Wild Aesthetics

Bjarne Melgaard at Luxembourg and Dayan Is The Daily Pic By Blake Gopnik

The Daily Pic: Bjarne Melgaard makes paintings with bite.

Bjarne Melgaard's "Outergaze Violent Group Disco Version" and "He Prefers Time Without You Than Time With Anybody Else" (Courtesy Luxembourg and Dayan)

These are two of the “tiger” paintings by the Norwegian Bjarne Melgaard, from his solo show at Luxembourg & Dayan gallery on New York’s Upper East Side. The paintings are immersed in a wild-and-woolygesamtkunstwerk that includes stacks of a surreal, wildly violent, porn-filthy novel by Melgaard, as well as sculptural installations straight out of the mind of a disturbed teen. But I find these paintings more profoundly peculiar than any of Melgaard’s more explicitly (and conventionally) outlandish gestures. I’ve never seen anything quite like Melgaard’s tigers; they have a fearful asymmetry worthy of William Blake.

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