|Muscle, Beefsteak...Beafsteak Run Amok|
Photo: Istvan Virag
These photographs were part of the yearly Spring Exhibition at Fotogalleriet in Oslo and represent a selection from an ongoing book project with the name "Muscle, beefsteak...beefsteak run amok". With the series I am reviewing historical sculptures in connection with contemporary situations and staging. The images are a play with hierarchies in relation to form, material and art history, where the photographs are juxtaposed with the photographed.
What initiated the project was my position as a guide at the National Gallery, where among other things I have interpreted ancient sculpture for children and youth.
The title is borrowed from an expression Constantin Brancusi is supposed to have used when he describedMichaelangelo’s sculptures: ”Michaelangelo’s sculpture is nothing but muscle, beefsteak, beefsteak run amok.”
With his radical attitude toward art history and via his searching and individual approachto artistic process, Brancusi contributedto broadening the limits of how art could be experienced. Kramer reflects thisattitude. A selection from the photographic
series is shown in the Spring Exhibition.