Press Releases : 2011/09

OCA International Residency Programmes – Terje Nicolaisen at 18th Street Art Center

Published 2011/09/27

Terje Nicolaisen, Sick Artist II - IV, 2011. Courtesy of the artist


18th Street Art Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1 October - 31 December 2011

Terje Nicolaisen, Artist

OCA offers a studio residency for a Norwegian artist at the International Artists in Residency programme at 18th Street Art Center in the Santa Monica neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA, USA. Founded in 1988, 18th Street Art Center is a community-based, multi-disciplinary non-profit arts organisation housed on a campus of buildings, which includes artists' studios, exhibition spaces, an artist residency programme and other resident organisations, such as a performance space, a film/video production facility and Otis College of Art & Design's MFA programme in Public Practice, among others. The upcoming resident for the months of October–December 2011 is artist Terje Nicolaisen.

Nicolaisen works across a wide range of media with a focus on drawing and text-based approaches to articulating his ideas. Often taking the form of sketches or proposals, his work combines subtle humor with incisive critiques of cultural politics. During his residency in LA, the artist plans to take full advantage of the studio to work uninterrupted on existing projects as well as new initiatives. Nicolaisen also plans to develop contacts with the local artist community and to further work on a collaborative project with New York and Los Angeles based artist LeRoy Stevens.

About the artist
Terje Nicolaisen (b.1964, Drammen, Norway, based in Oslo, Norway) received his education at the Academy of Fine Art (KHIB), Bergen, Norway, and the Academy of Fine Art (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. He has since exhibited extensively in Norway and abroad. Among his recent exhibitions are 'Starving Artist Super Star' (2011), Archive Books, Berlin, Germany; 'Paperwork' (2011), Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvik, Norway; 'Young Melancolic Society' (2011) Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway; 'Tegneklubben' (2010), Grimm Museum, Berlin; 'The mind of this death is unrelentingly awake' (2009), Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), Oslo; 'Museo De Pasatiempo Enlargement' (2010), Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo; 'Drawingbiennale' (2010), Momentum Kunsthall, Moss, Norway; 'Books, Texts and Drawing' (2008), Galleri Riis, Oslo; 'Bokaktig' (2006), Fotogalleriet, Oslo; 'Stilleben/Rakett' (2005), Projekt 0047, Berlin, Germany and 'Tegneklubben' (2005), Bergen Kunsthall/No.5, Bergen. The reader 'Supplementary Notes 1994 - 2011 On Selected Proposals 1995 - 2005' was published in connection with 'Paperwork' at the Henie Onstad Art Centre.

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The Office for Contemporary Art provides International Residencies for Norwegian artists, curators and critics abroad, including residencies at Capacete, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil; International Artist in Residency Programme at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium; International Studio and Curatorial Programme (ISCP) New York, NY, USA; International Studio Program Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany; Platform China, Beijing, China; Residency Berlin Mitte, Berlin, Germany and 18th Street Art Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

For more information about OCAʼs International Residencies and application process please check: /residencies/