mislykket?


 Hva er det vi vil ha og hvordan finner vi det? I rommet mellom mørke og lys finner skyggene sin plass. Disse skyggene kan huse hemmeligheter eller kanskje en trygg havn.


Det synlige og det usynlige spiller et spill om hemmeligheter og skygger som kommer ut i lyset og faktisk blir usynlige.


Vi inviterer til opplevelse og aktivitet, eller hvis det er å foretrekke, kun kontemplasjon.




Photos by StudioLL