VI, VII, Oslo
13.02.2016 – 06.03.2016
VI, VII is pleased to present Norwegian artist Lars Laumann’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. Largely based on non-fiction, Laumann’s video works take the form of finely nuanced tales of belonging and life on the peripheries of society. His exhibition at VI, VII focuses on a streetscene in Molenbeek, an area of Brussels thrown into the international spotlight for its alleged connections to homegrown terrorism networks in Europe.
In the particular scene pictured a lighted holiday sign greets the neighborhood in the font type comic sans.
In the year after the release of the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, several knock-off versions of the official E.T. doll were made, which vary in attributes. Two of these, drawn from the artist’s personal collection, have been carved in Palestine from olive wood trimmings, and can be found in our gallery office.
Joining these is a photograph of a miniature version of the Berlin Wall (built at a scale of 3:1) as it appears at Mini-Europe — towering over the other replicas of historical monuments, each built at a scale of 25:1.
Lars Laumann (b. Brønnøysund, Norway, 1975) lives and works in Oslo.
Solo exhibitions include Kompendium, Kunstneres Hus, Oslo; The Anti-Social Majority, Kunsthall Oslo; Morrissey Foretelling the Death of Diana, White Columns, New York; The Hidden, Maureen Paley, London and untitled solo exhibitions at Maureen Paley, London, Foxy Production, New York and VI, VII, Oslo.
Selected screenings and group exhibitions of the artist’s work include: PARADOX. Positions in Norwegian video art 1980–2010, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo; Free, New Museum, New York; 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Berlin; As Long As It Lasts, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; MoMA; New York; Jeu de Paume, Paris; Like A Virgin, VI, VII, Oslo; Touched: Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK.