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.

PORTRAIT PHOTO: ALEXANDER ØVREBØ  

PORTRAIT PHOTO: ALEXANDER ØVREBØ

 

 

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 (2015)

WALKTHROUGH (2015)

 

“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.

WALKTHROUGH 70 (2015)

WALKTHROUGH 70 (2015)

 

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).

HJØRNET (2016)

HJØRNET (2016)

 

凯·阿尔纳·谢克别(1979年出生)来自挪威西海岸的沿海小城弗勒。他2014年毕业于卑尔根国立艺术设计学院,取得硕士学位,然后就留在了卑尔根。他曾是艺术家集体工作室“同位素”中的一员,但目前已拥有自己的独立工作室。

凯·阿尔纳擅长手绘复杂的等角投影图形和结构。他创造过许多即机械又有机的虚拟城市景观,建筑的迷宫、空间的串组,层层叠叠,内内外外。他的手绘线条看上去是经过精确的计算并不断重复产生的,但实际上他的创作过程是完全开放毫无计划的,他一边作画一边让自己的虚拟城市自由地生长。最大画幅的作品可能要耗时好几个月。他的等角投影图和上帝视角的透视作品让人联想到西方电脑游戏,比如虚拟城市(1989年)暴力辛迪加(1993)等。这方面的联系同样出现在他的第一本艺术书作品“攻略”中。而鸟瞰透视图的表达方式其实也可以看作传统中国城市风貌长卷画的现代传承。

攻略原指指导游戏玩家顺利通关的导览手册。而这本书的作用就是指导读者如何解读凯·阿尔纳的等角投影世界。极端复杂的层叠和细节让我们的眼睛迷失在寻找路径和方向的任务中。在这些重重叠叠的迷宫中穿行异常困难,眼睛总是看着看着就迷了路,但《攻略》将一步一步带你走到终点。

凯·阿尔纳的迷志却与《攻略》以及他的等角投影作品形成了鲜明的对比。如《七月总有雨》这样的作品中,我们看到的是北欧青年用铅笔描绘的日常生活。他的迷志就像他的私人日记,而主体总是悲喜交加的社会现实主义。这本迷志的标题反映了作者创作它的时间和天气——那可能是卑尔根最多雨的夏天,但实际上卑尔根的七月确实总是下雨。

画展:秋季展(奥斯陆),绘画联盟(奥斯陆),Tag-Team工作室(卑尔根),TULCA视觉艺术节(爱尔兰)

肖像摄影师:亚历山大·约沃尔别