Prosjektrom Normanns, Stavanger
Visit from an artist collective in Oslo showing their art
Prosjektrom Normanns invited an artist collective in Oslo to present their individual work. Seeing the long list of participants and knowing how limited in size the exhibition room is, I was seriously wondering how it would be possible. It was a success. Somehow most of the works has got a spot where it gets your full attention, and in addition there are some works almost hidden due to their small size. Entering the exhibition is like entering a box of wonders, or a candyshop. Wonderful surprises await you on all sides. This is not an exhibition of a strict theme, this is rather an experience of wonder, joy, puzzlement and exploration.
I would have liked to present every piece, but you should rather go and have a look for yourself. Anyway, here are some impressions:
Aksel Høgenhaug: Uten tittel
Putting on one of these headphones I hear a man talking, but vagely, like there is bad connection. Some moments the sound is clear, the other not. I start moving around, hoping to find a spot with better connection, but as soon as I find it it is lost again. The sound is triggering me to act strangely, powered by my curiosity.
Øyvind Mellbye: Special Mobile Group
There is a strange sound in the room, and after some searching I understand it comes from this installation. It is some kind of resonance sound, generated from mobile to mobile? But it is the other way around. If the environment sound gets louder, the noise stops. On the other side of the box is a map of the placement of the mobiles, but it looks like a mind map or a demographic study.
Merete Dille: Don't be fooled by the bright light - it ain't love
A large charming combination of drawing and installation, with a solid dose of humour.
Rina Charlott Lindgren: Portrett
A found portrait that has been beautified by the tape, the mould and the dust.
Magnus Oledal: Hylle
A wonderful minimalistic piece, you need to go close to understand what is form, what is shadow and what is paint.
Nicklas Gahnström: Uten tittel
This could have been an abstract painting, but adding the bubbleplastic it turns into an installation, where the painting just plays one part.
Ingri Haraldsen: Visitt
This pencil drawing was made after a photo of some distant relative, drawed on an crumbled piece of cardboard. The portrait is so beautiful and touching, of a widower at his wife's grave. His own name and birth year is already on the stone, but the death date not yet.
Trond Hugo Haugen: NoCode, Kunstbokforlag
These art books were published through Trond Hugo Haugen's label "NoCode".
Sara Christensen: Listen Now
This is just one of the many small surprises in the exhibition. The artist did not come here herself, but she sent a kit of all thing needed, with drill and all, to drill a hole and put the earplug in. The process and the tools are far larger in size than the final artpiece. But it is all one performance extracted into just this visible part of an earplug.
True Solvang Vevatne: Dual - exit
For safety reasons the exhibition also has an exit sign, but apparently you need to wind it to make it light up. I really did not want to exit, so I did not try if it worked.