Untitled (Reversed Reflection)
The Norwegian Sculpture Biennale, Oslo, 2013
Site-specific sculpture, concrete, steel and cooper
Anders Sletvold Moe’s work Untitled (Reversed Reflection) in Frogner Park playfully interacts with Vigeland’s sculpture The Triangle. In Moe’s work the base has been turned on its head, giving the impression that a sculpture has been buried in the ground. The work seems thus to be a reversed reflection and a sort of invisible or hidden monument.
Untitled (Reversed Reflection) also clearly refers to minimalism, where Moe is more interested in the shape of the base as an object than in Vigeland’s figurative sculpture.
If we consider the base as a work of art in its own right, minimalist sculptors such as Donald Judd, Robert Morris, and John MacCracken spring readily to mind.
The piece also alludes to Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk from 1964, an archaic and enigmatic sculpture based on the obelisk shape familiar from Ancient Egypt. Conceptually, Moe’s work is part of a family of works stemming from the Italian artist Piero Manzoni’s Socle du Monde (The Base of the World) from 1961, which also features an upside-down base that seemingly supports or presents the actual world.
Kurator: Helga-Marie Nordby