Galleri Format Oslo
EYVIND SOLLI ANDREASSEN
I REMEMBER SOMETHING
After almost 5 years as a student at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Eyvind Solli Andreassen gives the audience an insight into the past, development and future, in and after his studies.
In the exhibition "I remember something" Andreassen shows works of individual ceramic objects, focusing on shape, volume and size. In the exploration for how much different processing of a material such as clay can change the visual perception of the object - from one form to another.
The objects are created by the painstaking hand rolling of clay coils placed on top of each other, and formed into varied, organic forms. The elements are worked together by using only one finger. The repeated fingerprints all over the object left behind after firing stands as a visible conveyance of Andreassen's interaction with the clay. The same traces also reflect the time that has gone into shaping the countless coils and objects through Andreassen's time at KHiO. With a desire to play with gravity, and to play on the uncertain, the objects are created and placed in an almost nervous balance point, where the possibility of them falling into the ground lingers throughout the room.
The objects are completely free of glaze and are made of different types of clay, with the thought of highlighting the different properties of the clay. By taking advantage of the natural expression and colour of the clay, Andreassen emphasizes the texture and the tactile of the surface, both inside and outside - where the smooth meets the rough.
Eyvind Solli Andreassen (1986) is from Heistad in Porsgrunn. He now lives in Oslo, where he is in the process of establishing himself as an artist. Andreassen is a formerly trained sheet metal worker and welder but is currently in his second and last year as a master's student in medium and material-based art at the Oslo National Academy of Arts, with a main focus on ceramic objects and sculpture.
In addition to his studies, Andreassen has during the past year also participated in several exhibitions and fairs both in Norway and abroad such as CHART Art Fair 2018, Copenhagen, NK Annual Exhibition 2018, Fredrikstad, and London Design Fair 2108.
PIA ANTONSEN ROGNES
SEEPING THROUGH THE CAMOUFLAGE OF MY PALE SKIN, MY SOFT WORDS
The exhibition consists of sculptural works in textile materials and techniques. The artist's use of metal foil fabrics, faux fur, and a sharp colour palette offers conflicting cultural associations. Glossy pink and purple materials are opposed to truncated bodily shapes and play on an aesthetic reminiscent of plastic toys aimed at little girls, while simultaneously pointing to the sex industry and plastic sex toys.
Through these contradictory associations, a contorted physicality is explored, where the inner life, emotions, and drives are outside the body and expressed through shape and surface. The wrongness of this physicality is significant, the shape of the sculptures resemble something living but seem to be growing in a contorted way, and to be missing recognizable parts. The works are in conflict between plastic and body, between attractive and uncomfortable.
A parallel is drawn between the sensory experience in the encounter with negative and positively charged associations and emotional experience - the idea that drives such as violence and self-destructiveness paradoxically contain a tenderness.
The artist is looking for a language for the unsaid, unseen, and shameful that can grow in the darkest places of a being - aggressive beasts that are unacknowledged, but still cultivated with tenderness.
Pia Antonsen Rognes (b. 1986, Trondheim) graduated with a master's degree in visual art at Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavik (2014), and with a bachelor's degree in textile at Bergen Academy of Art and Design (2012).
In 2015 she received the débutante prize at the 39th. Trøndelag exhibition for the work "As they believe my lying body", and in 2013 she received the Craft Prize at The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts annual exhibition. In 2018, she presented the solo exhibition "Desiring Violence" at Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art in Trondheim.
OBSERVATIONS ON THE MEANS TO CARRY ON
Berenice Hernández's ceramic installations and sculptures are often minimal and humble. She approaches her work like a playful architect with building blocks she makes by brushing clay on paper, layer by layer until she has thick stacks of hundreds that she after firing cuts into blocks. With the blocks she builds structures that she refers to as shelters, dwellings and stations. For the artist, playfulness in making is an integral component to all her works, always leaving plenty of room for improvisation. Yet she builds and organizes her works with great attention and precision. The artist’s habitat is an edge where raw meets polished, fragile meets lasting, and playful meets somber -- and perhaps where Mexico meets Scandinavia.
Berenice Hernández was born in 1982 in Mexico City. She lives and works in Oslo. She started her ceramic training in Mexico City, went on to study ceramics in Sweden and is currently completing her studies at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Berenice Hernández has shown works in Mexico, Sweden and Norway. Recent exhibitions include Årsutstillingen 2018 in Norway, the 8th Biennale of Ceramics at the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City and the group exhibition Kropp at Galleri Ram in Oslo. Her work was recently acquired by KODE.
A JEWELLERY PROJECT BY METAL AND JEWELLERY STUDENTS AT THE ART AND CRAFT DEPARTMENT, KHIO.
The assignment for each student was to make a wearable ring with at least two materials of their own choice. The exhibition will display a great variety of material and technical explorations by the eleven students.
The project was lead by Sigurd Bronger, Adjunct Professor at The Art and Craft Department at KHiO.