Rune Elgaard (1980) lives and works in Oslo. His artistic practice addresses poetic statements that are characterised by the incomplete and the ambiguous. Combining both figurative and non-figurative elements, his work is executed with a masterly sense of precision and detail. Since 2012 and concurrent with his painting, Elgaard has produced a large body of pencil and ink drawings, theses works are small in scale and understated in their expression. With strategies related to Dada and Surrealism, Elgaard samples seemingly unrelated elements and meanings to surprising new compositions and narratives. He finds, selects and saves imagery and text material from magazines, books and films, often with historical and / or art historical references. The works are generated through intuitive juxtapositions of this archive material.
Elgaard’s personal choice of elements and combinations does not aim to avoid meaning. On the contrary, this seemingly loss of meaning is converted into a positive and open value as the compositions indicate a mindful and intentional structure given the unforeseen element of chance