Kunsthall Stavanger will present a site-specific exhibition by Marte Eknæs as part of the ongoing exhibitions project, Kunsthall 2025. The exhibition follows a project by Eknæs shown in the fall of 2019 at Kunsthall Stavanger, where Eknæs presented the sculpture Air Body in the staircase of the building.
The project Kunsthall 2025, invites artists to produce new works in response to Kunsthall Stavanger’s building and its Centennial in 2025. In the years leading up to the celebrations, the building is going through multiple renovations, which the artists are also invited to react to.
As the first artist invited to the program, Eknæs has gone into dialogue with Kunsthall Stavanger's building and its history. The exhibition follows a project by Eknæs shown in the fall of 2019 at Kunsthall Stavanger, where she presented the sculpture Air Body in the staircase of the building.
In the exhibition Air Conditions, Eknæs works with the building as a system, activating the exhibition as another component in the building’s structure. The title has several references: Air as a material, and to sculpture as an unstable entity that takes different forms in response to changing conditions. The exhibition consists of both sculptures and a video work, which both take part in and inserts itself into the exhibition space. In Eknæs’ exhibition, everyday objects, elements and substances from our shared surroundings becomes methods for opening up connections between systemized and individual processes.
MARTE EKNÆS lives and works in Hamar, Norway and Berlin, Germany. Her practice is largely context based, and she often works collaboratively and cross-disciplinary. Selected exhibitions by Eknæs include Kunsthall Oslo; Between Bridges, London; Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn; Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo; Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; What Pipeline; Detroit; and Trondheim Kunstmuseum. Some of her recent projects are Materie, a permanent work at Vollebekk skole, commissioned by the Agency of Cultural Affairs, Oslo (2017) and the video People Mover (2017, with Swiss animator and filmmaker Michael Amstad), which has been shown at UKS, Oslo; Grüner Salon / Volksbühne, Berlin, and The Kitchen, New York. In 2019, she launched the transdisciplinary web platform, Forms of Flexibility (FOF) via Kunsthall Stavanger's website – an ongoing project which will continue to grow with her own and others’ contributions relating to the idea of flexibility. Eknæs also collaborates with the Brazilian artist Nicolau Vergueiro. Together they were recently part of Munchmuseet On the Move, with the work Open 24 Hours (2016-2018). Their curatorial project on the work of the late graphic designer Bea Feitler, has so far been exhibited at Between Bridges, Berlin (2017); UKS, Oslo (2017); and Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2019).