Excerpt of the exhibition “The Buran Program”, 2012 — galerie Loevenbruck, Paris
The Norwegian artist Børre Sæthre utilizes large-scale installations to create atmospheres that shift between the technological ambiences of futuristic panoramas and the influence of their synthetic perversities on the primordial desires of our collective subconscious. Abstracting pre-fabricated and quotidian forms, the artist constructs environments that hum with a din that is at once mesmerizing and yet out of reach. One could view these installations through the lens of an architect, an artist, a writer, a scientist, a filmmaker, and yet the conclusions one would draw from these vantage points would be inconclusive and it is perhaps here that we find the core to Sæthre’s program: the conclusions of our collective star gazing have yet to be written.
Børre Sæthre was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1967. He lives and works in New York and Oslo.
After completing his training at the Oslo Academy of Fine Art (1992-1998), Børre Sæthre was awarded a residency on the prestigious International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York, in 2000, followed by another at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, in 2001.
His main solo shows to date have been: My Private Sky, 2001, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo; For Someone Who Nearly Died But Survived, 2007, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen; I’ve been guilty of hanging around, 2006, Participant Inc, New York; Greetings to Futures Past, 2008, MoMA PS1, Long Island; Trooper Play, 2011, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Tromsø and Untitled (Wardenclyffe Tower), 2012, Mudam Luxembourg — Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean.