August 30 2014

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Gardar Eide Einarsson often spells out powerful political slogans and flaunts an activist attitude in his black-and-white, simple image- and text-based sculptures, paintings, wall installations, and neon signs. But his most furious stance is against the easy assumptions and quick reads of the subcultures he references. In New York City, he is represented at the hyper-hip Team gallery. But for “No Chaos, Damn It!” the Norwegian artist returns to the Standard gallery in his native Olso. “I think art functions with its own attention span,” Einarsson revealed on the occasion of a previous show. “Rather then set up a hierarchy between reading and experiencing the work, I have attempted to work in a way where a conscious relationship between these reactions can open up possibilities for different meanings within the work.” A host of controversial messages in Einarsson’s art might be boldly written. But really, they all say the same thing: Pay attention!

Photo: Gardar Eide Einarsson, courtesy of Standard gallery