CHROMA I - IV
2013 - In Curatorial Work
The CHROMA project is inspired by British artist, writer and filmmaker Derek Jarman’s book ”Chroma – a book of Colour” (1993). Jarman worked and experimented with a range of different media including film, photography, writing, the diary format, collages and gardening. ”Chroma” consists of a mix of observations, quotations and meditations on life and colour. It contains of 19 essays on the primary colours as well as white, black, grey, silver, gold, shadow, light and translucence.
With new works by Azar Alsharif, Signe Becker, Mari Kvien Brunvoll, Phil Coy, Hildegunn Dale, Erik J. Worse Eriksen, John Hegre, Johannes Heldén, Cesilie Holck, Jenny Hval, Dimitris Ioannou, Marte Johnslien, Cecilia Jonsson, Stian Eide Kluge, Knud Young Lunde, Magnhild Øen Nordahl, Linda Rogn, Marthe Elise Stramrud, Monika Zawadzki, Yokoland, Øyvind Ådland.
Cesilie Holck, Knud Young Lunde, Linda Rogn, Monika Zawadzki, Øyvind Ådland
Damsgårdsveien 35, Bergen
26 – 28 August 2011
Azar Alsharif, Mari Kvien Brunvoll, Hildegunn Dale, Erik J. Worsøe Eriksen, John Hegre, Johannes Heldén
Allégaten 34, Bergen
4 - 9 February 2012
Signe Becker, Phil Coy, Dimitris Ioannou, Marte Johnslien, Yokoland
5 - 15 May 2012
Jenny Hval, Cecilia Jonsson, Stian Eide Kluge, Magnhild Øen Nordahl, Marthe Elise Stramrud
Skostredet 20, Bergen
16 - 22 March 2013
About the participants:
Azar Alsharif is a visual artist, who graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the Art Academy at Bergen National Academy of the Arts in 2011. She works primarily with collage, installation and sculpture, drawing on a range of materials and techniques. She usually uses found imagery as her point of departure. Recent exhibitions include the group show No One Should Call You A Dreamer at Galleri F15, Eyes On Your Instruments at One Night Only, Reshuffling Forest (Hellebou Vol. 3) at Holodeck and Out Of The Blue And Into The Black at Bergen Kjøtt (all 2011).
Signe Becker works as a freelance scenographer and artist. She holds a BA degree in Scenography from the Norwegian Theatre Academy in Fredrikstad (2006), and an MA degree in Visual Communication from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2008). Her practice is wide-ranging and incorporates theatre, performance and dance productions as well as her own art projects. The last few years she has been working on a range of productions for different institutions including the Black Box Teater (2006-2012), Hordaland Theatre (2007), Rogaland Theatre (2008), Grusomhetens Teater (2009), Dansens Hus (2009), Dramatikkens Hus (2010), Teaterhuset Avant Garden (2011), and the Baltic Circle in Helsinki (2011). Since 2006, she has worked as an in-house scenographer for Verk Produksjoner, who won Production of the Year 2011 for “Det eviga leendet”. Together with the choreographer Ingri Fiksdal and the artist and musician Ingvild Langgård, Becker created the production “The Orchard Ballads” (2011) and the team is currently working on a new concert/performance project entitled “Night Tripper”.
Mari Kvien Brunvoll graduated from the Grieg Academy in Bergen in 2010. She uses her voice as a bass, drums, for the mediation of texts, and as abstract soundscapes with the help of electronic devices such as samplers and effect boxes. She also enjoys supplementing her musical expression with string instruments such as the kalimba and zither, as well as using bells and other percussion instruments. Kvien Brunvoll has had a number of vocal/electronica solo performances over the last five years, and has held concerts across Europe, in India, and in Norway, including at the Ekko Festival in Bergen, the Arts Festival of North Norway, Oslo Jazz Festival and Molde International Jazz Festival. In addition to her solo projects, Kvien Brunvoll is also part of the trio Building Instrument together with Øyvind Hegg-Lunde and Åsmund Weltzien and the lo-fi pop duo Tim Tyg with Johanne B. Svendsen. She also works collaboratively with Stein Urheim, and in 2011 they released the album Stein & Mari´s Daydream Community on Jazzland Recordings. She also works with cross-disciplinary projects, including installation and performance art.
