Line Marie Stein Myklebust. Born in Oslo, Norway 1987. Graduated from Aarhus School of Architecture, January 2014. Works at Lund + Slaatto arkitekter. First exhibition at Hostsalongen, Edsviken Konsthall, Stockholm october 2013.
I am so tired of bullshit when it comes to architecture, design and art.
I graduated january 2014 from the Aarhus school of Architecture. The first thing I learned attending there was that it was absolutely, and I repeat: ABSOLUTELY illegal to say something was "pretty" or "nice". They would throw you in jail and throw away the key. Or at least look at you with disgust like you were some kind of lower life form.
Fine, I can agree that for someone who works with architecture/art for a living it's more important and interesting to ask WHY something is pretty/boring/provocative/ugly/whatever. And I really do that when I work. But most people (luckily) are not architects or painters. Are they allowed to utter an opinion and maybe just say that something is "pretty" or "ugly"? Unfortunately I often feel like they don't say anything at all. Either you know a great deal about art and architecture, and you like to point that out every time you have the chance, or you completely shut up, afraid that you might say something wrong. But you can't say something wrong. It's just that some people would like you to believe that so they feel superior. I like to call some of those know-it-all people bullshitters.
And to make it worse, a bullshitter is often someone who, to my utter annoyance when I was at school, make sure they're completely impossible to understand. It's as if they actually don't want to share their "secrets". They make a point out of sounding clever, but phrase everything as riddles or strings of big words that make no sense. But they know that their position makes them hard to question. As an example; my "favorite" bullshit-quote from architecture school was when a well respected teacher described a students project and said it had a "void of emptiness". If someone can describe to me what it means, please do. The student just smiled, didn't know what to respond, but probably described his project in the same manner to everyone else afterwards. The confusion spread, but as with the famous invisible clothes, no one seemed to dare question it.
But here is where my homepage steps in. I don't know as many big words or as much about architecture history as one would expect from someone who studied it for 5 years. I seem to forget when the Baroque period ended. I mix up dates and names. My art history knowledge is almost non-existent, I remember the artist I like or absolutely dislike, but not when and where they lived. But I don't care. I still love to paint. And I should share that with others. Without fancy titles or references to obscure cultural figures that you need a double master in art/culture to understand. Without pretending there's is something more to it than a canvas, some paint and your own perception. I use architecture as a base for my paintings, so therefore I see rooms in my paintings. But you may not, and who am I to say otherwise?
I would of course like to learn more, learning is fantastic. It's the bullshitting and believing that superiority comes with knowledge that's annoying me. In some cases having background information can enhance the experience. But one should be allowed also to NOT know. Just feel. There will be no bullshit or voids of emptiness here. Only my paintings and design and you can make of it what you want. Hope you enjoy!