Arnvid Aakre

Arnvid Aakre

International artist born by the Hardanger Fjord in Norway, got away early and dived into some art education. Did quite a number of exhibitions, both solo shows as group exhibition. Art projects, patronage from UNESCOs head office in Paris, cooperation with British Counsil and more. Arranged exhibitions for norwegian artists, and international true artists as Christo and Barry Guy.

After building up and leading a large art project at the end of the eighties, with more than 20 contemporary artists working together cross differnt artistic media, with nearly 185'000 USD as sponsorship from councils and companies as Lufthansa and Aker. along with patronage from UNESCOs HQ in Paris, in 1990. The art-highway was open for me, so I left this highway and the art-industry, and moved to Egypt. Don't know how to explain what happened. Guess the question I had before was 'if I could', but that question had suddenly changed to 'if I would' - and my answer was NO.

Art don't happen in museums or galleries, it happens in artist studios. The art-industry wanted to move art out of the studios and into institutions, same as the so-called street art of today are taken from the street and moved into galleries. In 1990 I could not find anyone who would see what was happening, but in 2014 David Balzer came with his book 'Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else' (David Balzer is currently Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Art) - and suddenly others were giving words to my frustration. Allow me to quote from his book:

'Curationism is, then, the acceleration of the curatorial impulse to become a dominant way of thinking and being. I contend that, since about the mid-1990s, we have been living in the curationist moment, in which institutions and businesses rely on others, often variously credentialed experts, to cultivate and organize things in an ex-pression-cum-assurance of value and an attempt to make affiliations with, and to court, various audiences and consumers.'

For me it's all about that standard for art should be set by artists, and not by curators or gallerists. Apart from the insight from experts like David Balzer, art needs to be liberated. This may be an obsession for me, but I strongly believe that artists need to get in direct contact with their audience, and not having curators and gallerists as a new kind of priesthood. Yes, they may be professionals, but as Picasso once said 'Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them as an artist' - and that last part is not for the self appointed priesthood of art.

This is the reason I show my work at ArtPal, and not at standard ArtGalleries any more. In the galleries they meet the gallerists, same as the curator of a national contemporary art museum once told me 'We gotta keep the threshold high, art is not for the masses. At ArtPal (and similar places) you meet the artist direct, as I the artist are able to reach directly out to you. I'm honoured to meet you through the artwork I have unveiled here - so welcome you are to my artworld without thresholds and stumbling blocks. Greetings directly from my art-studio in the city of Bergen, to you, wherever you live.

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