supported by the Norwegian Arts Council
8. April 2016, 8pm
In the exhibition Ascending decadence at Small Projects, André researches the themes of decadence through imagery and installation.
The word decadence, which at first simply meant "decline" in an abstract sense, is now most often used to refer to a perceived decay in standards, morals, dignity, religious faith, or skill at governing among the members of the elite of a very large social structure, such as an empire or nation state. By extension, it may refer to a decline in art, literature, science, technology, and work ethics, or to self-indulgent behaviour.
Through a symbolic and aesthetic narrative including abstract paintings and processed readymades as well as sculptures and silkscreen prints, André E. Aas tells us a story of lavishness, vanity and excess.
André E. Aas works around the theme of progression, the thought of moving forward. He is questioning our past and present, and the effects of progression through symbolism and aestheticism.