Noplace, Oslo proudly presents:


Marte Johnslien

05.05.17 - 21.05.17

Opening: Friday 05.05.17, 19:00 - 23:00
Opening hours 14-17, Saturday and Sunday

Lately we’ve been sensing that we are on the verge of some serious changes. We can see substantial shifts, but mostly the idea is slowly growing, like a lump in our collective consciousness. There are signals that point to our own changes, amplified for bigger happenings to come; calamitously. So, we cling to what we know, trying better to understand the immediate – the physically tangible. For we won’t let go of the beauty of the reality that seems to dissolve before our eyes like swiftly melting ice, or a sudden system failure.

In her exhibition Throwing a Disc, Catching a Ball, Marte Johnslien shows new works made over the course of the last year. In previous projects she has used pigments in combination with other materials and sculptural works. The physical qualities of pigments depend on what they are made from, which again affects how they interfere with other materials. This has been a source of inspiration for the artist.

In the exhibition Johnslien will show 11 paintings from her ongoing series Pigment Work (watercolour on paper), together with a group of fresco objects. These objects combine the artist’s interest for colour and sculpture, in that they bring together an ancient painterly technique (fresco) with a sculptural one (ceramics).

In fresco, the pigments get fixed in a chemical process that occurs when the lime binds with carbon dioxide from the air and is crystallized, making it a truly organic and natural process. The crystallization will continue for hundreds of years to come, and this time aspect is central to the technique. In Johnslien’s works, the frescos point both to history and to the future, raising questions about the nature of painting, and painting as nature.

There is something about this urge to understand the mysterious. Even on our way towards being fragmented into atoms and spread out in unimaginable numbers of other constellations, we strive to observe and grasp our ever-changing surroundings.


photos by Anders Valde