Torbjørn Rødland: Old Shep
Galerie Eva Presenhuber – Jan 14 to Mar 11, 2023 Zurich (Switzerland)
Galerie Eva Presenhuber is pleased to present Old Shep, the fourth solo exhibition by the Norwegian artist Torbjørn Rødland.
Torbjørn Rødland’s new photographic works revolve around the theme of time. His motifs depict people, plants, and things in moments of transition and disappearance—predetermined breaking points where one stage of life ends, and another begins.
Elvis song “Old Shep”.
Bright pink and rose-colored flowers in a garden, the blossoms slightly droopy, supported by a piece of wood. A heavy old man, rustic with a beard and hat, seeking support from a huge tree trunk with a rippling lake in the background. An earthy, hilly landscape containing a chair, torn like a white skeleton. Inherent in all these images is a haunting vanitas symbolism. An atmosphere of transience, transformation, and ultimately death. Rødland chose the sad Elvis song “Old Shep” as the exhibition title. The song tells the story of a boy with his dog, who spends his life by his side and eventually dies. It forms something like the background music which lends a melancholic undertone to Rødland’s intensely luminous and clearly composed imagery.
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