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
September 18, 2014 Jessica Williams + Friends
The NYABF opens in exactly one week, so here is the final list of all the great people I’ll be representing at my table, Jessica Williams + Friends:
Anna Barner Stokholm
Eivind Opsvik and Michelle Arcila
Eriksen / Brown
Hedda Roterud Amundsen
Martin Sæther and Daniel Peder Askeland
Marianne R Arnesen
Solveig Lønseth and Andreas Öhman
I’m also happy to share that my table is supported by both the Royal Norwegian Consulate General and Kulturrådet. The latter has financed the production of two newsprint posters (one of which is above) and a selection of Norwegian candy that will be given away at the fair.
September 7, 2014 This week in Umeå
On Friday a short video I’ve made (a still from which is above) will be debuted as part of a screening organized by Lily Benson at Folkets Bio in Umeå. The screening itself is in conjunction with her solo show entitled The unnamed feeling opening on Thursday at Trailer Gallery.
This show should not be missed if you’re in the area because not only should the show be good, but Lily is great also! Inspired by Youtube videos of simple everyday gestures filmed with intimacy intended to induce Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (A.S.M.R.), she has created a new body of work around the need to name bodily sensations. More info here.
September 2, 2014 Hei NYC
In just a few weeks I’ll be coming back to represent my new home country at the NY Art Book Fair in this year’s Norway Focus room.
At my table Jessica Williams + Friends I’ll be showing my own work, postcards from NSEW, student work made in a workshop I founded, beautiful posters from the Oslo artist space 1857, and more.
To be honest I’m pretty excited!
In 2005, now almost 10 years ago, I interned at Printed Matter. In 2006 I was a volunteer at the very first NYABF. Lots of good, funny and sweaty memories. If you’re in NYC and happen by PS1, do come in and say hi this time around.
June 13, 2014 Next week in Western Mass, Oslo
Next week my newest book (not yet online) entitled Slow Education will be available at the following two pop-ups:
Curated by Trevor Powers
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
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.