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June 24, 2014

Fantasy Art Now

Filed under: Publications

I have a contribution in a new book entitled Fantasy Art Now complied by Jay Issac and Sebastian Frye of Toronto’s Swimmers Group.


It has a nice concept:

Ideas and inspiration are a constant creative companion, but what about the ones that never make it? We have collected and compiled a series of 31 unrealized and unrealizable ideas from artists, writers, and friends into a little book that operates as both a source for further inspiration and an end in itself. The ideas collected are now contributions to the public domain; set free. 

For more info or to buy a copy, go here.

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June 13, 2014

Next week in Western Mass, Oslo

Filed under: Exhibitions

Next week my newest book (not yet online) entitled Slow Education will be available at the following two pop-ups:


Curated by Trevor Powers

Flying Object
42 West Street
Hadley, Massachusetts 01035

June 21 – 29, 2014

COL•LATE is a zine exhibition and pop-up shop showcasing zines and other related printed matter by artists and small presses from around the world. All of which will offer a sliver of insight into the current state of art-related zines today, and showcase how artists of different mediums are questioning, handling, and experimenting with the format.

More info here.




Curated by Kenneth Pettersen and Victoria Kielland

Demon’s Mouth
Københavngata 4
0553 Oslo

June 20 – 29, 2014

SKREV is a pop-up bookshop for small, independent Scandinavian literature initiatives. Open from noon to midnight. Come in, drink coffee, eat an ice-cream, buy a release from your new favorite publisher.

More info here.

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June 2, 2014

This Thursday in Oslo

Filed under: Exhibitions


This Thursday (also my birthday) I’m having a soft opening for an exhibition of photographs entitled Pictures from Japan. The venue, Izakaya, is Oslo’s only sake bar and where I’ve worked my way through grad school for the last two years. Good food, good drinks, and for the next month a mix of digital and 35mm photos I took last fall in Japan.

Pictures from Japan

St. Olavs gate 7
0165 Oslo

Opening: Thursday, June 5, 5pm
Exhibition: June 5 – July 5, 2014

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May 15, 2014

Next Friday in Oslo, Austin

Filed under: Exhibitions

I’m a part of two group exhibitions next Friday, May 23. The first is my MFA graduation show:


Avgangsutstillingen 2014 – MA Kunstakademiet i Oslo
Curated by Anne Szefer Karlsen

Mo Abd-Ulla, Hedda Roterud Amundsen, Tiago Bom, Victoria Durnak, Serina Erfjord, Karin Erixon, Silje D. Henden, Julia Lee L. Hong, Matilda Höög, Chandra Sen, Linda Lerseth, Mimmi Mattila, Andreas Hald Oxenvad, Jóhanna Ellen Ríkharðsdóttir, Daniel Slåttnes, Ayatgali Tuleubek, Vikram Uchida-Khanna, Tarald Wassvik, Jessica Williams, Silje Eugenie Strande Øktner, Knut Ivar Aaser

Kunstnernes Hus
Wergelandsveien 17
0167 Oslo

Opening: Friday, May 23, 7pm
Exhibition: May 23 – June 8, 2014




Curated by Max Marshall and Paul Paper

Austin Center for Photography
Big Medium – Canopy
916 Springdale Road
Austin, Texas 78702

Opening: Friday, May 23, 7 –11pm
Exhibition: May 23 – June 7, 2014

More info here.

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May 13, 2014

Dagens Ungdom

Filed under: Images



Since last summer I’ve been working some with a local pop band here in Oslo and two of my images have graced both their debut single and self-titled 12″. The latter will be released in conjunction with a concert next week at the Deichmanske bibliotek in Grünerløkka. More info here.

Dagens ungdom directly translates to “The youth of today” and their music is great. As a reference: lately they keep getting written up as the Norwegian answer to the Go-Betweens..

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May 8, 2014

Tomorrow in Oslo

Filed under: Exhibitions


BYOB (Bring Your Own Plant)
Curated by Andreas Ervik and Øivin Horvei

Please bring your plants to this exhibition. Simply being around plants indoors has been shown to relax people and improve health. Plants are intelligent, creative organisms, just like us. Bring your plant and together we can reflect on and around the pictures and installations, watch a movie, talk and drink refreshments.

With Very Special Plant soundpiece performance by Center of the universe

Toftes gate 69
0552 Oslo

Opening: Friday, May 9, 6 – 9pm
Exhibition: May 9 – 25, 2014

More info here.

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Tea, late night, websites

Filed under: Website

I was hoping no one would notice, but my website was down for the last 24 hours.. in that time I’ve actually migrated hosts (to a green host that uses wind power) and nearly lost this blog in the process. Yawn.

Before bed I think I’ll take a cup of tea and share this Persian adage I picked up from a travel essay sometime last winter. Oh, to have the time to read again! Such busy days lately..

On easily remembering the character of the different flushes of tea leaves:

The first is bitter, like life
The second is sweet, like love
The third is soft, like death

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April 8, 2014


Filed under: Travel


Today started out pretty horrible but it’s slowly getting better, especially after I remembered I’m spending next week in Iceland with some pretty amazing people. I haven’t been back since 2011 and never not in the summer months.

If someone reading this is there and wants to meet up or has some vital tips (as always) get in touch.


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March 12, 2014

Replace ‘things’ with ‘objects’

Filed under: Quotes

From Jean Baudrillard’s America (found for $1 at a used book store in Houston):

…[In America] things almost seem endowed with a certain indulgence towards their own banality. But they are indulgent towards their own craziness too. Looked at more generally, they do not lay claim to being extraordinary; they simply are extraordinary. They have that extravagance which makes up odd, everyday America. This oddness is not surrealistic (surrealism is extravagance that is still aesthetic in nature and as such very European in inspiration); here, the extravagance has passed into things. Madness, which with us is subjective, has here become objective, and irony which is subjective with us has also turned unto something objective. The fantasmagoria and excess which we locate in the mind and the mental faculties have passed into things themselves.

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