March 16, 2018
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