Østfold University College, Remmen – office building

The Norwegian artists Inga Sund Hofset and Linda Lerseth use visual means to explore the fundamental instability of existence.

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  • Ensnared surrogate 1, Linda Lerseth. Photographer: Audar Kantun
  • Ensnared surrogate 1, Linda Lerseth. Photographer: Audar Kantun
  • Usurped Composition, Linda Lerseth. Photographer: Istvan Virag
  • Shifts and Usurped Composition, Inga Sund Hofseth, Linda Lerseth. Photographer: Audar Kantun
  • Usurped Composition, Linda Lerseth. Photographer: Audar Kantun
  • Shifts 2, Inga Sund Hofset. Photographer: Inga Sund Hofset
  • Shifts 5, Inga Sund Hofset. Photographer: Inga Sund Hofset
  • Shifts (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9), Inga Sund Hofset. Photographer: Audar Kantun
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About the project

About the project

In connection with the addition of a new office wing at Østfold University College’s Campus Halden at Remmen, Public Art Norway has coordinated the acquisition of paintings by Inga Sund Hofset and sculptures by Linda Lerseth.

Six paintings by Inga Sund Hofset, from her series Shifts (2017), explore the sea as a motif. The title of the series refers both to the changing appearance of the sea and to how one’s experience of a painting depends on how and where one encounters it. All the paintings are abstract, and it is as though the brushstrokes find their own path across the canvas and sometimes insist on being simply paint on a two-dimensional surface. The palette of blues alternates between highly symbolic figuration and expressive abstraction.

The two sculptures by Linda Lerseth also address the constantly fluctuating nature of our surroundings. Lerseth’s starting point for the two sculptures was the notion that surfaces and materials in contact with each other will inevitably exchange particles at the molecular level.

When creating her work Usurped Composition: Landscape, Flowers, Lemon (2017), Lerseth placed a collection of objects on steel plates before pouring saltwater and vinegar over them. Over time, the steel plates rusted, leaving corroded impressions of the objects on their surfaces.

Similarly, Lerseth created the colours and structures in her sculpture Ensnared Surrogate 1 (2017) through chemical reactions between objects and substrates. In addition, she suspended casts of other objects on chains between slender rods. The sculpture has an attractive, almost “musical”, appearance that suggests references to the college’s pre-school education and music departments. The artist’s use of the chemical reactions that occur when materials are juxtaposed can also be interpreted as a reference to the college as an evolving institution that influences its students both educationally and socially.

Inga Sund Hofset (born 1983) and Linda Lerseth (born 1984) both graduated from the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo. Both artists live in Oslo.

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