Anders Kjellesvik

 

Biography

1980    Born on the island Stord, NO
Lives and works in Oslo, NO

www.anderskjellesvik.com

EDUCATION

2003 – 2005  The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark
2003  Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki / Kuvataideakatemia, Finland
2002  Art Academy of Sarajevo, exchange project October 2002, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2001 – 2004  The National Collage of Art, Bergen, Norway
2000 – 2001  Bergen Art School, Norway

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCIES

2013  Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Limerick, Ireland *
2011  Vadsø guest studio, Troms og Finnmark Fylkeskommune, Vadsø, Norway
2011  Nordic Artists' Centre Dale (Nordisk Kunstnersenter Dalsåsen), Norway
2009  Kloster Bentlage, Rheine, Germany
2009  W17, BKH Studio Program, Kunstnernes Hus, Norway *
2008  Bundanon Trust, Bundanon, Australia *
2006  Advanced Course in Visual Arts, CASV, FAR, Como, Italy *

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

2020

Roten, public commission, Tankeplass, Oppland/Innlandet Fylkeskommune, Gran kommune *

2018

Den høgreiste og havet, Leirvik Torg and Vidsteenparken, commissioned by Stord Kommune, Norway

2016

Fjuk 161 m.o.h / Skystudier, public commission, Fjuk Oppvekstsenter, Sørum, Norway

2012 . 2014

Or (fletting), outdoor sculpture. Vevring exhibition, Vestland Fylkeskommune, Naustdal, Norge

2011

Øyets Gymnastikk, Sandneshallen, commissioned by Sandnes Kommune / Rogaland Fylke, Norge *

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022

The Garden, (upcoming),Gran prestegårdsshage, Granavollen, Gran, NO

2020

Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, DE
Studio, (upcoming), Prosjektrom Carl Berner, Norsk Billedhoggerforeningen, Oslo, NO
Grotten, (upcoming), Tegnerforbudet, Oslo, NO
Rough travel for a rare thing, (upcoming), Norske Grafikere, Oslo, NO

2018

Kontor, Bankplassen, Oslo, NO

2017

Poteten, KORO (Uro), Mjøsa, NO

2016

Blind Bow Breakup, Galleri LNM, Oslo, NO
Dead and Potato Man, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Limerick, IRL

2015

Über ende und Anfang, Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, DE
Found and Lost, Haugesund Billedgalleri, NO

2013

Anders Kjellesvik / Monique van Genderen / J. A. Pramuhendra, Gallerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, DE
Untitled (New Prints), Trykkeriet, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Bergen, NO

2011

Varmrøkt Vernissage, Nordisk Kunstnarsenter, NKD, Dale, NO

2010

Leila, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, NO
Tour of the British Isles, United Kingdom. Boomerang Boat Museum, South Shields, UK
Cabaret, UKS Sommerfest, Ringsveen, Lillehammer, NO
In lack of a better name, Snowball Editions, Oslo, NO
Lyset i Varanger, Finnmark Fylkeskommune, NO
Half-Way – at Stord, so late a lonely shore, Giga, Stord, NO
Besichtigung Vol. 2, Håvard Arnhoff Portrait Gallery, Oslo, NO

2009

Smeden og Vandreren, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, NO
The Smith and the Wanderer, Campers / Norsk Billedhoggerforening, Markveien, Oslo, NO
Bermuda Triangle / Call of the Wild, The Overlooked Space, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, CA
Dérive, Galleri Hartwich, Sellin, Rügen, DE
Bermuda Triangle / Journey to the Underworld, Gallery Volt, Bergen, NO
Porträits, Landschaften und Kartoffeln, Münsterlandfestival 2009, Münster, DE
Wanderlust, GAD, Oslo, NO

2008

Bermuda Triangle / Lolita, France Fiction, Paris, FR
Rock Island, Gallerinatten, Unten Drunter, Malmö, SE

2007

Sagatìmi, Dwarf Gallery, Reykjavik, IS
Flag Monument, Sørfinnset, NO
A Voyage on the North Sea, Unorossodue, Milano, IT

2006

Sky High, Bastard, Oslo, NO
Rainbow Warriors, Inndyr, NO
Collective Shovel,og Kaffe, Seilduksgata 25a, Oslo, NO
Moving In, GAD, Oslo, NO

2005

Loffere / Tramps, Tou Kunsthall / Tou Scene, a 700 km walk from Oslo to Stavanger, Norway, Dagens Nyheter, Studentenes Roklubb, Kalvøya, NO
Polar Expedition, a series of public projects and concerts in the north of Norway, Hotel Dansk Pige, Bergen Kunsthall, NO
Liberty Monument, Galleri Festiviteten, Eidsvoll Verk, NO
Oslo Mobile Kunsthall, Oslo Kunsthall, NO

2004

Mixmaster / Peep Show, Galleri Q, Kæbenhavn, DK
Wish I was a young or a dead artist, Danske Grafikeres Hus, København, DK
100 nye portretter, Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi, DK
Round in Circles. sammen med Tim Bennett(UK). Kuvataideakatemian Galleria, Helsinki, FI

2004/2005

Tour of Europe: *
Malmö Kunsthall, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Stedelijk Museum, Kunsthal Rotterdam, K21
Düsseldorf, Kunsthalle Basel, Kunsthalle Zürich, PAC Milano, Villa Croce (Genova),
Musee d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain Nice, Musèe d’Art Contemporain de Marseille, Centre Pompidou (Paris), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt), Neue Nationalgalerie (Berlin), Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin), Kunsthallen Nikolaj (København)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019                            

It's (in) our Nature, Bærum Kunsthall, NO
Norske Grafikere 100 år, Bodø Kunstforening, NO
GIFC / Velvet Ropes, Galleri Golsa, Oslo, NO

2018                            

Det var en jul, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, NO

2017                            

Statens 130. Kunstutstilling, Høstutstillingen, The National Art Exhibition, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, NO
Birds
, Nørrekærbiennalen, DK
Poteten, Lomsjøen, Kunstland, NO
Juleutstillingen, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, NO

2015

By Products, curated by Zoë Claire Miller – Ausstellungsraum IG Metall, Berlin, DE
Imagining Commons, Volt, Bergen, NO
Art Brussel, Galerie Michael Janssen, Brussels, BE
Positions Berlin, Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, DE

2014

Desert Island. The Museum of Longing and Failure, avTaggart and Lewis, RAKE Visningsrom, Trondheim, NO
How Green Was My Valley, Vevringutstillinga, NO

2013

7th Norwegian Sculpture Biennial 2013, Over bekken etter vann, The Vigeland Museum, Oslo, NO
Undercover: a Dialect, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, currated by Michele Horrigan, Carlow, IE
aiPotu at Landmark, Volt´s symposium on collectivity and collaboration in art, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway
Welcome to the Neighbourhood, ASKEATON CONTEMPORARY ARTS, Limerick, IE
Vestlandsutstillingen 2013, NO
drawNEARFAR, Winchester Gallery, UK
The Circle and the Square, Gruneløkka Kunsthall, Oslo, NO
10 year anniversary exhibition, the nord land / Sørfinnset Skole, Gildeskål, NO

2012

Unknown (Paintings), Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, DE
Beacons and Cairns, NKD Pavillion, Bristol Biennial 2012, Bristol, UK
Bruk auga før du går inn i kott og krok, VU 2012, Haugesund Billedgalleri, NO
Vevringutstillinga, Vevring, NO
Preparation for an expedition, TorinOver 012, MAO – Museo d’Arte Orientale, Torino, IT
Five thousand generations of birds, Fitjar, NO
Potato Man and Death, A Ship Called She, Metro Arts Galleries, Brisbane, AU
Kome til deg i Tidende, Musea i Sogn og Fjordane, NO

