Boneless and Economical Notes and Illustrations at VEDA

Artists: Tarje Eikanger Gullaksen, Steinar Haga Kristensen and Marius Engh

Exhibition title: Boneless and Economical Notes and Illustrations

Venue: VEDA, Florence, Italy

Date: January 19 – March 14, 2019

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and VEDA

Islands in the stream
That is what we are
No one in-between
How can we be wrong
Sail away with me to another world
And we rely on each other, HA-HA
From one lover to another, HA-HA
– Barry Gibb, Maurice Ernest Gibb and Robin Hugh Gibb, Islands in the Stream, 1983

One day Nasruddin’s neighbor, a notorious miser, came by to announce he was throwing a party for some friends. Could he borrow some of Nasruddin’s pots? Nasruddin didn’t have many but said he was happy to lend whatever he had. The next day the miser returned, carrying Nasrud-din’s three pots, and one tiny additional one. “What’s that?” asked Nasrudddin. “Oh, that’s the offspring of the pots. They reproduced during the time they were with me.” Nasruddin shrugged and accepted them, and the miser left happy that he had established a principle of interest. A month later Nasruddin was throwing a party, and he went over to borrow a dozen pieces of his neighbor’s much more luxurious crockery. The miser complied. Then he waited a day. And then another … On the third day, the miser came by and asked what had happened to his pots. “Oh, them?” Nasruddin said sadly. “It was a terrible tragedy. They died.

– David Graeber, “Debt: The First 5,000 Years”, 2011

THE LOBSTER AND THE CAN OF CORNED BEEF WHICH DOCTOR FAUSTROLL WORE ROUND HIS NECK
Fable

To A.-F. Hérold

A can of corned beef, chained like a lorgnette,
Saw a lobster pass by which resembled her fraternally.
He was armoured with a hard shell
On which was written that inside, like herself, he was free of bones,
(Boneless and economical);
And beneath his curved tail
He was probably hiding a key with which to open her.
Lovestricken, the sedentary corned beef
Declared to the little automobile can of living potted meat
That if he would deign to become acclimatised,
By her side, in the world’s shop-windows,
He should be decorated with several gold medals.
– Alfred Jarry, Exploits and Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician, 1898

Boneless and Economical Notes and Illustrations, 2019, exhibition view, VEDA, Florence

Boneless and Economical Notes and Illustrations, 2019, exhibition view, VEDA, Florence

Boneless and Economical Notes and Illustrations, 2019, exhibition view, VEDA, Florence

Tarje Eikanger Gullaksen, Alt Mitt Er Ditt ! / What’s Mine Is Yours!, 2016, Gouache on 308g Arches paper, 25 x 36 cm

Boneless and Economical Notes and Illustrations, 2019, exhibition view, VEDA, Florence

Boneless and Economical Notes and Illustrations, 2019, exhibition view, VEDA, Florence

Steinar Haga Kristensen, Profeta malato 2019, 2019, Oil on jute, 263 x 120cm

Boneless and Economical Notes and Illustrations, 2019, exhibition view, VEDA, Florence

Boneless and Economical Notes and Illustrations, 2019, exhibition view, VEDA, Florence

Tarje Eikanger Gullaksen, Ideal Mistress Is Glass Glassy, 2018, Bronze with blue patina, 21 x 21 x 16 cm

Boneless and Economical Notes and Illustrations, 2019, exhibition view, VEDA, Florence

Tarje Eikanger Gullaksen, Two Hands for the Stakes, Four-fingers for the Shakes, 2018, Gouache on Arches paper (308g), 57,5 x 76,5 cm the picture, 67,5 x 86,5 w/frame

Boneless and Economical Notes and Illustrations, 2019, exhibition view, VEDA, Florence

Boneless and Economical Notes and Illustrations, 2019, exhibition view, VEDA, Florence

Boneless and Economical Notes and Illustrations, 2019, exhibition view, VEDA, Florence

Boneless and Economical Notes and Illustrations, 2019, exhibition view, VEDA, Florence

Tarje Eikanger Gullaksen, Future!…or or and Mutation, 2019, Bronze with green patina, 20 x 10 cm approx.

Tarje Eikanger Gullaksen, Study for an Equestrian Statue, 2018, Pen on paper, 21 x 12,6 cm

Boneless and Economical Notes and Illustrations, 2019, exhibition view, VEDA, Florence

Boneless and Economical Notes and Illustrations, 2019, exhibition view, VEDA, Florence

Tarje Eikanger Gullaksen, The Black Hole (Play), 2016, Ballpoint pen on notebook paper, 16,8 x 20,3 cm

Boneless and Economical Notes and Illustrations, 2019, exhibition view, VEDA, Florence

Boneless and Economical Notes and Illustrations, 2019, exhibition view, VEDA, Florence

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