Turning strangers into family
We welcome you to the exhibition opening with new work and book launch on Friday December 9th, 7pm!
Turning Strangers into Family (Yellow). Photo by Thor Brødreskift.
In the sculpture series Turning Strangers into Family, Cato Løland returns to the concept of bringing disparate materials back into the fold. Here recognizable materials are remixed into compact assemblages. However, unlike many of his former works, this series was not made with a specific space in mind from the beginning. They were the result of leftover scraps from his studio, knotted, wrapped, and braided until they became independent works. The series of sculptures was later selected for the Contemporary Textile Art Biennial in Portugal (2022). The tightly bundled and vertically hung artworks evoke the ongoing influence of Norwegian artists Brit Fuglevaag and Elisabeth Haarr on a younger generation of artists.
Cato Løland (b. 1982) lives in Bergen, Norway. His work has a playful odor and refuses to get categorized, it questions hierarchies within materials and techniques. Detritus cast aside and rescued from alleyways can be found alongside expensive silk and high-quality artistic tools. He is particularly drawn to industrially produced materials as they offer an opportunity for the reintroduction of the human hand in their creation – for reanimation. Subtlety, vulnerability, playfulness, and insistent presence has become hallmarks of his practice. Løland completed his MA from Bergen Academy of Art and Design in 2009. Recent solo exhibitions include Reservoar (2022) at The Textile Industry Museum, Salhus (NO), Før, før, etter, etter (2021) at Tag Team, Bergen (NO), Albogerom (2020) at SOFT Gallery, Oslo (NO) and Folded Lines, Battle and Events (2016) at Entrée, Bergen (NO). Current group exhibitions include The Queer Gaze at KODE Art Museums, Bergen (NO) and Contextile at the 6th Contemporary Textile Art Biennial in Guimarães (PT). Løland’s work is included in the collections of KORO Public Art Norway, KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes, The Bergen Municipality Collection, Sogn og Fjordane Art Museum, University of Bergen as well as several private collections.
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