2011

Statens 124. Kunstutstilling, Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, NO
Concentrate on the Devil – Stop concentrating on the Devil, Wildenbruchestr 81, Berlin, DE
Neukölln Norwegen, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin, DE
Spår, Malmø Kunstmuseum, Malmø, SE
November, Festiviteten, Eidsvoll Verk, NO
Practice for a Sunset, Tidens Krav, Oslo, NO
WunderbaumWanderlustWunderkammer, Harpefoss Hotell, Harpefoss, NO
Til Salgs, Østlandsutstillingen, Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm, NO

2010

You can find me in the garden if you want to, unless it’s poring down with rain, Bar 25, Berlin, DE
Svarteste natta i manns minne, Podium, Oslo, NO
Endless Boogie, Forgotten Bar, Berlin, DE
Salong 2010, Rod Bianco, Oslo, NO
Tegnebiannalen 2010, Momentumhallen Moss, NO
Nye medlemmer utstilling, Norske Grafikere, Oslo, NO
A formal figure, Forgotten Bar, Berlin, DE
Ayran & Yoga – The 1st Berlin Kreuzberg Biennal 2010, Berlin, DE

2009

Tempo som tanke – byrom som skisse, Telemark Kunstnersenter, Skien, NO 
Performance Festival, Kunstbanken, Hamar, NO
Dark Matters, Peder Balke Senteret, Toten, NO
Rote Licht, Ung Norsk Samtidsgrafikk, Norske Grafikere, Oslo, NO

2008

Battle of Herdla, Mellom Himmel og Hav 2, Performance Festival, Herdla, NO
Boomerang Boat, Revolutions forms that turn, Biennale of Sydney 2008, Sydney, AU
If you don´t like the weather, wait 15 minutes., Revolutions forms that turn, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, AU
2008, Sydney, AU
Been there, done that, Echo, Transpalette, Bourges, FR
Out. Cold., Pavillon 7, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR
The Tempest, Tegnebiennalen 2008, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, NO
Reality Bliss, Kunstverket, Oslo, NO
Scandinavian Indie, Kunstverein Rüegen, Putbus, DE

2007

4. Grafikk-Triennale. Holbæk, DK
Gul och Blå, BotnikStudios. Hamburgsund, SE
The Sinking Boat Tent Project, The Tent Show. Nikolaj Kunsthall, København, DK
Two men record everything that happens in a square. L´Evolution de l´art, SPACE Projects,  SK
Eggs and Castles, MiArt. galleri Unorossodue, Milano, IT

2006

Happy Mountain Circus, Fragmented Show. Via Farini, Milano, IT
Travel Book, Momentum, Nordic Biennale for Contemporary Art. Moss, NO
Warm-Up, Corso Aperto, CASV.  Antonio Ratti Foundation, Como, IT
Noise Killer, Secret sounds from the underground, Radio(www.surinternet.org), Paris, FR
Scandinavian Driftwood. Nucleo de Arte, Maputo, MZ

2005

The Recycling Show. Stockholm Art Fair, SE
Tutkia Suomi, an expedition to Finland with Parfyme, DK

2004

Fremtidens Kontor, w/ N55 and Parfyme, Copenhagen, DK
Wanderlust, Danske Grafikeres Hus, Copenhagen, DK
Chrysalis, Stord Kunstforening, NO
HOHOT, Inner Mongolian Art Museum, CN
Mellom bakkar og berg, USF, Bergen, NO
Grafikk, Helsingör Libary, DK

2003

Art in Architecture, Kiasma, Helsinki, FI
Artist contribute society, Academy Gallery Sarajevo, Sarajevo, BA

COLLECTIONS

Malmö Art Museum, Statoil, Stord Kommune, Haugesund Kommune, various private collections

PUBLICATONS (selected)