Phil Coy is an artist based in London. He studied at Liverpool John Moores, Ecole des Beaux Arts de Nantes and The Slade School of fine art. Working predominantly in film and video his works also encompass drawing, installation, photography, sound, performance, text pieces and architecture and are often characterized by a structural approach to materials and processes. Recent solo exhibitions and screenings include: ”Façade”, Whitechapel Gallery, 2011. ”Façade”, South London Gallery, 2010. Wordland, ”An attempt to avoid the dissatisfaction that everything relevant will not be recorded”, Volt, Gallery USF 2010, ”Wordland”, a LUX Event at The Arcola Theatre, London, 2008. ”Wordland, Outpost”, Norwich, 2008. ”Wordland”, City Projects, 2008. Recent / forthcoming group shows include: Whitstable Biennale 2012. Recollect; Wysing Arts Centre, 2012. Façade; National glass centre, 2011. Phil Coy & Yuko Shiraishi; The Russian Club Gallery 2010. Whitstable Biennale, 2010. DIY; Ars Nova Museum, Turku, Finland, 2007. Phil Coy: Test Signal, Hannah Rickards: Thunder, South London Gallery, 2006. Real Estate, London in Six easy steps, ICA, 2005. Incommunicado; Cornerhouse, 2004. Recent performances from auto-cue include: ‘Adaptive reuse and exfiltration’ at Whitechapel, 2010 and ‘Where petty theft sleeps’, at Arnolfini, 2010.
Hildegunn Dale is a writer. Her literary debut was a collection of poems entitled Solkant published by Samlaget in 2003. Samlaget also published her children’s book Skugge over Grønskarvet (2007) and the poetry collections Elvedraumar (2004), Sea, say and see (2006) and Armane mine handlingar (2011). Fjell-Øygarden was published by H-press in 2008. Dale holds an MA in Literature from the University of Bergen, and has attended Skrivekunstakademiet in Hordaland. She is based at Misje, outside Bergen.
Erik J. Worsøe Eriksen was educated at Vestlandet Art Academy. He was one of the people behind Galleri Otto Plonk in Bergen (1995-1998). After that, he organised several large, independent exhibitions with Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk and Eivind Furnesvik including Naust at Øygarden (2000). Eriksen was part of the artist collective Pelikan (with Eeg-Tverbakk and Sletnes) who organised their own exhibitions and social art events including Disk at BIT Teatergarasjen (1998), Bibliotekaren at Hordaland Art Centre (1999) and I Kunstnernes Hus at Kunstnernes Hus (1999). CHROMA II is his first exhibition of his own works since Pelikan disbanded at the end of the 1990s. Eriksen is currently involved in several of his own photography and art projects, as well as a collaboration with Yngvar Larsen, Darker#2, and an international street photography project with ten different photographers from all over the world.
John Hegre is a musician and composer from Bergen. He has been working as a technician, sound designer and musician since the late 1980s. He is part of several bands and constellations of musicians including Jazkamer, Noxagt, Golden Serenades, Public Enema, Rehab, Kaptein Kaliber, Bjørn Torske Band, and Bergen Impro Storband. Hegre also works with theatre and performance. His album releases include A Nice Place to Leave (2003), Colors Don’t Clash (2006) and Ballads with Maja S. K Ratkje (2006), all on Decoder.
Johannes Heldén is a writer and artist based in Stockholm. He has published the books Burner (2003); Det Underjordiska Systemet (2005); En Maskin Av Ljus (2006); Primärdirektivet / The Prime Directive, online Afsnit P (afsnitp.dk); Bug Bomb (2007); Väljarna/The Electorate (2008), online for Bonnier Lyrik; Science Fiction (2010); Entropi (2010); and Entropi Edition (2010). As an artist he works with both sound and images, and he released the CD Title Sequence on iDEAL recordings in 2010. Heldén holds a MA in Fine Art from Valand School of Fine Arts in Gothenburg (1999-2004). Recent solo exhibitions include The Archive at Stene Projects (2011) and Index of Lights in the Sky at Kalmar Konstmuseum (2011). He has shown previously with Volt in the form of the solo exhibitions A Better Tomorrow in Bergen (2008) and The Shape of Things to Come in Moss (2010).
