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Kunstplass Contemporary Art [Oslo] (NO)

Kunstplass Contemporary Art [Oslo] is an artist-driven and experimental gallery in Oslo Art District established in 2012 by Henriette Stensdal & Vibeke Hermanrud. Thematically the exhibitions range from conceptual to political, often with a feminist and queer undertone. Through contemporary art, Kunstplass wishes to engage, challenge and surprise their audience.

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For CHART 2021 Kunstplass Contemporary Art [Oslo] is proud to present the well-established artist Vanna Bowles, known for her distinct way of combining drawings with sculptures, creating a comprehensive scenography. In her work, she attempts to describe our sub-consciousness and existential facets related to identity, body and psyche. Her motifs are ambiguous and enigmatic.

Vanna Bowles, MON ARMURE, Sculpture in papier-mâché and graphite

Vanna Bowles, ABANDONED MOMENTS, series of 28 drawings

Vanna Bowles, ABANDONED MOMENTS, series of 28 drawings

Vanna Bowles (SE)

The borders between nature and culture, presence and unawareness, are starting points for Vanna Bowles’ work. She tries to create ambivalent images shifting between these contradictions. Her work consists of drawings, sculptures, photography and installations. She operates a figurative and surreal idiom, often using optical effects and reliefs that destabilises the dividing line between the surface of the image and the spectators’ surrounding space.

Vanna Bowles (b. 1974, Gothenburg). Educated from Art Academy Oslo and Universität der Künste Berlin. Solo exhibitions include Lars Bohman Gallery, Tegneforbundet and Galleri Thomassen as well as several public art commissions. Group exhibitions include Malmö Konstmuseum, Kunstnernes Hus and Lillehammer Kunstmuseum. Her work is represented in Equinor/Hydro, Statens Kunstråd, Malmö Konstmuseum, and more. Lives and works in Oslo.

MON ARMURE

Sculpture in papier-mâché and graphite, 210 x 45 x 35 cm
2016

Photo: Vanna Bowles and Kunstplass Contemporary Art [Oslo]

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MON ARMURE

Sculpture in papier-mâché and graphite, 210 x 45 x 35 cm
2016

Photo: Vanna Bowles and Kunstplass Contemporary Art [Oslo]

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ABANDONED MOMENTS

Series of 28 drawings
2021

Photo: Vanna Bowles and Kunstplass Contemporary Art [Oslo]

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ABANDONED MOMENTS

Series of 28 drawings
2021

Photo: Vanna Bowles and Kunstplass Contemporary Art [Oslo]

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ABANDONED MOMENTS

Series of 28 drawings
2021

Photo: Vanna Bowles and Kunstplass Contemporary Art [Oslo]

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TABLES PARABLES

Installation view
2017

Photo: Vanna Bowles and Kunstplass Contemporary Art [Oslo]

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TABLES PARABLES

Installation view
2017

Photo: Vanna Bowles and Kunstplass Contemporary Art [Oslo]

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"I explore the borderline between nature and culture, presence and unconsciousness in my figurative and surreal sculptural drawings."

Vanna Bowles

SHIELD AND RUPTURE, Installation view. Photo by Vanna Bowles and Kunstplass Contemporary Art [Oslo]