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Meet Bjarne Bare

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bjarne Bare.

Bjarne, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a Polish born artist raised and educated in Norway, and over the recent years underwent my second immigration in life to become a U.S. resident. I have worked within the field of art in Norway since the age of 18, and professionally for the past 15 years as a board member, nominating committee member, publisher, editorial advisor, curator and founder of an artist run gallery in addition to my own artistic practice – which has included international solo and group exhibitions and publications distributed widely.

I graduated with a BFA in Fine Art from the Oslo Academy of Fine Art in May 2013 and a MFA in Fine Art from UCLA in 2017. I am interested in how photography is used in today’s society and to dwell upon the way we read images in contemporary media. As the contemporary public has a visual appetite similar to that of a shark for blood, the image has to catch your attention within a split-second. I see this Darwinian process within imagery as a result of the rules of the market – not by the true potential in photography. My key interest in this ever changing medium lies here, and I find the current time to be very interesting for photography and its potential.

Prior to my formal schooling, I spent years traveling and working, spending extended periods of time in cities such as Cairo, Berlin, Seoul, Tokyo and Buenos Aires. In 2015, I was awarded a three months artist residency in Venice, Italy, at Fondacione Bevilacqua La Masa.

I love being in L.A. and part of its scene with like-minded artists and scholars in a truly international and diverse city, that further challenges me and pushes me towards my goal of becoming a visual artist included in a global discourse – who pushes the envelope internationally, together.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Opening a gallery of my own at age 24 back in 2009, and funding it through my salary as a bartender. It took about five years for the project to become self-sustainable. It was a lot of work, but the process was perhaps as important to me as my formal schooling. Through it I had the pleasure of working personally with more than 60 artists I respect, and we all grew together through those conversations. It is that experience that now makes for the backbone of my own artistic practice. Sustaining myself through college in the U.S. as an immigrant, mentally and economically, is also something I learned a lot from.

Please tell us more about your art.
I make photographs and show them in galleries and museums. My photography is informed by fragmented and isolated experiences from daily life, and I wish the works to function as a whole, in reverse of their daily influx. Photography installed as exhibition holds the potential to activate a space in unison. This spans beyond the traditional narrative idea of photography – a medium which carries didactic expectation as a burden on its shoulders in contrast to other artistic media.

I am also embedded in photography as a discourse, and work on curatorial projects as well as larger book publications. The last one is titled “Why Photography” and to be published by Skira Editore in Italy, May 2020.

Besides this, I also love to print and have a print lab where I occasionally print for other artists when I don’t print my own work.

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Image Credit:
Personal photo: Behzad Farazollahi, Exhibition images: OSL contemporary (for the modern spaces), Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (For the Baroque space)

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