Saturday, February 21, 2015

Torbjørn Rødland at Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter

Torbjørn Rødland at Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter

The more overtly erotic of Rødland's tinge the others with innuendo, a suspicious perfume, making even chaste photographs fill with “content,” engorge on ripeness of its meaning. Touch, of all kinds, becomes charged with the sex of the inert.
As with Ethridge, the erotic exists in the uncomfortable voids that fashion photography - that it often looks like - lapses, the spaces that don’t fit into normalized categories, between normative systems, yet becoming. Filling an image with too much content, it becomes erotic, engorged, lacking the blank homogeneity of Movie Star beauty, and confusing the two with slightness - the deckled face of a girl, the black banana - posing problems for categorical restrictors like the MPAA for which Rødland presents a real European nightmare of divergent cultural normativity. Most of the photos are G or PG but feel PG-13, and while the penis is R it’s the sneakers on the otherwise nude man that really require Parental Guidance, gorge yourself upon them.

See too : Torbjørn Rødland at Kunstahall Stavanger , Lucy Skaer at Murray Guy , Sherrie Levine at Simon Lee