Exhibition by Mikael Brkic
O.T. Bar is pleased to present a new solo exhibition by Norwegian artist Mikael Brkic. The exhibition has been given the name Gelber Salon and highlights the context surrounding the exhibition itself, both literally and in a wider discourse. In a wider scope the Gelber Salon offers itself as a third option to the Red and Green salons at Volksbühne, the scene of recent political changes on the Berlin art scene. Posing as an off-Broadway production of sorts, the show makes no conclusions on any case, but jokingly inserts itself into the discourse and context.
Gelber Salon consists of three parts. In the work M10 the immediate area surrounding O.T. Bar, Neukölln and more is addressed through a series of cigarette packages with linoleum prints of outer points along the proposed extensions of the M10 tram line, commonly known as the ‘Party Tram’. As with the title of the show, no positions on a the particular city development are taken, but signs of the situation are transformed into the shape of a familiar, but quasi-dangerous commodity.
With the work Chronique d’un été (curtain) Brkic has recreated a curtain seen in the background of the film with the same name. In the proto-cinéma vérité film, the curtain can be seen in the background while the protagonists are discussing their lives past and present. Furthermore, in the piece insignificant details are emphasized with color, suggesting a dynamic of hide-and-seek and guessing games in the context of discovering the truth behind the veil of everyday life.
Additionally Brkic has also made a modern adaption of the 60’s situationist cartoon Le retour de la Colonne Durutti as well as two new paintings for the occasion of the exhibition.
Mikael D. Brkic is a Norwegian contemporary artist and sometimes art critic who works in various media including painting, installation and performance. His art is often characterized by improvisation and spontaneity. Born in 1987 in Oslo, he obtained his BA from the National Academy of the Arts Oslo, Norway in 2010. He also studied at Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany and attended the Mountain School of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Brkic is represented by VI, VII in Oslo.