May 23, 2018 Next week in Oslo, Lillehammer and Stavanger
Next week is going to be a very busy and exciting time for myself and Hverdag Books. Three public talks, an exhibition, an art book fair and a brand new fanzine based on a news diary I kept online during the crisis in Gaza and NRK strike. Oh my.
“Why Riso? – a debate and an exhibition” at Tøyen Startup Village on Wednesday, May 30.
Then I’ll be in Lillehammer June 1-2 at Kunstbokmessen Bastard hosted by Oppland Kunstsenter. On the 1st I’ll also be part of a panel debate on artist’s books and zines as a part of the Norwegian Literature Festival.
The day after I’m off to Stavanger and will be dropping-in and possibly helping out a few Riso workshops at Kunsthall Stavanger. On Tuesday, June 5, I’ll be part of another panel: Self-publishing = self-empowerment?
Håper vi sees!
April 5, 2018 Malmö Artists’ Book Biennial
In a few weeks (April 20-22) I’ll be taking the danskebåten* down to Malmö to exhibit new and old Hverdag Books publications at the brand new Malmö Artist’s Book Biennial. Malmö is a place very dear to my heart, as I studied abroad there back in 2007. Hope to see old and new faces at the fair. More info here.
For those already in town, the fantastic bookshop at Malmö Konsthall will be displaying a special selection of publications from the biennial starting next week and leading up to the fair, including two of mine.
* the Norway-Denmark “party boat” which also happens to be a very affordable means of transportation.
March 22, 2018 Riso room / Research trip
Tomorrow is the opening of a big Riso exhibition at Risotto in Glasgow. I’ve sent in some works (old and new), hopefully they have arrived safe and sound.
In April (23-27), during their week of intensive workshops, I’ll actually be in town with the two other members of the Norsk Risoforening (Norwegian Risograph Association) on a Riso-Research-Trip. Believe it or not, in Norewgian it sounds even better: Riso-Research-Reise (RRR).
Get in touch for coffees, etc. I’ll mostly be hanging around my favorite place (Good Press) and with the international Riso gang.
March 11, 2018 Sensitive is back
Exactly a year since I last posted, but it’s time to come back for good.
Sensitive: 2008 – ???
Three years of mourning is enough.
March 5, 2018 A new Riso in town
Big news over at Hverdag Books: my beloved studio is now home to a Riso CV3230. A small(-er) machine with a decent print area and five colors! The first of it’s kind in Scandinavia, in fact – I had to beg the regional distributor to bring one in.
Also as one who has been Riso-less since 2014, this is a big deal. The international comunity has only grown bigger, stronger and advanced leaps and bounds over the last four years. It feels great to hop in again and I can’t want to start printing. More info, here.
February 25, 2018 Fordypningsrommet Fleinvær
Barely a week ago I returned home from a short week on a very isolated island in the north of Norway at this incredible place. There I was lucky to be one of three artists in residence, spending my time writing, drawing, reading, photographing, and of course: sauna with dips into the freezing ocean.
Only nine reportedly live there full-time and it took less than two hours to traverse the island while taking photographs. Despite how isolated the place was, the hand of man was very visible, especially when following the shoreline. Here are some images from the island: of stone, rope, plastic, water, etc.
February 4, 2018 This week in Oslo
Two events I’m involved with are coming up this week, both at educational institutions.
First, on Thursday, February 8: Every shore is a treasury at Westerdals ACT’s library.
As part of Westerdal’s Zero-Waste Day, I’ll be giving a short talk about my Oslofjord project and donating part of my collection of beach plastic to a workshop in collaboration with Seabling.
Then on Saturday, February 10: I’ve contributed a poster to a large group exhibition at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
The theme of the show is #metoo and my poster is a cheeky presentation of an actual line fed to me (by a member of the administration) while I was a student: “Why can’t you just shut up and be a good girl?” Sigh.
January 10, 2018 2018
After literally being stuck in bed for the last week with the flu, it’s nice to be sitting behind a computer. I’m sure many can relate. Many big projects are brewing, more on that later this spring.
^ For now, just a note that my latest book is now available in the USA at the legendary Printed Matter. In the UK, check out Good Press. Both with extra good local pricing and the satisfaction of supporting fantastic arts organizations!
If you’re here in Norway, please contact me directly. I only have around 20 copies left in my studio. Free local pickup or shipping with a Vipps payment. 400kr is a steal considering how much time I actually spent putting together these books. And if a second edition is published, I doubt the construction will be as cool as the first edition.
November 25, 2017 Tomorrow in Oslo
Tomorrow I’ll have a table at the Art & Design Christmas market at Kulturhuset (Youngstorget).
All the books and posters from Hverdag will be there, along with some very old (possibly the very last) NSEW postcards. Thanks to Blank Space for organizing this. Free entrance.
November 16, 2017 Meanwhile (Matprisen 2017)
This past Monday the place where I work with the two, shining and smiling men above was awarded the title of “Producer of the Year” by the Norwegian council for organic and sustainable food, a.k.a. Matprisen. Over the last year I’ve become more and more involved in the company, especially when it comes to the room where we hang naturally fermented (and a little bit of salt) meat and salami. Mmm. Look out Oslo (finally) for some of my feremented drinks early in 2018!
In other words, for the last 1.5 years I’ve been working as a butcher when I’m not making artist books, printing on a Riso or taking photographs. Not too odd considering the two others are artist-designer and an Oxford-educated economist.