Henrik Olai Kaarstein will present a new body of works especially conceived for ReMap 4 and reflecting on the idea of primitivism and emotional extravagance.
The works presented are very fast, loudly coloured paintings on cardboard inspired by figures and sentences collected from a grotesque inventory of people, that will be both hung on the walls and installed on the floor, and accompanied by murals painted directly on walls. A sort of collage within a collage, where the wall is not only a background, but physically and metaphorically ties everything together.
Projected on walls in two different rooms, are also two videos created from old shot footage. Starting and ending with a soft pink and shown on a loop, they both deal with voyeurism and the idea of public exhibition in public spaces of things unarmedly exposed to public inspection, sea lions in an aquarium just like paintings in an art museums. Wall drawings will function as a frame around projections, again in the attempt to incorporate the space of the installation into the installation itself.
Henrik Olai Kaarstein was born in Oslo in 1989. He is currently studying at Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt.