Image courtesy of Sissel Blystad.
Textile expressions are burgeoning in contemporary art. This phenomenon is related to an increasing interest in, and prevalence of, craft-based techniques in the international art scene. Throughout the 1900s, many artists strove to liberate textile media from longstanding perceptions about textiles as synonymous with craft and female pastimes. It is therefore now possible to see a more liberal use of textiles in contemporary art as well as great variation in techniques, materials and expressions. In this article, curator and writer Marte Danielsen Jølbo presents practices and tendencies that are central to the current context of textile art in Norway. Rather than trying to give a complete overview of the Norwegian field of textile art, Jølbo use New Materialism and soft logic as a theoretical backdrop to do a close reading of three works of art by, respectively, Elisabeth Haarr, Ann Cathrin November Høibo and Ann Lislegaard, each of whom is a contemporary Norwegian artist. Interspersed in the analyses, Jølbo points to various directions, emerging tendencies and some of the key artists associated with the (Norwegian) textile scene, as well as to philosophy and theories that add new perspectives to the understanding of this increasingly complex field of contemporary art.
The original Norwegian version of this text was included in the the catalogue Ode to a Dishrag, Hymn to a Tiger - Norwegian textile artists 1977-2017.Read More
Ask Bjørlo, Havmenn som tenner månen, 2017. Image: Oddbjørn Erland Aarstad / Kunsthall Stavanger.
Artist Ask Bjørlo's artwork Havmenn som tenner månen, (Mermen turning on the moon), 2017, is on view in our main gallery as part of the group exhibition Ode to a dishrag, hymn to a tiger, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Association of Norwegian Textile Artists (NTK). Below, Bjørlo answers our questions about his relationship to the long lineage of textile artists presented here, as well as his fascination with the medium and the influences behind this artwork.
Unn Sønju, Bløtt gjerde (Soft fence), 1985. Image: Oddbjørn Erland Aarstad / Kunsthall Stavanger.
Two very different works by Norwegian artist Unn Sønju are presented in our group exhibition Ode to a dishrag, hymn to a tiger, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Association of Norwegian Textile Artists (NTK). Below, Sønju answers our questions about her beginnings as an artist, her decision to pursue tapestry as her chosen medium, and the inspiration and evolution behind her artwork.Read More
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We proudly present Kunsthall Live's spring program with good range from pop to experimental music. We strive to give our audience in Stavanger the opportunity to experience Norwegian and international artists of the highest quality in a new setting. In addition, we present Classic Album Sundays one sunday every month. We welcome you to exciting musical experiences this spring.Read More