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"NANY II: Norwegian Artists in New York"
2007-11-30 until 2008-01-06
Trygve Lie Gallery
New York, NY, USA United States of America

NANY II: Norwegian Artists in New York II, curated by Anki Kin, will be on display from November 30, 2007 until - January 6, 2008. The exhibition will feature works by Frank Brunner, Irene Christensen, Carl Fredrik, Vibeke Jensen, Anki King, Sol Kjok, Kinara Lundberg, Andre von Morisse, Aslaug Pernille Nordli, Rune Olsen, Tomas Ramberg, May Rolstad Trien, Vebjorn Sand, Anne Senstad and Kjeld Tidemand Johannessen. An opening reception was held Friday Nov 30, sponsored by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York. Sol Kjok has been an Artist at absolutearts.com since 2002.

Irene Christensen's art is about painting as a magical act. She has had one person exhibitions at Elverum Skogs Museum, Norway, E.F.T.A., Brussels, Belgium, Bergen Museum & Paterson Museum, New Jersey as well as many cultural centers and galleries in Norway, Germany, and USA . She has also exhibited in Brazil, Argentina and Israel. In January 2008 Irene Christensen will be exhibiting at Galeria Nacional in Costa Rica. This exhibition “A Sense of Place” will travel to E. Coe Gallery in the Everglades National Park, FL. She has received many honorariums and awards both in Europe and USA. Her art is in many museums and private art collections.

Carl Fredrik was born in Oslo, Norway. He has an MFA in Painting from Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, Paris and New York. He has had numerous one-man shows in prestigious galleries and institutions in Norway and in Sweden. His major artistic expression is through painting, but he also works with prints, sculpture and photos. Carl Fredrik lives and works in New York City.

Vibeke Jensen is a Norwegian artist based in New York. She works in the interstices between photography, video and installation. Her installations transform the exhibition space and challenge viewers to explore different points of view. Many of her projects deal with the pleasures and fears of watching and being watched. She poses questions of who is watching whom, and invite the public to actively observe themselves and others. She does not see art, politics or surveillance as separate from daily life - on the contrary, they are interconnected.

Anki King grew up in a small village in Norway. She was unaware that it actually was possible to become and artist while drawing instead of listening in her economics classes. After graduating she decided to take a year with art studies and never looked back. In 1991 she was accepted in the three year program at Oslo Drawing and Painting School before moving to New York in 1994. In New York Anki has built a career as a painter and exhibits extensively both in Europe and in USA. She has shown at The Katonah Museum of Art, The Karpeles Library Museum, and was invited to exhibit at the International Fan exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Tokyo. This year she has had solo exhibits both in Oslo and in Philadelphia.

Sol Kjøk was born in Lillehammer and raised in Valdres. She left her tiny mountain village at 16 years of age, and has since then lived and learned in Paris, Vienna, Medellín and a number of U.S. cities. Virtually self-taught in artistic techniques, she finally obtained an MFA from Parsons, NYC, in 1998, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Since her teenage debut in a makeshift gallery in an abandoned commercial space, Sol has participated in more than 60 group exhibits across the globe, and received several awards and grants. Her figurative drawings and paintings – which all start out as physical performances – have been featured in six solo shows in various venues in the US and Europe. Sol is currently working towards an one-person exhibit in Sweden’s national museum of drawings (Teckningsmuseet).

Kinara Lundberg lived, at ages 9 and 13, in India with her family, taking painting classes with the Japanese Zen painter Meera. Later she developed an understanding for the beauty of figurative language and began painting with oils. She spent one year drawing casts and models at a traditional Italian based school in Norway, while also intensely studying the old masters. Then Kinara got a one year apprenticeship with the classical figurative painter, Eivind Venheim in the Norwegian country side where she painted still lives and portraits and continued studies in anatomy and art history. But she wanted more and Norway did not offer higher education in figurative painting, so she came to New York where she is currently in the Master of Fine Art degree program at the New York Academy of Art.

Andre von Morisse was born in Oslo Norway in 1966. He came to America in 1978. In 1990, he graduated Cum Laude from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California. In 1991, he moved to New York where he started to exhibit his paintings. As a painter, Andre von Morisse has explored many aspects of human psychology and how we interact with the world. He has had six solo exhibitions in New York, reviewers include; Artnet.com magazine, Review, Verdens Gang, Aftenposten, New York Magazine, Art in America and Art News.

Aslaug Pernille M. D. Nordli was born August 16,1977 in Sunndalsøra, a small town in central Norway. She works within classical oil painting, mainly still-life, but also portrait and figure-painting with a wish to promote the beautiful, peaceful and good part of what art can be like. Aslaug Pernille studied music for two years (1997-99) at Høyskolen i Staffeltsgate before attending Art & Design College in Asker from fall 2000 to spring 2002. Afterwards she studied privately with former teacher at SHKS, Oddmund Raudberget for two years. From there she went to Australia for one year, painting and exhibiting her work, and returned to Norway summer 2005. Early in 2006 she received a scholarship to study at The Art Students League in New York where she specialized in portrait and figure painting/drawing with instructors Harvey Dinnerstein, Costa Vavagiakis and Frank Mason in March 2006. In September 2007 she returned to The Art Students League of NY after receiving another scholarship and is continuing her studies there with instructors Harvey Dinnerstein, Costa Vavagiakis and Frank Porcu.

