The exhibition at Kunsthall Stavanger draws from across Schjeldrup’s body of work. For this exhibition, sequential narratives drawn in pen and ink are combined with starkly painted portraits to illustrate issues of natural and man-made violence, nationality and belonging, power dynamics, intimate human relationships, subcultures, love, and eroticism; completely free of artifice. Themes and symbols – eyes, snakes, wolves, hands, music and text – dominate Schjeldrup’s work and elude to deeper meanings within the otherwise straightforward depictions.
As Schjeldrup noted in the back of one of his numerous sketchbooks, “Eyes can tell you more than you know.” At different times endearing and haunting, always idiosyncratic and raw, Schjeldrup’s work invites a closer look at the world through his eyes.
Frode Felipe Schjeldrup (b. 1982, Colombia) is an artist living and working in Stavanger, Norway. Previous solo and group exhibitions include Metallium Fleshammer, Gallery New Jerseyy, Basel, Switzerland, 2010; Summer Exhibition, Gallery Sting, Stavanger, Norway, 2012; The Line is a Lonely Hunter, Gallery New Jerseyy, Basel, Switzerland, 2008; and Raw Art / Outsider Art, Gallery North, Harstad, Norway, 2014. Published graphic novels and comics include Metallium Fleshammer (DMG, Stavanger in June 2011) in collaboration with Kjetil Brandsdal; Bare Snabel, various booklets (publisher: Helge Olav Øksendal et al.) 2011/2012; and A New Time: reprints of "Clock Book" (HOO) 2012, which was awarded the 2012 Stavanger Prize for best book.