18/08 – 01/09/2019
Opening: Sunday 18/08 14:00
Solo show: Mikael Øye Hegnar
Solvang kolonihager, avd. 3
Bus 25 to Nordbergveien
The exhibition remains on view during Solvangdagene Aug 31 & Sept 1, in fair weather and by appointment.
The ground beneath our feet is also the anchor to our existence. We depend on it for all that grows and sustains us, as do a myriad other species, large and small. The thin crust that nurtures us is in fact a great collaborative canvas, a small handful of which is home to billions.
A host of soil invertebrates work alongside bacteria, fungi, and other microbes to decompose organic matter that combined with mineral particles, water and air, create the fertile topsoil. These invertebrates shred plant materials, aiding and promoting fungi and bacteria, which are in turn eaten by larger organisms. As each decomposer dies or excretes, it provides food for others further up the energy pyramid.
Earthworms are constantly digging and depositing, their digestive systems rich in hormones, enzymes, and other fermenting substances to further the breakdown process.
Tiny nematodes, resembling fine human hair, are the most numerous of the decomposers. A single rotting apple contains an estimated 90 000 of these transparent, microscopic worms.
Springtails feed on nematodes and the droppings of other arthropods and then meticulously clean themselves. When disturbed a small spring-like structure under the belly catapults them into the air.
The fast-moving centipedes have formidable claws behind their head, which feature poison glands to paralyze small red worms, insect larvae, newly hatched earthworms, as well as other insects and spiders.
About the artist
Mikael Øye Hegnar (b. 1984) lives and works in Oslo. Recent exhibitions include “Garderoben” at Kristiansand Kunsthall; "MNikael ∞ benspenn”, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo; "Drawing biennale 2016: SKISSEN”, LNM, Oslo; "Neolithic Graffiti”, QB Gallery, Oslo; “Blotto" Galleri BOA, Oslo; “Øy", Elephant Kunsthall, Lillehammer, Norway.
About Solvang kolonihager
The allotment gardens of Oslo were established in the early 1900s to give urban families the opportunity to grow their own fruit and vegetables. Solvang is the newest and largest of Oslo's five allotment gardens, and opened in 1929.
The exhibition is supported by Billedkunstnernes vederlagsfond
1857 is supported by Arts Council Norway