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Pål Vigeland: When Metal Becomes Nature

Book  /  Artists   Arnoldsche
Published: 10.07.2019
Pål Vigeland: When Metal Becomes Nature.
Editor:
Gunnar Danbolt, Jorunn Veiteberg
Text by:
Gunnar Danbolt, Christian R. Martin, Helga-Marie Nordby, Jorunn Veiteberg
Edited by:
Arnoldsche Art Publishers
Edited at:
Stuttgart
Edited on:
2019
Technical data:
224 pages, 31.5 x 23 cm, 260 ills., Hardcover English / Norwegian
ISBN / ISSN:
978-3-89790-552-8
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Intro
Pål Vigeland (b. 1944) has been a metalwork artist for almost fifty years. The Norwegian began as a jewellery designer but in the meantime has gone on to become one of the constant greats of the Norwegian art scene with his expansive sculptures.
This first comprehensive review of Viegland documents his oeuvre from his early work to the present day. Alongside stringency of form and precision of execution, Vigeland develops surprising variability in his handling of the material.

Starting with noble metals, which he used in his jewellery, his path led to an intensified and meanwhile almost exclusive use of base metals: the artist reworks drinks cans and tins for storing fish or biscuits into sophisticated small plates, which he combines piece by piece into amorphous, partly geometric objects.

In this, as author Gunar Danboldt summarises, Vigeland resembles an alchemist transforming off-beat objects into art. In his sculptures, a play of light and shade, of voids and layers thus develops that appears to defy physical laws.

Pål Vigeland’s diverse oeuvre is portrayed extensively in numerous photographs and discussed at length by the publication’s authors. With its high-quality layout, variety of papers and exacting design by the renowned graphic design office Modest (Rune Døli, Oslo), this book is a true bibliophile‘s treasure.

The first monograph on Pål Vigeland presents a multifaceted portrait of the exceptional Norwegian metalwork artist, whose work explores the depths and at times pushes the traditional boundaries between applied and fine art.

Exhibition: Galleri Langegården, Bergen (NO), 21.05.–16.06.2019.
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