Norwegian artist Eirik Senje works with a diverse range of artistic expressions including writing, drawing, painting, sculpture and installation, but ultimately it is the idea that motivates his choice of medium. For Momentum10, Eirik Senje presents eight pastel drawings from the series titled Generative Exception in which he makes subtle references to art historical motifs in the landscapes and postures of the figures. Senje is interested in the sketching process through which the emotions of art quickly emerge.
The figures in the drawings invite us into their unfinished surroundings. The works can be read as a contemporary dream-scape where notions of the spiritual and mythological take form and Eirik Senje gives us the opportunity to consider that there is both a criticality and a chance for hope in situations that are as much about the individual as they are about ideas of the world which can be elaborated on collectively.
Photo: Ingeborg Øien Thorsland © Punkt Ø | Photo above: Vegard KIeven © Punkt Ø
Eirik Senje (b.1982) is based in Oslo. He holds a BA and MA degree from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo. His practice encompasses a variety of forms, including writing, drawing, painting, sculpture and installation.
Recent exhibitions include “Other Humans,” at Galleri K, (2018, Oslo) and “Evidence” at Kunstnerforbundet (2018, Oslo). His work has also been shown at the National Sculpture Biennial, Vigeland Museum (2017, Oslo), Kunsthall Oslo (2017, Oslo), the Drawing Biennial, (2016, Oslo), 1857 / Paramount Ranch (2016, Los Angeles), Trafo Kunsthall (2015, Asker), QB Gallery (2015, Oslo) KUBE Museum (2015, Ålesund). Eirik Senje was one of the co-organizers of the now defunct space Kazachenko’s Apartment in Oslo. In 2019 Eirik Senje was a resident at the WIELS Contemporary Art Centre residency programme in Brussels.