About the artist
Kurt Johannessen deals with performance, books, video and installation. He has produced about 280 different performances in Europe, Asia and America since 1980. His performance often takes a poetic and minimalist form. He has exhibitited in numerous places in Norway, including Bergen Art Museum and the House of Artists, Oslo.
Johannessen is also a publisher of art books. Many of them are text-related, but some are based on artwork and photography.
His text works are often one-sentence stories. They are visual, poetic and sometimes humorous. He has produced over 80 books so far. Some of them have been purchased by the Norwegian Council of Culture, and a number of the books have been translated into English.
Presence in a situation is fundamental to my work. I try to keep whatever as open as possible so as not to precondition the possibilities. This is the starting point. At the same time, however, I am concerned with finding situations that can generate qualities I have not experienced before. I frequently minimize to one image and then create microscopic variations within this frame. At other times the situation has more complex implications but remains within a poetical minimalist expression. My works are often site-specific.