Throughout October, the gallery rooms and workshop of Tag Team functioned as a studio space for Bianca Bondi, Adam Cruces, and Laurie Kang. The three artists were chosen through the online software tool Curatron, to participate in the residency-program run by Bergen’s new studio collective Aldea (formerly Flaggfabrikken).

During their stay, the artists have lived together at Christinegaard Hovedgaard in Sandviken. In the short month leading up to the exhibition, they have become familiar with both Bergen and each other. At the studio they have experimented with different techniques, based on the tools and materials that have been available to them. The result is Built like a memory, a group exhibition made in its entirety at Tag Team Studio.

Bondi, Cruces, and Kang, each in their own way, work with site-specific – or perhaps rather site-responsive – installations. In the galleries of Tag Team Studio, they have developed forms and structures that alternately adhere to, emphasize and change the architectural characteristics of the site. Kang has installed tall, cut-to-form steel studs in the center of one room, turning like a rotating spine alongside the room’s own beams. Reminiscent of a building in the midst of construction, they simultaneously feel like structures from long ago; small, delicate drawings are engraved and applied onto the metal, resembling graffiti. Cruces acutely places clay snakes around Tag Team’s interior – twisting around corners and pipes, and within his own sculptures. Bondi, similar to Kang, finds inspiration in architectural elements usually unseen. For this exhibition she constructed a glass tube system, derived from structural diagrams of the copper piping used in plumbing; these tubes appear to extend and grow out from the gallery wall. The glass tubes are thinner and smaller in size, underlining a certain fragility. Filled with blue-grey salt crystals they allude more to test tubes in a lab than sturdy piping.

Several of the pieces in the show also point towards places and environments outside the exhibition space. Cruces’ sculptures contain objects of particularly clear symbolic value. Each object he incorporates in his installations represent (and are often taken from) places he feels a sense of belonging to. Together they form allegorical sculptures, thematizing the idea of home. Bondi’s installation also approaches materials associatively; incorporating salted fur, wasps hanging from a soap molded packet, and a Chinese money plant: a foreign plant commonly found in Norwegian households, with a curious tale of migration, meant to attract wealth and prosperity.

While the objects used throughout the exhibition hold metaphoric and symbolic weight, equally important is each artists´ manipulation of the material itself. Bondi cultivates salt crystals that have been soaked into the objects of her installation. The salt changes the story the objects tell. She describes, “I imagine these elements as debris from the North Sea”. The inscriptions on Kang’s pillars make cold steel suddenly reminiscent of tattooed skin. Encountering Built like a Memory, we find ourselves at tipping points like this; situated in-between states.

Text by Cecilie Størkson

Adam Cruces
Alarmed, Rattled, 2017
Ceramic, alarm clock, rattlesnake rattle


Adam Cruces
Alarmed, Rattled, 2017
Ceramic, alarm clock, rattlesnake rattle

Laurie Kang
Patched, 2017
Aluminum

Laurie Kang
Interior twist, 2017
Hand-engraved steel, ink

Adam Cruces
Whispers in the tall grass, 2017
Glazed ceramic, Swiss wheat, spurs, wire, motor

Adam Cruces
Whispers in the tall grass, 2017
Glazed ceramic, Swiss wheat, spurs, wire, motor

Adam Cruces
Whispers in the tall grass, 2017
Glazed ceramic, Swiss wheat, spurs, wire, motor


Adam Cruces
Whispers in the tall grass, 2017
Glazed ceramic, Swiss wheat, spurs, wire, motor

Laurie Kang
Interior twist, 2017
Hand-engraved steel, ink

Laurie Kang
Interior twist, 2017
Hand-engraved steel, ink

Laurie Kang
Interior twist, 2017
Hand-engraved steel, ink

Laurie Kang
Interior twist, 2017
Hand-engraved steel, ink

Laurie Kang
Interior twist, 2017
Hand-engraved steel, ink

Laurie Kang
Interior twist, 2017
Hand-engraved steel, ink


Laurie Kang
Patched, 2017
Aluminum

Adam Cruces
Snake, 2017
Glazed ceramic

Adam Cruces
Snake, 2017
Glazed ceramic

Adam Cruces
Snake, 2017
Glazed ceramic

Bianca Bondi
MER, 2017
Glass tubing, glycerine, salt, mixed media

Bianca Bondi
MER, 2017
Glass tubing, glycerine, salt, mixed media

Bianca Bondi
MER, 2017
Glass tubing, glycerine, salt, mixed media

Bianca Bondi
MER, 2017
Glass tubing, glycerine, salt, mixed media

Bianca Bondi
MER, 2017
Glass tubing, glycerine, salt, mixed media

Bianca Bondi
MER, 2017
Glass tubing, glycerine, salt, mixed media

Adam Cruces
Snake, 2017
Glazed ceramic

Adam Cruces
Snake, 2017
Glazed ceramic

Adam Cruces
Like a glove, or two, 2017
Gloves, rattlesnake rattles, vibrators

Adam Cruces
Like a glove, or two, 2017
Gloves, rattlesnake rattles, vibrators

Adam Cruces
Like a glove, or two, 2017
Gloves, rattlesnake rattles, vibrators

Laurie Kang
Involution II, 2017
Darkroom print, ink, tin

Laurie Kang
Involution I, 2017
Pencil on paper, darkroom print, tin

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‘Built like a memory’
by Bianca Bondi, Adam Cruces, Laurie Kang

at Tag Team Studio
Bergen, NO

Tag Team Studio