Fredrik Værslev
Open Window
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Composed of two volumes (English and Norwegian), Open Window comes out on the occasion of Fredrik Værslev’s exhibition at the Kunstnerforbundet in Oslo which celebrates the 100th anniversary of its skylight room. The book brings together a rich selection of archival material along with critical essays that retrace the institution’s history while relating to Fredrik Værslev’s oeuvre and the series of paintings and spatial intervention that he especially produced for the show, which reflect on the act of framing and the relationship between painting and architecture. The starting point for the painting series Open Window is a window in the living room in Værslev’s former apartment in Drammen, Norway. The frame is an accurate copy of the window—an architectural element that with glass and some filler could be fitted in a house, that also serves as a frame for a painting depicting a view through a window. Echoing the exhibition room’s various transformations, Værslev reconstructed the room’s former 1950s chest panel and presented it against the marble floor tiles from the 1980s. The room is a hybrid of different eras, analogous to the painting series’ hybridity between painting and architecture.

Mousse Publishing October 2020 1st edition 297 pages Softcover 19.70 × 29.70 cm ISBN 978-88-6749-410-1 English

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