The piece Stian Ådlandsvik contributes to Kalender2008 is an image of Volvo's jubilation-model from 1979, a Volvo 262 Coupé, which the artist has cut up and shaped so it represents the graph for Volvo AB's yearly surplus from 1987 to 2005.
Volvo-models from 1979 are a returning subject matter i Ådlandscik's woek, and refer to an agreement which was suggested between Norwegian Statoil and Swedish Volvo that same year. The agreement would have awarded Norway a 40% ownership of Volvo in return for a 2% Swedish ownership of one specific - and until then unexplored - oil-field in the North Sea. The agreement was finally rejected by the Volvo shareholders for reasons unknown. It stands, however, as the nearest Norway has come to an automotive industry of it's own.
Born, 1981, in Bergen, NorwayLives and works in Oslo, NorwayArtistic expression: Sculpture and photography
Stian Ådlandsvik utilizes journalistic and subjective investigative methods for his research on transnational and -continental economic systems, questioning their organizational form and examining what they inflict on society at an individual level.
His works are usually reorganized hybrids, where the constituents often feature distinct origins and connections unfolding separate fragments from their own histories. The works reveal a mentality that is readable by pursuing the logic of their construction.
Brought together his works create scenic rooms that reveal new arguments, links and paradoxes in the economic systems treated.