OSLO ART & FASHION FESTIVAL 2018

  • Mouvements (Bevegelsene), 2015-2018, film photography, variable sizes

 

MOUVEMENTS (BEVEGELSENE), 2015-2018, photography, variable sizes. Exhibitions at Vérité, Grundingen 1-3, Aker Brygge, 0250 Oslo, Norway for Oslo Art and Fashion Festival, and Akers Mek in Oslo, Norway, 100 x 140 cm, Epson Archival Ink, mounted on kapa. The exhibition was supported by Epson Europe, Interfoto Oslo, and CopyCat Fine Art in Skøyen.

 

The Mouvements series reveals nuanced details in digital imaging technology. The images are informed by tensions in oil and water. The materiality of digital imaging technology, distance in viewing, and surreal representations in water forms are highlighted by minuscule film grains amplified after film scanning. The epistemology of water or way we come to learn and understand what water, is an ongoing endeavour. To then know what we are doing with technology, requires extended looking. The way something appears can obfuscate and reveal our relationship to the looking. Oil and water become elemental allegory for technocratic times. As Umberto Eco writes in several books on late modernity, images are read and our connections and relations are realised as a malleable surfaces. The natural beauty of the water is transformed by a hypnotic colour palette tied to screen technology. Viewing distances engage viewers in a sense of movement in stillness.

 

2018 Interview on Collect Oslo Art and Fashion Website

   

 


 

ELVELANGS 2018

ELVELANGS I FAKKELLYS, Oslo, Norway, public installations for autumn 2018 & 2017. Elvelangs is an annual public event for all ages to celebrate the autumnal equinox on a night walk along the river. 2017 Installation at Smelteverket. 2018 dual-site Installation of Vesper Monumenter at Frysja in Nordre Aker Bydel and and Et Dypt Nett at Smelteverket.

 

 

VESPER MONUMENTER, 2018, 8 light refracting sculptures, tin-foil and snow-markers, lights with blue photo-gel filters for twilight frequency, “Shimmer” video projection. The Vesper Monumenter sculptures stand as pillars reflecting light in the twilight to darkened landscape.

 

 

SHIMMER, 2018, single-channel video, original musical score.

 

 

MAKING OF ELVELANGS, 2018.

 

ET DYPT NETT, 2018, 8 mixed-media sculptures with coloured light, Smelteverket, Vulkan Arena.

 

 

 


 

MOUVEMENTS 2015 – 2018

MOUVEMENTS (BEVEGELSENE), 2015-2018, photography, variable sizes. Exhibitions at Vérité and Akers Mek in Oslo, Norway, 100 x 140 cm, Epson Archival Ink, mounted on kapa. 

The Mouvements series reveals nuanced details in digital imaging technology. The images are informed by tensions in oil and water. The materiality of digital imaging technology, distance in viewing, and surreal representations in water forms are highlighted by minuscule film grains amplified after film scanning. The epistemology of water or way we come to learn and understand what water, is an ongoing endeavour. To then know what we are doing with technology, requires extended looking. The way something appears can obfuscate and reveal our relationship to the looking. Oil and water become elemental allegory for technocratic times. As Umberto Eco writes in several books on late modernity, images are read and our connections and relations are realised as a malleable surfaces. The natural beauty of the water is transformed by a hypnotic colour palette tied to screen technology. Viewing distances engage viewers in a sense of movement in stillness.

Exhibition for Oslo Art & Fashion Festival at Vérité and afterwards at Akers Mek. The series is available for printing on metal, vinyl, for limited edition prints, custom facades for public art. The artwork became part of a develop of garment designs and is part of the book: Textures & Movements.

