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Art 43 Basel - Statements - Ane Mette Hol

Ane Mette Hol

After the Dust Settles


After the Dust Settles, 2012



Ane Mette Hol’s work begins with the idea that the Artworld is based on magic. Hol makes drawings and drawn objects that are visually impossible to differentiate from the art institution’s everyday objects. Xeroxed copies of a renaissance painting, the cover of a book by Rosalind Krauss, or the masking paper used to prevent paint stains. Inside the white cube these objects share an undeniable aura.

For Art Statements Hol is recreating an empty, dusty art fair booth, not as a cynical gesture, but as a celebration of the auratic magic this structure is capable of presenting to us. Hol’s works are bridges across the gap between artisanal and institutional theories of art. She combines conceptual ideas with extremely skillful techniques to confer onto apparently mundane objects “the status of candidates for appreciation.” The layman will be struck by the skill necessary to make such an object. Artworld insiders will appreciate how the works reverse the art institution’s conceptual powers of transubstantiation. In Hol’s work the execution is always more important than the signature.


Ane Mette Hol (1979) is born in Bodø, Norway in 1979. Among her most recent exhibitions were Radical Autonomy 2 at Netwerk in Aalst, Belgium, Oh how time flies at Bergen Kunsthall and Zeichnung ? at Kunstverein Nürnberg in 2011, and in 2012 Ab in die Ecke! at Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Germany and Prisme at the National Musem of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway. In 2009-10 she was the OCA resident at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien and in 2011 she won the Statoil Art Award. Ane Mette Hol lives and works in Oslo.


LAUTOM's participation at Art Basel is supported by The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.