Toril Johannessen | Wilderness in Nature
2016 | Screenprint | 22 x 30" | Courtesy of OSL Contemporary and the artist
Norwegian artist Toril Johannessen’s Wilderness in Nature is part of her acclaimed series Words and Years. Each piece in this series examines the use of a word or phrase in an academic journal over a period of time. Through her research and its presentation as a beautiful graph, Johannessen unravels trends, or lack thereof, in word usage. Wilderness in Nature is a splendid example of the ironic juxtaposition common to the series.
Johannessen’s practice often engages methods and source material from the domains of science. Thematically her work spans a wide range of interests, from visual perception to linguistics; impossible energy cycles, alternative methods for time measurement; optical illusions and spatial disorientation. By combining scientific fact and the history of science with her own investigations, she applies a critical and subjective view toward the impact of modern science on the production of knowledge. Johannesen received her MA from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design. In addition, she spent a year studying at Mountain School of Art, and took part in the artist-in-residence program at WIELS, Brussels. She has exhibited widely, at venues and biennales including dOCUMENTA 13; the Istanbul Biennial; deAppel, Amsterdam; Witte de With, Rotterdam; the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Johannessen is a member of the Flaggfabrikken Centre for Photography and Visual Arts, a Bergen based artist collective. IN past summer Johannessen made a site-specific sound installation in the Hudson’ Bay building and was also broadcast on local radio as part of STAGES: Drawing the Curtain.Available for purchase at the Plug In ICA 2017 Gala & Art Auction on November 4, 2017.
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