(solo) at Galleri CC, Malmø March 3rd - 26th 2017
  curated by Andreas Knag-Danielsen
all photos: Raffaele Piano

Oil pastels on found wood.

From the press release:

"Korff Lofthus’ new drawings, produced between 2015—2017, pair two distinct and dissimilar found materials: discarded wood and private photographs taken with cellphones in private environments. Raw in their respective contexts, the two disparate sources converge to form blurry, textured portraits of queer men at their most vulnerable, seductive, and self-interested. With wood culled from his surroundings in the Fjords of Western Norway, Lofthus uses oil crayons to reproduce cell phone portraits appropriated from sites like Instagram and Tumblr.

In recent years, Lofthus’ work has investigated how urban popular culture can be expressed in rural environments. This interest is demonstrated in this new body of work through the combination of natural materials and digital images. The result is a dichotomy of desire and disposal; natural materials and unnatural poses. The artist’s own desires are a fundamental part of the work, indicated in part by the depiction of burly, seemingly masculine men. By demonstrating his own desire, the viewer is invited to participate in a very unique—and perhaps unfamiliar—form of looking. The resulting works featuring appropriated, and often clumsy, photographs also call into question the notion of authorship and ownership—questions at the core of digital discourse."

  Lars Korff Lofthus