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

Artists 2022

Aug 2022

Yuhi Kazama (Japan)  https://yuhikazama.tumblr.com/

Yuhi is an artist who works with printmaking; silkscreen and woodcut. He works on the theme of passing memories. He was born in Higashikawa, Hokkaido.
He graduated from Dohto University art & craft course and did his master course at Tokyo Zokei University.

During the residency Yuhi likes to express what he is inspired by in his life here through drawings and prints. He would also like to make paper that is a mixture of Japanese and local paper so he can mix his memories.

He has participated in national and international exhibitions like the International Print Exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and at Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien in Berlin. In 2014 he won the 4th Fei Print Award at Fei Art Museum Yokohama.    

Narumi Kazama (Japan)    https://narumi-kazama.tumblr.com/
Narumi is a painter and illustrator from Sapporo Japan. She makes detailed miniature paintings on small size canvas with oil painting. Little figures are staged in delicate, dreamy landscapes, playing a natural part of the scenery.

“My paintings have no meaning. Meaninglessness is important to me. And I think it is important to everyone sometimes. This is connected to one of the reasons  I paint. It is also what I want to convey through my paintings. For me, Painting and enjoying art is like an antidote to my overly serious thinking. It is also an antidote to daily life, which tends to be structured by purpose and meaning. I hope that my paintings will be like that for those who see them, as they are for me.”


Anna Pangalou (Greece) https://www.isingproject.com
Anna Pangalou is a voice soloist who experiments through the boundaries of classical vocal practices and the new forms created by experimental sound practices.

She has studied classical singing in Cannes, Vienna, Rome and Athens. Prizes and scholarships include the Alexandros Onassis Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation and the International ‘Dimitri Mitropoulos’ Singing competition as part of the project ‘Opera of the World’ by Cultural Olympiad 2004.

The ISING project is a three part multimedia project. Moving between the concert hall, the polar ice cap, and the gallery, the cycle employs sound, sculpture, video, and photography to convey the power and responsibility of every human to shape our world. This project shines a light on how our existence – our breath innervates the national geography in both a beautiful and terrifying way.

After the 21 performances in the Arctic, the Ising Project will be part of the KUNSTNARHUSET MESSEN, ÅLVIK, Norway in the heart of the Hardangerfjord. In the period of July and August, in the secession of the Norwegian fjords, Pangalou will focus on the selected material and will select the material that will be used for the 3rd part of the Ising Project, The Songs Of 2 Bodies Of Water.


Romane Armand (Belgium) https://romanearmand.wixsite.com/romanearmand
I do visual art and printmaking, I also do bookbindind and storytelling.
As a writer and cartoonist, I value the notion of narrative and what it conveys, and in the not-so-distant future I imagine stories where non-human people have a voice.

These characters who would live there in between, away from civilization and history have a necessity: the desire for existence.

The SF is a great source of inspiration. I am currently working on several projects, there are recurring themes such as ghosts, robots, Ufos… or communities of outsiders who find other ways to organize micro-society.

MYTHEME

Eléonore Scardoni (France/Belgium)
https://eleonorescardoni.easyclapweb.com
Whether in drawing or intaglio, she invents worlds, stories and journeys combining poetry and science fiction in which the characters find themselves in autarky and surrounded by the immensity of nature.

The fragmented and wild lands enliven his imagination.
Her office is located at L’impression Forte and she is active in the Toner workshops.

AVIFAUNE EN COURS

Zane Tuča (Latvia) https://www.instagram.com/accounts/login/?next=/zane_tuca/
Pencil drawings on paper.
The creation of images or the representation of the visible is a reminder of the much larger invisible and immaterial Winding its way over the high, dark cliff wall like a fragile thread is a white vein. Quiet, peaceful, humble and distant. However, viewed close up, the fragile thread strikes the ground with frightening and awesome force. Definite and unwavering. Certain. Residing near a waterfall at Nøkken, its beautiful music is captivating. Impervious to all else, you deviate from your path and go there. Captured. Consumed by water, you slowly sink. However, at the very moment you are about to disappear, you catch sight of the white thread in the distance. Tenuous but powerful in its fragility. Certainty compels you to come to your senses and refuse to drown.


