ARCHIPELAGO: THREADS AND TRACES
Jacob Alrø is the first artist to exhibit in Archipelago this fall.
It is easy to imagine the paradox, of an explorer with such tenacity, to be soundly defeated at measuring the depth of the ocean. Dropping the weighted line 750 meters into the water without contact, he ordered to pull it up, declaring the ocean immeasurable. It was utterly apparent his tools were no match for the ocean’s scale and vastness.
As technology advanced into new centuries, new and better methods developed to measure the world’s territory—from longer weighted lines to echo and sonar technology, to satellite imagery and submersibles outfitted with GPS. But even though humanity has now compiled vast amounts of data into maps, diagrams, and digital models, the full scope of the world—the hydraulic, topographic, geologic, and biological systems that comprise the Earth’s surface—will perhaps never be fully comprehended.
Jacob Alrø (Copenhagen, 1984) graduated at the Academy for Art and Design in Bergen in 2013 and is currently in his final year of the MFA program at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Working with painting, sculpture and installation he initiates a process and medium orientated practice. Very much aware of historical and technological references and possibilities of our time, Jacob Alrø's work is defined by its material sensibility and spatial pragmatism.
Recent exhibitions include “echo”, at Q, Copenhagen, “Group 14”, at Gallery SE, Bergen and “Unge inviterte” at Galleri LNM, Oslo.
Archipelago is a small, flexible platform for showing individual works and installations in a focused but open environment. Located on the ground floor of Hordaland kunstsenter, adjacent to a larger, more formal exhibition space, Archipelago works with the constraint of limited physical space in order to explore the changing modalities of artworks in the age of virtual space. Archipelago is programmed with short lead times for each new project, with the intention of reinserting curatorial agility and real-time engagement into the institution. This initiative follows a different schedule to Hordaland kunstsenter’s main exhibition programme, and is conceived as a group of ‘thought islands’ appearing in time.
Hordaland Art Centre based in Bergen, Norway was established 1976 as the first artist run art centre in Norway. Its activities are based around the exhibition programme with equal emphasis on seminars, presentations and dialogue. Since 1987 Hordaland Art Centre has hosted a Nordic residency programme, from 2008 also open to international artists, curators, writers and other art professionals.