Linda Lerseth at Podium

Artist: Linda Lerseth

Exhibition title: YOU ARE HERE

Curated by: Podium (Ragnhild Aamås, Ayatgali Tuleubek, Lesia Vasylchenko and Ignas Krunglevičius)

Venue: Podium, Oslo, Norway

Date: June 19 – July 12, 2020

Photography: images copyright and courtesy the artist and Podium, Oslo

In recent years, Linda Lerseth has developed a collage-like sculptural practice characterized by a fine balance between elements of careful, planned procedures and decisions that appear to actively sabotage order. These counterproductive decisions consist of interrupting established methods of manufacturing, and forcing together representational elements which seem to repulse one another. Through her relentless commitment to communicate a spontaneous presence, Lerseth has become an artist who can be relied on for a consistent delivery of collapsed messages and fresh deception.

Lerseth’s work provides the willing crowd with the joy of processing. But in order to access the thrill of everlasting interpretation that she offers, there are a few preconditions that need to be in place. First, a capacity to take pleasure in a collapse in communication will come in handy. In other words, a high tolerance for inefficiency and the tendency to dwell in it. In fact, a slight masochistic delight in being interrupted will take you a long way. If, on top of that, you consider yourself as both pessimistic and optimistic, while being sympathetic to rash decisions, you are all set.

Excerpt from “You’ve Been Served” – exhibition text by Halvor Rønning.

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The essay You have been served by Halvor Rønning was written on the occasion of this exhibition. Both the essay and the exhibition was originally intended for Linda Lerseth’s show at the artist run space Heerz Tooya in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, but due to Covid-19 travel restrictions her show was postponed and rescheduled for Podium.

Linda Lerseth (born 1984, Trondheim) lives and works in Oslo. Lerseth completed her MFA at Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2014. Current and recent exhibitions include «A is a Guess and a Piece» at Louise Dany, Oslo; «MANKO» at Salongen, Oslo; «Etcetera» at Elephant Kunsthall, Lillehammer; «Fluxive Fringe» at QBG, Oslo; «Villa Bazar» at Billedhoggerforeningen, Oslo. Upcoming exhibitions include the opening exhibition of the National Museum, Oslo; solo exhibition at Heerz Tooya, Bulgaria; residency at Centre for international arctic scientific research and environmental monitoring, Svalbard.

This exhibition is generously supported by the Art Council Norway and Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond.