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Fallow Land

Painting and prints

21.05 - 21.08.2022

Curated by Malin Barth

Fallow Land

Patrick Huse


In competition with nature analogously, with its growth laws, the painter creates his works according to his own laws as another nature, fills what has been seen and experienced with their own performances and experiences, and deepens his insights to an independent worldview, to an independent interpretation of the world which also includes and make visible the not visible, the reality that lies in and behind the things."

         Quote:: Hans Albert Peters, Art historian, former director of Baden Baden Kunsthalle and Düsseldorf Art Museum - RIFT 1998, p77.

Fallow land is a piece of land that is left to recover its required fertility .


Or metaphorically speaking:


Is it an attitude, a place, an utopian dream or a social topic? Is it a borderline between reality and abstraction? Can it be an artistic quest for affiliation? May be it has nothing to do with landscape at all, merely about surviving in a «Fallow land» in the sense of creating a room for a personal and individual expression or development?


Complexity of culture is represented in a physical, mentally and social landscapes.

Landscape and culture is not a homogeneous relationship and there is no unambiguously definition of landscape. Both landscape and culture have large internal differences where understanding is individually dependent. History, memory and meaning will always be embodied both in landscape and culture.

The landscape itself, both the cultivated and the uncultivated, are all the time constantly changing together with our own inherent experience and understanding. In relationship to human life course the landscape mainly appears as seemingly stable forms. The reality is that the landscape is in an endless change and aging process.

- Patrick Huse

"Nature as Construction

Patrick Huse’s projects raises many basically simple questions, among them what, precisely nature Is; how the term is used in a variety of contexts; and how it relates to «landscape». Strictly speaking, natura means birth, and the Romans used it with regard to all that came into being of itself, as against everything that was the result of human intervention; natura, non manu. Thus nature was looked upon as the raw material of reality, or it could stand for that which was extraneous to human kind, beyond the limits of the human spirit and, above all, of what man created. Consequently nature also became the antithesis of civilisation or culture, basically neaning something cultivated. Nature, then, denoted untreated, unelaborated raw material, and thus, too, the opposite of civilisation.

From this follow differing views on the relationship between nature and art. The classical perception was that the role of art was a dual one, in that it partly imitated nature and partly rose above it -to some kind of spiritual height or form of freedom. We recall immanuel Kant’s classical ideal of equilibrium, «We admire art when it shows us nature, and nature when it shows us art». It is not without reason that Kant is also remembered for his rigorous philosophy of ethics, and if we consider the concept «Nature and Morality», we find that in questions concerning the latter - wether the subject is the legal system or personal conduct - there is a tendency for nature to signify the opposite of morality, and thus something one should preferably overcome. Consequently, an ethic is often seen as someting coersive, something suggesting external pressure in the form of commands and interdictions, wether the moral code stems from a god or from a human authority."

                       Quote: Gunnar Sørensen, Art historian, former director Munchmuseet, Norway.

Patrick Huse (b.1948) is a Norwegian painter and multimedia artist. After his debut at the National Art Exhibition in 1970 Patrick Huse studied landscape art and conceptualism during the late 1970s and early 1980s. His works incorporate techniques as painting, drawing, photograph, video, wall based text material and objects. His work is described by Matthew Kangas Seattle’s leading critic for thirty years, interprets Patrick Huse’s art in the light of this narrative when he gave a great deal of praise in the Seattle Times about “Rift” in the Frye Art Museum, 2000: “Dark, cloudy and moody, Huse’s pictures are part of a long, gloomy tradition of northern European landscape tradition. In the early 1990s he started a project titled Rethinking Landscape, a trilogy consisting of the three parts: 1 Nordic Landscape, 2 RIFT and 3 Penetration. The traditional landscape art still plays a role as an artistic reference, but through a series of exhibitions from the mid 1990s and later, he has challenged landscape art in a way which makes his project unique. For many years through his interest for indigenous people and tradition in the Arctic Patrick Huse extensively travelled the north and his work in a period of twelve years resulted in an approach to art through a crossover between art and anthropology. This was concluded in a trilogy called Northern Imaginary which was under production for nine years.