Cesilie Holck made her literary debut in 2009 with a collection of short prose entitled Norg, published by Aschehoug. Her second book, the novel Lille Hjelper, will be published in autumn 2011 (Aschehoug).
Jenny Hval is an artist and writer. She has brought out two albums under the alias Rockettothesky and her third album, Viscera, was released in 2011 under her own name. In addition to these solo projects, she works with improvisation and electronic music in the duo Nude on Sand with Håvard Volden, and the two released their first album in 2012. Hval made her literary debut with the novel ”Perlebryggeriet” (Kolon Forlag, 2009). Her second book ”Inn i ansiktet” (Oktober forlag) was published in the autumn of 2012. Together with Inger Bråtveit, Hval created the performance ”Kvit søppel” in 2011. Previous exhibitions include “Innocence is kinky” at the Henie-Onstad Art Centre (2012).
Dimitris Ioannou is an artist based in Athens. He studied Painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1994-1999), and received a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute in New York (2000-2002) with a scholarship from the Onassis foundation. In 2005 he participated in the Artist In Residency programme at USF Verftet, Bergen. Previous solo exhibitions include “You got A good one!”(2008) at the K44 exhibition space in Athens, ”You got A good one! (The Bergen Mix)” at Volt (2008), ”CMYK series” (2005) at the RGB studio in Athens. Selected group shows include: ”Evolution ID” (2010), Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens; “Conceptual Obsession – Obsessive Conceptualism” (2008), TinT Gallery, Thessaloniki; “Emergency Room” (2007), Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens; ”I Sighroni Elliniki Skini” (2007), Art Athina, Helexpo, Athens; “What Remains Is Future” (2006), Old Arsakeion School, Patras; “So Much… So Great” (2003), Larissa Contemporary Art Cente, Larissa; ; “20 Rooms: 20 Curators Propose 20 Young Artists” (2003) selected by Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, Kappatos Gallery, St George Lycabettus Hotel in Athens; and “Pratt: Beyond the Gates” (2002), Art in General, New York
Marte Johnslien is an artist educated at the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo (2005). She works on a project basis and incorporates sculpture, installation, photography and publishing in her practice. Her works have an analytical quality as she queries established notions of knowledge and history. She often uses as her point of departure artistic and architectural ideas and practices that have shaped society and the public sphere. Johnslien has held solo exhibitions at Galleri Riis in Oslo (2011) and at 0047 Oslo (2008). She has also participated in group exhibitions at the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo (2008), the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Antwerp (2010), and the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in Cork (2008). Johnslien was recently commissioned to carry out two large public art projects in Bergen: the sculpture “Blindfold” (2011) for the Gulating square and a project at the new Faculty of Odontology, which opens in the autumn of 2012.
Cecilia Jonsson is a Swedish artist based in Bergen. She holds an MA degree from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design (2012) and has also participated in the MA programme ‘Nordic Sound Art’. She has previously taken part in group exhibitions at the F-Block Gallery in Bristol; the Singuhr Hörgalerie in Berlin; LiveInYourHead in Geneva; and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde. Jonsson’s work often takes the form of artistic interpretations of empirical material, inspired by the research methods used in the natural sciences. Plants, water and iron form the backdrop of many of her works, where these elements operate as figures and thematics in imagined slippages between nature and technology, environmental concerns and social culture.