July 2022

Christopher Squier (USA) https://christophersquier.com/
Christopher Squier’s artworks explore optics and the role of light in contemporary visual culture, drawing on research around luminescence, transparency, and invisibility to position vision as a historically-altered and politically-contentious experience. He has received residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, La Fragua Artist Residency, and Playa Residency, among others. Previous exhibitions include Overhead, afterimage(Untitled Space, Shanghai); The sun is your enemy (R/SF projects, San Francisco); and Flattened and disorderly (BABEL Visningsrom for Kunst, Trondheim). He received an MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA in Art from Grinnell College.

Cloud relief 2019.

Anna Pangalou (Greece) https://www.isingproject.com
Anna Pangalou is a voice soloist who experiments through the boundaries of classical vocal practices and the new forms created by experimental sound practices.

She has studied classical singing in Cannes, Vienna, Rome and Athens. Prizes and scholarships include the Alexandros Onassis Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation and the International ‘Dimitri Mitropoulos’ Singing competition as part of the project ‘Opera of the World’ by Cultural Olympiad 2004.

The ISING project is a three part multimedia project. Moving between the concert hall, the polar ice cap, and the gallery, the cycle employs sound, sculpture, video, and photography to convey the power and responsibility of every human to shape our world. This project shines a light on how our existence – our breath innervates the national geography in both a beautiful and terrifying way.

After the 21 performances in the Arctic, the Ising Project will be part of the KUNSTNARHUSET MESSEN, ÅLVIK, Norway in the heart of the Hardangerfjord. In the period of July and August, in the secession of the Norwegian fjords, Pangalou will focus on the selected material and will select the material that will be used for the 3rd part of the Ising Project, The Songs Of 2 Bodies Of Water.


Laura Andriessen (Belgium) http://lauraandriessen.com
Laura Andriessen is an illustrator from Ghent who recently graduated from KASK School of Arts. In her work, she tries to translate instinctive emotions and urges into images. The format of fairytales especially lends itself to these themes. Throughout her work, the focus is on atmosphere, providing only hints of a narrative. She tries to balance melancholy and playfulness in her work, but sometimes the balance is lost in one way or another.


Paul Moore (Ireland) https://itspaulmoore.com
Moore’s work explores ideas of the journey – both to and from nations, across borders and through technology, in order to be present elsewhere – is something that resonates throughout his practice. He returns regularly to explorations of motion: the push-pull of physical and immaterial boundaries; exertion, labour and effort.

He works in sonic/electronic (audio/visual) installation, and performance and operates within the field; gathering bodies of ephemeral and ambient sounds and images, particularly whilst in motion.

Nonarnia

Meagan Smith (USA) https://meagansmithstudio.com
Meagan Smith is an interdisciplinary fiber artist that lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. She competed in the sport of swimming for many years and this marked the beginning of a path and language that she easily understood, ultimately leading her to focus in craft.
In 2021, she received her Masters in Fine Arts in Textiles, specifically focusing on digital weaving. 

The designs for these woven compositions are created in the virtual realm of the computer. Starting from a structural system of undulating marks, she responds intuitively, by collaging and building animated textural patterns. These patterns vibrate with motion, intense saturated coloring, and are meant to provide an immersive experience through their optical physicality of thread interlacing one another. Similar to the action of swimming, directional forces are at play, intersect and break up with moments of activity and rest.


Monika Auch (the Netherlands/Germany) https://monikaauch.com

Monika Auch moved from her native Germany to Amsterdam where she studied and practiced medicine while studying textiles at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. (BA_2000)

Since 2000 she works as a visual artist with a focus on developing work through weaving. She researches the Intelligence of the Hand in the long term projects STITCH_MY/YOUR_BRAIN and WeefLab.