 

  • Mouvements (Bevegelsene), 2015-2018, film photography, variable sizes

 

 

 

 

 


 

EX NIHILO 2017

Group ExhibitionEx Nihilo“, 2017, Video of Exhibition at La Macina di San Cresci , Catalogue

 

 

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

 

As if out of nothing, after two years of cogitating the possibility of making an exhibition that would speak deeply of our longing for a reconnection of body and spirit, Ex Nihilo comes together embracing difference and individuality. Even though the titled, Ex Nihilo, was chosen two years ago, Pieve di San Cresci, a special place-space emerged out of nothing presenting us with the very same question, which we have thrown in the deepest void vacuum of ideas, and desires that reside nowhere but within us. Building blocks began falling into place until it physically appeared in the most magical way, building our confidences and throwing us back into the unknown. This exhibition was conceived to be a communion and an exchange among those artists, with themselves and with the space that it inhabits. The display of the art objects was designed in harmony with what is, to create what it can be. Creation, therefore, becomes a movement from inside out outside in, in the particularity of everyone’s heart.

–       Marcela Gottardo, exhibiting artist, curator, exhibition designer

 


 

Ex Nihilo installation is dedicated to putting form to an ongoing dialogue with 5 international, women artists.

In our attempts to make sense of the strength and fragility of human life, we began to speak about how things come together, take form, and from what often appears as out of nowhere from nothing.

Latin for ‘of nothing,’ Ex Nihilo installation focuses on existence, conditions of the body, and the ‘Barely There’ nature found in artwork of women.

Ex Nihilo looks at the emergent qualities of a given situation and the space from which the exchange, like 5 elements of nature, 4 plus void, the appearance of nowhere comes from a combined dynamic.

What artist Rachel Wolfe calls: “la beaux monde creatif,” is the ‘Barely There’ thing that emerges from an ongoing conversation of trust, collaboration, and witness as it forms the basis for making, it’s also an often over looked, because of its immaterial qualities. While immaterial, the ‘thing’ made from emergence is for sure not “no-thing.”

When artist Sweet Samson invented the term: “Nesslessness,” ‘ness’ the essence of something denoting quality and state, -‘less’ “without,” the state of being without state, the essence of empty, what does this feel like? Something so empty, it becomes full, full of possibility.

The question Points of Connection, Ex Nihilo continues to ask: How to make present the sense of mercurial absence, from which life force flows?

In continuing the work of Ex Nihilo, we 5 artists working together realize and expand themes of work to include ways women-as-seers historically have been made ‘Barely There.’ We take this quality into our forms, and let it inform, in a positive way together.

When we see each other, presence takes shape as an offering, a gift, and the ‘Barely There’ echo of possibility transformed into the something emergent from Ex Nihilo.

–       Jamie Grace Davis, exhibiting artist in residency at La Macina di San Cresci

 


 

Delia Pérez Salinas Tijerina

Shroud, 2017
Hand patched silk, mirror, and wig
79 x 56 and 79 x 56 cm

 

Mimicking the church floor considers the importance of primitivism. The conquering of countries development of their own hegemony, we now call identity. I believe humans are more ritualized than before. Black satin emphasizes mourning we are born with and how a self is in juxtaposition with pedagogy. A mirror beside the satin checkered tile rug symbolizes freedom of the underworld as our ancestors believed, the wig signifying a once lively eternity.

 


 

Jamie Grace Davis

The Bones Sculptures, 2017
Unfired clay and wood sticks
295 x 138 cm

Form and Formless, an abstraction from the core of our bodies, there, but unseen. We all share: “bones.” These are imagined bodiless bones made of clay, turning to dust.

 

Jamie Grace Davis

The Garden, 2017
Installation design, co-curation by Marcella Gottardo.

 

“The Garden” is an exploration in what artist Andre Feliciano calls “Floressiance.” By themselves these paintings are small moments of ‘nothing.’ Together, the whole experience becomes something to take in, all at once, a feast for the senses. The room is heavy in orange fragrance. 🍊

 

Jamie Grace Davis

Soudad, 2015-ongoing
Acrylic painting on bed sheet
Queen

 

“Soudad” An Arabic word, about ‘journey’ loosely translated: “to see from the highest place of your dreams.” I have been taking this painting with me to every location of Points of Connection. It has all the indexical marks from all the other paintings I have made along the way. It’s a registration. The shapes form themselves through layers of time, trust, and highly calculated risk. It’s the thing that’s always underneath all the other paintings, the thing most unseen. It has become the provisional, situational foundation.

