Marco Bruzzone, Jan Freuchen, Magnhild Øen Nordahl, Linn Pedersen, Phillip Raiford Johnson, Sigmund Skard, André Tehrani.




“Make Default” is the sequel to the exhibition “Soft Measures” curated by Tehrani and Anthea Buys for the project room at the WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels in 2014, which explored collective activity, intuition and the possibility of a shared sensory field of communication as tools for exhibition making. “Make Default” brings the same group of artists together, in a presentation of new works making use of and investigating systemic approaches.

Following up on the Brussels presentation “Soft Measures”, which focused on an idea of haptic attraction, the exhibition “Make Default" at Hordaland kunstsenter now reflects on standardised value, and investigates how standards of measurement, color values, formats and lingustic systems all work as preselected options for artistic production. Either through shedding light on the technological and cultural infrastructures conditioning how we interact with artistic objects, or through making use of more particular systems developed as part of an artistic approach, this exhibition explores how systemic models can operate as artistic tools.  


Welcome to the exhibition opening at Friday 8th of April, 19:00. On the opening night (at 20:00), Sigmund Skard performs his work entitled "Laus Skrue 2".


The exhibition “Make Default” is initiated by André Tehrani, and produced with generous support from The Arts Council Norway.




Marco Bruzzone (b. 1974) is an artist living and working in Berlin. Recently his work has been exhibited at Gillmeier Rech (Berlin), Kunstverein Arnsberg (DE), Museo Hermann Nitsch (Naples, IT), Chateau Shatto (LA), Paradise Garage (LA), WIELS (Brussels), MJ (Geneva), Almanac Project (London), Tag Team (Bergen, NO), Veneklasen Werner (Berlin), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie (Berlin), Kunsthalle Basel (Basel) and Oslo 10 (Basel). From 2014 Bruzzone is represented by Gillmeier Rech (Berlin).


Jan Freuchen (b. 1979) is an artist based in Kristiansand, Norway. He holds a degree from Bergen Academy of Art and Design. Recent projects include the exhibition Close, but no cigar, Meat & Marble, Havana (2016), and the book Columna Transatlantica (Forlaget Press, 2015) as the book series SPAREBLUSS (Lord Jim Publishing, 2016).


Magnhild Øen Nordahl (b. 1985) is an artist who lives and works in Bergen. She holds a degree from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, and from Bergen Academy of Art and Design. During the past year Nordahl presented a publicly commisioned sculpture in Sogndal, Norway, and exhibited at Stavanger Kunsthall as well as the Norwegian Sculpture Biennal at the Vigeland Museum, Oslo.


Linn Pedersen (b. 1982, Sortland, Norway) lives and works in Kristiansand, Norway. She holds a degree from Bergen Academy of Art and Design, as well as from Central Saint Martins, London. Recent exhibitions include the solo shows Plain Air, Entreé, Bergen (2015), Frokost i det grønne, Kristiansand Kunsthall (2015), Sedimentality, Galleri MELK, Oslo (2013) Floor Arrangements Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2012), and the group exhibitions Close, but no Sigars, Meat & Marble, Havana (2016), Beyond G(l)aze, KODE 2, Bergen and Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou (2014-2015), Sparebankstiftelsen DNBs stipendutstilling, Oslo Kunstforening (2014), Soft Measures (with Jan Freuchen), WIELS, Brussels (2014), Elastic Measures (with Ole Martin Lund Bø and Jan Freuchen), SINNE, Helsinki (2014), Disclaimer, Galleri Opdahl, Stavanger (2013), Vårutstillingen, Fotogalleriet, Oslo (2013).


Phillip Raiford Johnson (f. 1986) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He received his Masters in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include Half Man Half Beast , 56Pim, Johannesburg (2015), Recent group exhibitions include Maker Library Network, Vitra Museum, Germany (2015); Business as Usual
, STCFTHOTS, Leeds, UK (2015), Soft Measures, WIELS, Brussels (2014); Science Fiction: Myths of the Present Future, FACT, Liverpool (2014).


Sigmund Skard (b. 1952) is an artist who lives and works in Valevåg, Sveio in Hordaland county. He holds a degree from the Oslo Academy of Fine Art. Latest exhibition: Winter Solstice, Hovinveien 10, Oslo (group exhibition).


André Tehrani (b. 1980 in Tønsberg, Norway) is a Norwegian-Iranian artist who currently lives and works in Oslo. Recent group exhibitions include Förbannad Vare Du (Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, 2014), Soft Measures (WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium), Sound vs. System (Kunsthall Oslo, 2013), This House (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2013), MONIKA STRICKER (CAB Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium, 2013). Solo presentations include Some General Thoughts on Wreckage (Tegnerforbundet, Oslo, 2014), Idiot Cards For a Bygone Revolt (NoPlace, Oslo, 2013) and Lost Allusions (Entrée, Bergen, 2013).


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.