ANN IREN BUAN (NO)
SEP. 29. - OCT. 30., 2017
Preview SEP. 29. 2017 / 7-9pm
forever traveling towards a known position,
where it is and will always be
Within this motion
energy shifts and exhanges are made
Cold warm cold
Becoming perishing becoming
As patterns emerge from beyond understanding,
knowledge of their unravelling appears with it
Traces of the wheel turning,
leftovers from last years party
appearing in the rear view mirror
A lone tower,
built as part of a whole and holy no more
to people long dead and the changes that came and went with them
- Erlend Grytbakk Wold
Prosjektrom Normanns is proud to present Ann Iren Buans first solo exhibition in Stavanger. Working with abstract sculpture, Ann Iren Buan explores the materiality of drawing and its possibilities within a three dimensional expression. In contrast to the meditative and restricted formats of classical drawing, she works in a very physical manner and in monumental formats using materials such as paper, soft pastels, leather and plaster. Her works are often created as a reaction to the exhibition site, and the relation between work, body and site is an essential part of her artistic practice. Buan explores the idea of the ruin, and besides the obvious physical destruction in the sculptures, they also portray a fragile and vulnerable state of mind. Though monumental, Buans work often appear to be on the brink of collapse, and working near the edge of losing control is a motivating force for the artist.
Ann Iren Buan (b. Stjørdal, Norway, 1984) lives and works in Oslo. She graduated with Masters from The Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo (2011). Recent solo shows include Trafo Kunsthall, Asker (2015); Noplace, Oslo (2015); Gallery F15, Moss (2015); Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo (2015). Selected group shows: Apalazzo gallery, Brescia (2016); The Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo (2015); Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger (2015). Selected for the Monuments section of the inaugural edition of Art Untitled, San Francisco (2017). Selected upcoming; Vigeland Museum, Oslo (2018) Apalazzo Gallery, Brescia (2019).
The exhibition is supported by Norsk kulturråd.
Photo: Jan Inge Haga
Jacob Ciocci (b. 1977, Lexington, KY) is a multimedia artist and musician. Ciocci is a founding member of the influential art collective Paper Rad whose work in the field of net.art––one of contemporary arts' recent movements of the true avant-garde––helped ignite the genre, and is considered formative to a generation of younger artists whose works deals with the digital. He is also a co-founder of the long running electronic music and performance group, Extreme Animals (see Spotify!). Ciocci has had solo exhibitions with Foxy Productions, New York; Interstate Projects, New York; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto; and And/Or Gallery, Los Angeles. He has exhibited and performed at a range of venues, including MOMA, the New Museum, and the Tate Britain. Ciocci is also one of the first Google Image results for the phrase "making friends with computers".
Cory Arcangel (b. 1978, Buffalo, NY) is a fine-artist based in Stavanger, Norway who makes work in a wide range of media. He recently opened the touring two-person show, “Asymmetrical Response” with Olia Lialina which traveled to the Western Front in Vancouver, the Kitchen in New York, and Art Projects Ibiza in Ibiza. He recently published the paperback, "The Source Digest" under the auspices of his publishing and merchandise imprint, Arcangel Surfware. His work is included in many public collections, including the MoMA in New York, the Tate in London, Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie, and the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zürich.
Arcangel and Ciocci met in 1996 in their freshman year at Oberlin College in a beginner programming class centered around the Macintosh rolodex and programming language Hypercard.