This is my language, my expression, my way of figuring out my own position in the world. I want to offer a different perspective. To let people know that there is always an alternative to what is already there. The only real goal is presence.
Cato Løland, 2022
Cato Løland (b. 1982) lives in Bergen, Norway. His work has a playful odor and refuses to get categorized, it questions hierarchies within materials and techniques. Detritus cast aside and rescued from alleyways can be found alongside expensive silk and high-quality artistic tools. He is particularly drawn to industrially produced materials as they offer an opportunity for the reintroduction of the human hand in their creation – for reanimation. Subtlety, vulnerability, playfulness, and insistent presence has become hallmarks of his practice. Løland completed his MA from Bergen Academy of Art and Design in 2009.
solo exhibitions include Chests at Paris Internationale,
Paris (FR), Reservoar at The Textile
Industry Museum, Salhus (NO), Før, før, etter, etter at Tag
Team, Bergen (NO), Albogerom at SOFT Gallery, Oslo (NO)
and Folded Lines, Battle and Events at Entrée, Bergen (NO).
Current group exhibitions include The Queer Gaze at KODE Art
Museums, Bergen (NO) and Contextile at the 6th Contemporary
Textile Art Biennial in Guimarães (PT). Løland’s work is included in the collections of KORO Public Art Norway, KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes, The Bergen Municipality Collection, Sogn og Fjordane Art Museum, University of Bergen, National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Norway, as well as several private collections.