“If I take this thing and reposition it, over and over and do things to and put it in different circumstances, when and how will that thing take on that ‘Barely There’ quality? Things that are the most discarded have this. Things that travel a lot have this. What goes into making something that has a magnetic presence no matter how simple it appears?

I’m interested in how an aura is actually formed. What is the mechanism?

Walter Benjamin wrote: “We know that the earliest art works originated in the service of a ritual—first the magical, then the religious kind. It is significant that the existence of the work of art with reference to its aura is never entirely separated from its ritual function.”

Ritual is a form of repetition, a way of participation, to build a relationship with, to belong. Ritual is transforming discomfort into comfort, discord into balance and harmony, senselessness into meaning. When I think about this as relates to dance, I think about it in terms of gesture and posture. Gesture, an action repeated over and over and posture, a fixed shape.  Posture emerges from the gesture itself, sometimes as a stop, a pause, a wobble, of its own volition. This can be applied to mark making in a painting.

All the pours, casts, imprints and registrations: are from gesture. The fixed appearance of movement, posture.

Between the two things of gesture and posture is something else -something ‘Barely There.’

 


 

Marcela Gottardo

The Language of the Sun, 2016
Ceramics, plaster, and galvanized iron
430 cm x 320 cm

 

Soon after moving to Italy, after living twelve years in the United States, I again became an immigrant. The burden of language, it’s limits, beauty, grace, and the continual sense of being misunderstood -even when standing in my own country, Brazil, granddaughter of Italian immigrants. The weight of the stars hit me, crush me, torn me upside-down, inside-out, fired me, freeze me as an un-programmed thermostat. Under yellow orange green brown oak trees, I walk, surrounded by ancient histories and mountains; I ponder the heart of lost civilizations buried beneath my feet. Homeland less, walking this land crushing leaves and bones, smelling blood and crying out, looking up and looking down, my littleness, meaningless existence.

While the morning dew reveals the spider trap among sweet purple flowers, the undisturbed mud beneath the water pond hides death and decadence. An accelerated unsettle heart craves more, beats thunders welcoming what cannot be possible known within words.

 


 

Rachel Wolfe

Memoria Technica, 2015
Series of 5 monolithic photographs
90,64 x 180 cm

 

Rachel Wolfe

Teknovisuell Experience, detail of detail #5, 2015-2016
34 x 134 cm Photograph on vinyl

Memoria Technica is a series of 5 monolithic film exposures realized as seasons, axiomatically marking the vertical landscape in relationship with the human body in magnetic resonance imaging. The monolithic image as marker in the sense and perception of passage through time.

Works in Ex Nihilo: Summer, a caustic season; Spring, a vernal pour; Autumn, a hieratic vessel.

Teknovisuell Experience is a series of 7 images. Dimensions vary relative to Architecture. Images of water emphasize ethereal qualities of digital imaging technology and engage viewers in a physical relationship with the image/vision and body/space.

 


 

Sweet Samson

Not almost nothing, 2016
Acrylic and carbon fiber on canvas
43 x 43 cm each

 

Sweet Samson

Ester, 2017
Aqua resin, acrylic and carbon fiber
7 x 8 cm

In the Art nothing is for sure until an attempt is accomplished.  Although, nothing is for sure thereafter as well.

 


 

Special thanks to Mimma and Duccio for allowing Ex Nihilo to come to fruition in this very special place.

 


 

ELVELANGS 2017

9 WORLDS OF IMAGE AND LIGHT, 2017, installation, Smelteverket, Vulkan Mathallen. The concept and plan was founded between Rachel and Smelteverket and supported by Torso Kunstartikler and Smelteverket. The drawings were a shared labor between Rachel Wolfe and Katarina Caspersen.

ELVELANGS I FAKKELLYS, Oslo, Norway, public installations for autumn 2018 & 2017

 

 


 

TEKNOVISUELL EXPERIENCE

 

TEKNOVISUELL EXPERIENCE, Virtual Material, Public Installation of Detail #5, Otis College of Art and Design Admissions Office, Los Angeles, California, 2017. The artwork engages the relationships of body & space to image technology through the clarity of perceived images. The imaging processes displace and reform pigments and images, creating fuzzy borders. The Teknovisuell Experience series represents images of water as aesthetic and ethical qualities technology raises in our societies.

