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Thaddeus Strode, We are all landscapes (with puffs of smoke) (2013, Oslo)

Installation View, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo

Installation View, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo

Installation View, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo

Installation View, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo

Installation View, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo

Installation View, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo

Thaddeus Strode
We are all landscapes (with puffs of smoke)

Exhibition duration:      August 29 – October 5, 2013

Gerhardsen Gerner Oslo is pleased to announce its first exhibition with American artist Thaddeus Strode (b. 1964).

Since the late 1980s Los Angeles-based painter Thaddeus Strode has created wild, vibrantly coloured mash-ups in
which California surf and skateboard culture collide with Zen philosophy, rock music, literature, film, comic books and
other popular motifs, all mixing freely with the artist’s own inventions.

Strode’s work represents a provocative strain within contemporary painting, one that expresses, among other things,
a strong penchant for dark humor and the absurd. Much of the strength and visual pleasure of Strode’s aesthetic comes
from his self-reflexive combination of painterly styles and preposterous elements, allowing enigmatic texts, phantoms,
monsters and castaways to play off one another to produce cryptic – and captivating – fantasy worlds.

His compositions seldom convey specific themes or fixed ideas, but are filled with contradictions and incoherencies that
play with viewers’ expectations while merging modes and styles historically viewed as oppositional – abstraction versus
figuration, the expressive versus the rational. Unlike Pop or various instances of appropriation art, which directly incorporate
recognizable imagery from mass media and everyday life, Strode’s canvases contain fragments that appear familiar yet
somehow thwart the viewer’s ability to pinpoint definitive sources.

For his show at Gerhardsen Gerner Oslo, Thaddeus Strode presents a group of large-scale paintings as well as pieces
from the small sized „record“ series combined with a selection of sculptures.

Thaddeus Strode’s works has been exhibited across the United States and internationally, including numerous one-person
gallery shows as well as at the Kunstverein in Heilbronn, Germany, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis.
Recent group exhibitions include Fresh Paint at the Stenersen Museum, Oslo; I hate Paul Klee at the Leopold Hoesch
Museum, Düren; Imagination becomes Reality at the ZKM, Karlsruhe; and COMIX at Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense.

For further information please contact Marina Gerner–Mathisen, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo:,
T: +47 21 91 01 91, opening hours Oslo Wed–Fri 12–5pm, Sat 12–4pm

Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin: T: +49-30-69 51 83 41, F: +49-30-69 51 83 42, 
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