January 19, 2017 Klimafestivalen
Just a few days before it started, I learned about Klimafestivalen § 112, or the Norweigan Climate festival. The festival takes place at self-organized locations all over the country and many of them look quite exciting. Oddly enough, (or maybe not?) not that many artists are involved so I’m very happy to be a part with a new installtion of my Oslofjord project. Despite me not figuring out some Facebook things until today, the team there have been so responsive considering yesterday was the big opening. A good overview of the next nine days’ events can be found here.
Luckily, Wizard was up for the extremely short notice and next Thursday and Friday I’ll be having a mini exhibiton there. For more information (på norsk), check the Facebook event.
I’ll be there from 13.00 – 17.00 both Friday and Saturday 27-28/1.
The entrace to Wizard is the same as Mir, just one floor above. Toftes gate 69 in Grünnerløkka.
Snacks and homemade fermented coffee will be served. Books will also be for sale.
January 14, 2017 2017
Worlds within worlds, oblivious to external goings-on
December 6, 2016 Tromsø
Last week I was in Tromsø and helped hold a mini-Riso workshop with Tanya Busse. Despite the tiny daily window for light before the all-consuming darkness, it was super cozy thanks to all the great people who I oddly have no photos of. That’s how it goes staring at computer screens all day and printing all night! 😉
Riso A3 newsprint test (EZ-571) in 1-2-3-4 colors: Black, Blue, Yellow, Crimson
November 23, 2016 BABF 2016
Photos from the 2016 Bergen Art Book Fair. Half by me and half taken by the lovely people that put on BABF. More here!
Up top is me posing with the Issue Press‘ fantastic George Weitor. Halfway through the fair we spread out over two half tables and I found (uh-oh) some rock-like styrofoam bits to use as price stands. Down at the very bottom is me speaking about my 15-year long self-publishing practice.
Thank you to everyone who bought / traded / looked at my books! Thanks also for saying hi, sharing good conversations, leading me to the coffee, not fidgeting on phones while I spoke, etc. Last but not least, thank you to Oslo Kommune Kulturetaten for supporting the trip. I actually found out right after coming home, which also means that some exciting things are now on the horizon for Hverdag..
October 28, 2016 Nature or plastic?
Made a new online piece / game (?!). It works on mobile devices, but if you click on the natural stone, you’ll be automatically taken to the next “level” instead of getting the elusive green smiley face hover. Try it here.
October 2, 2016 Isolasjon
Photos from Galleri Storck. The exhibition runs through October 23.
I’ll be in the gallery every Saturday and Sunday, come say hi.
Or if you’re far away / on the fence, read this text I wrote (på norsk). Scroll for English.
September 23, 2016 Next Thursday in Oslo
September 29 – October 23, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday, September 29. 6-9pm.
Over the course of almost a year, Jessica Williams has steadily gathered polystyrene and plastic on the islands of the inner Oslofjord: plastic pieces that have been formed by the sun and the waves appear as shells and small stones. The exhibition consists of a selection of her collection, as well as a new book of photographs taken on-site. The project is a reflection of the artist’s connection to gathering, maturing, and what it is to begin again in a new country and learn a new language.
The exhibition is supported by Arts Council Norway.
29. september – 23. oktober 2016
Vernissage torsdag 29. september 2016 kl 18:00-21:00
I snart ett år har Jessica Williams sanket isopor og plast på øyene i indre Oslofjord; biter formet av sol og bølger fremstår som skjell og småstein. Utstillingen viser et utvalg av det hun har samlet, samt en bokutgivelse av fotografier fra områdene hun har vært. Prosjektet reflekterer over kunstnerens forbindelse til sanking, modning, og hva det vil si å begynne på nytt i et fremmed land og måtte lære et nytt språk.
Utstillingen er støttet av Kulturrådet.
August 19, 2016 Oslofjord update
On Sunday, August 28, I’ll be giving an update on my Oslofjord project at Oslo Soup’s next event at MESH. See their website for more info. There will also hopefully be some Riso posters for grabs promoting the publication, which is in progress and should be ready by October. Details on the book release are TBA!
Some pics from the studio. Note my very DIY solution to make images like the one above.
Also: there’s one natural form in that image, which one is it?
June 24, 2016 Taking images to remember
My image making routines have suffered due to the iPhone (yep) and a lack of freetime thanks to erratic part-time jobs and language school. Nevertheless, it’s never too late to pick up a camera again..
May 30, 2016 Rejections
Rejections are a fact of life. Lately I’ve been enduring more than what feels like a fair share. Despite this, giving up is not an option. Dear Internet, all I want is relative financial security and time to rest.
Since March I’ve only been writing applications på norsk, not sure yet if it is doing anything. Another round is fast approaching, however. A rather piquant summary of my interests from last fall, taken from a (rejected) application:
Urban plant life, worn digital devices, public forests and beaches littered with trash, and found objects clearly marked by the human hand are endlessly fascinating as subjects to me. I strive to make modern images that accurately represent living in our times without falling into either documentary or humanitarian photography. I am interested in the everyday and the mundane; what is seen a thousand times but rarely registered.