Press Releases : 2009/06


2009/06/18

Yokoland at 'NO SOUL FOR SALE', NYC

Poster for 'NO SOUL FOR SALE', 2009 Aslak Gurholt Rønsen (Yokoland) and Espen Friberg Courtesy and copyrights Espen Friberg/Aslak Gurholt Rønsen

OCA ANNOUNCES THE PARTICIPATION OF
DESIGN/ARTIST COLLECTIVE YOKOLAND IN
'NO SOUL FOR SALE', AT X INITIATIVE, NYC

AS PART OF OCA'S CLOSED SESSION RESIDENCY IN NEW YORK CITY

24 to 28 June 2009
Opening Reception: 23 June, 18:00–21:00
548 West 22nd Street, New York, NY
www.x-initiative.org


As part of Closed Session, the Office for Contemporary Art Norway supports the participation of Design/Artist collectiveYokoland in 'NO SOUL FOR SALE' - A Festival of Independents, organised by X Initiative, New York, NY with the aim to bring together the most exciting, creative and respected non-profit centres, alternative institutions, artists' collectives and independent enterprises from around the world. Including associations and groups from Berlin, Milan, Dublin, Barcelona, Paris, Reykjavik, Hong Kong, Rabat, Trinidad, New York, Los Angeles, Oslo and many other locations, 'NO SOUL FOR SALE' provides, according to the press release, 'a unique occasion to foster creative exchange and connect with international organisations.' The festival will run from 24 to 28 June, from 13:00 to 21:00 with an opening reception to take place on 23 June from 18:00 to 21:00.

Within 'NO SOUL FOR SALE', Yokoland will exhibit a number of projects, including Why Have You Not Taken Me There, a series of big screenprints inspired by fictional places by Espen Friberg, and Aslak Gurholt Rønsen's visual research based on similar photographs collected during the past five years and a series of small collages exploring a technique inspired by old landscape paintings. As part of the 'one hour free programme', the collective will perform a DJ session on Friday 26 June from 18:00 to 21:00.

Other participanting organizations include Artis Contemporary Israeli Art Fund (New York and Tel Aviv), Ballroom (Marfa), BizArt/Arthub (Shanghai/Hong Kong), DISPATCH (New York), Empty Purse Publications (New York), FLUXspace (Philadelphia), Hermes und der Pfau (Stuttgart), K 48 (New York), Kadist Art Foundation (Paris), Kling&Bang (Reykjavík), L'Appartement 22 (Rabat), Latitudes (Barcelona), LAXART (Los Angeles), Light Industry (Brooklyn), Lucie Fontaine (Milan), Migrating Forms (New York), Mousse Magazine (Milan), Next Visit (Berlin), Rhizome (New York), Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York), Studio Film Club (Trinidad), Surasi Kusolwong (Thailand), TART (San Francisco), The Mountain School of Arts (Los Angeles), Thisisnotashop (Dublin), Transformer (Washington, DC), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), WAGE Artists (New York) and White Columns (New York).

About Yokoland

Aslak Gurholt Rønsen and Espen Friberg co-founded design studio/art collective Yokoland sometime between 2001 and 2006. The authors are also co-founders, together with a group of musicians, of the independent music label Metronomicon Audio. The group has shown in a number of national and international exhibitions, and in 2006 had a monograph about their work published by Die Gestalten Verlag, titled Yokoland – As we go up we go down. In 2007 Espen Friberg emigrated to the US, where he has worked as an artist, illustrator and designer since. Aslak Gurholt Rønsen has continued running Yokoland in Oslo.

About Closed Session

Closed Session is a short term residency in NYC offered to individual artists, curators and critics at the invitation of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway. The purpose of Closed Session is to provide invited residents with the opportunity to gain a broader knowledge of other artist practices, to extend one's network of associations, and to enter into a dialogue with other curators, artists and professionals within a one week period.