Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, presents an exhibition in two parts by Bjarne Melgaard. Semi-digital and semi-physical, a gallery exhibition Bodyparty (Substance Paintings) will be displayed in tandem with a virtual extension Life Killed My Chihuahua.
Bodyparty (Substance Paintings) is an installation of 14 new paintings in the London gallery’s Ely Room. It presents an intimate, introspective body of work that reflects on the artist’s complex relationship with past and present. It displays, for the first time, an intimate body of work straight from the artist’s Oslo studio.
Concurrent with and running in parallel to the exhibition in the gallery, Life Killed My Chihuahua will unfold on the gallery’s Instagram (@thaddaeusropac). Life Killed My Chihuahua is a digital commission by Julia Peyton-Jones, Senior Global Director: Special Projects at Ropac, curated by Melgaard himself and publisher Elise By Olsen. It’s about the loneliness of being an artist and grants a unique insight into Melgaard’s artistic practice by chronicling Oslo’s contemporary counterculture; showcasing prominent creatives from Oslo’s thriving underground scene.
Both parts are characteristic of Melgaard’s singular style: independent, radical and non-conformist.