28.05 - 27.06.2021
Medium: Video, single-channel HD.
Length: 14 min, 5 sec.
The video Berøringstur translated Touch tour (2020) focuses on a blind man who gets a personal tour of sculptures in the National Museum's collection. They replace visual impressions of touch and fragrance during the tour, as the sculptures are explored with nostrils and fingertips, while one of the museum's mediators describes what she sees. The conversation also takes place partly tactilely through haptic signals drawn by an interpreter on the back. Berøringstur presents a tactile experience of something that is usually considered from a distance. The film was shown at The Autumn Exhibition (Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo) and at Valnesfjord Skole (Fauske).
Ellen Henriette Surhke
(b. 1984 and based in Oslo)
Suhrke completed her education at the Kuvataideakatemia in Helsinki and Bergen National Academy of the Arts, where she received an MFA in 2013. Her practice can be seen as meditations on nature and culture, where human interaction with the environment plays an important role. Her work is based on careful planning and background studies that is poetic and unexpected.
Objekt #7003 (2020).
Medium: Sculpture in clay, glazed–2 parts.
Size: approx 35 (h) x 25 (b) x 25 cm (d).
Objekt #7003 (2020) by Heidi Bjørgan is a sculpture in 2 parts, of which one makes up a kind of "plinth," and the other makes up the "sculpture" that rests on the plinth. The diameter of the plinth corresponds to the bottom of a 10-liter water bucket. The artist uses the bucket to collect clay residues, which, when mixed with water, create a clay slip or recycled mass. The upper part can be interpreted as is if it was made of roughly lumped together clay residues. Heidi Bjørgan's objects may look as if they have melted and imploded in the oven, and the glazes are often dynamic and expressive. Each object appears as an unlikely combination of a familiar yet deformed utility object and what many would have called clay debris or garbage that ripples the primary form.
Bjørgan holds an MA in Ceramic Art and creative curation at Bergen National Academy of the Arts and Konstfack in Stockholm. Bjørgan have held exhibitions worldwide and has been represented in art fairs such as Collect in London, Artgenève in Geneva, and NADA in New York. She took part in creating a Nordic network for modern ceramics and has curated exhibitions such as Ting Tang Trash and Beyond G(l)aze at KODE in Bergen. Her work is included in national and international collections such as the National Museum of Oslo, Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum in Trondheim, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, KODE in Bergen, V*A in London, and several private collections.