Fredrik Værslev

Fredrik Værslev

All Around Amateur

Edited by Martin Clark, Anne Pontégnie and Steinar Sekkingstad

Distributed for Sternberg Press




Fredrik Værslev's work navigates between different painterly traditions, and demonstrates the possibilities and relevance of the medium today. He treats his paintings as objects, often created through more or less laborious, serial, or deterministic processes where time itself, as well as various external factors, become active cocreators in the making of the work. In several series, he has left his paintings outdoors for long periods of time, allowing the weather and external wear to complete the work. Other works employ apparently clichéd techniques, motifs, or art-historical quotations (i.e., dripping and splattering). More recently, Værslev has been working with a tool used for marking painted lines on roads and sports fields.

Published in conjunction with Fredrik Værselv's exhibition “All Around Amateur” at the Bergen Kunsthall and Le Consortium, Dijon, this publication, comes in two different versions, with each book comprising 320 one-to-one digital images scanned from eight of Værslev's new “sunset” paintings. Each canvas produces a total of eighty scanned images, which are reproduced in the book sequentially, left to right, top to bottom. The full-bleed scans in each “volume,” together, reproduce an entire wall of paintings from the exhibition. The paintings, based on photographs of sunsets taken by Værslev on his iPhone from airplane windows, evoke the work of art-historical figures such as J. M. W. Turner, Mark Rothko, and Edvard Munch.

The catalogue also includes newly commissioned texts by Ina Blom (University of Oslo), Martin Clark and Steinar Sekkingstad (Bergen Kunsthall) as well as an interview with artist Anne Pontégnie.

Copublished with Bergen Kunsthall, and Le Consortium, Dijon

ContributorsIna Blom, Martin Clark, Anne Pontégnie, Steinar Sekkingstad


$54.00 T ISBN: 9783956792298 352 pp. | 7.75 in x 11.25 in

Not for sale in Europe or the UK.


Martin Clark

Martin Clark is director of Camden Art Centre, London, and the former director of Bergen Kunsthall, Norway. He is the curator of numerous solo shows by artists such as Simon Starling, Lily van der Stokker, and Amy Sillman.

Anne Pontégnie

Steinar Sekkingstad

Steinar Sekkingstad is an art historian, writer, and curator at Bergen Kunsthall. He has been a member of the expert committee for visual arts at Arts Council Norway, and was one of the founders of the sound art gallery Lydgalleriet in Bergen. He cofounded Bergen Kunsthall's concert series Utmark, which has been running continuously since 2008. He has edited a number of publications and written about contemporary art for magazines, publications, and exhibition catalogues.