Published on the occasion of the exhibition:
Pushwagner: Soft City
28 June – 2 September 2012, MK Gallery
Obsessive and sardonic, provocative and visionary, cult Norwegian artist Hariton Pushwagner is fêted as a celebrity in his home country, renowned for his hedonistic lifestyle as well as for his epic satires on modern life. For more than four decades, his depictions of a dehumanised metropolis under perpetual siege from pollution, totalitarianism and mass destruction have offered a prescient vision of a world that increasingly resembles our own.
This compelling book, which accompanies the artist’s first international touring exhibition, features all of Pushwagner’s key works, including the graphic novel Soft City, arguably his defining creation, the silkscreen series A Day in the Life of Family Man, and the intricate Apocalypse Frieze paintings, the zenith of his technical and imaginative accomplishment. Critical writings on these and other works, a colourful and frank interview with the artist, and an illustrated biography of his extraordinary life complete this visually striking and timely volume.