Thomas Pihl’s (CRF 2004, Juror) first retrospective exhibition is on show at KODE until Sunday, May 2nd, 2021. Located in Bergen, this retrospective exhibition also marks a return to the artist’s birthplace. The exhibition is part of KODE’s ongoing series of shows featuring major Norwegian artists associated with West Norway. “Sight Specific” features both older and more recent works by Pihl.
“The way in which the eye perceives colour and light is a central aspect of Pihl’s oeuvre. He is known for his large, monochromatic paintings. In a process where the colours are applied to the canvas in countless layers, he builds up transparent surfaces that together evoke a form of optical illusion for the viewer. The many layers create an interstice between the surface and the canvas, which the light penetrates through, causing a special effect together with the pigments. The effect can be beautiful, overwhelming and meditative all at the same time… A common feature of Pihl’s artistry is a preoccupation with the role of perception in an encounter with the artworks and the world at large.” Click here for more information about the exhibition, and watch this video of Pihl speaking about his work.