Berg Gravningen, Christian
I am currently working on a group of oil paintings and gouaches based on the Sarajevo olympics and Cesare Zavattini, some ideas on the cinema
During my work on these pictures, I have been concerned with neorealism in film, the idea of an action-free action movie and the criteria for a good rock’n’roll record. It is said that Rock ‘n’ roll is good when it feels like it can go wrong at any moment ..
Even before the tragic events in Sarajevo in connection with the division of Yugoslavia, the city had a name in world history as the site of which World War I was triggered. Now the city was housing the biggest winter games ever. A total of 49 nations with a total of 1274 participants had signed up.
In a historical perspective, we are well aware of the Olympic Games in Sarajevo and what happened afterwards. But I’ve been interested in going into that space and investigating a type of fictional tension that lies there. Thanks to the years gone by and what we now know, it may seem that everyone present at the Olympics knew what would happen a few years afterwards, like a blanket of fear that lies throughout the event. Of course, this was not the case. I am concerned with the metonymical qualities of images, and how to use a source material with such a rich and complicated historical context could create something dramatic out of the most everyday and basically enjoyable pictures.
Member of NBK, LNM
Christian Berg Gravningen
Born 1989, Notodden Norway
Lives and works in Oslo Norway
2012-2015 Oslo National Academy of the Arts, BFA
2010-2012 Einar Granum School of fine art
Super Sport, Galleri Ask, Åsgårdstrand. NO 2016
FLAKKENDE VOKSLYS, DÅRLIG HÅRSVEIS, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo. NO 2015
UTSTILLING, Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Oslo. NO 2015
BFA Exhibition, Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Oslo. NO 2015
Grafikk og Maleri, Galleri Kunstgress, Oslo. NO 2014
Graduate show Einar Granum School of fine art, Oslo. NO 2012
Kunsthall hydro texaco, Notodden. NO 2011
Kjartan Fløgstad, Fladen Grunn. Ferdig snakka. 2015
Ørkenkjøtt, Et land i en sang. Fresh tea. 2013
Ørkenkjøtt, Ønskediktet. Nordic Records. 2012
Arts Council Norway, Miscellaneous grant for recently graduated artists- 2016
Landsforeningen Norske Malere (LNM)
Norske Billedkunstnere (NBK)