BEYOND THE PORTRAITS
19 June - 31 August
The Norwegian artist Anne-Karin Furunes, born 1961, has developed an artistic technique of her own. She produces motifs by punching holes in large canvases, painted in black or white. The size and placement of the perforations create the image, which, in fact, is an illusion; that which the eye perceives as dots in a painting are actually holes that show the wall behind the canvas.
Furunes creates sculptural objects on whose flat surfaces an image appears and changes as the viewer moves in front of the artwork.
Anne-Karin Furunes, who is also a professor at the Art Academy in Trondheim, works with memories, in a wider sense, and garners the photographic originals upon which her works are based from private photo albums or archives. The motifs are often of faces of unknown people with a common background. Among other things, she has collected photographs from the State Institute for Racial Biology in Uppsala.
Furunes is one of Norway's internationally best known contemporary artists and exhibits extensively all over the world. She has also produced public artworks, one of her most recent being a substantial piece at the Skogskyrkogården underground station in Stockholm.