Turning Strangers Into Family
and braided; the sculpture series Turning
Strangers Into Family, merges recognizable yet disparate
materials into tightly bundled and compact assemblages. Detritus
cast aside and rescued from alleyways can be found alongside torn
pieces of clothing and high-quality
silk and metals.
Løland’s work has a
playful odor and refuses to get categorized, it questions hierarchies within
materials and techniques. 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
Cato Løland (b. 1982)
lives in Bergen, Norway. He completed his MA from Bergen Academy of Art and Design
in 2009. Recent solo exhibitions include Chests at Paris Internationale, Paris (FR), Reservoar at The Textile Industry
Museum, Salhus (NO), Før, før, etter, etter at Tag Team,
Bergen (NO), Albogerom at SOFT Gallery, Oslo (NO) and Folded
Lines, Battle and Events 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.
Cato Løland at Entrée
Cato Løland, Turning Strangers Into Family (Purple), 2022. Mixed materials.
Cato Løland, Turning Strangers Into Family (Warrior), 2022. Mixed materials.
Cato Løland, Turning Strangers Into Family (Yellow), 2022. Mixed materials.
Cato Løland, Turning Strangers Into Family (Pink), 2022. Mixed materials.
Cato Løland, Turning Strangers Into Family (Blue), 2022. Mixed materials.
Cato Løland, Turning Strangers Into Family, exterior view, Entrée, 2022. All photos by Bent René Synnevåg.
We also launch the new artist’s monograph on Løland’s practice. The book includes a new essay by Heather Jones, and newly translated texts by Sara Kollstrøm Heilevang and Nanna Stjernholm Jepsen. The publication is designed by Petri Henriksson (Blank Blank), and published by Entrée.
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