June 15, 2017 Next weekend at the local library
Growing up on the Internet and paper
Deichmanske Bibliotek Grünnerløkka
June 24 – August 5, 2017
Jessica Williams (1986, Anchorage) is an artist based in Oslo. Working within the fields of publications, photography and new media, her primary concerns are the power of language and everyday physicality in an increasingly digital world. She has had her work featured in several international publications and has exhibited widely including solo shows in New York City, Glasgow, Oslo, Malmö, Barcelona, and Austin, Texas.
For the show at Galleri VIS, her entire collection of self-produced printed matter spanning over a period of 15 years will be on view. Back in the early days of the Internet, there was a nostalgic longing towards the exchange of physical objects. It was as a lonley teenager in a Texan suburb that Williams began to produce fanzines of her collages to trade online. Since then printed matter has made up a large part of her artistic practice. As a companion to the exhibtion, all the publications have been scanned and will be available to view online.
The Saturday opening will be celebrated inside the libary and outside in the sun, with snacks from Indre Oslo Matforedling and my homemade soda.
Info på norsk + Facebook event
May 22, 2017 Documentation, 2 new texts
Documentation from High Tide is now up. Thanks to Joe Webb for the pics!
I’ve also uploaded two new texts on Medium, both made while preparing for the exhibition. One specifically pairs with a project, while the other stands alone; one is floaty and amorphous, while the other clings to a structure. Both are titled with the day upon which they were written. #empathy # language #technology #purgatory 😅
May 11, 2017 High Tide, Ulises
Some preliminary photos from my installation at High Tide, on view every Saturday through June 10!
Plus: some photos from Ulises, a fantastic indie art book shop in Kensington, where I crashed a High Tide zine launch with Oslofjord + a NEW small publication (based on this poem) out soon on Hverdag Books.
April 28, 2017 Next Friday in Philadelphia
High Tide presents only to find featuring recent works by Annie Bielski and Jessica Williams, curated by Kathy Cho. only to find will be on view from Saturday, May 6th to Saturday, June 10th, 2017.
only to find centers the anxieties and performative longing through digital means that connects the practices of Annie Bielski and Jessica Williams. Video-chatting with a partner who now lives abroad, applying for citizenship in a country where you’re still finding new roots in, moving to a completely new place where you only know one person, waiting to meet that friend who keeps not showing up; these are the moments where you reach out and hope that someone reaches back. In what ways do we choose to keep in touch while things are rapidly changing? How accessible do we choose to be, in a time where our devices give away what time we looked at that message?
Annie Bielski’s videos bring a frantic yet humorous energy to the performance of longing and ideas of self-care. Her video series Saab Stories shot in the style of a video blog, captures the fictional non-encounters of her character waiting to meet up for a friend/interviewee who never shows up.
Jessica Williams’ photographs are archives of moments that seem to exist somewhere between found and staged. Each moment contributes to it’s own narrative, surrounded by a quiet simmering anxiety, which seen together adds up to an overall feeling: hard to describe yet so familiar.
As a supplement to the physical exhibition only to find at High Tide, the artists have collaborated on a website which weaves their personal narratives and studio practices together before the artists meet in real life.
Also: FB event
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.
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.
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.
November 21, 2014 Next weekend in Milano
Independent publishers and artists’ books salon
via Pastrengo 12
November 29 – 30, 2014, 1 – 8pm
I’ll be there representing NSEW but will also take along a few of my own publications, including Sympathetic Objects.
October 20, 2014 This Saturday in Baltimore
Baltimore’s Open Space is re-opening in a brand new location with a group show I’m happy to be a part of:
Precious Moments is a group curated show focusing on works that are hinged on sentiment and the gentle gaze of mind-full observation. Artworks span from domestic sculpture to written and painted prose. Like photos in a family album, this show is woven as a warm blanket to welcome you to our new home.
Andrew Eargle (Oakland)
Roberto Jamora (New York)
Flannery Silva (Baltimore)
Patrice Renee Washington (New York)
Jessica Williams (Oslo)
512 W Franklin St
Baltimore, MD 21201
Opening: Saturday, October 25, 6 – 9pm
Exhibition: October 25 – November, 2014