News : 2013/06

2013/06/25

Knut Henrik Henriksen at Stiftung Opelvillen

Knut Henrik Henriksen, Villa Savoye redrawn with an Opel Astra, 2006. Courtesy of the artist

OCA ANNOUNCES

Knut Henrik Henriksen at Stiftung Opelvillen

Curated by Dr. Beate Kemfert

Dates: 3 July–27 October 2013
Press preview: 28 June / 1pm

Stiftung Opelvillen
Ludwig-Dörfler-Allee 9
65428 Rüsselsheim
Germany

www.opelvillen.de

Curator Dr. Beate Kemfert has invited Knut Henrik Henriksen to present a solo exhibition at Stiftung Opelvillen in Rüsselsheim, Germany, from 3 July to 27 October 2013. The manor of Opelvillen was built in the early 1930s, as the private residence of Fritz Opel and has since been utilised for a variety of purposes. It has served as a military hospital, a general hospital and a local court, ultimately standing empty until the Opelvillen Foundation was established, using the estate for cultural purposes. The aim of Henriksen's project is to visualise the architectural conditions surrounding the structure of Opelvillen, intervening and positioning his work in relation to the architecture, highlighting its composition and elucidating the origins of cultural experience. The project will also offer a retrospective view on Henriksen's work, coming together with the painting and drawing work of Georges Rousse, on display in the buliding.

According to the curator, Henriksen ‘proceeds from a given object, he does not alter units of measurement, but rather trains us how to view what we encounter. He also continues works he has performed in other places in other contexts, enabling new cases of architectural permeation’.

For press inquiries, please contact Stiftung Opelvillen at opelvillenpresse@online.de

About Knut Henrik Henriksen
Knut Henrik Henriksen
(b.1970 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) has studied at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design in Bergen, Norway and Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt, Germany. He has exhibited at, among others, ‘Echoes’, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (2012); ‘Villa Savoye redrawn with an Opel Astra 2012’, Sommer & Kohl, Berlin (2012); ‘The Go-Betweens and a Black Avalanche’, Elastic Gallery, Malmö, Sweden (2011); ‘circles, squares and a door handle’, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France (2010). He has been included in the group exhibitions Momentum 7, Moss, Norway (2013); ‘If you want it you can get it for the rest of your life. (Truth is what works.)’, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York, NY, USA (2012); ‘ABSTRAKT //// SKULPTUR’, Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin (2011); ‘Space Oddity’, CCA Andratx Art Foundation, Mallorca, Spain (2011); ‘Beyond These Walls’, South London Gallery, London, UK (2009); ‘3 x 3 x 3 x 3’, Galerie de multiples, Paris (2009); ‘The Re-conquest of Space’, Overgaden, Copenhagen, Denmark (2007); ‘Berlin North’, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2004).

OCA Support
The participation of Knut Henrik Henriksen at Stiftung Opelvillen is supported by OCA's International Support programme.

ABOUT THE OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY 
 

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a foundation created by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in autumn 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a key contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.

2013/06/21

Ida Ekblad at Kunstmuseum Luzern

Ida Ekblad, Arabia's Frankincense Trail, 2009. Courtesy of the artist

OCA ANNOUNCES

‘Revolution’
An exhibition with John Chamberlain, Ida Ekblad and Christine Streuli

Curated by Fanni Fetzer

Dates: 6 July–13 October 2013
Press preview: 5 July / 10am

Kunstmuseum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
Luzem
Switzerland

www.kunstmuseumluzern.ch


On the occasion of the annual Lucerne Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland and its theme for this year’s festival, revolution, the Kunstmuseum Luzern in Luzern, Switzerland, presents an exhibition, exploring the possible meanings of this word in art. The exhibition includes works by John Chamberlain juxtaposed with the large-format paintings of Christine Streuli along with painting and sculpture work by Ida Ekblad, in order to address their kindred spirits. Their positions share a level of power, energy and intensity that is displayed in their treatment of colour and material, which is direct, immediate and stark.

Curator Fanni Fetzer states that 'at first view John Chamberlain’s work has nothing to do with Ida Ekblad and Christine Streuli's. Mainly known for his sculptures made out of folded car parts with their dense and uncanny presence, an exhibition organised with a classical art-historical approach would show him together with Assemblage or Minimal artists. This small group show, or better yet, three loosely connected solo shows, don’t want to illustrate a thesis or a time and place of logic. It rather focuses on the fact that they speak the same language. One could almost read some of their works as a kind of contemporary expressionism, as the abstraction didn’t result in design-like artworks, but the works kept their ability to express subjectivity. Here abstraction doesn’t simplify, but compresses.’

In regards to Ida Ekblad's work Fetzer observes that 'Ida Ekblad’s powerful abstract paintings look like they were created under pressure with a lot of creative urgency’, while ‘her sculptures, in contrast, are fragile and precious’.

