Opening on January 25, 6-8 pm, with a performance by Gunvor Nervold Antonsen.
Kunsthall Stavanger is proud to present Ode to a Dishrag, Hymn to a Tiger, a traveling group exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of the organization Norwegian Textile Artists(NTK). Ode to a Dishrag, Hymn to a Tiger takes its title from the eponymous work by Gunvor Nervold Antonsen. Until 2007, the tiger was the official logo of NTK and served as an emblem of strength and joint identity for the textile artists.
This extensive survey exhibition includes artwork by both emerging and well-established artists, and is a testament to the versatility of the medium and its ability to address issues ranging from major social, political, and environmental concerns to more intimate, quotidian life experiences. Using textile as a means of self- expression, the included artists have shown the material to be a strong and versatile component in art and societal discourse that stands the test of time, while laying the groundwork for further exploration and experimentation within the medium.
Artists include: Nora Adwan, Gunvor Nervold Antonsen, Admir Batlak, Ask Bjørlo, Sissel
Blystad, Ingrid Bodøgaard, Margrethe Kolstad Brekke, Tobias Alexander Danielsson, Line
Solberg Dolmen, Kari Dyrdal, Brit Fuglevaag, Birgit Hagen, Ann Cathrin November Høibo, Else Marie Jakobsen, Gro Jessen, Nora Joung, Ingeborg Kvame, Ellen Lenvik, Gitte Magnus, Eline McGeorge, Pernille Meidell, Elin Melberg, Aurora Passero, Tove Pedersen, Hans Hamid
Rasmussen, Hannah Ryggen, Ingunn Skogholt, Kari Steihaug, Camilla Steinum, Unn Sønju,
Løvaas og Wagle, Carin Wessel and Birgit Wessel.
An offsite work by Ask Bjørlo will be on view at Stavanger Art Museum. More information can be found here.
Curated by Kirsti Willemse, John K. Raustein, Bente Sætrang, and Wenche Volle, the original exhibition was on view at Kunstnerforbundet in Oslo March 24 - April 30, 2017. The group has since collaborated with Kunsthall Stavanger to create an expanded iteration of the exhibition, on view at the Kunsthall January 25 - March 18, 2018.
The exhibition is accompanied by the publication Ode to a Dishrag, Hymn to a Tiger - Norwegian textile artists 1977-2017, that focuses on the history of textile work in Norway, highlights the Norwegian Textile Artists’ (NTK) professional policy struggle, traces the medium’s development, and investigates the place that textile as method, material and tradition has in today’s art world. Contributors to the publication include Marte Danielsen Jølbo, Anne Karin Jortveit, Runa Boger, Toril Moi, Sissel Ree Schjønsby and Lotte Konow Lund.
Ode to a Dishrag, Hymn to a Tiger is generously supported by the organization Norwegian
Textile Artists (NTK).