 

The images in Virtual Material involve several layers in the materiality of the image, systems and processes in imaging, the vision-body relationship, and ways civilisations form understandings of nature. From an empirical, materialist philosophical standpoint, the works reflect on age-old discussions between Platonic and Sophist ideas, and the places spiritual and scientific ideas are permitted. Through the emphasis on the ethereal nature of screen-based technologies, the Teknovisuell Experience Details take-up these conversations both through the processes in which they were created and in the results of the viewers interactions and memories with images. By engaging the physical body with the vision, the distance in viewing engages viewers’ bodies in the opportunity to look at processes otherwise invisible to users of screen-based technology, but evident to builders of technology such as R&D, the coder, manufacturer and marketer. The details in Teknovisuell Experience were composed of the decomposition of images up and downloaded through social media channels; 7 times for each image. The final images reconstitute a representation, highlighting the way images become a form of cultural ritualisation. By further manipulating the image to highlight degraded visual qualities, and print at large scale or clip sections out as fragments, the various installation formats available engage viewers in contemplation of the areas in an increasingly liquid society. The scale and application of the image evokes motifs and patterns found in traditions of totems and textiles. Still images applied as wall coverings, pillars, scrolls or flags. Digital gifs of the images afford exhibition on screens and move static light reflections, creating visually ghostly movements.

 

Digital Image, 2015/6, sizes start at 61,04 x 76,2 cm (24 x 30in)

Digital Image, 2015/6, sizes start at 61,04 x 76,2 cm (24 x 30in)

Digital Image, 2015/6, sizes start at 61,04 x 76,2 cm (24 x 30in)

Digital Image, 2015/6, sizes start at 61,04 x 76,2 cm (24 x 30in)

Digital Image, 2015/6, sizes start at 61,04 x 76,2 cm (24 x 30in)

Digital Image, 2015/6, sizes start at 61,04 x 76,2 cm (24 x 30in)

 


 

OMNISCIENT in Imagining New Eurasia Exhibition

Oslo, Norway 오슬로, 노르웨이
OMNISCIENT  전지(全知)
Rachel Wolfe  레이첼 볼프

 

The wisdom of water is the emergence of the emotional body in social practice. Water, according to the Chinese theory of five elements, serves as a symbol and material pathway to the movement and expression of emotions. Water, as symbol and material pathway for energy, is viewed in the new society as sacred to the human experience. The water is to be protected, cherished, and shared amongst people to create a more humane society.

 

물의 지혜는 사회적인 삶에서 분출되는 감정과도 같다. 고대 중국에서 말하는 5대 원소 중의 하나인 물은 움직임과 감정 표현의 상징이자 도구다. 과거 깨끗한 물 관리에 소홀했던 때와 달리 새로운 세계에서는 물을 소중히 여긴다. 새로운 사회에서 물은 에너지로 통하는 길이자 에너지의 상징이다. 이것은 성스러운 인간 경험이다. 그러므로 더욱 인간적인 사회를 구현하기 위해 물을 보호하고 소중히 다루어 모든 이가 공유해야 마땅하다. 물을 아끼고 존중하는 것은 곧 우리 인간 사회를 구성하는 감정을 아끼고 존중한다는 뜻이다.

 

 

rwolfe_omniscient

 


 

Omniscient, 2015, 101.6cm x 304.8cm (40x120in), monolithic photographic image won first place by the Jury and was exhibited in the Here There and Everywhere Exhibition as part of the Imagining New Eurasia project at the Asia Culture Center in Gwanju, South Korea.

Exhibition Imagining New Eurasia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SECURITY BLANKET (TROUBLEWEED)

 

Installation with Security blanket (troubleweed), 2015, installation, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, California, traveling object. Materials: Photographic print on bathing towel (troubleweed), wooden monkey, dried roses, clear plexi, twine, golden clamps, cotton bags of salt labeled “take me.” A few left with visitors to the exhibition.

 

The installation explores symbolic and literal functions of narrative. Symbolic objects specifically arranged to materialise ideas, or cognitive “things”: Boundary, Grief, Security, Transparency, and Choice.

