Foto: Jahn Nitschke

Soft marble in Tromsø

North Norwegian Art Museum is proud to present the exhibition “Myk marmor” (‘’Soft marble’’) – the first presentation of Håkon Anton Fagerås in Tromsø. The exhibition consists primarily of sculptures in marble as well as two works in cast iron created specially for the exhibition.

Text: Tamara Sizykh and Aleksandra Iakovenko

Håkon Anton Fagerås (b. 1975) graduated from the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts  (1997-2001) andalso studied at the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry, where he was a student of Jan V. Saether. Fagerås has made a number of public commissions, including Oslo’s memorial Roald Amundsen in 2011 on the hundredths anniversary of his arrival to the South Pole and the Monument for Peace in Narvik, which was unveiled in 2006. In 2011 Fagerås was awarded the Wessel Award by Norske Selskab.

According to Jarle Strømoden, director of The Vigeland Museum, “Fagerås belongs to the younger generation of sculptures within the field of three-dimensional art. He works in the classical figurative style and adheres closely to the traditions of sculpture”.

On the 22nd of October there was an official opening of the exhibition “Myk marmor” by Håkon Anton Fagerås in the North Norwegian Art Museum which plays a leading role in the visual arts in Norway and gradually becomes more popular in the international circumpolar North.

We were lucky to interview Fagerås and ask him about his works and future plans.

Photo: Jahn Nitschke
Photo: Jahn Nitschke

What did inspire you to create your artistic work?

– That is a big question. If I should simplify a little bit, I would say that the vulnerability was the main subject and different approaches to it. It is obviously other themes as well. It would be my shortest answer.

What is the technology behind the creation of works made of cast iron?

– Well. I always make my sculptures first from clay and then I cast the clay sculptures to plaster, and the plaster model serves as a model for casting it into cast iron. It is not a common material for sculpture. For me, it was the result of searching for an alternative to bronze which is a standard material for making sculptures. I have done a lot of bronze sculptures, but I am rarely completely satisfied because I feel bronze can be somewhat cold in terms of expression. And for this exhibition, which consists of mainly marble, I thought it would be nice to have a contrast to the pure white stone.

It is your first time making an exhibition in Tromsø, right?

– Yes, it is.

Photo: Jahn Nitschke
Photo: Jahn Nitschke

– What do you think about the local people who are interested in art?

Well, from what I have seen at the opening, there are surprisingly many people. I am very pleased to be exhibited at this museum, and I have been received well. A director of the Vigeland Museum, who held a speech at the opening, said that this is one of the best exhibiting places in Norway. And I really think it is.

– What are your future plans?

– I am doing a couple of commissions now for Northern Norway, one of which is decorating a new hospital in Kirkenes. And the other work is a statue of polar explorer Adolph Lindstrøm in Hammerfest. That is my only fixed plan.

The exhibition “Myk marmor” will be taking place in the North Norwegian Art Museum until the 29th of January, 2017. Do not miss out on such a great opportunity to see wonderful sculptures by Håkon Anton Fagerås with your own eyes.