Børre Sæthre, Stealth Distortion (...must have seen it in some teenage wet dream), 2008, Mixed media, Dimensions variable, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Matthew Septimus. Courtesy P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center.
Børre Sæthres installasjon From Someone Who Nearly Died But Survived i Bergen Kunsthall. Det utstoppede dyret inntar en steilende positur bak duset glass. Foto: Thor Brødreskift.
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City
October 19, 2008-January 26, 2009
Børre Sæthre (b. 1967 in Oslo, Norway) is a Norwegian artist whose exhibitions combine many skills, including those of the architect, the interior designer and the set dresser. His installations comprise interconnected environments that take the visitor into a fantastic, dreamlike universe which is both aesthetically pleasing and psychologically disquieting.
In 1996, he launched LUSTLUX, under which his spatial environments (incorporating walls, furniture, light, sound, and different props) are produced. The structures are spectacular and are created with painstaking precision; the rooms, corridors, pits and dark corners take you into another world, an enigmatic labyrinth populated by unlikely juxtapositions of stuffed animals, furniture and environmental sculptures, with carefully controlled lighting, recorded sound and music, video, living plants, motorized walls and sliding doors.
In the past, Sæthre has spoken of his fascination with Freud's concept of "the uncanny". So instead of trying to shock his media-saturated audience, he draws visitors into active participation in his synthetic dreamlike worlds and gives them a true taste of the uncanny.
Sæthre lives and works in New York, Berlin and Oslo. He is represented by Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris, France.