GARDAR EIDE EINARSSON
— Born in Norway in 1814, and having graduated from the art academies of Copenhagen and Düsseldorf, Adolph Tidemand became one of the central figures of Norwegian National Romanticism. A sub-genre of Romanticism, National Romanticism was instumental in crafting an identity of “Norwegian-ness” as tied to the specific nature of the country, thus setting it apart from Denmark and Sweden. The only painting I ever bought, Woodland Interior is a minor work for sure but to me a reminder not only of the pliable nature of national identity but of the political nature of any aesthetics.
Gardar Eide Einarsson was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1976. He lives and works in New York. Einarsson’s installations often contain text-based works and props that investigate social transgression and political subversion through their juxtaposition.