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For the first of Bergen Kunsthall's exhibitions outside its own building this autumn Knut Henrik. Henriksen will be working with one of the city's most visible architectural landmarks. The monumental City Hall in Bergen is centrally located at the core of the city, and since the start of construction in 1968 has been highly controversial.
The architectural design of the City Hall is the main focus of Henriksen's twofold exhibition project for Bergen Kunsthall. With their simple resources, both projects install themselves in public space as temporary reorganizations of existing architectural situations. With cue concepts like 'architectural doubt' or 'architectural frustration' Henriksen creates site-
The starting point for the project is the characteristic treatment of the material on the facade of the City Hall. In the 1950s the architect Erling Viksjø took out an international patent on so-
The first part of the exhibition project has the title Echoes and consists of a series of wooden sculptures assembled directly on the facade of Bergen Kunsthall. The forms can be understood as 'architectural sound waves' where individual elements from the City Hall building reappear on the facade of the Kunsthall as an echo. The Kunsthall thus 'mirrors' the City Hall inasmuch as the two buildings lie on each side of an open urban space around the lake Lille Lungårdsvann.
With his model in architectural details from the City Hall, Henriksen uses dimensions and measurements from Viksjø's original working drawings, but reformulates the same shapes in a series of abstract sculptures. The sculptures are independent of the functionality of the architecture and totally emancipated from their origin as integral parts of a construction. The exhibition is an informal mash-
Like an echo in nature, where fragments of utterances are thrown back in a series of repetitions, Henriksen's composition too is composed of repetitions. This repeating principle is inspired by the architecture of the City Hall, in which Viksjø did in fact use repetitions of individual modules as a main element of the facade design.
The sculptures are made of shuttering panels—a material used in the production of cast concrete. The exhibition can thus be viewed as a presentation of 'potential works' formed by shuttering panels, as if pointing forward to something that can become 'finished' concrete structures or 'completed' architecture. The exhibition Notes to Stones, which will constitute the second part of the project, will in addition incorporate 'completed works' cast in natural concrete with Erling Viksjø's method.
The unfinished, the incomplete, or the redefinable, is a conceptual strand that runs through Knut Henrik Henriksen's artistic oeuvre. He actively deploys an element of doubt that exists in all architecture. A finished building is often regarded as a physical materialization of an architectural vision, but is in reality often the result of innumerable redefinitions, adaptations to the site, and pragmatic compromises. Henriksen's works force their way into the spaces between the fixed-
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Echoes underscores this open-
Knut Henrik Henriksen was born in Oslo in 1970. He lives and works in Berlin.
The exhibition has been produced by Bergen Kunsthall. Presented in collaboration with Bergen City Hall, Bergen City Council.
Part 2, Notes to Stones, will be presented at Bergen City Hall in the course of 2013. Dates to be announced later.
Knut Henrik Henriksen, Arch, 2011. Wood, Installation view : The Go-