Cato Løland at Entrée

Artist: Cato Løland

Exhibition title: Turning Strangers Into Family

Venue: Entrée, Bergen, Norway

Date: December 9, 2022  – January 15, 2023

Photography: Bent René Synnevåg / all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Entrée, Bergen

Knotted, wrapped, and braided; the sculpture series Turning Strangers Into Family, merges recognizable yet disparate materials into tightly bundled and compact assemblages. Detritus cast aside and rescued from alleyways can be found alongside torn pieces of clothing and high-quality silk and metals.

Cato Løland’s work has a playful odor and refuses to get categorized, it questions hierarchies within materials and techniques. He is particularly drawn to industrially produced materials as they offer an opportunity for the reintroduction of the human hand in their creation – for reanimation. Subtlety, vulnerability, playfulness, and insistent presence has become hallmarks of his practice.

Cato Løland (b. 1982) lives in Bergen, Norway. He completed his MA from Bergen Academy of Art and Design in 2009. Recent solo exhibitions include Chests at Paris Internationale, Paris (FR), Reservoar at The Textile Industry

Internationale, Paris (FR), Reservoar at The Textile Industry Museum, Salhus (NO), Før, før, etter, etter at Tag Team, Bergen (NO), Albogerom at SOFT Gallery, Oslo (NO)
and Folded Lines, Battle and Events at Entrée, Bergen (NO). Current group exhibitions include The Queer Gaze at KODE Art Museums, Bergen (NO) and Contextile at the 6th Contemporary Textile Art Biennial in Guimarães (PT). Løland’s work is included in the collections of KORO Public Art Norway, KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes, The Bergen Municipality Collection, Sogn og Fjordane Art Museum, University of Bergen as well as several private collections.