​Jan Christensen, in collaboration with Marius Dahl, “The Icarus Complex”

Moving up the stairs from The Winter Garden on the ground floor of Sentralen, you may take a closer look at Jan Christensen and Marius Dahl's installation.

Jan Christensen (born 1977) studied at the Arts and Crafts School in Oslo from 1997 to 2000. He lives and works in Oslo and Berlin. Christensen has a varied oeuvre and works in many different media and techniques, including sculpture, painting, drawing and photography, often in large formats. The artist has held numerous solo exhibitions, both in Norway and abroad, including in New York, Berlin, Oslo, Bern, Bergen, Munich, Kristiansand, Viborg, Moss and Drammen.

Christensen often collaborates with Marius Dahl (born 1969) and they have, together, delivered a wide range of art projects in both a public and private context in Norway. Dahl recently moved back from Istanbul, where he lived for 15 years and participated in many exhibition projects in Turkey. Of exhibitions in Norway, particular highlights include a one-man show at Galleri Ask in Åsgårdstrand and the 2015 scholarships exhibition at Buskerud Art Centre in Drammen.

At Sentralen, the two artists have created a work in the rear courtyard that makes active use of the architecture and has an inbuilt function. At first glance, the installation may look like a part of the staircase and is made of the same material as the banister. The installation follows the handrail upwards but detaches itself gradually, taking its own route up towards the ceiling.

The work has been given the title “The Icarus Complex” and refers to Icarus who in Greek mythology was the son of the artisan and artist Daedalus. Together they planned to escape from captivity using wings made of wax and feathers but, against his father's warning, Icarus flew too close to the sun whereupon his wings melted and he fell into the sea and drowned.

“As a whole, the image can be interpreted as meaning that the shortest path to the goal of a creative process is not necessarily a straight line,” say Christensen and Dahl.