Galleri Format Oslo
As winter arrives in Oslo, we withdraw into the domestic shelters of our own homes. The cold and darkness of outside is countered by warmly lit rooms and the comforts of familiar objects.
"If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.", wrote the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard in The Poetics of Space (1958).
In the exhibition Parlour Games, Galleri Format is transformed into a domestic tableau filled with precious objects and furniture that ceate a fictional narrative of lived life. It is a space we can inhabit, but also observe from the outside. It is a doll's house, a stage, a Christmas display - a fantasy home.
The exhibition includes works by some of the foremost artists in Norway working in ceramics, glass and silver.
The exhibition is curated by Joakim Borda-Pedreira.
Thanks to Sølvesen Myhre Berntsen Antikviteter for important loans of period furniture.
IN THE PROJECT SPACE:
Three of Norway's most innovative jewellery artists have initiated a creative collaboration, the results of which will be presented as a collective exhibition entitled Fra Drivhuset, From the Greenhouse. As the title implies, the intention of this collaborative project is to nurture the creative talents of the group and allow them to develop further to possibly grow in new directions.
The exhibition thematic reflects on nature, culture and belonging, presenting more than 40 pieces made primarily of silver in combination with minerals, wood and crystals.
Millie Behrens is educated at the National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, and the College of Art and Design, Nova Scotia. She has exhibited widely internationally and is represented in numerous private and public collections, including The National Museum of Art, Arcitecture and Design, Oslo, and Röhsska Museum, Gothemburg.
Åse-Marit Thorbjørnsrud is educated at the Goldsmiths School, Copenhagen. She has exhibited with Galleri Format in many international venues, such as Collect, London, Sofa, Chicago, and Revelations, Paris.
Ingjerd Hanevold is educated at State University of New York and the Oslo National College of Art and Design. She is a professor in metalwork at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts since 1998. She has exhibited actively in Norway and abroad and is represented in the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design.