Photo: Enok Skau
From February 1st until March 4th in 1979 Henie Onstad Kunstsenter presented the exhibition Phases of Nothingness with the Japanese sculptor Nobuo Sekine (1942-2019).
«These days, the entire Storsal at the Art Center at Høvikodden gives you the sensation of a foreign landscape as if it is from another planet. It is a sort of sculptured landscape with shapes composed together as a whole, to shape a form of total completion», Norwegian newspaper VG wrote February 14th, 1979. The assembly consisted of 38 sculptures in bronze, black and white granite, and black plastic.
The exhibition reflected opposites in connection to each other: the negative and the positive, the light and the heavy (several of the statues were made from black plastic, which is light but gives the impression of heavy), the light and the dark, nature and unnatural - and wounds on smooth, polished surfaces. The artist explained that «my art rests somewhere between the contradictions». When he was asked to elaborate on nothingness, he said: Eat a doughnut, but keep the hole! (Aftenposten 02.02.1979).
Words: Martine Hoff Jensen