For press inquiries, please contact Kunstmuseum Luzern's Head of PR Lena Friedli.

About Ida Ekblad
Ida Ekblad
(b.1980 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo) holds a Masters degree from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo. In 2008 she attended the Mountain School of Arts, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Recent solo exhibitions include a self-titled exhibition at the National Museum of Norway, Oslo, 'Poem Percussion', Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway; 'Digging. Treasure', Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; 'A Clothespin Left Behind on a Line', Herald Street, London, UK; 'Entschlafen zum Hafen Glück und Leid Vergangenheit', Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin Germany and 'What Leaf? What Mushroom?', New Jersey, USA and Basel, Switzerland. She has participated in group exhibitions at institutions such as the New Museum, New York, NY, USA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL, USA; the Swiss Institute, New York; White Columns, New York; Art in General, New York; la Kunsthalle, Mulhouse, France; the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Fotogalleriet, Oslo; UKS, Oslo and MOMENTUM 2009, 5th Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, Moss, Norway.

OCA Support
The participation of Ida Ekblad within 'Revolution’ at Kunstmuseum Luzern is supported by OCA's International Support programme.

ABOUT THE OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY 
 

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a foundation created by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in autumn 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a key contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.

2013/06/14

Manghild Øen Nordahl, André Tehrani and Toril Johannessen at Palais de Tokyo

André Tehrani, The Letter V in Various Media 1963–1998 (2012). Courtesy of the artist

OCA ANNOUNCES

‘This House’, curated by Mikhael Subotzky and Anthea Buys
And
‘A History of Inspiration’, curated by Adnan Yıldız

Two Group Exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo with Magnhild Øen Nordahl, André Tehrani and Toril Johannessen

Dates: 21 June–­9 September 2013
Opening Reception: 20 June / 8pm

Palais de Tokyo
13, Avenue du Président Wilson
75 116 Paris
France

www.palaisdetokyo.com


On 21 June 2013 Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France, introduces 'Nouvelles Vagues', a large-scale event organised by twenty-one young international curators from thirteen different countries, presenting fifty-three different exhibitions. The event highlights the emergence of the new definition of the curator, a position and role that has grown alongside the artist for the past decades. 'Nouvelles Vagues' transforms the entirety of Palais de Tokyo’s exhibition space and spreads out through the city, putting on display the artists, ideas and situations endorsed by these young professionals.

'This House' is an exhibition curated by Mikhael Subotzky and Anthea Buys, which emphasises the role of memory through psycho-geography. It brings together two dynamic figures: one an artist and rising figure of the South-African art scene; the other a curator. The exhibition will display newly-commissioned works, existing contemporary pieces and one important historical work, Gordon Matta-Clark’s Conical Intersect (1975), in a way that links architectural forms, institutional entities and political systems through their common reliance on methods of spatial and temporal organisation. 'This House' also includes the works by artists Magnhild Øen Nordahl and André Tehrani.

Øen Nordahl will present a site-specific instance of the sculptural installation , which she first showed at the Tin Sheds Gallery as part of the Fringe programme of the 2012 Biennale of Sydney, Australia. This piece uses the confluence of geometrical distortion, the viewer's orientation in the exhibition space and the architectural features of the host venue to create the illusion of a staggered collapse of one of the exhibition's perimeter walls.

Tehrani's contribution is a five-part collage entitled The Letter V in Various Media, 1963–1998, a work comprised of elements evoking a connection between revolutionary impulses, ennui and nostalgia. One element of the work is a détourned short story, made from fragments of Thomas Pynchon's debut novel V (1963).

The exhibition 'A History of Inspiration' is a conceptual attempt to investigate the epistemological relationships between two spaces of imagination, sky and screen, via two image references separated by five centuries: a 16th-century miniature and a Microsoft wallpaper. By bringing them together, the exhibition seeks to develop a methodological approach to the phenomena of curiosity and imagination, as well as to how our conception of the future can be seen as a history of inspiration. 'A History of Inspiration' presents work by the artist Toril Johannessen, among others.

Johannessen’s practice spans over various media such as photography, text, drawing, sculpture and installation, and engages in scientific topics through empirical, theoretical and aesthetic investigation. Paralleling scientific and artistic research, Johannessen 'sheds light on the creative elements inherent in the various methods of knowledge production and draw these into poetic conclusions'.

For press inquiries, please contact Palais de Tokyo at press@palaisdetokyo.com.

