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Pushwagner

Soft City

28.6. – 2.9.2012
Hariton Pushwagner, Self-portrait, 2002. Screenprint. Pushwagner Collection, Oslo. Copyright © 2012 the artist.

Hariton Pushwagner, Self-portrait, 2002. Screenprint. Pushwagner Collection, Oslo. Copyright © 2012 the artist.

Pushwanger: Soft City, Cube Gallery Installation. Photo Derek Wales.

Pushwanger: Soft City, Cube Gallery Installation. Photo Derek Wales.

Pushwanger: Soft City, Cube Gallery Installation. Photo Andy Keate.

Pushwanger: Soft City, Cube Gallery Installation. Photo Andy Keate.

Hariton Pushwagner, Almost There. From A Day in the Life of Family Man, 1980. Image courtesy and copyright the artist.

Hariton Pushwagner, Almost There. From A Day in the Life of Family Man, 1980. Image courtesy and copyright the artist.

Hariton Pushwagner, Music II. From A Day in the Life of Family Man, 1980. Image courtesy and copyright the artist.

Hariton Pushwagner, Music II. From A Day in the Life of Family Man, 1980. Image courtesy and copyright the artist.

Pushwanger: Soft City, Middle Gallery Installation. Photo Derek Wales.

Pushwanger: Soft City, Middle Gallery Installation. Photo Derek Wales.

Pushwanger: Soft City, Long Gallery Installation. Photo Derek Wales.

Pushwanger: Soft City, Long Gallery Installation. Photo Derek Wales.

Pushwanger: Soft City, Long Gallery Installation. Photo Derek Wales.

Pushwanger: Soft City, Long Gallery Installation. Photo Derek Wales.

Pushwagner, Klaxton. Pushwagner Collection. Image courtesy the artist.
 

Pushwagner, Klaxton. Pushwagner Collection. Image courtesy the artist.

 

Hariton Pushwagner, Jobkill. From Apokalypse. Image courtesy and copyright the artist.

Hariton Pushwagner, Jobkill. From Apokalypse. Image courtesy and copyright the artist.

Animation Soft City: Pushwagner © 2008. All Rights reserved.
Hariton Pushwagner, Self-portrait, 2002. Screenprint. Pushwagner Collection, Oslo. Copyright © 2012 the artist.
Pushwanger: Soft City, Cube Gallery Installation. Photo Derek Wales.
Pushwanger: Soft City, Cube Gallery Installation. Photo Andy Keate.
Hariton Pushwagner, Almost There. From A Day in the Life of Family Man, 1980. Image courtesy and copyright the artist.
Hariton Pushwagner, Music II. From A Day in the Life of Family Man, 1980. Image courtesy and copyright the artist.
Pushwanger: Soft City, Middle Gallery Installation. Photo Derek Wales.
Pushwanger: Soft City, Long Gallery Installation. Photo Derek Wales.
Pushwanger: Soft City, Long Gallery Installation. Photo Derek Wales.
Pushwagner, Klaxton. Pushwagner Collection. Image courtesy the artist.
 
Hariton Pushwagner, Jobkill. From Apokalypse. Image courtesy and copyright the artist.

Animation Soft City: Pushwagner © 2008. All Rights reserved.

Pushwagner: Soft City

28 June - 2 September 2012

 

This is the first solo exhibition outside of Norway by artist Pushwagner (born Oslo, 1940), bringing together drawings, paintings and prints made over the last forty years. His visionary practice resonates with the glamour of Pop Art, the language of science fiction, the anti-materialism of the Beat poets and the hallucinations of Vincent Van Gogh.

 

The exhibition includes his defining creation, the graphic novel ‘Soft City’, which encapsulates a generation’s disenchantment with capitalism and life in the modern city. It also includes a series of prints that depict the trappings of power, featuring one of the principal characters in Pushwagner’s mythology: ‘The Boss’. This omnipotent bureaucrat sits behind a massive desk of levers and switches and controls the world via a giant screen. In the Long Gallery, the Apocalypse Frieze comprises obsessively detailed paintings where factories double up as death camps and the ravages of war are perpetuated under the watchful eye of robotic men in suits.

 

Pushwagner’s epic satire exaggerates and ridicules the symbols of capitalism, war, industry and leisure. This critique of power and greed, most dramatically expressed through the giant mouth on the Gallery’s façade, takes on a particular resonance in the context of today’s financial crises.

 

Following its presentation in Milton Keynes, the exhibition will be presented at Haugar Vestfold Art Museum, Norway (22 September - 30 December 2012) and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Netherlands (2 February - 28 April 2013).

 

The Pushwagner exhibition has been generously supported by Fritt Ord (The Freedom of Expression Foundation, Norway), Norsk Kulturrad (Norwegian Arts Council), OCA (Office for  Contemporary Art Norway) and The Royal Norwegian Embassy, London.

 

The exhibition is an associated event of IF: Milton Keynes International Festival 2012, and forms part of Milton Keynes Summer of Culture.

More information

Guardian Artist of the Week: Hariton Pushwagner

'After a period sleeping rough in the 90s, this artist and his portraits of a dehumanising modernity are enjoying a resurgence' Read article

 

Pushwagner: Life in Soft City

Read exhibition review in Frame and Reference

 

Pushwagner: Soft City in Milton Keynes

Read exhibition review by journalist & author Paul Gravett

Events

Exhibition Preview & Summer Party
Pushwagner
Wednesday 27.6.2012

La Jetee
1962 / Cert. PG
Friday 29.6.2012

Live Music: Ande Somby
Saturday 30.6.2012

Film Screening: Until the Light Takes Us
2008
Thursday 5.7.2012

THX 1138
1971 / Cert. 15
Friday 6.7.2012

Live Music: The Family Elan + support
Saturday 7.7.2012

Animation Workshop 1
Wednesday 11.7.2012

Live Music: Susanna K Wallumrod
Thursday 12.7.2012

Gattaca
1997 / Cert. 15
Friday 13.7.2012

Audio Described Exhibition Tour
Monday 16.7.2012

Comic Book Workshop 1
Wednesday 18.7.2012

MKomix Comic Fair
Thursday 19.7.2012

Blade Runner
1982 / Cert. 15
Friday 20.7.2012

Live Music: Nope + Support
Saturday 21.7.2012

Animation Workshop 2
Wednesday 25.7.2012

Special Event: Cycle Cinema
Friday 27.7.2012

Comic Book Workshop 2
Wednesday 1.8.2012

Live Music: Christian Blom
Thursday 2.8.2012

A Scanner Darkly
2006 / Cert. 15
Friday 3.8.2012

Live Music: Felix and Benoit Pioulard
Saturday 4.8.2012

Talk: Paul Gravett, Graphic Novels
Wednesday 8.8.2012

Film Screening: Alfred Jarry Superfreak
EVENT POSTPONED
Thursday 9.8.2012

Brazil
1985 / Cert. 15
Friday 10.8.2012

Comic Book Workshop 3
Wednesday 15.8.2012

Live Music: Kim Myhr + Support
Thursday 16.8.2012

Videodrome
1983 / Cert. 18
Friday 17.8.2012

Animation Workshop 3
Wednesday 22.8.2012

Film Screening
Thursday 23.8.2012

Alphaville
1965 / Cert. 12a
Friday 24.8.2012

Live Music: Improv Night
Saturday 25.8.2012

Live Music: Jana Winderen + support from Mark Peter Wright
Thursday 30.8.2012

Pushwagner
2011
Friday 31.8.2012

Live Music: Nils Okland + support from Trestle
Saturday 1.9.2012