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about Martin Skauen

All talk is small talk

Being able to engage in small talk is an essential trait to have all around the world. It is a way to socialize, placate friends, pacify enemies, and avoid or create awkward situations. Quite simply, it gets us through the day. But nowhere is small talk more important than in the art world.

Martin Skauen is interested in the suspension of reason and the seeking of sense and meaning within the irrational. With his imaginative art world critique, absurd depictions of the creative artistic process, and casually deep and hilarious observations of modern life, Martin’s work can be read in terms of the Surrealist strategy of rupture and discord. His subjects are located directly between ordinary experience and pure chaotic contingency. Born in 1975, in Norway, Martin is a member of Tegneklubben, a drawing collective based in Oslo. Selected exhibitions include Flesh & Blood, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Slideshow Johnny, Art Statements, Art Basel, Against Exclusion, Moscow Biennial, Destroy Athens, Athens Biennial, Whenever it Starts it is the Right Time, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt.

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