October 30, 2018 Bibliotek Nordica
Looking forward to seeing what comes of the Bibliotek Nordica project organized by Codex Polaris. I’m one of 80 (!) artists working with artist books from all over Scandinavia who are participating with small editions of A6-size books. Mine is actually in the lower right hand corner (thanks alphabetical order).
The boxed set of all 80 books will be assembled in an edition of 10 and launched for the first time in February 2019 at the Codex book fair in San Francisco. Thanks to Imi Maufe for the invitation!
More info on the project and updates here and here.
October 9, 2018 PRAKSIS: Taking Hold —The Double Bridge
From next week, I’ll be part of Residency 12 at PRAKSIS in Oslo. Looking forward to what comes and if you’re in Oslo stop by the ‘Meet the residents’ event next Tuesday at Kunstnernes Hus. I’ve prepared a special, all-new 7 minute/32 slide presentation going all the way back to 2006 that traces my journey from working with my body and as a commercial photographer in NYC to becoming a politically aware immigrant in Norway finding one’s voice through artist publications.
The residency’s focus is on the physical expression of solidarity, competition and antagonism in social relationships, and its research will foreground performance for camera as a means of enquiry. It has been developed with artist and activist Phoebe Davies and events will be held in collaboration with Kunstnernes Hus.
Davies and PRAKSIS’s founding director Nicholas John Jones reviewed a total of 60 residency applications, all of whose quality made the final selection a challenging process. The seven people eventually identified are: Emma Bäcklund (SE), Marte H S Dahl (NO), Bianca Hisse (BR), Ayesha Jordan (US), Shahrzad Malekian (IR), Jessica Williams (US/NO), and Sam Williams (UK).
August 18, 2018 In this weekend’s D2
Read all about the economics of my life as an artist through the lens of objects in my studio.
Note: my application-acceptance ratio has gone down since I was interviewed in June..
August 4, 2018 August = back to work, summer sun from July
Long time, no update. This summer has passed much too quickly. But now, it’s back to work.
Coming soon on Hverdag Books: two new text-based publications. A screenshot from the current state of the first: THE PAST IS A FINITE PLACE. Collected texts, 2009-2017 (please don’t mind the made up page numbers).
This, along with a printed version of 2017’s screenshot-based project A Passing Feeling, should both be out later this month. Info on a joint release coming soon.
Photos from Summer Sun Day Dream at The Lab @ Silver Eye in Philadelphia, curated by Sean Stewart. Possibly still up if you’re in town. The opening was on July 15, 2018.
Contributing artists: Alex Cramer, Alex Grabiec, Ali Bosworth, Alice Winn, Allie Stewart, Amy Fink, Anastasia Davis, Anna Grevenitis, Bryana Colasanti, Caiti Borruso, Cody Schlabaugh, Chris Malmberg, Cristina Fontsaré, Dale Harper, Dan Pavsic, David Billet, Elijah Barrett, Ellie Musgrave, Eugene Wilson, Francis Crisafio, Graham Wiebe, Hannah Altman, Ian Kline, Jacob Koestler, Jake Reinhart, Jenna Houston, Jessica Williams, John Prince, John Ciamillo, Joy Drury Cox, Justin Visnesky, Kalie Frisky , Karen Lue, Kiera Renz, Lauren Lowery, Lindley Warren, Lorena endara, Matt Gray, Matthew Conboy, Michael Bucher, Michael Majewski, Michael McCraw, Nathan Ward, Nicholas Pollack, Peter Leeman, Sam Margevicius, Samantha Lindenbusch, Sean Carroll, Sean Murray, Sophie Schwartz, Taylor Galloway, Tyler Roste, Tim Elder, Tommy Keith, Tyler Roste, Stephen Joyce, Laura Krasnow, William Real
Also: a link to the program at Kvinnemuseet in Kongsvinger, where the #metoo poster exhibition Between the Lines has traveled and will hang through the fall.
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!
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.
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.