Patrick Huse has worked extensively with larger pedagogical museum art projects connected to Northern issues for many years. Produced books connected to the different projects. Social research in Arctic Canada, Greenland, Iceland and the Nordic countries and cooperated with a large number of academics from several universities. The books are used as text books in academic courses in universities and university colleges. In his entire body of work, Patrick Huse argues the use of elements taken from nature, structures in nature and culture becomes an invitation to associate with working on the relationship – center and periphery, one of the most repeated topics for structuring the geographical relationship.






Video I: Revisiting Nature; Fragments of Time




Video II: Perpetual Motion

21.05 - 21.08.2022

(Image: Impentum of* Epirrita autumnata)



​​​Opening Saturday May 21st, door opens 12:00


14:00 - Exhibiting artist Patrick Huse will be in conversation with Øyvind Storm Bjerke og Åsmund Thorkildsen. The language of the landscape as a nature in itself will be starting point of the conversation.

Øyvind Storm Bjerke is a professor of art history at UIO, art critic in Klassekampen, long-time lecturer, author, researcher in the field. He was museum director at the Norwegian Museum of Photography - Preus Photo Museum in Horten in 1997–2002, associate professor at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in 1989–1997, curator of Trondhjem Art Association/Trøndelag Art Gallery in 1984–1989.

Åsmund Thorkildsen is a Norwegian museum director, curator and writer. He was intendant at Kunstnernes Hus in 1988–1999. He was director of the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in 1999–2001. He became director of the Drammen Museum of Art and Culture in 2001.



• Assumptive Location, 2021/2022

Photograph, 125 x 170 cm
Edition 5 pcs

• Land Structure, 2020/2021
Oil on canvas, 160 x 180 cm

• Ideal Destination, 2020                      
Oil on canvas, 180 x 190 cm

• Circular Premises, 2020
Oil on canvas, 180 x180 cm

• Increasing Violence I, 2020/2022

Wood cut, 140 x 140 cm
Edition 5 pcs

• Increasing Violence II, 2021

Wood cut, 70 x 70 cm
• Increasing Violence V, 2021

Wood object (7c)
• Increasing Violence III, 2021 Printing plate; wood cut (7a)
• Increasing Violence IV, 2021                       

Printing plate; wood cut (7b)
• Light in Grey IV, 2020/2022

Oil on canvas, 210 x 15 cm
• Light in Grey III, 2020/2022

Oil on canvas, 190 x 160 cm
• Light in Grey II, 2020/2022

Oil on canvas, 240 x 180 cm
• Light in Grey I, 2020/2022

Oil on canvas, 250 x 185 cm

• Light in Grey V, 2020/2022
Oil on canvas, 36 x 31 cm

• Perspective Displacement; Arctic View, (Light in Grey Series VI), 2020/2022

Oil on canvas/ photo print, 50 x 200 cm
• Botanical Landscape Series I, 2022
Oil on canvas, 130 x 145 cm

• Lichen; Notion series VI, 2022
Oil on canvas, 44 x 49 cm

• Lichen; Notion series III, 2022
Oil on canvas, 44x49 cm

(Video I) Revisiting Nature; Fragments of Time

   PATRICK HUSE, Visual   


   (Video II) Perpetual Motion

• Louise Flaherty, Nunavut. Inuk Female’s Recollection of Land Use, 2014/2022

Photograph/text, 130 x 90 cm
• Literary; Riples, 2019
Wood cut, 80 x 90 cm

• Light in Grey, 2021/2022
Wood cut, 140 x 70 cm
Edition 5 pcs

• Social Processes, 2019/2021
Photograph, drawing and text, 140 x 140 cm


List of representation art works and artists books

Patrick Huse,10.05.22


Nasjonalmuseet for kunst: 6 artworks

Lillehammer kunstmuseum: 24 artworks

Stavanger kunstmuseum; 1 artwork

Preus museum: 105 artworks                                                   

Drammen museum: 6 artworks

Norsk Kulturråd: 1 artwork

Koro: 1 artwork

Henie Onstad kunstmuseum: 1 artwork



Rovaniemi Art Museum: 1 artwork

Pori Art Museum: 5 artworks



Hafnarborg Museum / Institute for Culture and Fine Art: 10 artworks

Rekjavik Art Museum: 4 artworks



The British Museum: 2 artworks


A total of 165 artworks purchased from various art museums.

