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b. 1970, Norway

Torbjørn Rødland Biography

Over the last two decades, Torbjørn Rødland has created a body of images in which precision and critical rigor co-exist with an erotic, improvisational intensity that evades the reach of language. If the majority of contemporary image-making relies upon the mediated, distancing effects of digital technologies, Rødland's ongoing use of analog formats allows him to retain a measure of technical vulnerability, and to maintain a close connection to photography as a physical set of relationships between subject, light, film, and developing chemicals.

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Rødland was born in 1970 in Stavanger, NO, and lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, US, and Oslo, NO. Rødland will be the subject of a solo exhibition titled Bible Eye at The Contemporary Austin, Austin, TX, US, from January 23 to August 15, 2021. Recent institutional presentations include the traveling solo exhibitions Fifth Honeymoon at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, FI (2019), Bonnier Konsthall, Stockholm, SE (2018), and Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, NO (2018); and The Touch That Made You at Fondazione Prada, Milan, IT (2018) and Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, UK (2017). Further solo exhibitions have taken place at Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, NO (2015); Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger, NO (2014); Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, JP (2010); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, US (2010); and MoMA PS1, New York, NY, US (2006).

Text courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber.

Torbjørn Rødland, Floor Flowers (2015). Chromogenic print. 76.2 x 60 cm. Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.

Torbjørn Rødland Featured Artworks

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The Pet Bells Picture (RGB) by Torbjørn Rødland contemporary artwork
Torbjørn RødlandThe Pet Bells Picture (RGB), 2019Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper, framed
58.5 x 46.5 x 3.5 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
Candles and Balloons by Torbjørn Rødland contemporary artwork
Torbjørn RødlandCandles and Balloons, 2020Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper, framed
58.5 x 46.5 x 3.5 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
Hood Ornament by Torbjørn Rødland contemporary artwork
Torbjørn RødlandHood Ornament, 2019Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper, framed
62 x 77 x 3.5 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
The Fourth Turning by Torbjørn Rødland contemporary artwork
Torbjørn RødlandThe Fourth Turning, 2016Chromogenic print
110 x 140 cm
David Kordansky Gallery Contact Gallery
Corpus Gnosticum by Torbjørn Rødland contemporary artwork
Torbjørn RødlandCorpus Gnosticum, 2013–2015Silver gelatin print
55.9 x 43.8 cm
David Kordansky Gallery Contact Gallery
Enamel Support by Torbjørn Rødland contemporary artwork
Torbjørn RødlandEnamel Support, 2015Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper
76 x 60 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery
Make Sure Your Mask Is Secure Before Helping Others by Torbjørn Rødland contemporary artwork
Torbjørn RødlandMake Sure Your Mask Is Secure Before Helping Others, 2017Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper
57 x 45 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery
Peel n. 4 by Torbjørn Rødland contemporary artwork
Torbjørn RødlandPeel n. 4, 2014–2016Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper
45 x 57 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery

Torbjørn Rødland Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition organised by Alexander Ferrando, Wish at Metro Pictures, New York
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17 June–6 August 2021 Group exhibition organised by Alexander Ferrando Wish Metro PicturesNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Torbjørn Rødland, More Than Tongue Can Tell at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Waldmannstrasse, Zürich, Zurich
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15 January–13 March 2021 Torbjørn Rødland More Than Tongue Can Tell Galerie Eva PresenhuberWaldmannstrasse, Zürich
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, All In One. One Work By Each Gallery Artist at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Rämistrasse, Zürich, Zurich
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14 November–12 December 2020 Group Exhibition All In One. One Work By Each Gallery Artist Galerie Eva PresenhuberRämistrasse, Zürich

Torbjørn Rødland Represented By

Galerie Eva Presenhuber contemporary art gallery in Maag Areal, Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich, New York
rodolphe janssen contemporary art gallery in Brussels, Belgium rodolphe janssen Brussels, Knokke

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Torbjørn Rødland In Related Press

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The Strange and the Mundane: Torbjørn Rødland Interviewed by Osman Can Yerebakan Related Press The Strange and the Mundane: Torbjørn Rødland Interviewed by Osman Can Yerebakan 19 June 2018, BOMB Magazine

In his photographs of sun-filled Los Angeles interiors or flora-dense backyards, Norwegian-born artist Torbjørn Rødland flirts with his viewer by contrasting clinical level hygiene with elements of contamination and excess. At first, seductive models of irresistible charm engage with fetishized objects or one another amid desirably impeccable...

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Torbjørn Rødland: The Touch That Made You Related Press Torbjørn Rødland: The Touch That Made You 14 November 2017, this is tomorrow

'Avocado' (2013): a uselessly decadent guacamole bowl, dotted material pulled through its orifice, a tongue to a lip. 'Vacuum Cleaner' (2002): nozzle sucks at a skirt, she freshens her bedding, the dull shock of privilege. In Torbjørn Rødland's photography activity is stalled. Chemistry is cauterised and left to breathe and rest, surfaces and...

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The perverse photography of Torbjørn Rødland Related Press The perverse photography of Torbjørn Rødland 13 November 2017, CNN

The photographs of Torbjørn Rødland never quite resolve, but they are arresting in their uncertainty. The Los Angeles-based Norwegian artist uses analogue photography and (mostly) staged scenes to construct images that don't provide any straightforward information about the world depicted, yet also evade the neatness of metaphor. Rødland is...

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Interview – Torbjørn Rødland Related Press Interview – Torbjørn Rødland 4 October 2017, Paper Journal

'I am not interested in randomness, I am interested in constellations witha link to the human psyche. Hopefully because of this, the images will staywith the viewer a little longer than just being registered as surrealist compositions.' Torbjørn Rødland is known for his portraits, still lives and landscape, in which simultaneously inhabits and...

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Torbjørn Rødland In Video & Audio

Torbjørn Rødland: A Different Type of Sensibility Related Video & Audio Torbjørn Rødland: A Different Type of Sensibility 5 February 2018, Louisiana Channel

'Of course, this is shallow material, but can I find something of value there?' Meet the Norwegian photographer Torbjørn Rødland, whose photos transcend and defamiliarise their seemingly ordinary motifs.

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