Let This Exhibition Be Filled With Love

Let the Exhibition be Filled by Love (La høstutstillingen) (1997) is a brodery (approx 35x20 cm) made for Høstutstillingen/Statens Kunstutstilling in Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo. The text says; "Let this exhibition be filled with love".

The work is one out of several based on contrasts between living space and gallery space. Bringing this pious wish, this prayer, from a traditional home, into a gallery with it's distanced, analytic audience, refreshes the awareness of both contexts. The irony produced is about seeing the ambiguous, and does include seriousness, commitment and passion.

Another issue that the work deals with is how art works in exhibitions comment on and influence each other. Could this little embroidery affect the way one looked at the other 100+ works in «Høstutstillingen»?

Høiness, H: "Pent og prektig på Høstutstillingen", Dagbladet, September 3rd, 1997
Sandberg, T: "Høsten er kommet", Bergens Tidende, September 4th, 1997
Lindgren, L: "Med stigende showfaktor, Klassekampen, September 4th, 1997
Flor, H: "Veldressert Høstutstilling", Dagbladet, September 6th, 1997
Serck, P: "Lavmælt pusterom", Klassekampen, September 6th, 1997
Christiansen, P: "Tannløs høstkunst", Adresseavisen, September, 1997
Bergens Tidende, September, 1997