Nils Erik Gjerdevik’s paintings challenge the set rules and conventions of painting as genre. His field of interest is the preconditions and potential of the non-figurative and in the schism between rigid concretism and playful forms the works take on the character of a survey of the diverse systems of abstractions in art history.
The liniar structures of constructivism, the ornamental arabesques of art nouveau, the grid system of minimalism, the visual phenomenons of op art, as well as patterns and styles of pop art are all put into play in the art of Nils Erik Gjerdevik.
Gjerdevik breaks with the classical principles of composition; the distinctions between foreground and background is blurred, and the perspective seems to point in and out of the painting. He is flirting with a psychedelic architectural universe in which gravity is eliminated and impossible meetings between subjects, themes, styles, and techniques occurs.