Monika’s studio practice is informed by cooperation with colleagues, academic institutions and by interviews with artists on the material based making of art  in her work as editor. Several projects are supported by grants and an international network.

She teaches design on all levels, drawing from a rich archive of material and a commitment about the importance of creativity, hands-on making and personal growth of students.


June 2022

Bettina Henkel (Germany/Austria) http://bettinahenkel.net

Bettina Henkel, born in Germany, lives and works in Vienna as an artist and filmmaker. She teaches as a lecturer in Fine Arts / New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. There she directs the media lab / research lab film & television and specializes in documentary forms in film in her teaching.


Noor van der Brugge (the Netherlands) https://www.noorvanderbrugge.nl/index.html

Noor van der Brugge is an illustrator based in the Netherlands. Her art practice centers on the ancient and persistent book form as a site of expression. She has produced art books Sigmund Freud, Alberto Giacometti, Damien Hirst, Nikolay Gogol among others.

Her work has been globally distributed and appears in multiple international collections such as the Freud Museum in London, UK and the Central Museum in Utrecht, the Netherlands.


Doris Marten (Germany) https://www.dorismarten.com

The contemporary paintings of German artist Doris Marten explore the perception of colours and their mutual influence, immersing the viewer in an abstract geometric world. 

For Doris Marten, time is itself a material required to develop a work. She sees a parallel between real life and her creative process. Every line she draws represents the present: a temporal dimension within which the artist’s choice is influenced by memories (what she has already painted) and by future expectations (her idea for the work), just as is the case in real life. 

Marten’s works surprise the viewers, challenging their visual perception. Although abstract, her paintings can stimulate the imagination by creating links with figurative images and shapes. These artworks are parts of prestigious collections in Germany, notably the Bundestag’s collection.

Around the World – detail left side

Vardi Bobrow (Israel) https://www.vardibobrow.com/

The elusive creative process, at least the part I can describe, nearly always begins for me following a reading of canonical texts from literature and philosophy, scientific research articles, or images from science, especially the aesthetics revealed through the microscope. These are what generate my artworks, as each beginning of a new work is the outcome of a continuous quest.
Over the past few years, I have been working with readymades and found materials, whose common denominator is simplicity, ordinariness, functionality, and lack of aura: synthetic and metallic materials, such as industrial bristle fibers and wires, or rubber bands used in offices. These are the basic elements of my artworks.

Studies of wallpaper, April / May 2022 at KHMessen.

May 2022

Bink van Vollenhoven (the Netherlands) https://www.bink.casa

Bink van Vollenhoven’s productions are a precious amalgam of mime, dance, music, visual arts, light, technology, live animation and video projections. With her foundation IN INFINITY Productions, Bink travels as a foundation director and as a maker through the contemporary Gesammtkunstwerk where disciplines meet. Bink believes that deep interest in each other’s fields and collaborations result in a new language that gives meaning to our time. She sees her working method as the way in which we could interact with each other in our society and how we could inspire each other.

During the performances and installations, her abstract drawings and digital animations come to life in a stunning way. Everything comes together; theatre, film, dance, music, visual arts, philosophy, science, technology and society. Bink van Vollenhoven already has many (international) exhibitions, performances and installations to her name.

A brief conversation between generations. BIC pen drawing. 2018

Kate Finegan (Canada) https://katefinegan.ink/index.html

Kate Finegan is a fiction writer whose work is supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council. She is editor-in-chief of Longleaf Review and novel/novella editor for Split/Lip Press. She was winner of PRISM International‘s 2020 Jacob Zilber Prize for short fiction, as selected by Kristen Arnett, and was awarded The Fiddlehead’s 2017 fiction prize for a story which judge Rabindranath Maharaj called “pitch perfect” in its balance of “humour and pathos.” She was runner-up for The Puritan’s Thomas Morton Memorial Prize for a story featuring chickens which, according to judge Heather O’Neill, “have the personality and depth of Dickensian characters.” She grew up mostly in Tennessee and recently moved from Toronto to Saskatchewan with her spouse and two cats.

