As 2011 comes to a close, some thoughts about the life I left back in NYC.
Coming soon: Espen and I are working on putting together our footage from China and Norway..
As it is now almost the end of December, I’m happy to say my 2011 Zine Subscription is finally complete!
Inspired by exam and exercise books, Full Circle is an (almost) blank booklet composed of recycled posters and documents found around the Oslo National Academy of Arts. Due to the nature of the recycled source materials, each booklet is slightly different. Texts are in Norwegian and English.
For more info or to buy one for $4, click here
To see all of 12 zines I have made this year, click here
The magicians have their tricks
The cooks have their ingredients
Painters have paint
Artists, what do we have?
“It’s so nice and slick and looks so much like art..”
“Art is supposed to be visual, why is there so much talking and writing?”
“You just can’t do everything, then it is not art anymore”
“If you think about it, a lot of press releases are these strange texts between criticism and advertising”
“I understand it less now that I hear you talking about it”
What is the capability of one person?
In one day?
From one point of view?
Is it possible to hold the whole world inside your head?
Independence (within reason)
So many questions, they go on and on
In her first solo show since moving to Norway four months ago, American artist Jessica Williams will present two works in the Project Room of the Oslo Academy of Fine Art.
Paperheart is a decade of work coming to an end, a book without a cover. On December 14, 2001 the website Paperheart.org went online as the personal outlet of a teenage girl living in the suburbs. Ten years and many updates, exhibitions, and publications later, it is now time to go offline and start over. A large quantity of artworks made of a broad range of mediums are reduced to a single black and white book. Mixed in with the images are a few texts, including an extensive directory and an email exchange with the Canadian artist Daniel Wong re: making art, working, and seeing art on the Internet.
Notes for Artists is a collection of over 400 unique handwritten posters of notes taken by the artist since moving to Oslo from NYC. In these notes, thoughts are presented like constellations–a set of finite points able to be combined in an infinite number of ways. The notes range from heavy to light, near twins to complete opposites. Visitors to the show are encouraged to help recombine the notes by taking one home for themselves. This gesture is meant both as an attempt to create something new and to help clean up the physical manifestation of a scattered mind.
Maybe the most successful forms of art engage the viewer but do not beg or try to steal their attention. Silent power, strength in modesty and directness of intention. I know in my heart the power I have so therefore I am. I know what I am so that is what I am.