Troubleweed (photographic print on bathing towel) was sent via USPS & photographed by artists, continuing the installations thematic elements: Trust, Transparency, Choice, Cooperation, Resource. The tumbleweed, as an associated symbol of the western desert, found its way into the Los Angeles River during a drought. During a time of environmental drought, the representation of a prickly ball on a soft surface continued to travel across the United States, depicted by artists in their location and within the relationship of their praxis of art and ways of living.

The traveling Troubleweed bathing towel looks at the question: Can an inanimate object traveling through space and time, via the interdependent wills of artists offer insight into the values which constitute a nation?  

After the installation transformed into an ongoing body of work, the archive became an accumulation of bodies of labor, in the time of the internet, where communication and the quality of sincerity is questioned to exist and critiqued as sentimental. The travel archive and final resting place of the work, extends the original metaphor and metaphysical propositions of the original installation.

There were no time constraints on the project. The premise of not having a time constraint looks at the line or levy of personal will. The USPS, once carried by horse and now by horse power and machine sorting assistants, still require the human as critical points within a functional system. The project works as an aggregate of an experiment. At each destination, the towel encounters photographic documentation. The act of imaging as a personal motive and labor are made as free choice.

As much as records provide proof, the archive seeks to underline the existence of motives rooted in: care, play, trust, and free-will, within systems of commodity and capital. Connecting people across Time (zones) and Space (geography), factors often considered to destroy human bonds, the Troubleweed bathing towel project reveal the peculiar value ascribed to an inanimate object is not in the object itself, but in the intangible values that constitute its traverse through Space and Time. As Douglas Adams once described in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: a towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.

In 2020 the Troubleweed bathing towel, hitchhiked through the labors of artists, found its resting place in Santa Rosa, California, where the towel found a home. Alas the story inevitably continues, though outside the parameters of surveillance the record of archives the traveling component of this work imposed .  

 


 

Original film image of an Ojai tumbleweed in the Los Angeles River at Culver City.

 


 

Troubleweed bathing towel photographed as hypothetical bathing towel at Bygdøy Sjobad, Oslo, Norway, 2016.

 

 


 

 

Troubleweed bathing towel by Mark Uhalley, Los Angeles, California, 2017. Mark’s Vimeo channel.

 

 


 

 

Troubleweed bathing towel by Bryan Bankston, Richmond, Texas, 2017. Bryan’s Photography page on Facebook.

 

 


 

Troubleweed bathing towel by Stephanie Larson, Fort Myers, Florida, 2017. @wellspringwonder

 

 

 


 

Troubleweed bathing towel by Christina Song, Chicago, Illinois, 2017. @softycreamy

 

 

 


 

Troubleweed bathing towel by Maggie Meiners, 2017. @maggiemeinersphotography

 

 


 

Troubleweed bathing towel by Justine Genevieve Bianco, Palo Alto, 2017.

 

 


 

Troubleweed bathing towel by Brett Manning, Royal Center, Indiana, 2018.

Brett’s Instagram & Etsy Shoppe.

 


 

Troubleweed bathing towel by Maren’s Celest, Chicago, Illinois, 2018.

Maren’s Instagram and her new album on Spotify.

 

 

 


 

Troubleweed bathing towel by Yulia Morris, Los Angeles, California, 2019. Yulia’s Instagram.

 

 


 

FINAL RESTING PLACE

Troubleweed bathing towel by artist Peter Alan, Santa Rosa, California, 2020.

 

 


MAKING SENSE 2015

 

 

MAKING SENSE, 2015, installation, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Text, materials, video documentation, poem and translation.  

Nautical Twilight,
2015, 450nm of Tokyo blue photography gel, dimensions variable  
Salt of the Earth,  2015, 100kg of Mediterranean sea salt, dimensions variable  
30seconds of Lake Michigan, 2015, film photographs printed as digital negative triptych, 33.02cm x 48.26cm ea.  
Omniscient,  2015, 35mm photograph of Nordic stream water, 101.6cm x 304.8cm  
Sage Cypress, 2015, 29.57ml of essential oil, dimensions variable      

Creating a submersive environment of a sensual, liminoid state, this installation is composed of five elements: light, weight, time, distance, memory. 


