For a reception area designed by Niels Torp Arkitekter for DNB Næringseiendom AS a new site-specific artwork for was commissioned. Espen Tollefsen created a new landscape using the ocean and horizon as the starting point, thus reflecting the maritime surroundings at Aker Brygge.The motive in this art piece is created by his trademark; to collage together elements from nature; the sky, the ocean, mountains, rocks and the greenest island.These elements mirror materials in the room itself; the stones on the floor, and the wavy forms in the woodwork on both the reception desk, the floor and the elevated levels. In this way the artworks give the viewers an extended room to look into, a voyage into the Nordic landscape.
Kunstsoda # 2 proudly presents Fin Serck – Hanssen, Photography. Pop- Up exhibition and booklaunch of Our Voices HIV: 30 years in Norway. Our Voices is a portrait book by artist photographer Fin Serck – Hanssen (b.1958) and writer Morten Borgersen. The introduction is by H.R.H Mette Marit. Published by Forlaget Press. April 2015 at Rådhugata 19.
Lena Walton Herfindal , Body Sculpture, Aron Li , Jewellery and Dutch Design by Dieter Volkers. August 9th 2014 the Pop-Up gallery KUNSTSODA launched at Nordregate 20 / Grûnerløkka. In the beginning of August NG20 was the main venue for Oslo Trend. KUNSTSODA will promote established and emerging artists from the Contemporary Art scene merged with Design and Craft talents. https://www.facebook.com/Kunstsoda? https://www.facebook.com/NordreGate20PopUp?fref=ts http://www.oslotrend.no/
#eventcoordinator : I was so fortunate as to be part of the organization of H.H Dalai Lama’s visit to Oslo in May 2014. As the event coordinator at the Public Talk at Folketeateret , I was responsible for all logistics concerning what went on at the stage, backstage and Public Areas. It was a very special event to be part of, working closely with so many fantastic and dedicated people to make His Holiness Dalai Lama’s visit a success. HH Dalai Lama Oslo 2014
#interiordesign : Klosterkroa at Hovedøya re-opened after renovation summer 2014. This building was originally built in 1940 as an officer’s mass as the island was a military camp during the war. Since then it has served as a postoffice, shop and various restaurant concepts. The windows on the walls opens up to the greenery outside, giving the room a true summer feeling. The original benches where kept to give the room character, the rest of the furniture was sourced from fleamarkets and vintage stores. Almost all the same same but different wooden chairs around the tables where painted white, while the metal chairs donated from another house at the island where painted in “Oslo Blue “. Since the flowers on Hovedøya are protected, one wall is adorned with porcelain plates with flower motives surrounding the “Don’t pick flowers “ sign. This friendly reminder will hopefully make the guests treat the island with respect so the magic of Hovedøya can be preserved.
#artconsultant #projectmanager : Drømmenes Reiser (Dream Journeys) by Per Krohg was originally commissioned for the Dining Room at M/S Bergensfjord, which sailed for Den Norske Amerika Linjen 1956 – 1971. After 40 years in storage, the painting has anew life onboard Fjord Line’s new M/S Bergensfjord. Per Krohg is known to an international public for the mural he created for the United Nations Security Council Chamber, located in the UN building in New York City. Closer to home he is known for his monumental works in Folketeateret , at Seaman’s Collage and City Hall of Oslo. Drømmenes Reiser was the last of several commissions Krohg did on ships between 1938 – 1956, and to my knowledge the only one that is preserved.
