Installation at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo 2009.
This installation was commissioned specifically for and built on site at Overlyssalen at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo in 2009 as one of 3 parallel solo shows by Nina Roos, Edvine Larssen and Jesper Just. Mezzanine shows a large overturned stage. The stage stands broken in the space where it becomes a massive wall rising 7m up in the skylight hall. Mezzanine is built in birch veneer and treated with a tainted benar oil. The dark red curtain made from silk-velvet floods across the floor like a puddle. In this installation both stage and curtain have lost their functions. The stage is being staged itself, the curtain no longer hides nor reveals, yet both are creating new symbols and meanings within the exhibition space in their altered positions. Mezzanine can be seen carrying fused references between the Japanese Noh theatre and western theatre traditions.
Materials: Birch-veneer covered MDF, wood, tinted benar oil, silk-velvet, curtain weight ribbon
Scale: wood construction: H: 7M, W:6M, D:1,2M Curtain: 6m x 7m folded from 112 meters of fabric.
Curated by: Maaretta Jaukkuri
Logistic planning and material preparations: Edvine Larssen with assistance from Jan Karl Schmidt
Wood construction built in situ by the construction team at Kunstnernes Hus
Silk velvet curtain planned and made by: Gunn Larssen and Edvine Larssen
Lighting: Edvine Larssen
Kunstnernes Hus/Leif Gabrielsen, Einar Hansen, Kjersti Berg and Edvine Larssen. CopyRights Edvine Larssen
Installing Mezzanine, Kunstneres Hus Oslo, 2009