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.
March 28, 2017 New work, old work
Updated this website with two projects, both new and old. Underlined.
March 24, 2017 On the horizon
So many things have been going on the last few months, leaving this blog sadly neglected. Or maybe it was just the lack of daylight that kept me in bed? Either way, now that spring is nearing, I am furiously working on a few projects coming up..
In May I will be in a two person show with Annie Bielski at High Tide in Philadelphia. Really looking forward to this as I will finally unveil the installation component to my project Digital Images of the Physical World. We’ve also been both writing texts AND I’ll be there for the opening. Come and say hi, last time I was on the East Coast was in 2014!
In June, I will be exhibiting every single fanzine, book and miscellaneous printed matter I have ever produced at the fantastic Deichmanske Grünerløkka here in Oslo. Since I’ve been doing this since the age of 15, it’s going to be a very generous and ambitious show.
Right now I am also in the process of scanning them all for a new website I will make in tandem to the exhibition. Above is a spread from 2007’s Some Thoughts, which was coincidentally last displayed at the New Museum’s Younger than Jesus: Live Archive.
More info and invites soon.
February 21, 2017 NUMER 111
In newsstands soon: I’m mentioned in an article about the Bergen Art Book Fair in the newest edition of Tengerforbundet‘s magazine NUMER. Thank you to Cecilie for including me! It’s an honor and I am in very good company. It’s also maybe time to start drawing again and make a zine..
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.
April 24, 2016 Et bedre liv
I meant to write this post last week, but suddenly the days have slipped away and here I am on Sunday night. Not to make excuses, but one week ago my cat freaked out and bit me for the first time. He got stuck in his leash and was scared witless. I ended up having to go to the emergency room the morning after because the bitten finger was so swollen it could not move. Ugh. Still on heavy antibiotics but at least my finger has regained most of its original range of motion.
One nice thing about this incident was the emergency room experience itself, so much calmer and more affordable than a visit in the USA. I’ve been twice before in NYC, once for (gently) getting hit by a car while on a bicycle and another time for “rappelling” through a skylight and burning off all the skin on my left hand. Ow. And now, I have been twice here in Oslo. Funny thing: this time I only spoke Norwegian which was both a blessing and a curse. Blessing, I suppose, because it was easier. Curse as in fully understanding the mumbling of my two young student nurses about how not to get bubbles in my tetanus shot.. right before sticking it into my arm.
But! The point of this post is not to reveal how clumsy I am, but to give an update on what I’ve been doing the last months. Mostly I have been working on my memoir, drafting chapter summaries and figuring out the overall flow and format. It’s now at 24 (short) chapters and has a working title: Et bedre liv = “A better life”.
Since winning the mini-grant to pursue my Oslofjord project, I’ve been visiting the fjord at least twice a week. The photos above are one day’s haul of styrofoam “rocks” and a pastoral view of the island they came from.
In addition to writing in Norwegian, I’ve been working, reading and watching Norwegian TV. I also do believe I’ve had a breakthrough (possibly antibiotic-induced) about who I am and how / why I make art. More on that later. For now, a still life:
April 11, 2016 oslo soup + Oslofjord = sant
Yesterday I gave my first public presentation of Oslofjord, a work in progress and the first scheduled release for Hverdag (my new publishing imprint) later this fall. I had four minutes in front of roughly seventy people, competing for oslo soup’s inaugural micro-grant against three other projects.
Despite all of the projects having merit and one of them a literal cat café, I won the popular vote and a mason jar full of cash that is now safe in my bank:
It’s an understatement to say I feel humbled and grateful that so many people (almost all strangers) believed in the project and wanted to help fund it. The support hits especially hard after the uninterrupted string of rejections I’ve been receiving steadily since last fall.
Anyway, I always say this but I am going to start posting more here. Later this week: what I’ve literally been up to, my personal relationship with plastic.
January 1, 2016 2016
Happy New Year!
Welcome to the new website. The concept behind the redesign is that each artwork (old and new) would be presented in a way that uniquely optimizes the viewing experience. In simpler terms: goodbye, portfolio.
One of the reasons I am so drawn to books and webpages is their inherent intimacy, the one-on-one. Hopefully this page can provide just that. A tip (or two): the icons in all four corners are always active and there are secret pages.