Philipp Otto Runge Stiftung, in close cooperation with the Hamburger Kunsthalle, will be awarding a yearlong fellowship to a young artist with residency obligation in Hamburg. This year, the jury’s decision was for the Norwegian artist Tarje Eikanger Gullaksen.
Tarje Eikanger Gullaksen was born in Norway in 1973 and moved to Berlin in 2005 after completing his fine art studies at the Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Copenhagen, Arhus, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm and Berlin.
Gullaksen is interested in situations in which things lose their usual functions and point to other contexts of meaning. In his choice of artistic media, he makes clear that every form of representation is in principle doomed to failure, due to the fact that artistic language plays a crucial role in determining its the content from its first articulation. In his work, Gullaksen traces the places in which one representation model transitions into another. It is exactly through these junctures, transitions, jumps and translation mechanisms that he is able to reveal sensibilities that expand our perceptions of reality and imbue them with new qualities. He works in a wide range of artistic media including text, installation, sculpture and drawing.
The jury found his approach every bit as convincing as the project he would like to realize in the course of his fellowship in Hamburg. Inspired by filmmaker Werner Herzog’s book “Vom Gehen im Eis” (1974), which chronicles the experience of a personally-motivated, forced march from Munich to Paris, Gullaksen intends to wander in Hamburg for several weeks and to reflect on his experiences. Gullaksen’s project also ties in with the walking-science methods of the Situationist dérive, or allowing oneself to be driven through urban space. His conscientious walking project bears a relationship to German Romantics Philipp Otto Runge and Caspar David Friedrich, who were among the first to understand their walks as part of their artistic practice and could incorporate the procedural aspect of this kind of experience of nature into their concept of art.
Two Trees, 2010
Two 16mm projectors with loopers
Video, 19:04, Super 35 digital