DAG ALVENG: SUMMERLIGHT

Kirsebær, 1981

Kirsebær, 1981

Dag Alveng (b. 1953) is one of Norway’s most acclaimed artists. Like several other significant photographers of his generation, he was educated at Trent Polytechnic in England. In 1977 he was active in founding Oslo’s Fotogalleriet. When he made his debut there two years later, it was with a solo show that heralded the arrival of conceptual art into Norwegian photography. He has been a regular exhibitor at leading galleries and museums in Europe and USA, and his works are collected by institutions such as Metropolitan and MOMA in New York. SUMMER LIGHT is a retrospective exhibition of a series of photographs Dag Alveng has been working on since 1979. He spent that and several consequent summers on the Vestfold island of Hvasser. On cloudless days he would snap the family’s holiday activities and the light-drenched coastal nature. Later he moved his summer retreat to the Koster islands where he continued to capture moods and environments with the same exquisite attention to the possibilities of the greyscale.

Prior to this exhibition he returned last summer to the house on Hvasser to supplement his series with new images, this time in a far more nostalgic summer light. Dag Alveng also exhibits for the first time a video work in which his photographs are accompanied by the voice of author Kjell Askildsen reading a short novel about an intense moment of love. He will also publish an artist book in a limited edition, with text by Per Bjarne Boym.