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Fallow Land

Painting and prints

21.05 - 21.08.2022

​​​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.


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.

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 Munchmuseum, Norway.


(Image: "Light in Grey", detail)






Video I: Revisiting Nature; Fragments of Time




Video II: Perpetual Motion

21.05 - 21.08.2022

Opening Saturday May 21st, door opens 12:00

(Image: Impentum of* Epirrita autumnata)





Yasmine and the Seven Faces of the Heptahedron

08.09. - 06.11.2022

For our fourth edition, curator Yasmine d’O. invites the public to follow another Yasmine, a fictional character on her quest for a mysterious form, a seven-sided solid body called the Heptahedron. Her search is guided by seven enigmatic characters that she encounters along the way: the Professor, the Bonimenteur, the Moped Rider, the Fortune Teller, an Acrobats, the Coalman and the Tourist.

These seven characters lend their names to seven exhibitions spread across different venues in the city of Bergen from September 8th to November 6th, 2022. Each character-exhibition brings together three distinct artistic positions, offering a multiplicity of perspectives on the issues raised by their puzzling titles. After having shared this quest with Yasmine, what remains as memories in each visitor’s mind will give form to as many Heptahedra.

The quest of the Heptahedron is based on a play written by the French author Thomas Clerc after a performance by Saâdane Afif that took place in Marrakech in 2014. The idea sparked by this performance has since migrated from Morocco towards northern Europe. Having encountered different contexts and people along the way, the story has been enriched and transformed to evolve into an assembly in Bergen.

The exhibition exploring the Professor can be encountered at the Faculty for Art, Music and Design at the University of Bergen, the Bonimenteur at Bergen Kunsthall, the Moped Rider at Bryggens Museum

The Fortune Teller will be spread across three spaces in a small side street called Østre Skostredet: Østre, a House for Sound Art and Electronic Music, Northing Space, a multifunctional space aiming to promote and mediate East Asian art and culture in Bergen, and an old wooden house.

An Acrobats can be encountered at Kunsthall 3,14, The Coalman at Gyldenpris Kunsthall, and the Tourist at Permanenten, as well as Kafé Mat & Prat at Engensenteret Care Home.

Meanwhile, the seven faces of the Heptahedron are explored through Side Magazine published by Wirklichkeit Books in the run up to the exhibition. Each of the seven issues are dedicated to one of the characters. The issues introducing the Professor and the Moped Rider have already been released and the Bonimenteur is next.

Bergen Assembly is supported by the City of Bergen, Vestland County and the Arts Council of Norway.