Indisputably one of the major Norwegian artists of today,
Ole Jørgen Ness (b.1961) is well known for his incessant creativity and multiple artistic identities. His artistic approach allows him to explore different styles of expression and examine art historical movements through a dense fabric of literary, visual and philosophical references.
The exhibition Templates of Qualia presents a series of new abstract paintings, each the result of an improvised freehand method of composition based on algorithmic elaboration.
For Ness, the concept of Qualia represents the mute properties at the core of his artistic practice. A quale is what something is like. It is a concept that refers to the subjective qualities of any sensory experience, like the blueness of the blue sky, or the sight of a certain painted shape on a framed piece of mdf board.
Qualia are intrinsic properties of experiences and they are private and ineffable. The subjective way things appear to each individual is in essence impossible to communicate to others. It leaves us all on our own in relation to the various phenomena we face. Ole Jørgen Ness' recent works lacks agenda, pointing fingers or codes to crack – what they offer is a personal experience and stimulus of consciousness.
Ole Jørgen Ness has recently had solo exhibitions at Stenersenmuseet (2012), Galleri Riis (2011) and Sørlandets kunstmuseum (2010). He is represented in numerous private and public collections, including The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, and The Art Museum of Northern Norway, Tromsø.