Margreet Sweerts from hybrid fashion collective Painted visited Oslo on my invitation fall 2014. We had 4 inspiring Golden Joineries with students from Oslo National Academy of Arts, Oslo and Akershus College of Applied Science , in addition to special invitees from the design and fashion world. Margreet Sweerts also gave a lecture about Painted at HIOA, about her and Saskia Van Drimmelen ‘s body of work. Golden Joinery is new brand that among other things queations the meening of “value”, and the development of the brand happens through the Golden Joinery gatherings. I’m looking forward to the next chapter! Painted was later invited to participate in the exhibition Lev Vel at Doga. Interview Margreet Sweerts Personae Magazine: Personae Painted Series Freudenthal/Verhagen Left Image :Emmeline De Mooij
Contemporary Art & Vintage Bric à brac : a space which is both a gallery and a shop: I will show Contemporary Art together with French vintage c/o Nina Banggren. Hopefully this playful way of displaying art will reach a wider audience than the one that normally finds its way into art galleries. The space was situated at Maridalsveien 9, just a roundabout away from Vulkan. On the picture there are works on paper by Karl Hansen, glass by Vidar Koksvik,photography Tone Elin Solholm, Photography Fin Serck-Hanssen. Other artists at the Space are : Asbjørn Hollerud prints on steel, photography Marianne Selsjord, photography Espen Tollefsen, paintings Marius Martinussen, mixed media Maria Ikonomopolou, glass work Kari Håkonsen , sculpture Lars Widenfalk and jewellery by Aron Li . Contemporary Art & Vintage Bric à Brac
#artconsultant: Corporate Headquarters, Oslo. Photography : Espen Tollefsen. Office landscapes might have challenges in connection to sound, concentration,orientation and privacy. At these Corporate Office Headquarters, Photography has been used to fill the requirements of universal design, and as an added value has created new rooms for concentration and hopefully : inspiration! The NSB headquarters where later awarded Best Building of the year prize 2014. NRK : Norges flotteste bygg In the spring I participated in a Golden Joinery arranged by Painted, a fashion/design collective led by Fashion Designer Saskia Drimmelen and Theater Director/Designer Margreet Sweerts. http://www.paintedseries.com/ Each participant had to bring a broken garment to be repaired with golden thread and materials, inspired by the old Japanese technique Kintsugi, where they repair broken ceramics with golden paint, thus making the repair visible instead of hidden.I brought my favourite blue sweather inherited from a friend’s mother to work on, giving it a new and prolonged life. Through Painted’s workshops they are encouraging ” an alternative “broken is better than new” aesthetic — that a conspicuous, imaginitive repair actually adds value — aiming at a more hands-on, repair-friendly culture “. More events will be organized in various places with different people, thus spreading the news and creating a collective brand: Golden Joinery.
#artconsultant #projectmanagment : The Art and Decor for Fjord Line’s MS Stavangerfjord was selected in close co-operation with Falkum – Hansen Design. On the upper decks of Forward Stair Terje Roalkvam made a composition of objects. Every object combine’s two materials ; stone and aluminum or stone and tree. The stones for the objects have been collected from all over Norway, the wood from Spitzbergen and Oslo. Because of the placement on the upper level below a glass roof, guests can study the objects from a variety of angles and thereby see the subtle variations and nuances that appear in the objects.
In Grieg Gourmet restaurant acclaimed Sculptors Malcolm Martin and Gaynor Dowling have made two simple and elegant sculptures of gilded lime-wood. Inspired by the maritime concept, a ship captain greats you in the entrance of Commander Buffet .The starting point for the textile collage by British textile artist Natasha Kerr is antique linen, where found photographs are often included along with other hand-died pieces of fabric collaged together. The maritime inspiration continues in the glass sculptures made by Lars Widenfalk , Stavangerfjord’s own figureheads. Lars Widenfalk normally works in stone, so following the process of the creation of these from the first drafts in clay through the casting and cooling process has been exciting. Equally exciting is it to enjoy how the sculptures changes with the passing of light in the restaurant.
#artconsulta#artconsultant #publicspace : May Bente Aronsen, Resonance & Ingunn Skogholt, Fragile Energy 1
#curator & #projectmanager : Back in 2008 Solstice, the first of a series of newbuilds for Celebrity Cruises where delivered. One of the especially commissioned works where Tom Sandbergs 4 large glass panels for the Solarium which I had the pleasure to develop.With his intriguing photographes of Clouds as a starting point for the project, through many tests and considerations, they where screenprinted on glass and installed onboard. A true ethereal feeling.
For the Oceanview Cafe Dutch artist Eelco Brand made intriguing videos and photographic prints. Check out this other commission he made for Gemeente museum Den Haag.http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=cd61kyoWl5s The Solstice Art Collection includes a long list of prominent contemporary artists. There are Works on Paper by Ross Bleckner, John Baldessari, Katharina Grosse, James Turrell, Robert Rauschenberg, Bill Beckley, David Hockney, Michael Craig-Martin and Tacita Dean. Photography by Adam Fuss, Steve McCurry, Hiroshi Sugimoto, James Casebere, Eve Sussman, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Damien Hirst, Nils-Udo and Uta Barth amongst others. Sculptures by Jim Dine, Igor Mitoraj, Istvan Lisztes, Herbert Hamak and Michael Parekowhai are spread throughout the public areas. In addition to Eelco Brand there is also video art by Neeta Madahar. Works on Paper where selected for the Elevator Lobbies by artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Axel Hütte, Richard Long, Thomas Struth, Christiane Baumgartner and Roni Horn.What a pleasure to work on this project!
Solstice Class; Equinox, Tone Bjordam was commissioned to make videos for the Oceanview Cafè