2015

The Imaginary Reader, Volt *

2013                          

Undercover: a Dialect, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Irland, 2013
Over bekken etter vann / 7th Norwegian Sculpture Biennial 2013, The Vigeland Museum

2011

NuDa, WunderbaumWanderlustWunderkammer, Harpefoss Hotell, newspaper, Norway *
Øyets gymnastikk, aiPotu / Sandnes Kommune 2011 *

2010

Norsk Kunstårbok 2010

2009

Snow blind Homer; Notes on Utopia | aiPotu, by Zachary Cahill (US)

2008

Biennale of Sydney, Revolutions - Forms That Turn, red. Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev,Thames and Hudson, London *
If you don´t like the weather, wait 15 minutes, aiPotu, 48p newspaper, Biennale of Sydney *
Shimaguni, aiPotu, 40 fanziner *

2007

Bande Dessiné, Éditions Dasein, Éditions Dasein *

2006

aiPotu, Travel Book, Éditions Dasein*
Sur Papier, Radio, Dasein, Paris *
Fragmented Book, Nero Publishing *
Try again, Fail again, Fail better, Festival Program, Momentum Festival of Contemporary Art *
Surpapier, Éditions Dasein*

Press text 'Über Ende und Anfang' (2015)

Galerie Michael Janssen is pleased to present Über Ende und Anfang, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Anders Kjellesvik.

Kjellesvik’s painterly practice is an ongoing process of documenting the self. Using thin, fleeting layers of oil and acrylic paint on canvas or wood, he weaves together excerpts from his travels, encounters with people, and visual impressions. A focused color palette – soaring between deep violets, vibrant blues, and vivid greens – unifies the depiction of everyday situations, including nature, interiors, objects, and human figures. Teetering between realism and abstraction, empty places and ambivalent spaces are blend together. Informal portraits of acquaintances in their private spheres also provide visual material for the paintings, which shift between the intimate and the distant gaze. The works are thus echoes of these memories and impressions; when displayed together, they create autonomous narratives.

These stories range in focus on the solitary to groupings and gatherings. Tree Called Nowhere, based on a pencil sketch , depicts a single tree whose trunk appears to be rooted amidst a flowing mix of land and water, set against an ombré blue sky. Hovedøya – inspired by the performative aspects of the French Tableau Vivant (living picture) and the German Freiluft-Theater (open air theater) – portrays a group of five people getting dressed, a moment from a trip the artist took with friends to the small island of Hovedøya, outside Oslo. Other paintings i.e. show a community of tents and plastic covers in the forest, based on a temporary camp for homeless people in Nordmarka, Norway, or a friend of the artist observing nature. The abstraction of figurative motifs manifests a poetic reflection of personal journeys and is often characterized by volatile and transparent brush strokes. A combination of distorted landscapes, fragmented geometric shapes, and sinuous curves imbues each work with an otherworldly, dreamlike quality, effectuating an overall feeling of wanderlust.

Anders Kjellesvik (b. 1980 in Stord, Norway) lives and works in Berlin and Oslo. His artistic oeuvre consists of paintings, sculptures, installations, and performance, and employs a number of different techniques in shifting formats and mediums. Kjellesvik’s work has been shown internationally, notably in his recent solo exhibition Untitled (New Prints), Trykkeriet, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Bergen, Norway (2013) and in his curatorial project How green was my valley, Vevringutstillinga, Norway (2014). Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition at Haugesund Billedgalleri (Haugesund Museum of Fine Art) in Norway in 2015.

Recent group exhibitions include 7th Norwegian Sculpture Biennial, Vigelandsmuseet, Norway (2013); tegnNEARFAR, Vestlandsutstillingen, Norway (2013); drawNEARFAR, Winchester Gallery, England (2013); Undercover: A Dialect, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland (2013); Welcome to the Neighbourhood, Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Limerick, Ireland (2013); and The Circle and the Square, Gruneløkka Kunsthall, Oslo, Norway (2013).

