This weekend, join Marius Engh for the opening of his new show, BOHEMIA, at K.O.S.A.
Marius Engh travelled to Bohemia to see St. Joachimsthal, whose mined bowels had given birth to the silver dollar, to cobalt and uranium, to polonium and radium, all of which led to vast, almost incomprehensible consequences for the world.
The large, though rarely examined concentration of dystopian material in the history of St. Joachimsthal, today called Jáchymov, is the background and the context that reveals Engh’s concerns as an artist and as a person in the world. It became a place to go to and a site of his investigations, inadvertently, while he was tracing the origin of the dollar sign. He chose to follow it in his role as a journeyman, engrossed in the atmosphere such experience invokes—travelling suspended between times and places.
The works in the BOHEMIA exhibition are extractions drawn from that travel, encapsulating materiality of the time they draw from (Jáchymov), and the time they are produced in (Oslo), as merging time vessels. They are executed with precision and a formal decisiveness that renders them laconic and mysterious, radiating a pending atmosphere of works that anticipate reading.*
Opening: Saturday, August 31, from 3 pm to 7 pm.
Weekends through September 15, and by appointment.
Krutthuset Oslo SA
Gamle Maridalsvei 128, Oslo.
Marius Engh, Bohemia, K.O.S.A., 2019. Photographs by Marius Engh for PARIS LA, courtesy and © the artist.