Art house Messen, Ålvik, Norway
Kunstnarhuset Messen, Ålvik, Norge

Artists 2021

Guest artists August

Bente Tømmerås / painting / drawing / Norway

Bente works with drawing, painting and graphics. She is inspired by modernism and abstract expressionism. Her working method is intuitive and spontaneous with a focus on presence and variation in the line. Her images are associative and reminiscent of surreal landscapes.

Epitome I, akryl på linlerret 165×200 cm, 2017

Johan Söderström / painting, installation, performance art / Sweden / Norway

Johan works with process-based minimalist painting made with filler in an oak frames. Many of them are produced during performative events. Sometimes as performances but usually in his studio. Documentation of the event is presented together with the finished work and part of its conceptual framework.

Eleanor Clare and Dillan Marsh / sound, installation, performance art / Great Britain / Norway

Eleanor Clare has a background in live performance, sound installation, voice and writing, while Dillan Marsh has worked with installation. Their collaboration began as an exploration into how the reflective nature of writing and the driving force of art making can influence one another. It has since become a meeting of performed action with installation, object and text. The duo work with field recordings, research in archives and experimentation with writing, voice, performance, making objects and drawings.

Otto Tveit / Etching, drawing, aquarelle / Norway

Otto is a classic cartoonist. His work is often based on local history and his characters are also endowed with it. Otto spent his childhood in Ålvik and it is a special experience for him to be back in his roots. From here he will use the time to make a sketch for a new cartoon with a background from the industry and the environment as it was in the 60s and 70s in Ålvik.

Guest artists February

Franzisca Siegrist /objects, installation, performance art/ Switzerland/Spain/Norway

Franzisca was born in Switzerland, raised in Spain (Canary Islands), lives mostly in Oslo, Norway and works internationally.
She has a Masters in Fine Art from the University of La Laguna (2008) and the Polytechnic University in Valencia (2010) where she studied performance art with spanish teacher and artist Bartolomé Ferrando. She works with objects, installations and performance art.
She is also co-founder and chair of the artist run initiative PAO – Performance Art Oslo (Norway) and has shown her work in several European countries, in Asia and USA.

I am interested in the possibilities of my body and observe its relationship with time and space. I use both cutsom made and mundane, everyday objects to create pieces where the objects are taken out of their regular context and given a new meaning.
The range of topics I deal with can vary, however there is always a connection to my own every day life and how I experience society. As a result, my works often bridge absurdity and poetry.

Franzisca will be staying at KHMessen for two months together with her partner Christopher.


Guest Artists January

Alwynne Pritchard and Eva Pfitzenmaier (Great Britain / Germany ) performers/composers based in Bergen, Norway.
Eva & Alwynne are both working in the intersection of music and performative arts and have both presented own projects that connect songs and contemporary composition with performance, embedding the music into a broader artistic context.

At KHMessen they will be working on their project:
“Wanderlust” (working title), a collaboration between performers/composers Alwynne Pritchard and Eva Pfitzenmaier, will be a performative song cycle for two vocalists and one accompanying musician staged and performed at people’s private homes in Bergen and its surroundings.

Alwynne Pritchard:
Eva Pfitzenmaier:

Alwynne Pritchard. Photo by Thor Brødreskift.
Eva Pfitzenmaier. Photo by Martin E. Koch