Winterstudio/Hansplassen is a two year studio project. In addition to the artists Elida Brenna Linge and Andreas Siqueland, who run the programme, they have invited ten artists working within different mediums and traditions to take part in a project that questions the meaning of geographical place in artistic production. The idea behind the project is to look closer at how an art work is related to the place (the studio/location/landscape) where it is created.
THE INVITED ARTISTS ARE:
- Bjørn Bjarre (N)
- Per Inge Bjørlo (N)
- Gunndís Ýr Finnbogadottir/ (IS)
- Maja Bekan (YU)
- Tove Storch
- Camille Norment (N/USA)
- Cecilia Nygren (SE)
- Silke Otto-Knapp (D)
- Stein Rønning (N)
- Eirik Senje (N)
Winterstudio was built in 2011 as a part of Andreas Siqueland's research project, A Place for Painting, within the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme. The construction of the mobile outdoor studio is based on the inside measurements of his studio; room 611 in Handelsbygningen in Oslo. The Art Academy in Oslo originally had ten studios in Handelsbygningen in Drammensveien 20, now Henrik Ibsens gate in Oslo. The Academy in Oslo, Statens Kunstakademi, was founded in 1909 by Christian Krogh. For many years Krogh had struggled to find new studios for the school. After the first world war the financial situation in Norway was such that the Norwegian government could not support the project. Krogh managed to get private funding to construct studios on the top floor of Handelsbygningen, which at the time was under construction. These premises functioned as the location of the school until 1929 when new studios were established at the back of Kunstnernes Hus. The studios in Henrik Ibsens gate remained in the ownership of the Academy until 2011, when they, due to a minority share ownership issue, were forced to sell. Winterstudio was first shown in the sculpture park of Henie-Onstad Art Centre, February/April 2011. In May the same year it was moved Jeløya, outside Moss, for Andreas' participation in the 6th Momentum biennial – Imagine Being Here Now. In both places the studio was used to examine how different places affect the construction of place in painting. Winterstudio acts both as a sculpture and a studio. It is built in sandwich modules of plywood and polystyrene, and is 3,6 m wide, 5,2 m long and 5,5 m high. The room is heated by a small gas heater. The room is furnished with a chair, a table, a ladder, a kerosene lamp, in addition to a wooden box with equipment.
Hansplassen is situated at the top of the plum orchard on the farm Bakken in Linge, also called Lingebakken. The small community Linge belongs to the village Valldal, located almost at the end of Storfjorden in Sunnmøre. Hansplassen in Linge was until some time in the 19th century a smallholding. Today the only traces left is the stone base after the shed, which now is the foundation for Winterstudio. The site lies on the border between the cultural landscape and the surrounding wilderness. The studio was put up in the autumn of 2012. A temporary permission by the local municipality has been granted which allows the building to stand for two years. Within this period the studio will be open to the invited artists for a work period of up to two weeks. The project will terminate with a publication and a group exhibition at Kunstmuseet KUBE in Ålesund in 2015.
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THIS PROJECT IS BEING REALISED WITH THE KIND SUPPORT OF
- Norsk kulturråd
- Møre og Romsdal fylke
- Bildende kunstneres vederlagsfond
- Norddal kommune
- Kunstmuseet KUBE