About the Artists
Magnhild Øen Nordahl (b.1985 in Ulsteinvik, Norway, lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden) studied at the Bergen National Academy of Arts in Bergen, Norway and the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm. Recent exhibitions include ‘Spatial Dispacements: The Space in Between’, Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney, Australia (2012); ‘The Armory Show Annex’, ACE Hotel, New York, NY, USA (2012) and 'White Painted Bricks', Die Fabrik, Burgdorf, Switzerland (2009). She held the solo exhibition titled ‘Statics’, at NO.5, Bergen Kunsthall (2011).

André Tehrani (b.1980 in Tønsberg, Norway, lives and works in Brussels, Belgium) is a Norwegian-Iranian artist who holds a MA from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. He works with a variety of media. His works draws attention to the ways in which political and ideological dynamics influences popular culture and juxtaposes appropriated imagery with encyclopedic facts and art historical archetypes. Past exhibitions include 'Game of Life', Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kristiansand, Norway, (2012); 'Transit Vestfold', Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg (2011) and 'Depattern', Galleri Erik Steen, Oslo (2010).

Toril Johannessen (b.1978 in Harstad, Norway, lives and works in Bergen, Norway) holds a BA and a MA from the Bergen National Academy of Arts and was trained from the Mountain School of Arts, Los Angeles, CA, USA. She was one of the participating artists in dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012). Her work has also been presented at INCA, Detroit, MI, USA (2012); Volker Bradtke, Düsseldorf, Germany (2011); Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2011); SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2010); Bergen Art Museum (2010); CSA Space in Vancouver, Canada (2010).

OCA Support
The participation of Magnhild Øen Nordahl, André Tehrani and Toril Johannessen within 'This House’ and 'A History of Inspiration’ at Palais de Tokyo is supported by OCA's International Support Programme.

ABOUT THE OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY 

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a foundation created by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in autumn 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a key contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.

2013/06/13

Artists Space presents 'Behave Like An Audience', a Series of Performances by Concert

Cover of Behave Like An Audience, by Will Holder

OCA ANNOUNCES

'Behave Like An Audience'
Curated by Richard Birkett

Dates:
22 June, Kadist, San Francisco, CA, USA
25 June, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA, USA
28 June, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, USA
30 June, Artists Space, New York, NY, USA

artistsspace.org

Artists Space presents 'Behave Like An Audience', a series of performances by the band Concert, on the occasion of the presentation of their album with the same title. Both the album and the performances are inspired by intimate late night conversations among friends, where one together finds answers to everything, but seem to forget the specifics of the solutions the morning after.

Curator Mai Abu ElDahab, in collaboration with Morten Norbye Halvorsen and fellow artist musicians Chris Evans and Benjamin Seror, initiated Behave Like An Audience in 2012. They invited several artists to write lyrics for an album of songs, including Guy Ben-Ner, Mariana Castillo Deball, Dexter Sinister, Patricia Esquivias, Sharon Hayes, Hassan Khan and Michael Portnoy. This served as the basis for the songs composed by Concert (Evans, Halvorsen and Seror), that together are issued as an album titled Behave Like An Audience, distributed by Sternberg Press. The performances will take place at the Kadist Foundation in San Francisco, CA, USA; REDCAT in Los Angeles, CA, USA; the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, CO, USA and Artists Space in New York, NY, USA.

Richard Birkett, curator of the project, states: ‘The relationship between recorded and performed sound, and its presence within the visual arts, is integral to Halvorsen's work. He often builds works around existing cultural material, such as literature or film, re-articulating these fragments as aural fictions that exist alongside the material conditions of an exhibition space, and the presentation of sculptural forms. As such, the various incarnations of Behave Like An Audience in script, vinyl and performed forms echoes his work’s push and pull between different media, and the fictional gaps that appear between these modes of primary and secondary presentation.'

For press inquiries, please contact Artists Space at press@artistsspace.org.

About the Artist
Morten Norbye Halvorsen (b.1980 in Stavanger, Norway, lives and works in Hundvåg, Norway) is a graduate of Falmouth College of Arts, Cornwall, UK and The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norway. He recently participated in the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, in Venice, Italy (2013), which was awarded with a special mention for National Participation. Among other recent exhibitions and performances are 'The Museum Problem', Frutta Gallery, Rome, Italy (2012); 'Run, Comrade, the Old World is Behind You', Kunsthall Oslo (2011); 'A Clock That Runs on Mud', Galeria Stereo, Poznan, Poland (2011); 'More or Less, A Few Pocket Universes', Gallery Augusta (HIAP), Helsinki, Finland (2011); 'Champagne Polka', Gaudel de Stampa, Paris, France (2011); 'Token Took', Chert gallery, Berlin, Germany (2011); 'Clifford Irving Show', Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, Belgium (2010); 'Repetition Island', Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010).

OCA Support
Morten Norbye Halvorsen's presentation of the project is supported by OCA's International Support Programme.

ABOUT THE OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a foundation created by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in autumn 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a key contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.