In addition to his individual practice, Kjellesvik works collaboratively and also curates exhibitions and projects. Since 2004, he and fellow Norwegian artist Andreas Siqueland have been working together on their collaborative project aiPotu. The work with aiPotu is based on travels and social situations, and often takes the form of unique, temporary interventions in the public realm. aiPotu have exhibited at the Museo d’Arte Orientale, Torino (2012); Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2009); 16th Biennale of Sydney – Revolutions Forms That Turn (2008); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2008); and Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen (2007), among other venues.

Press text 'Breaking Rules Together' (2020)

Galerie Michael Janssen is pleased to present “Breaking rules together,” a solo exhibition by Anders Kjellesvik comprised of a series of paintings and a new sculptural installation made specifically for the exhibition. “Breaking rules together” will be the artist’s second solo show at the gallery to date.

The exhibition has been inspired by the notion of the “emergency room,” a spatial and metaphorical concept that has emerged in light of the global ecological crisis. The term conjures up artistic responses to climate change, which have included speculative futures, apocalyptic dread, or survivalist imaginings, to name a few. “Breaking rules together” captures much of this polyvalent anxiety through paintings that project a feeling of enclosure, islands, or uncanny retreats. Within the image plane, many constructed dualisms blur such as the natural world vs. the contrived, built space of the interior. Instead, the paintings often contain scenes where both exterior and interior meld, creating an artificial mix that tips into the realm of science fiction.

Within the paintings, the depiction of the bird or natural environment is repeated, cut, or abstracted. Additionally, figures or rather bodies appear within a tightly clipped frame as if a camera has zoomed and thus, fragmenting the body such as in Pool (2019). The figure, here, is posed in front of a landscape that has departed from naturalism. Instead, purple clouds loom, concealing half of a moon. The man, who is perched on the side of the pool, is a wash of dark brown. His leg dangles into a pool of a blue dye without yielding a shadow or reflection. The largely fragmented aesthetics have been generated by a technique developed by Edvard Munch, where parts of a painting are cut up and then reassembled like a puzzle. This affect pushes the image further out of the plane of the real. In another painting Untitled (ducks) (2019), a woman is turned away in repose. Her head is turned, and the lines that delineate the side of her face have been slightly wiped away.

Many of Kjellesvik’s paintings contain washes of colors: blues that reveal a leg and then conceal a background plane. Or a plane of gray that becomes the ground for a bird to be rendered out of, as in Birds (2019). This gives the series of paintings an active rhythm but also a sense of world collapsing in on itself like a house of cards stacked with one setting off the balance. This rhythm hearkens back to the title “Breaking rules together” after the pioneer American abstract expressionist Helen Frankenthaler’s whose exhibition “No Rules,” a series of woodcuts also containing fields of color, also touched on its footloose mode of production –– Frankenthaler’s characteristic no rules when beginning a new painting. In Kjellesvik’s version, the breaking of orders also suggests an emergence of new space. However, in the breaking, certain chaos can ensue, potentially shaking normative structures.

This shaking of structures is echoed through Kjellesvik’s playful sculptural intervention made especially for the exhibition. The artist has brought branches collected at different sites in Berlin into the interior of the exhibition and laid this assemblage within the center of the space. The branches have then been painted in monochromatic colors. This gnarled wood would appear to be a nest or a trap or a form on which one can climb. Escape folds into enrapture, the essential paradox of survivalist dreams for life on an island.

The exhibition “Breaking rules together” was formed alongside a series of public projects, exhibitions, and collaborations that took place over the course of two years, between Berlin and Oslo. Such works include Poteten (The Potato, 2017) –– which the artists created as a part of the artist duo aiPotu, together with Andreas Siqueland –– Den høgreiste og havet (2018), and Roten (the Root, 2020). These sculptural works were formed in situ, often in remote nature and likewise blur the boundaries between the natural world and the artificial.

Text by Vanessa Gravenor