Oslo School of Architecture and Design, AHO

The artist Elise Storsveen has created two new textile works, Make It Yourself and Everything Is Possible, for the new reading rooms at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO).


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  • Lag det selv, Elise Storsveen. Photographer: Roberto Di Trani
  • Lag det selv, Elise Storsveen. Photographer: Roberto Di Trani
  • Lag det selv, Elise Storsveen. Photographer: Roberto Di Trani
  • Lag det selv, Elise Storsveen. Photographer: Roberto Di Trani
  • Alt er mulig, Elise Storsveen. Photographer: Roberto Di Trani
  • Alt er mulig, Elise Storsveen. Photographer: Roberto Di Trani
  • Alt er mulig, Elise Storsveen. Photographer: Roberto Di Trani
  • Alt er mulig, Elise Storsveen. Photographer: Roberto Di Trani
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About the project

About the project

Re-use and recycling are important for Storsveen, and she often exploits the inherent qualities of the materials, some found, and some acquired in other ways, that she has collected over the years. The titles of Storsveen’s works for AHO are inspired by do-it-yourself books from the 1930s and the immediate post-war period. The titles refer to the joy of participating actively in construction and design in today’s world, when automated processes often replace manual labour.

In her two works for AHO, Storsveen explores the potential of a two-dimensional surface for evoking a sense of space. She dyed all the textile pieces black before starting to assemble them. Because the different pieces of fabric are made of different raw materials, they absorbed the dye in different ways, which gives the works a dynamic appearance. The final composition combines a sense of perspective created by the dyed recycled textiles with geometric forms and abstracted human figures that disrupt the illusion of depth.

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, AHO is expanding its offering of study programmes in 2018. In this connection, the southern wing of the building complex is being refurbished to provide three floors of offices, teaching space, reading rooms and workshops. Storsveen’s two textile works, one for each main wall of the two large reading rooms, interact directly with the building. Her practice of recycling, combined with the collage-like technique used to assemble the works, is a process that is relevant for tomorrow’s architects, whom the artist imagines will more often have to work with existing buildings, rather than starting from scratch.

About the artist:
Elise Storsveen (born 1969) studied textiles at the Oslo National College of Art and Design (SHKS) before moving on to the Norwegian Academy of Fine Art. She has exhibited collages and paintings, and has held several solo exhibitions at venues including Kunstnerforbundet, Galleri Riis and Galleri Trafo. She is also very interested in collaborative projects. She has completed several major projects with her father, Jon Gundersen, and since 1998 has been co-publisher, in collaboration with the artist Eline Mugaas, of the fanzine ALBUM. Previously she has completed two solo projects for Public Art Norway, comprising works for the University College of Southeast-Norway (USN) and Ila Prison (2011).

Facts

Facts

Address

Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo

Scheduled completion

20.09.2018

Curator

Nora Ceciliedatter Nerdrum

Entreprenør

Alliero

Building owner/developer

Statsbygg

Duration

Permanent

Accessibility

Tilgjengelig for publikum

Program

Art scheme for new government-owned buildings

Artwork

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