Crocodile Tears

Jorunn Hancke Øgstad

Edited and produced by Kunsthall Oslo and designed by Lukas Lehner.

Published by the Munch Museum

ISBN 978-82-93560-52-4


"An interview with Jorunn Hancke Øgstad

Jorunn Hancke Øgstad’s work breaks down the language of abstract painting and reconstructs it. This is painting after the invention of the digital image, real paintings of virtual space, paintings of screens showing paintings. In the twentieth century, painting reacted to the invention of photography by pursuing total subjectivity and idealising the truth of the artist’s inner state. Now, in the twenty-first century, we understand our inner selves as fractured, collaged, mutable, simulated. Øgstad is reinventing painting as a process of construction and editing, with the idealism and academicism of an era before photography, when painting was the primary tool for editing our idea of the visual world.

What can you tell us about the exhibition?

The exhibition centres on a group of paintings which are all in the same format, around 158 x 75 cm, though the width varies a little. I’ve been working on the show for the past year, but it takes a long time to get into the material, so these paintings have more or less happened within the last few months. I had a very clear plan for what to make and how, but in the process of making the exhibition the plan has been left behind. You come to a point where the reality of the work takes over the process."

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