Olav Christopher Jenssen. Estragon (Tarragon)

In Kooperation with the Stiftung Niedersachsen
14. March 2018 – 17. June 2018
Sprengel Museum HannoverSprengel Museum Hannover
Olav Christopher Jenssen’s pictorial compositions of the last ten years perpetuate the themes of non-representational art and Art Informel. They are concerned with the interaction of colour, line and surface and ultimately with the effect of materials such as charcoal, paint and wire. The creative spectrum extends from expressive gestural meshes and layerings of lines, and cellular structures to colour field painting and comprises (charcoal) drawings and sculpture in addition to painting.
 
The exhibition title Estragon (Tarragon) can be interpreted as a metaphor for various associative fields. This herb is a direct reference to nature, opens the senses for smells and flavours and not least also the sense of colour. In the end, it is a question of painting’s capacity for activating these senses and opening a perceptual space that becomes more open the less the picture resorts to narrative or illustration.
 
This exhibition accompanies a new volume in the publication series “Kunst der Gegenwart aus Niedersachsen” (Contemporary Art from Lower Saxony) on Olav Christopher Jenssen, issued by the Stiftung Niedersachsen.
 
“Olav Christopher Jenssen. Estragon“
Kunst der Gegenwart aus Niedersachsen (Contemporary Art from Lower Saxony),
Volume 73
published by the Stiftung Niedersachsen
with an essay by Gertrud Sandqvist.
Editors: Ulrich Krempel and Ute Stuffer
Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen 2018
ISBN: 978-3-8353-3227-0
Price: 19,70 Euro
 
Olav Christopher Jenssen was born in Sortland, Vesterålen, Norway in 1954. He lives and works in Berlin und Braunschweig, where he has been Professor at the University of Art since 2007.
 
With friendly support by the Stiftung Niedersachsen
 Stiftung Niedersachsen
 
The website of the series “Kunst der Gegenwart aus Niedersachsen” (Contemporary Art from Lower Saxony) provides detailed information on the concept behind the series and on the volumes already and newly published: www.kunst-in-niedersachsen.de

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