Galleri Golsa (NO)

Galleri Golsa is a Norwegian gallery based in Oslo that was started with the idea of engaging a new audience for contemporary art with a new generation of artists and collectors. The gallery was founded back in 2015 by Tuva Trondsdatter Trønsdal and Gard Eiklid.

Waldemar Thranes gate 84 C
0175 Oslo
Norway
(New space coming Fall 2021)

Curated for
CHART

For CHART 2021, Galleri Golsa will present works by the Norwegian artists Johanne Hestvold and Linn Pedersen. Hestvold's practice involves a broad exploration of the formal properties of objects through sculpture, whilst Pedersen’s work combines analog photography with cyanotype and sculptural installation.

Johanne Hestvold, Eating at Conjunction, Galleri Golsa, 2021

Johanne Hestvold, Eating at Conjunction, Galleri Golsa, 2021

Linn Pedersen, Omland, Galleri Golsa, 2021

Linn Pedersen, Omland, Galleri Golsa, 2021

Johanne Hestvold (NO)

Johanne Hestvold is a Norwegian artist based in Oslo. Through her artistic practice she explores and challenges the typical ways in which we tend to read the forms and objects that surround us in everyday life. Her sculptures tend to focus on those objects that people have a habitual relationship with. These can be various kinds of consumer goods or mass-produced objects such as: clothes, plastic containers, massage beds or car parts. Through conceptual strategies and material processes, these pre-sculptural objects are reworked into new forms that unsettle certainty and question the relationship between humans and the material world that surrounds us.

Hestvold holds a BA from Bergen Academy of Art and Design. She studied sculpture at the sculpture department at Kuvataideakademia Helsinki, Finland, and has an education background in Literature studies at the University in Bergen, Norway. Recent exhibitions include Galleri Golsa (2021), Sørlandet Art Museum / SKMU (2020), The Astrup Fearnley Museum (2019/2016), Stavanger Art Museum (2016) and Norwegian Sculpture Biennial at The Vigeland Museum, Oslo (2015).

Isolation (The Humble Administrator's Garden)

Mycelium composite and reinforced concrete, 110 x 43 x 42 cm
2021

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Eating at Conjunction, Galleri Golsa 2021

Divination (Pasargadae Garden)

Mycelium composite and reinforced concrete, 37 x 124 x 84 cm
2021

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Eating at Conjunction

Installation View
2021

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Courtesy of Galleri Golsa

Disse koppene har ikke mistet sjelen

Installation View
2017

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Kunstnerforbundet. Photo by Andris Visdal Dok

Disse koppene har ikke mistet sjelen

Installation View
2017

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Kunstnerforbundet. Photo by Andris Visdal Dok

Sol og Vår i Januar

Installation View
2019

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Astrup Fearnley Museet. Photo by Christian Øen

Sol og Vår i Januar

Installation View
2019

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Astrup Fearnley Museet. Photo by Christian Øen

Johanne Hestvold studio visit

Johanne Hestvold, Sol og Vår i Januar, Installation view, Astrup Fearnley Museum, 2021. Photo by Christian Øen

Malin Graesse on Johanne Hestvold's sculptures

'Eating at Conjunction' consists of a series of five sculptures mounted on top of concrete pedestals, with titles referencing a specific park and its cultural function. In a way she is inquiring into what a park contains, and how it is inevitably linked to eating. It was during an artist residence in Berlin in 2019, when Hestvold developed an interest in the disposition of parks and landscape design. The result of this interest emerges as a search for the historical, cultural and material formations and infrastructures of parks. Fundamentally, her works seem to explore the nature of parks, their history and materiality, as containers in their own right. The sculptures in Eating at Conjunction represent generic food containers, or more concretely, take away boxes and they embody maps of the park they are referencing. They are cast in a mix of Ganoderma, a living fungi that functions as the binder, and hemp shavings which is the material’s aggregate. Unlike concrete which is also a composite (consisting of aggregate and a binder fluid) that cures in order to harden, the matrix forming the walls of Hestvold`s sculptures harden because the Ganoderma eats away at the hemp shavings. Technically speaking, the material is stabilised by making the Ganoderma inactive. Like yeast, certain temperatures or lack of humidity will cause a sort of hibernation, resulting in a quasi-stable mass; the walls of these sculptures can be “awakened” at any time.