MAY BENTE ARONSEN, RUNA BOGER, MARIANNE MOE, and INGER JOHANNE RASMUSSEN

FELTED

9 May - 30 June 2019

What becomes the narrative when different objects are placed in the same context? What can be told by combining artworks in a specific setting? Relations and diversities are emphasized, and the joining of histories, experiences and memories are redefined all over again by the new contextualization. In this way the exhibition highlights the union of time and space trough the artwork of four textile artists that make use of an exercise of geometry and restructuring of textile materials to translate them into new perspectives. Each piece tells us something about the history of the artists, but also about the materials and even the technique itself.

May Bente Aronsen presents a series of two-dimensional pieces which are illusions of folded textiles. Aronsen works with textile installations that relate to space and architecture, resulting sometimes in formats. The material is usually wool felt, and the work is characterized by precision and technical finesse. Sharp-cut shapes and pierced surfaces form structures and surprising spaces.

Runa Boger works to examine the environment that surrounds us, such as architecture, building objects and nature. The work by Boger in the exhibition is part of a project about urban architecture in relation to how we are affected. What kind of appearance and subsequent aesthetic impulses do we get from modern urbanism? What kind of pictorial associations creates large monumental buildings in traffic noisy city environments? Boger works with composition and color with woven felted textile materials, and with formal- and material related challenges.

Inger Johanne Rasmussen's claim is that the often unpleasant and easily translated everyday garments can carry as much memories and hopes as poetry. In this sense, Rasmussen likes to let the beautiful meet the spectator first, but if you look for it, space is provided for the contradictions, the broken, or the little story in the midst of the overwhelming. The variation in Rasmussen's images reflects the vast variations of the textile tradition. Her work shuttles between multicolored floral, two-color tightly patterned, dark tongue, or light, all in felted woven wool fabrics. She will present a work which is inspired by the Japanese traditional ikat tissue, where switching between soft and hard color transitions creates life in an otherwise rigid grid pattern.

Marianne Moe works with felt in different qualities. First the felt get dyed, then cut into different shapes, and put together in three-dimensional surfaces. It is when the material is looked at with a three-dimensional way that new expressions occurs. The work «Play» was created during the play with felt that was dyed on both sides with different colors.