In the autumn of 2018, Kunsthall Stavanger will launch a new series of exhibitions in which artist-run spaces are invited to present a project within our galleries. Concurrently, we invite the artists who run the venues to present their own artwork as well, highlighting the relationship between curatorial and creative practices. The inaugural exhibition in the series, titled Frail Mighty, will present Stavanger-based gallery Prosjektrom Normanns.
Prosjektrom Normanns is an artist-run space in Stavanger dedicated to the production and exhibition of experimental, site-specific projects, established in 2011 and directed by the visual artists Elin Melberg and Margrethe Aanestad. The curated section of the exhibition includes the Norwegian artists AK Dolven, Vibeke Tandberg, Mattias Härenstam and Ane Graff, as well as the American artist Nathlie Provosty. The simultaneous collaborative exhibition with Aanestad and Melberg will present new works by the artists including textile, drawing, sculpture and painting.
In content both sections of Frail Mighty pertain to a deeply personal but nevertheless universal issue; existential vulnerability. The works are all conceptually and / or materially tactile and explore the boundary between having and losing control through personal existential projects or through a close relationship with the material and the strength and parallel vulnerability found here. The works point to an exploration of the individual, the elements and processes that contribute to one’s existence - or allow one to cease to exist.
In parallel with the exhibition at Kunsthall Stavanger, there will be a video work by Mattias Härenstam on view offsite at Prosjektrom Normanns.
A K Dolven (b. Oslo, Norway, 1953) lives and works in Oslo and Lofoten, Norway. She has exhibited extensively internationally at a wide range of institutions and galleries including: KunsthalleBern; Philadephia Museum of Art; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; IKON Gallery, Birmingham; Platform China, Beijing; The National Museum of Art, Oslo; KIASMA, Helsinki; Nordnorsk Art Museum, Tromsø; CCC Tours, France and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Her work is included in central international private and public collections, such as Art Institute of Chicago, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Hoffmann Collection and Sammlung Goetz in Germany. Recent solo exhibitions include Kunsthall Svalbard, Longyearbyen, OSL contemporary, Oslo, (2016) and IKON Gallery, Birmingham, (2015). Recent group exhibitions include the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark and 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai.
Ane Graff (b. Bodø, Norway, 1974) lives and works in Oslo, Norway. She graduated from Bergen National Academy of the Arts in 2004 and currently holds a position of research fellow at the Oslo Academy of Fine Art. Recent exhibitions include "Soon Enough: Art in Action", Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; “Myths of the Marble”, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the 11th Gwangju Biennale “The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?)”, Gwangju; and ”Surround Audience -The New Museum Triennial 2015", NY.
Nathlie Provosty (b. Cincinnati, OH, 1981) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Recent one-person exhibitions include Nathalie Karg Gallery in New York (2018) and A Palazzo Gallery in Brescia, Italy (2017); Group exhibitions include Colby Museum of Art, ME (2017), Washington University Museum, DC (2017), Peter Blum Gallery, NY (2017), and Maruani Mercier Gallery, Belgium (2017). Recent collaborations include the contribution of album art to Planetarium, a record by Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, and James McAlister (June 2017). Works are included in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (NY), the Baltimore Museum of Art (MD), the Colby Museum of Art (ME), the Farnsworth Museum of Art (ME), the Portland Museum of Art (ME), and the Museum of Modern Art (NY).
Vibeke Tandberg (b. Oslo, Norway, 1967) lives and works in Oslo. She received her BFA from Oslo National Academy of the Arts and her MFA at Film och Fotohögskolan at Göteborgs University. Tandberg received the Lorch Schive Art Price 2017 in Trondheim, Norway. Recent one- person exhibitions include OSL contemporary, Oslo; Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; Babylon Kino, Berlin; Tomio Koyama, Kyoto. Selected group exhibitions include Turner Contemporary, Margate; National Gallery, Oslo; Museet for samtidskunst, Oslo. Works are included in the collections of National Art Museum, Oslo; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Arts Council Norway, Oslo, Centre Pompidou, Paris og Musée d’Art Moderne de la la Ville, Paris. She has also published several novels at the Norwegian publisher Oktober since 2011.
Mattias Härenstam (b. 1971 in Sweden) lives and works in Oslo. He graduated from Bergen National Academy of the Arts, and later Staatliche Hochschule für bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main (prof. Herman Nitsch). Recent exhibitions include Lorch Schives Art Prize 2017, Trondheim; Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger; Konstepedemien, Gøteborg; Galleri F 15. Moss; National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Kunsthall Charlottenborg, Copenhagen and Whitechapel Gallery, London. His works are included in the collections of National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo Municipality Art Collection, Arts Council Norway and Stavanger Art Museum.
Elin Melberg (b. 1976, Stavanger, Norway) lives and works in Stavanger and Oslo. Recent exhibitions include KUBE Art Museum, Ålesund; SPECTRA Aberdeen; Nord-Trøndelag Art Museum; Kunsthall Stavanger; Nordenfjeldske kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim; Stavanger Art Museum; Sølvberget Galleri, Stavanger; Galleri Format, Oslo; Open Source Gallery, NY; Griffin Gallery, London; Galleri Opdahl, Stavanger. Her works are included in the collections of Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger University Hospital, KORO, Stavanger Municipality and Statoil Art Collection. In addition to public commissions nationally, Melberg is co-director of the artist-run space Prosjektrom Normanns in Stavanger.
Margrethe Aanestad (b. 1974, Stavanger Norway) lives and works in Stavanger and Brooklyn, NY. Selected solo exhibitions includeTorrance Shipman Gallery, NY; Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL; Open Source Gallery, NY. Group exhibitions include Sølyst/Kulturøya, Stavanger; Another Space, Cooenhagen; Interno4, Bologna, Italia; and ISCP, New York; The National Annual Exibition, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo. Public and private commissions include University of Stavanger; BP Norway Stavanger; Stavanger Municipality. Aanestad is co-director of the artist-run space Prosjektrom Normanns in Stavanger.
The exhibition is supported by the Statens utstillingsstipend.