Rune Olsen is a Norwegian sculptor and installation artist living in New York. Since his first solo show in 1997 at UKS (Norway) he has exhibited in numerous galleries and museums throughout the USA and Europe, including Bronx Museum (NY 2001), Islip Art Museum (NY 2002), Jones Center for Contemporary Art (TX 2004), Aljira Center for Contemporary Art (NJ 2004) and, Smack Mellon and Exit Art (NY 2005). His life-size figurative sculptures examine the interplay among desire, power structures and society, and were in 2005 exhibited at the Istanbul Biennial. His work has been reviewed in Art Forum, Sculpture Magazine, Boston Globe, Austin Chronicle, New York Times, and Star Ledger. Rune Olsen has won 11 awards from The Norwegian Government, including a distinguished Three-year work grant for young emerging artists. He has been awarded the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, a studio residency with Artist Alliance in New York and a place at the renowned Art Omi International Artists Residency. Rune Olsen is represented by Samson Projects in Boston, where he had a solo show in 2007. In 2008 he will be participating in the Norwegian Drawing Biennial at Kunstnernes Hus.

Tomas Ramberg was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1973 and completed both the 5-year degree of the National College of Art and Design and the 4-year Degree of the National Academy of Fine Arts there. Overlapping his final two years at the Academy of Fine Arts, Tomas got an MFA from Hunter College. The many years of art training reflects Tomas strong interest in visual art, which he inherited from parents both involved in architecture and design. The first exhibition Tomas produced was called “Amplifier”, a site specific installation of wall based work at the non-profit project space 21/25 Gallery in Oslo. The painting based work established a loop of pictorial reference within the gallery setting. Site specificity and art relating to architecture has continued to play an important part in Tomas’ work. He has had three commissions for schools and office buildings (1998-2002), and at Thesis exhibitions both in Norway and in the US, his projects involved site specific work involving the architectural context of the show. An important resonance for this interest has been working as a wall drawing assistant for American artist Sol Lewitt since 1998.

May Rolstad Trien grew up in Oslo, Norway, and has resided on the Upper West Side of Manhattan since 1966. She studied art and art education in Oslo, Trondheim and Notodden, as well as in Spain, England, and the Art Students League of New York. After concentrating for several years on developing a realistic style in oil portraiture and still life, she has more recently turned her focus toward working with graphite pencils. In her carefully rendered drawings, mostly of rocks and shells, she continues working in a realistic style while paying close attention to abstract design and sculptural form. Of the many awards May has won in US national juried exhibitions, two are gold medals of honor, and her most recent, is an award for graphics in November 2007.

Vebjørn Sand was born in 1966 in Norway. He is a painter, who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, Norway, the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, and at the Art Students League of NY. Vebjørn has also created public art installations; the Ice Castle, Oslo Norway 1997, the Kepler Star, at Oslo airport, Gardermoen 2000, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Bridge, Norway 2001, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Bridge in Ice, Antarctica 2006

Anne Senstad studied at Parsons School of Design from 1990 –94, BFA Fine Art of Photography. She has exhibited widely internationally, including Museum da Casa Brasileira in Sao Paulo, The Noorderlicht Institution in The Netherlands, and Gary Snyder Fine Art. In September 2007 she showed her new series “Light Writes Always in Plural” at Houston Center for Photography and Björn Ressle Fine Art NY. The two one person shows are accompanied by the exhibition catalogue “The Pink Project”. In June 2007, her work was chosen by the Nobel Peace Center to represent the exhibition “Envisioning change”. The exhibition will travel to The Bozar Museum, Brussels, Ministry of Culture, Monaco and Chicago through 2008.

Kjeld Tidemand Johannessen was born i Oslo, but childhood was spent in more rural Tanum. At age 12 his mother moved to the USA and here he received his education at several schools: Antioch College, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Art Students League and Hunter College Graduate School, and he studied with many renowned instructors. Kjeld was living in San Francisco in the late 60' and early 70's . He is inspired to a large degree by the American abstractionists. By the mid-70's he found himself in Nyack, on the Hudson, where he currently lives and works – close enough to make several trips a week to the city. He has exhibited widely and has had solo shows both in Manhattan and Norway.

View more of Sol Kjok's work in her portfolio at: http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/s/solazul/.

Artist: Sol Kjok
Title: Swirling 20
Year Created: 2001
Medium: Other Drawing
Width: 22 inches
Height: 19 inches
Depth: 1 inches
Frame: wood
Price: US$ 1200

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