Sleuths of time travel poetry is presenting works by Christian Tony Norum (b. 1980, Oslo) and Andrea Bakketun (b.1983, Trondheim), both based in Oslo, Norway.
Bakketun was granted the Achterhaus residency for her participation in “Parkplatztreffen III” organised by Kunstverein St.Pauli in August, and has been in Hamburg since early July, together with Norum.
In her installations Bakketun is searching for metaphysical qualities of objects and physical forces, rebuilding electrical appliances and found objects, using the video camera as thoroughly observing eye. Norum is on his hand digesting art history and issues of poststructural modernist theories through expressive labour, be it painting, sculpture or performance. Alongside their individual practices, the couple occasionally exhibit as Bakketun + Norum, an artist duo founded in 2012. In their collaboration they intuitively investigate their surroundings,- the architectural and physical qualities of a space, as well as the reminiscence of an object, a trace of a personal story or historical event. Associations and hints are given affectionate attention as they weave together their own truths and narratives. The works of Bakketun + Norum can seem kaleidoscopic, as they operate in different time scales and spaces at the same time, and zoom in on the smallest details, while they keep an eye on universal perspectives.
Bakketun + Norum have exhibited and performed in institutions like GLStrand (Copenhagen), UKS (Oslo), Papay Gyro Nights Art Festival (Papay Westray, Orkney Islands and Cattle Depot Artist Village, Hong Kong) and Oslo Kunstforening (Oslo). They received the Sparebankstiftelsen DNB art stipend for the work “Glemt der de hører hjemme” in 2015.
Andrea Bakketun was educated at the the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (BA) and the National Academy of Fine Art in Oslo (MA) from where she graduated in 2013.
Recent and upcoming solo/duo exhbitions include Kunstnerforbundet (Oslo), Oslo Kunstforening, TSSK (Trondheim), NoPlace (Oslo), Kunsthaus Essen (Essen), Munch´s studio at Ekely (Oslo) and II Stile (Berlin).
Bakketun´s work has been featured in a wide range of group shows in Norway and abroad, including “Pattern Drill”, Hacienda/1857 (Zürich), “Induction”, Art from Barents (Murmansk), “Dating Service”, Autocenter (Berlin), “Kopie - Documented Now”, De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam), “Battle No.19”, Pink Cube (Oslo), “Contstant.Decay”, RAKE (Trondheim) and “Wildlife Skulpturpark”, (Akershus).
In 2012 Bakketun (together with Silje L. Haaland) initiated and produced the project “Five thousand generations of birds”, an exhibition in the Fitjar Islands, off the west coast of Norway, where 16 international artists were invited to work and exhibit on his/her own isle.
Christian Tony Norum was educated at the National Academy of Fine Art in Oslo, where he obtained a MA degree in 2012.
Norum has participated in numerous exhibitions in Norway and internationally. He has performed and exhibited at Manifesta 11 (Zürich), Kunsthall Oslo, Kaleidoscope Art fair/ Macro Museum (Roma), MOMA PS1 (New York), Gavu Cheb Museum (Praha), QB Gallery (Oslo), House of Artists (Oslo), Malmö Konsthall (Malmö), The National Museum Of Contemporary Art (Oslo), Trøndelag Senter for Samtidskunst (Trondheim), 18th street Art Center (LA), The Munch museum (Oslo), Munchs Atelier at Ekely (Oslo), Kunstnerforbundet (Oslo) and NoPlace (Oslo).
His next solo show will be at Galleri K (Oslo) in November.
Also Norum has been highly engaged in curatorial practice where he has organised several exhibitions.
Norum´s works are in the collection of the National Museum of Art in Norway, Storebrand Art Collection and a number of private collections.|