BÃ¸rre SÃ¦thre presents his last work: a great installation rapresenting an artistic view on the "lounge". A project based on the conjuction between art, architecture and design.
Combining the talents of the architect, the interior designer and the set
dresser, the Norwegian artist BÃ¸rre SÃ¦thre creates super-styled spaces that
lead you into the world of the jet-set: airport lounges, hotel lobbyÂ¹s and
executive waiting rooms. Spaces with lusciously inviting lounge chairs, a
bottle of Chardonnay always witin reach, feet nestled in plush lilac carpet,
head in the clouds. Welcome to the life of Luxury, Lust and Pleasure!
BÃ¸rre SÃ¦thre is interested in the idea of the exclusive room, "the lounge" as a space of privilege and luxurious excess. In 1996, he launched LUSTLUX, the registered trademark under which his spacial environments (incorporating walls, furniture, light, sound, and different props) are produced. The LUSTLUX-installations echo the kind of retro-futuristic design found in style magazines or classic James Bond-movies: saturated with seduction, eroticism and hidden desires, oozing sex & power. However, as usual, these dreamlike settings are always a little bit too perfect. ItÂ¹s the kind of glamour that simultaneously seduces and unsettles. In the end, you realize this Glamorama-world is only a empty dÃ©cor, leaving you lonely and powerless.
In the image: Module for Mood, BÃ¸rre SÃ¦thre, 2000.
Especially for Quarantine Series, BÃ¸rre SÃ¦thre will create a new installation, titled Catch me and let me die wonderful (selected memories: fragments, sketches and ideas from the LUSTLUX-years). The installation is part of an ongoing 'retrospective' project and consists of several elements from his large-scale projects in the LUSTLUX-series.
BÃ¸rre SÃ¦thre studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo (1992-1998); participated at International Study Program (ISP) in New York (1999-2000) and was a resident at KÃ¼nstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlijn (2001-2002). His work has been included in international group shows in a.o. Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (Cool Places, 1998), MusÃ©e dÂ¹ Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (Nuit Blanche, 1998) and Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (We are all sinners, 2002). He has had solo exhibitions at Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2001), Thread Waxing Space, New York (2000) and Statements, Art Basel (2000). SÃ¦thre is represented by Galleri Wang in Oslo.
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