MA Fine Art, The Art Academy in Oslo
BA Fine Art, The Arts Institute at Bournemouth, England .
Humans have always been trying to force the world into their own systems to make work more efficient and life easier and more comfortable. As their creators, these systems are always imperfect. Which means eventually their flaws become pressing to the point where improvement or abandonment is required to keep going forwards. So, in our digital time, where the creation of new systems has experienced explosive growth, one can argue that we are at a historic peak of system failures and broken expectations. Of course we see a lot of progress in many fields, but the apparent belief that technology is going to solve all our problems can be delusional.
Petter Buhagen’s works can be seen as a series of fragments that seek to make physical, stripped-down interpretations of the overwhelming intangibility that defines our contemporary culture and communication. In his practice traditional materials and ways of presentation are juxtaposed with subject matter and technological tools to create multi-layered works. By frequently passing the material between digital and analogue platforms throughout the process, the pieces are becoming allegories of the exchange of information in general, where misinterpretations distort and reshape the original content. With references to modernist abstraction and conceptual art, the works might seem conventional at first glance, but when you pay attention to the details – like the combination and particularity of the materials, techniques, dimensions and titles – the pieces surpass a merely visual experience and addresses complex topics of our present.