Stian Eide Kluge is a visual artist based in Oslo. He was educated at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and at the School of Visual Arts, Department for Film and Video in New York. He has been running the 1857 gallery together with Steffen Håndlykken since 2010. Recent exhibitions include ”The A Priori Echo And The Necks” at IMO in Copenhagen and the group show ”I Wish This Was A Song. Music in Contemporary Art” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo. He has also shown at the Oslo venues Kunstnerforbundet, Galleri Erik Steen, 0047 and Galleri Trafo, as well as at Galerei Gabriel Rolt in Amsterdam.
Knud Young Lunde is an artist whose installations are characterised by a playful approach to established meanings and commercial idioms, which he tends to undermine. He holds an MA from the Art Academy at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts (2009). He recently exhibited in Berlin and Warsaw, held a solo show at Entreé in Bergen (2010) and participated in BGO1 at the Bergen Art Museum (2010). In the spring of 2012, he will have a solo exhibition at NoPlace in Oslo. Lunde is part of the artist collective Ministry of Transport and Communications together with Aleksander Stav Lunde. Their last project consisted of an artistic intervention in an issue the journal Replikk dedicated the topic of transport.
Magnhild Øen Nordahl lives and works in Stockholm, where she began her MA at the Royal Institute of Art (KKH) in the autumn of 2012. She holds a BA degree from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design (2010). She has recently exhibited at Blank Projects in Cape Town; the Tin Sheds Gallery in Sydney, at The Armory Show in New York, at Svalbard, at Bergen Kunsthall and, most recently, at Entreé at Platform Stockholm. Øen Nordahl works predominantly with sculpture and installations. Her art projects often take as their point of departure investigations into the mechanical and aesthetic features of architecture and functional structures, such as frameworks for buildings or knots. Her most recent work deals with notions of craft and epistemology.
Linda Rogn is an artist working primarily with video. She holds an MA from the Art Academy at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts (2007). Recent projects include the group exhibitions Comfortable Battleground (2010) and The Bergen Biennale II: The Next Generation at the Woodmill in London (2010), contributions to the film festivals of Dresden and Berlin, and the solo show By her side but take my left arm too at Galleri Gathe (2008). She is part of the Bergen Ateliergruppe, and has curated a number of self-initiated projects many of them as part of Prosjekt Alvøen, which she runs.
Marthe Elise Stramrud is a visual artist. She is a member of the artist collective Gruppe 11 and the shared studio community at Flaggfabrikken. She holds a BA degree from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design (2011), and has also studied Photography at Valand Academy at the University of Gothenburg; Oslo Fotokunstskole; and Prosjektskolen Kunstskole i Oslo. Stramrud has recently participated in group exhibitions at Hobusepea in Tallinn; CC in Malmö; Akershus Art Centre; Bergen Kjøtt; de Joode & Kamutzki in Berlin, Tollbodallmenningen 39; and Sørlandsutstillingen. In 2012, she was awarded the Debutant Prize by the Norwegian Association of Art Societies for the photographic series Livingroom Poetics”. Stramrud works predominantly with photography through which she presents different sculptural compositions.
Yokoland is a design studio that works across various fields of graphic design and illustration – both commissioned and self initiated work. The studio focuses on close long-term collaborations with their clients, and is known for their work with cultural clients such as the independent record label Metronomicon Audio and publishing house Flamme Forlag. Yokoland consists of Aslak Gurholt Rønsen, Martin Lundell, Espen Friberg and Thomas Nordby. The studio is situated in Oslo and Trondheim.
Monika Zawadzki is an artist working with installations, art objects and video. She is interested in social issues and inter-human relations. Her works tend to analyse extreme social attitudes resulting from the desire to dominate or to exclude. Recent solo exhibitions include Who sleeps with the dogs, wakes up with fleas (2008) and Anyone (2010) at Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. Her practice incorporates graphic design and experiments with typography, and she is the art director of DIK Fagazine. In the period 2003-2006, she directed the non-commercial, artist-run gallery ZOO in Warsaw. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.
Øyvind Ådland is a writer. He made his literary debut in 2001 with Konfliktritt (Aschehoug), which was followed by Møksterhele sår på dagtid Biblioteket Gasspedal) in 2003 and Problemet med de to-tre studentene (Aschehoug) in 2006.