Stian Ådlandsvik (No) & Lutz-Rainer Müller (De) work collaboratively on various occasions and also pursue individual practices. Their collaborative work process often originates in particular situations or contexts which they either create for themselves or upon which they react. As trusted collaborative partners, they use the very circumstance of their working together as a starting point for new ideas. Their reflection upon their collaboration in itself becomes one of the core elements in their expression, both as a duo and as individual artists. It is the very communicative nature of their collaboration that Ådlandsvik and Müller want to challenge in the two projects they aim to realise during their residency at FLACC.
The first of the two ideas consists of the reinvention and building of an excavator shovel in metal, whereby different contexts are sought in which the work could be used as a tool. Both the way in which the shovel will be made and the way in which it will be used are important questions that will affect the sculpture’s ultimate shape and appearance. One way of defining the shovel’s shape could consist of the artist digging a whole into casting sand with his bare hands and then filling the negative form with liquid metal. This somewhat blind way of tentatively shaping a sculpture would be closely connected to the idea of a handmade hybrid form that wavers between artistic thought and practical use. A digger’s strong mechanical arm will then be used to move the shovel, possibly altering a landscape or simply digging a hole. But the digger will also function as a temporary sort of carrier for the sculpture, shaping it further by affecting traces of physical work.
The second plan involves the exploration of a sculptural idea as a transformative procedure that can be applied to almost any hollow object. The two artists have started to collect various items from everyday environments, which they intend to fill with concrete, after which the original material around it will be removed. The concrete forms, shaped by the hollow insides of the objects, will later serve as bases for sculptures made out of the material of the original object. In this way, the artists hope to conjure up a reference that is rooted in the shape of the object and the material used to make it.
While the first idea involves a great deal of research into technical details, as well as a specific place for the production of the shovel, the second idea will be further developed and realised at FLACC during the course of the residency.
Stian Ådlandsvik (°1981) and Lutz-Rainer Müller (°1977) have worked together since 2006 and both hold degrees from the Oslo Academy of Fine Art. Ådlandsvik also attended the Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg. Müller attended the Art Academy of Bergen and also holds a degree from the Muthesius Kunsthochschule in Kiel. As a duo, they have exhibited broadly throughout Europe. They live and work in Oslo and Leipzig.