My work investigates the impact that the digitization of everyday mundaneity and the creation of extraordinary hyper-realities has on our existence. We have been transformed from corporeal beings inhabiting physical worlds into info-prosumers in multidimensional networks. The artwork I create reflects this plurality, as it is disseminated in different social interfaces - image blogs, galleries, publications and prints.
In digital collages, as well as soft branded, contemporary ready-mades and allegoric constructions, I explore the possibility for subjective interaction within frameworks where the choices have already been made for us. In the series of digital permutations I use standard Photoshop filters and tools to morph and construct visually interesting images. My installations explore lifestyle choices present in new age capitalism and healthy lifestyle propaganda. Just as advertising must continue to construct new desires and expand their market, I strive for surfaces appealing to the technobodies that experience them.
From Liquid Assets, written by Amy Knight:
«In the same year, Andreas Ervik's exhibition at Wizard Gallery, Oslo was revealed as 'the culmination of six months spent in intense spiritual and physical detox' in search of 'a lifestyle in touch with ancient knowledge, fitting for contemporary needs.' With a knowing sincerity, Ervik draws upon branded liquid offerings in search of 'a holistic therapy for a humanity in crisis, seeking to restore balance', in works such as Evian is Naive Spelled Backwards, 2012; You Are Like This Cup, 2012, containing organic powdered Matcha green tea and flakes of gold leaf; Crystal Clear Coffee, 2012 and Refresh, Mint, 2012, a Coca Cola glass filled with mint leaves, mint tea, toothpaste and mouthwash.
But there is an uneasy sense of detachment in the allusion to the devices and frameworks that surround our consumption - our ritual drinks - symptomatic of a generation increasingly accustomed to the loss of physical presence. In the attempt to become pure, in touch, we find ourselves offered solutions through branded commodities and virtual realities that make the experience simultaneously accessible and ethereal, estranged.»
Read the article on Dazed Digital.
Upcoming solo show:
at Toolshed Gallery
Opening night: Friday 19 April 2013, 6-9pm
20 April - 5 May, 2013
Friday - Saturday, 12-5pm, or by appointment.
Closing view: Sunday 5 May 11-4
The Toolshed Gallery.
Silk Mill Quarter.
Frome, Somerset. BA11 1PT
Posted February 25th. 2013:
Participating in the group show Brand Innovations for Ubiquitous Authorship at Carroll/Fletcher, London, UK.
23 April - 11 May, 2013
Opening Monday 22 April, 6:30 - 9pm
Participating artists and writers include:
Annabelle Arlie, Andreas Banderas, Aram Bartholl, Body by Body, Chris Coy, Christofer Degrér, Nick DeMarco, Constant Dullaart, Andreas Ervik, Matt Goerzen, Aaron Graham, Toby Huddlestone, Parker Ito, Justin Kemp, Brian Khek, Martin Kohout, Bryan Krueger, Lindsay Lawson, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jon Rafman, Sean Raspet, Rafaël Rozendaal, Borna Sammak, Oliver Sutherland, Daniel Temkin, Brad Troemel, Artie Vierkant, Andrew Norman Wilson.
Andreas Ervik (b. 1987), based in Oslo, Norway.
BA in Aesthetic studies, University of Oslo, 2009-2012. Currently studying for a masters in Aesthetics, University of Oslo, 2012-
Intimate Knowledge - The Toolshed, Frome, UK
Learning to Love my Life as a Non-Player Character - Wizard Gallery, Oslo, Norway
Magic Potion - Oslo
Philophopherph Phone - Sound of Mu, Oslo, Norway
Brand Innovations for Ubiquitous Authorship - Carroll/Fletcher, London, UK
After School Special: Følsomme gutter 3 (Sensitive Boys 3) - Landmark, Bergen, Norway
An Arrangement in White - XO Gallery, Leeds, UK
Re:Mixology - Stadium NYC, Miami, USA
Metamorphosis - Revison Arts, New York, USA
Den nye ironien (The New Irony) - Oslo, Norway
Publications, prints and cover art
Ad Book - Badlands Unlimited
Bad Thoughts - Metal Postcard
Digital Permutations - Monoqi
O Fluxo 01: Circulating Forms of Reality
Pretty Ugly: Visual Rebellion in Design - Gestalten Verlag
Cuticle: Mother Rhythm Earth Memory, Not Not Fun
Traum Noir #3-4
HidDeN FOoT no. 1 - Bergen Kunsthall
Quattro Formaggi - The Crystal Beach
Philophopherph Phone - Svartkonst
Features and interviews
I Like This Art
I Like This Blog
The Jogging - 2012 -
Google Skills - 2010-2011
Portalen Portalen - 2009 -
I will have work in the show Følsomme Gutter 3, at Landmark, Bergen, Norway, 19. april.
Preview for my upcoming show at Toolshed Gallery.
Read more about it here:
"Andreas' current work addresses the apathy towards the gradual creep of technology inserting itself into our lives. It deals with the erosion of our primal desires by structural forces that make decisions on our behalf, slowly making the natural un-natural, and then through familiarity, natural once more. It explores the creation of a synthesized utopia of flavour, sight, sound and smell to produce organic fantasies that drive product purchases."
Exhibition documentation from my solo show Intimate Knowledge is up. View here.
I am artist of the week at Dazed Digital:"Norwegian artist Andreas Ervik has been busy recently, and for good reason. The opening of his solo exhibition of new work Intimate Knowledge last Friday at The Toolshed Gallery in Frome was followed by an appearance in group exhibition Brand Innovations for Ubiquitous Authorship (...)"
My piece Regenerative Chains on display in Brand Innovations for Ubiquitous Authorship: A group exhibition stolen by Eva and Franco Mattes currently on view at Carroll/Fletcher in London. More images and info here.
I will show new work in the group exhibition The Sunday Curators, at SWG3, Glasgow, UK. Curated by It's Our Playground (Camille Le Houezec & Joey Villemont). Opening night is friday 17.05.13, and it will run from 18.05.13-08.06.13.