Galleri F 15

Kjell Varvin – Intermediary Stages of a Never-Ending Process

6. Mar - 30. May 2021

Over his long career, the well-established and still very active artist Kjell Varvin (born 1939 in Bærum) has forged a reputation for abstract works in which immediacy and chance play a central role. Intuition governs every choice that he makes in his working process, in contrast to traditionally more calculated artistic processes. Chaos is his ideal.

He always works within the same constraints, however. His installations are born as responses to the possibilities that exist in the relevant space, while all his works on paper are executed in one of two formats (70 x 100 cm or 50 x 70 cm).

The result is energetic compositions, in which each element – each line, each field of colour, each steel rod and object – exists in an active relationship to the others, like an orchestra where each part has an important function in the whole. This interdependence comes to expression in particular in his installations, which represent points of balance between stability and collapse. References to music, particularly classical music and jazz, underlie Varvin’s works, and musicality, rhythm and tempo pervade all of his installations and drawings. It is tempting to say that his works are not only visible, but also audible.

In addition to curated works, the exhibition at Galleri F 15 will include installations and wall drawings executed on site.

Kjell Varvin has exhibited widely in Norway and abroad, including at Kunstnerforbundet, LYNX, Kunsthall Oslo, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Momentum, Tegnebiennalen/The Drawing Biennale, Akershus Kunstsenter, Kunstnernes Hus, and the Norwegian Drawing Association (TF).
Varvin is represented in a number of public and private collections, and his work has been purchased by the National Museum for Art, Architecture and Design.

The exhibition is curated by Monica Holmen.





Kjell Varvin and Monica Holmen in Galleri F 15. All photos: Ingeborg Øien Thorsland / Galleri F 15