Municipal, county and private collections are not included in this list.


Library list:

Patrick Huse, artists books and pedagogical material represented in following public institutions and libraries.


National Museum of Art, Library

RidduDuottarMuseat / Sámi Collection Karasjok

Tromsø University Library

Lillehammer Art Museum Library

Preus museum

Arctic Council / Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Nordic Council Delegation

Nord-Fron Commune library

Bergen Art Museum Library

University of Stavanger Library

Finnmark University College Library

Sámi allakuvla / Sámi University College Library

Bodø University College Library

National Library

Drammen Museum Library

Henie Onstad Art Center Library

Stenersen Museum Library



National Gallery of Australia Research Library



Uqam, University of Québec Library

University of Laval Library

Canadian Museum of History Library

National Gallery of Canada Library

Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum Library

Canadian Museum of Civilization Library

Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography Library

Centre de services partagés Québec, Catalogue Cubiq

Canadian Centre for Architecture

University of Toronto Fine Art Library

Canadian Centre for Architecture / CCA


The Czech Republic

University of Masaryk Library

The Moravian Art Gallery Collection



The Royal Library Copenhagen

DanBibDk / Bibliotek .dk

Nikolaj Kunsthall

Danish Union Catalogue and Danish National Bibliography


Tate Library and Archive

University of Cambridge Library

The British Libray, St.Pancras



Kemi Art Museum Library

Rovaniemi Art Museum Library

Rovaniemi Provincial Museum, Arktikum

Pori Art Museum Library



Bibliothèque interuniversitaire Sainte-Geneviève

Bibliothèque du Centre Pompidou

La bibliothèque Kandinsky

BnF, Bibliothèque nationale de France



Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Düsseldorf

Kunst -und Museumsbibliothek der Stadt Köln

Universitätsbibliothek Paderborn



Ammassalik (Tasilaq) Museum

Qaqortoq Museum



Reykjavik Art Museum Library

Háskóli Islands Félagsvisinda

Hafnarborg Institute of Culture and Fine Art Library

University of Iceland Library

Bókasafn Hafnarfjardar

Stefansson Arctic Institute



Bibliothèque Nationale de Luxemburg


The Netherlands

Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde Leiden



The State Museum Association «Art Culture of the Russian North (Arkhangelsk)

Murmansk Art Museum Library



Prince Eugen Waldemarsudde Library

Fotografbiblioteket Moderna Museet

Dorothea Library

University of Stockholm Library

The Swedish Institute of Social Research

University of Lund Library

Millesgården Library

Kongl. Konsthøgskolan, Architect Department Library

Libris Consortium



Kunsthaus Zürich Library

Médiathèque Valais MV-Martigny



Smithsonian Institutions Library

Nordic Heritage Museum Library

Instaar, University of Colorado

New York University, Elmer Holms Bobst Library

Sterling and Francien Clark Institute Library

Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives

New School Libraries and Archives

Walker Art Centre Library

Art Institute of Chicago Library

Ingalls Library

San Francisco Museum of Art Library

Library Congress Washington

University of Iowa Libraries

Museum of Modern (MOMA) Library

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Library


According to WorldCat Identities, Patrick Huse´s books are represented with:


32 works in 65 publications, in 5 languages, and 161 library holdings


Exhibition catalogs  Exhibition, pictorial works  Catalogs  Art  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works  Interviews 


AuthorEditorArtistIllustratorPhotographer, OtherContributor


ND773.H87, 759.81

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