ARTIST STATEMENT

 

Traditionally the word “Mythology” describes the study of tales and fables of past cultures. Today we refer to the term in a broader sense. It represents a set of ideas, an ideology or simply a world-view, which makes sense within the framework of its concept. Mythology can be “world building” in a sci-fi game, the set of rules followed by the characters in a novel or describe a subculture’s history and traditions.

 

I wish my work to exist within a personal mythology: To seemingly derive from a place with it’s own logic, it’s own set of ideas, it’s own visual language, different from anything else. For some years now I have used a combination of art history, kitsch and literary references as inspiration for my pieces. I´ve reworked ideas, both conceptual and visual, from such sources as the Decadent Movement, the Bohemians and the Romantics. Lately other topics have started seeping into my work. Science fiction and Weird fiction have both become major influences. Their uncanny and often horrific characteristics lend a fitting unease to my visual landscape.

 

Using woodwork, ceramics and sewing I sculpt objects that are altered variations the historic item they refer to. This can be a piece of furniture with no seemingly practical purpose or a theatrical interior where an enigmatic event has taken place. A painting can illustrate a scenario of decadent destruction, or itself be a strange wall-based object. I wish the work to exist somewhere between suggestion and description. Giving the viewer certain clues, but no clear answer to the themes presented in the piece. The element of the handmade object is important in my work. It gives it a tactile quality as well as carrying the personal touch from the artist. The tactile nature also links it back to an old tradition of craftsmanship that ties the pieces into a historical tradition centred around the object as something precious.

 

In contrast to this I have started developing a set of stories and tales presented in the shape of comics. The ability to focus on the ideas rather than only the object has enriched my practice. By combining world building on a larger scale, not only sculpting individual items, but creating a larger narrative in which they can exist, I seek to gain more control of how the viewer interpret my work.

 

CV

Born: September 12. 1981, Eggedal, Norway

Resides and works in Eggedal, Norway and Berlin, Germany

 

EDUCATION

2005-2007  Master of Fine Art, The National Academy of Art, Oslo, Norway

2001-2004  Batchelor of Fine Art (Hons), The Arts Institute at Bournemouth, UK

 

COLLECTIONS

Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway

Northern Norway Museum of Art, Tromsø, Norway

Vestlandske Kunstindustrimuseum, Bergen, Norway

The Brask Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark

StatoilHydro, Norway

DNB

Statkraft

 

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

2014    Statkraft

2015    KRONA - Kongsberg kultur- og kunnskapssenter

 

GRAPHIC NOVELS & WEBCOMICS

2013    My Mouldy Avenue, Act 1: Ascent

2016    TwoTown: Tabletters

2017    TwoTown: Tablets (upcoming)

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selected)

2013    “My Mouldy Avenue, Act I – Ascent”, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo Norway

2011    “Dwellers”,Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo Norway

2011    “Tainted Tales”, Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, Texas, US

2010    Galleri Brandstrup/The Solo Project, Basel, Switzerland

2009    “Taffelarium”, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo, Norway

2009    “Poetic Anamorph”, Galleri J. Aasen, Ålesund, Norway

2009    “The Green Room”, Galleri Soft, Oslo, Norway

2008    ”Cosmetics of Adonis”, Galleri Brandstrup (Prosjektrommet), Oslo, Norway

2006    "Looming Laila", Galleri A, Oslo, Norway

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND ART FAIRS (selected)

2014    “1814/2014 – 200 year anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution”, Norway/US

2013    The Armory Show, New York, US

2013    Haugar Vestfold Kunsmuseum, Tønsberg, Norway

2012    “To Be With Art Is All We Ask”, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway

2012    Market, Stockholm, Sweden

2011    Art Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

2011    Rackstamuseet, Arvika, Sweden

2010    The Solo Project, Basel, Switzerland

2010    “1+7”, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo, Noway

2010    “God natt da du…”, Stenersen Museet, Oslo, Norway

2009    “Sea Level”, Pushkinskaya 10, St. Petersburg, Russia

2009    “Sort Romantikk”, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Tromsø, Norway

2009    “Dark Matter”, Toten Kunstforening, Toten, Norway

2009    “Eamon O´Kane/Bjørn Båsen”, Mogadishni, Copenhagen, Denmark

2009    “3-09”, Bomuldsfabriken, Arendal Norway

2008    ”40/40”, Stenersen Museet, Oslo, Norway

2008    “Båsen/Dahlstrøm/Martinussen”, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo, Norway

2008    “Lights On”, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway

2007    ”Obergeschoss Dritter Finger Rechts”, Ballhaus Ost, Berlin, Germany

2007    ”Pluss/Minus Tredve”, Gulden Kunstverk, Oslo, Norway

2007    ”Take Off”, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo, Norway

2007    ”Avgangsutstillingen”, Stenersen Museet, Oslo, Norway

2005    "Always Let Me Go", Rådhusgt 19, Oslo, Norway

2004    "Sweet FA", Old Truman Brewery, London, UK

2004    "Sweet Fine Art", The Arts Institute at Bournemouth, UK

2003    "A Puzzle for a Curious Girl", The Gallery- AIB, Bournemouth, UK

 

STIPENDS/RESIDENCIES

2015    Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond Annual Art Grant (one year)

2013    Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond Annual Art Grant (two years)

2011    Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond

2010    Ingrid Lindbäck Langaards Legat (six months residency in Paris, France)

2008-2010  The Norwegian National Annual Art Grant (three years)

2007    “Master-stipend” from Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Selected Published Articles:

Klassekampen, November 11, 2011.

Kunstforum, February, 2011

D2(DagensNæringsliv), June 11. 2010

Dagsavisen, February 5. 2010

Aftenposten, November 27. 2009

Tromsø, October 10. 2009

Kunstforum(magazine publication), September 21. 2009

kunstkritikk.no, May 2009

Morgenbladet, March 20. 2009

Aftenposten, November 28. 2008

vonhundert.de, February, 2008

DagensNæringsliv, October 10. 2007

Morgenbladet, June 2007

Dagbladet, June 2. 2006

Aftenposten, March 31. 2005

Featured in the book "Kunstnerdalen - midt i Buskerud", 2003.

Interview on “Kulturnytt”, NRK P2, October 9. 2009

 

COLLABORATIONS AND COMMISSIONS

2011

Collaboration on a performance-based production with “Toyboys” dance ensemble at Dansens Hus, Oslo, Norway (first instalment: March 2011).

2010

Guest lecture and tutorials at The National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, Norway (MA Kunstfag).

2009

Sculptural commission for “Royal Copenhagen” presented at Copenhagen Fashion Week, 2009.

2005

Conceptual Designer on the British short film “The Last Word”.

Certificate as a guide in Norwegian History of Art - "Sigdalguide" with focus on the "Golden Age" in Norwegian Painting