22ND SEPTEMBER – 30TH DECEMBER
Hariton Pushwagner (Terje Brofos, born 1940) is a highly respected “grand old man” of Norwegian contemporary art, and his pop art- and cartoon-inspired works have attained cult status. Shortly after completing his art education in Oslo he struck up what would be a long and fruitful collaboration with the Norwegian author Axel Jensen. He spent the 1970s in London, when he was not on prolonged study trips to the USA.
This exhibition, which is also being shown in England and Holland, will be the international debut for three of Pushwagner’s most significant works. It will also contain drawings and sketches that are being exhibited for the first time. The series of prints called Soft City was started in 1969 and completed in London in 1976. Together with the 2008 animated version, which is also being shown, Soft City is a biting satire on the power of the machinery of modern society to force individuals into the same mould. This theme was further explored in A day in the Life of Family of Man in 1980, the original drawings now transferred to multicoloured silkscreen prints. Inspired by Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World and by his admiration for Andy Warhol Pushwagner created between 1986 and 1993 his major work: Apocalypse Frieze. The highly detailed pictures show the destruction of war, with endless processions of robot humans, and factories turned into concentration camps.
The exhibition has been curated by Anthony Spira, Director of the MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, near London, with co-curator Natalie Hope O´Donnell. After its stay in England the exhibition travels to Haugar, and finally to the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam. The exhibition is accompanied by a fantastic book about Pushwagner, his life and art.
The exhibition has been organized by MK Gallery, with support from The Freedom of Expression Foundation, Oslo, Arts Council Norway and OCA Office of Contemporary Art, Norway