In the interest of locating origins of tyranny, conflict and war, the installation came through arranging materials in space based upon researching the heavy water war and development of technology interfaces. Images plastered on the wall appearing portal-like under the lighting effect. Scale, light, and use of negative space creating senses and affects within viewers. Tokyo blue photography gel, typical in stage and photo-sets for creating twilight, covered light sources including the skylight and glass doors. This tonal range has been researched in neuroscience studies to trigger the cerebral cortex, where the fight or flight response is located, also found in the blue light emendating from technology viewing apparatus-the screen. Creating the experience of nautical twilight, or the span of time when sea navigation by horizon is not possible and land objects require artificial illumination for viewing. Triangulation is a navigational strategy to locate an unknown point with two known points, and used as a structure with the other elements in the room. 

The sea salt pile on the floor contained sage and cypress essential oils referencing complex histories of value construction, ideological phenomena of the colloquialism: Salt of the earth, as a factor of benevolence. Sage and Cypress oils are often used in meditation and healing modalities to evoke clear and open thought.

The monolithic image, Omniscient, and digital negative print triptych, 30seconds of Lake Michigan, triangulate with the salt on the ground. The reference to unlimited understanding and tradition in art history for narrative construction, invite viewers to consider the structure of time through the experience in the space. Viewers reported the totalising experience as soothing or anxiety inducing, describing sensations of submersion, disorientation, confusion, calm and clarity, expanding and contracting as they move through space.

A printed and folded book containing a poem translated into nine languages. On the verso of the accordion folded book, a printed image from the triptych in the installation. Visitors were invited to take the book of translated poetry with them. The Making Sense book with 9 translations, was printed on black and white on matte paperstock. The poem is a literal and translative approach to not knowing, or the kind of skillset a human in an intercontinental context may face themselves with. Transcript of poem in English below images. 

The installation engages in ongoing iterations, considering the historical narratives and concerns of site-specific geography. Image Architecture and Vesper Monumenter are iterative sites of this continued work. The monolithic image and text, Omniscient, was awarded by the jury in the Imaging New Eurasia exhibition in Gwangju, South Korea.







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no noing, no is not is, here is no knowing, there is no knowing, then is no knowing, past time, past in front of time, suspended time past, past after time, mirror makes past before eyes, eyes imagine, imagine is dream, image is not imagined, image is not knowing, image is sensing, sensing is feeling, feeling is image, image is sense focus front, front focus mirror, mirror is what past seeing mirror sees past, groping sense of desire, without letters or numbers. 

Variations By and Translated To: Frida Li, Chinese; Yasmin Than, French; Annetta Kapon, Greek; Marcela Gottardo, Italian; Soo Yun Jun, Korean; Børge Indergaard, Norwegian; Edyta Czajkowska, Polish; Sweet Samson, Russian; Delia Perez-Salinas, Spanish  


     



RESEARCH AND METHODOLOGY:
The installation developed through researching communication technology and the history of the WWII Heavy Water War in Vemork, in Telemark, Norway. The space was constructed by photographs, salt, scent, and photography lighting gels to evoke a liminoid hue at twilight. The metaphorical environment created a temporary space where Axioms do not hold up in physical space or material matter. The artwork extends to include the viewer’s subjective truths where congruences exist within the material.  

The story of the Heavy Water War was revealed as I intuitively worked through the historic layers of the a worldwide trauma, seeking to find the origin of terrible actions and the ancillary events which returned people to peaceful living. By the means of following research on the properties of materials and their relationship to the physiological human experience, I was led to Vemork Heavy Water Station in Norway. I wondered if art making can serve as a site of research to 1. uncover lost details which alter the understanding of histories 2. process latent epigenetic memories  3. provide a space for deeper learning and reflection.  

While time travel and political conversations still have yet to bear fruit in daily life, I wonder if moving learning into exhibition spaces, permits (Currere) a form of knowledge creation, enabling people to fully understand not with the mind alone but through an approximated experience. Experiences that create foundational layers to inspire courage to do things  the people in Rjukan did for the course of history.  



 
 
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