Magnus Pettersen (b. 1983, NO) lives and works in Copenhagen.
Recent sculptural motifs intertwine the temporal with a candidly choreographed symbolic. Addressed formally, various units of pigmented concrete, cast with varying textures and polychromatic surfaces, are disjointedly stacked upon a vertical axis. In contrast to the material’s structural robustness and architectural significance, Petterson’s totem-like assemblages appear to be existing on the brink of collapse, teetering in anxious anticipation thereof. They remain dislocated in space and time; sacral monuments imparting an afterimage of the artist’s gesturally repetitive and piecemeal act of composition, disquietingly playful and simple.
Educated at the Danish Royal Academy of Arts, recent exhibitions include: Norwegian Sculpture Biennale - Vigeland Museum, NO; Pettersen & Hein - Copenhagen Contemporary, DK; William Forsythe: In the company of others - Kunsthal Charlottenborg, DK.