Torbjørn Rødland is cheating on Los Angeles—with Austin. The Norwegian artist and photographer is known for his subversively glamorous photographs that have emerged from a long-term affair with the City of Angels. Lately, however, his eyes are set on another sun-washed, excess-loving land of Americana. Rødland is in Austin for a new solo exhibition at The Contemporary Austin, titled Bible Eye, featuring works made between 2005 and the present.
Since moving to California over a decade ago, Rødland’s photographs of eerie sterility and lush disgust have been synonymous with the type of vanity and power-play native to Hollywood allure. In them, people and objects coalesce, with limbs resembling furniture and foods oozing like bodily fluids, all while sun pierces through large windows and thin air reveals a spotless hygiene.