Terningmoen Military Camp

Constance Tenvik’s humorous drawings capture vulnerable and romantic aspects of young people embarking on military life.

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  • Gardemann med hestehår og rose #2, Constance Tenvik. Photographer: Tor S. Ulstein
  • Gardemann med hestehår og rose #3, Constance Tenvik. Photographer: Tor S. Ulstein
  • Gardemann med hestehår og rose #2, Constance Tenvik. Photographer: Tor S. Ulstein
  • Gardemann med hestehår og rose #1, Constance Tenvik. Photographer: Tor S. Ulstein
  • Gardemann med hestehår og rose #1, Constance Tenvik. Photographer: Tor S. Ulstein
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About the project

About the project

Terningmoen Military Camp

About the project

When Terningmoen Military Camp at Elverum was being upgraded, the art committee’s initial plan was to purchase existing works by Constance Tenvik. When the art committee contacted Tenvik, however, she expressed a desire to create new works specifically for the camp. The result is three drawings, each titled Guardsman with horsehair and rose and numbered #1, #2 and #3.

The upgrade project involved the refurbishment of a listed barracks building dating from 1884 to serve as housing for recruits to the army and the King’s Guard. This is the building where Tenvik’s drawings now hang. Both the motifs and the style of visual expression communicate directly with the intended audience: Tenvik has used rapid drawn marks to create humorous depictions of soldiers in a uniform that is reminiscent of the uniform of the King’s Guard, but in delicate pastel shades. The people wearing the uniforms are out of proportion – they have small heads, long noses, gangly limbs and large hands, rather like awkward adolescents.

The title Guardsman with Horsehair and Rose refers partly to the plumes on the bowler hats that form part of the guards’ uniform, and partly to the fact that each of the soldiers in the drawings is carrying a rose – a playful reference to romantic ideas about the soldier as chivalrous cavalier.

Constance Tenvik (born 1990) studied at the National Academy of Fine Art in Oslo and the Yale School of Art in New Haven. She works with drawing, painting, sculpture and performance and includes elements of theatre, music and dance in her works. In December 2017, she will hold her first solo exhibition at the Kunstnernes Hus gallery in Oslo. The exhibition has been arranged by UKS Young Artists’ Society.

Facts

Facts

Date completed

31.08.2017

Curator

Stine Arnet Høyem, KORO

Duration

Permanent

Accessibility

No public access

Program

Art scheme for new government-owned buildings

Kunstverk

Kunstverk

Milestones

Milestones

  • Oppdragsbrev

  • Kunstplan godkjent

  • Prosjekt ferdigstilt

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