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Norwegian Wood Lattice Bisected By Curved 2-way-mirror (2010)

Norwegian Wood Lattice Bisected By Curved 2-way-mirror by Dan Graham was the first work to be unveiled in the sculpture project. 

Dan Graham (b. 1942)

Graham is an American contemporary artist whose artistic fields include sculpture, video, performance and architecture. He was one of the leading figures in the avant-garde art scene in New York during the early 1970s, along with both Robert Smithson and Gordon Matta-Clark. Graham’s politically oriented and conceptual art projects have been highly influential on subsequent generations of artists, in both Europe and the USA. 

The place

Vågå in Gudbrandsdalen is a municipality in the county of Oppland, Norway. It is a gateway to Jotunheimen National Park.

A typical feature of Dan Graham’s sculptures is that they provide an extra dimension to the experience of nature. Graham visited many locations before choosing the site at Lake Lemonsjøen. For him it was important that the work be placed in a location where people pass so that it would be seen, and that it would be close to water. In this way nature is reflected in the water, which in turn is reflected in the surfaces of the artwork. 

The sculpture

Dan Graham’s sculpture, or pavilion, is located on the banks of Lake Lemonsjøen in the municipality of Vågå. The artwork in wood and glass reflects the surrounding landscape and gives the viewer different experiences as one moves around the structure. With this sculpture Graham questions how we, the spectator, observe. The sculpture is made of glass and mirrored walls to let the spectator see both their own reflection and the reflection of the landscape. In this way the viewers become a part of the artwork.

Through his sculptures Dan Graham explores a current issue with regards to how art is created today; what is the role of the spectator when viewing art? Graham’s approach is based upon the sculptural structure of the artwork. He considers his own works as instruments that allow you to see and be seen.

Activities

These are activities that you can do when you visit the sculpture. The activities are suitable for everyone, but are designed especially for children. 

To answer the questions you must explore the sculpture and use your imagination and your senses. There are no right or wrong answers. Discuss with your companions and see if you all agree. 

  1. Study the sculpture carefully. 
  2. Look at your reflection in the sculpture. Play with it and move around. Where do you see the nicest reflection? 
  3. Why do you think mirror and glass have been used in the sculpture? 
  4. Why do you think the sculpture has been put in this particular location? 
  5. Take a picture of what you like best about the sculpture. 

Go ahead and share the pictures on Instagram or Facebook with #skulpturstopp

The activities have been created with the help of input from Lillehammer Art Museum and Jannecke Lønne Christiansen.

Photos

Photo: Sverre Chr. Jarild
Photo: Sverre Chr. Jarild
Photo: Jannecke Lønne Christiansen
Photo: Jannecke Lønne Christiansen
Photo: Jannecke Lønne Christiansen
Photo: Jannecke Lønne Christiansen
Photo: Jannecke Lønne Christiansen