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Title Flux
Artist Bjarne Bare
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Total Supply 3
Prints Owned 0
Chain Solana
Current Price 8
About

Los Angeles-based photographer Bjarne Bare finds most of his images in the built environment. In the tradition of street photographers since the medium’s invention, he is drawn to moments of poignancy, contradiction, and even irony that emerge when common spaces are inhabited, used and redefined over time. A photograph of a woman’s face, for instance, shows how her image, transformed into a perforated vinyl advertisement, can be read as a search for meaning, perhaps for the brand that Bare has omitted from the shot, or perhaps for something more. A jeweler’s display window is caught empty, in transition, and it’s not clear where the luxury goods have gone, or if they’ll be back. And the signage of a bank branch, removed after its closure, becomes a shadowy sign for a lack of trust in financial institutions, who rely on our belief that they will always be around.

With this trio of images, minted as NFTs, Bare directly explores the idea of fiat currency—a kind of money (like cryptocurrency) that isn’t backed by any material wealth, like gold—as a metaphor for rich-world society. The artist finds themselves in a land replete with signs, yet they are signs of recession and decline, describing a world that often fails to live up to its promises of prosperity. The medium of photography is appropriate. Digital images seem slight and transitory, too, as if the image is no longer grounded by a physical negative and paper print that we can hold, frame, and possess. There is a parallel here to fiat currencies like the US dollar, which abandoned the gold standard two generations ago. These images ask whether images are ever backed by something of material value. Perhaps, generations ago, this backing was the world. But as Bare’s images show, the world is always changing, and is no guarantee. These photographs capture spaces in transition, and the emptiness that comes before something new.

***Bjarne Bare has been selected to participate in Arch Mission's (HTTP://archmission.org) next project. Some of his work will be included in a repository of NFT art that will be sent and stored on the surface of the moon.



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Bjarne Bare lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his BFA from the Academy of Fine Art Oslo, Norway (2013) and MFA from UCLA, Los Angeles, California (2017). Bjarne is the co-founder of MELK, an artist run space in Oslo, Norway, active since 2009. Through his work as an artist, publisher, and curator, Bare has maintained a profound interest in the development and current state of the medium, as well as a theoretical curiosity concerning modes of perception and further potential in the reading of a photograph.

His works have been shown in museums such as the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Lillehammer Kunstmuseum, Preus Museum and Sørlandets Kunstmuseum as well as Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Palazzetto Tito, Venice, Italy; UCLA Broad Art Center, Los Angeles, California; Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre, Xiamen, China; Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway; Bomuldsfabrikken Kunsthall, Arendal and OSL contemporary, Oslo, Norway; and No Moon LA, Los Angeles, California. He has published several books, which have been included in library collections such as the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); The Getty Research Institute; Sächsische Universitätsbibliothek Dresden; amongst others, and his artworks are found in collections such as The National Museum of Art Norway, Preus Museum, Kistefos Museum, Wienerberger Contemporary Photography Collection and The Ekard Collection.