Kay Arne Kirkebø
Kay Arne Kirkebø (b.1979) graduated with master in Fine Arts in 2014 from Bergen Academy of Art and Design, and is working with complex, geometric patterns and structures in his works.
Kay Arne creates technical but organic cityscapes, clearly influenced by his background as a technical drawer. Architectural labyrinths, clusters, levels and layers (both interior and exterior) pervade in his drawings. While the hand-drawn line looks calculated and repetitive, his process is open and he lets the city grow uncontrollably as he draws. His largest works may take several months to complete. The isometric and top-down perspective gives an association to Western computer games such as “Sim City” (1989), “Syndicate” (1993) and more. This link is especially relevant in his work “Walkthrough”, which was his first artist book in a larger series. His bird’s-eye perspective of urban environments can also be seen in the heritage of perspectives apparent in traditional Chinese hand scrolls.
“Walkthrough” is also the term for guides that take players through video games and the book literally takes the viewer on a walkthrough through Kay Arne’s isometric world. The extreme level of detail drowns the viewer’s eyes in the search of a path and direction. Navigation is difficult in these repetitive labyrinths; although one’s eyes will get lost, the pages of “Walkthrough” will bring one til the end.
Kay Arne’s fanzines, however, stand in contrast to “Walkthrough” and his geometric pictures. In titles such as “It Always Rains In July”, the viewer is presented with stylised pencil drawings of Scandinavian young adults in their homes and neighbourhoods. His zines portray scenes from his own everyday life and embody a type of tragicomic social realism. The title refers to the period during which the zine was drawn, which was one of the most rainy summers in Bergen, a city known for constant rain. For many years, Kirkebø has been a part of the art collective Isotop, but now works from his own independent studio in Bergen.
His works have been exhibited at Høstutstilliga (Oslo), Tegneforbundet (Oslo), Tag-Team Studio (Bergen) and TULCA Visual Art Festival (Ireland).