Going, All Along ~ by Kate Finegan 2019
Story at: https://milkcandyreview.home.blog/2019/09/12/going-all-along-by-kate-finegan/

Vardi Bobrow (Israel) https://www.vardibobrow.com/

The elusive creative process, at least the part I can describe, nearly always begins for me following a reading of canonical texts from literature and philosophy, scientific research articles, or images from science, especially the aesthetics revealed through the microscope. These are what generate my artworks, as each beginning of a new work is the outcome of a continuous quest.
Over the past few years, I have been working with readymades and found materials, whose common denominator is simplicity, ordinariness, functionality, and lack of aura: synthetic and metallic materials, such as industrial bristle fibers and wires, or rubber bands used in offices. These are the basic elements of my artworks.

Down 2021

April 2022

Julie Rafalski (USA/Poland) https://www.julierafalski.com/
Julie Rafalski is an artist working with collage, drawing and photography. Her work explores the inter-relationship between passing time, place and perception. Of Polish-American heritage, she obtained a BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2003) and an MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art in London (2006).


Ina Loitzl (Austria) http://inaloitzl.net/joomla2/

Hunting, traditional customs and crafts are key elements in the work of Ina Loitzl, whose studio is on Albertplatz. She stitches, sews, cuts, glues, paints and films, combining art and craft, kitsch and media images, unmasking appearance and reality and creating an image that seems to express joy of life but at the same time points to its rigid, narrow conventions. (der Achte 2020 Vienna)

Ikarus 2020


March 2022

Heidrun Rathgeb (Germany) https://www.jmlondon.com/artists/heidrun-rathgeb/

Heidrun Rathgeb was born in 1967 in southern Germany. She studied painting in London at the Slade School of Fine Art (MFA) 1996-99 and the Byam Shaw School of Art (1993-96). After a year and a half of living and painting on Dartmoor she decided to move back to southern Germany. Since 2001 she has lived with her family in a remote farmhouse close to Lake Constance and the Alps, using two studios, one for painting and one for printmaking. From her copious sketchbooks which chronicle her environment and daily life, Heidrun develops small, intimate paintings using egg tempera on gesso panels. Heidrun has been awarded several artist residencies in Scotland (Isle of Lewis), Denmark and Norway.

Good Morning San Rocco
Taxiarchis and my Shadow, 2019, woodcut, 22cm x 16cm, edition of 10

Jan Kromke (Germany) https://jankromke.eu
The changing and constant patterns of perception when viewing natural landscapes are the central theme in Jan Kromke’s work. The artist deals with landscape beauty as an interplay between the innate sense of beauty and the sense of beauty acquired through education, tradition and experience.

The direct experience of nature in remote landscapes is the starting point of his work. The slowness of walking, the calm that sets in and the expansion of time and space become the content of the picture. In the temporal distance that lies between the experience and the studio work, the specificity of the places is lost and individual natural phenomena come to the fore. The renunciation of details and the often hazy, blurry style of painting leads to an openness that is aimed at the imagination of the viewer, at their individual experiences and adventures. (text: Galerie LÖHRL)

Landschaft 165.1, Öl auf Leinwand, 165 x 240cm, 2019
Landschaft 100.29, Öl auf Leinwand, 130 x 100cm, 2020




Koen Kievits (the Netherlands) https://www.koenkievits.com/
Koen is a visual artist who uses the photo camera as his main tool. His work consists of temporary installations in public space by which he reacts on the banal structures he finds during his stay. The documentation of these interventions are mixed with imagery he collects while wandering through the various landscapes looking for inspiration.

Within my work I’m exploring a recurring physical layering. Most of the installations I place outside are either buried or excavated and uncovered. These motifs are also present within my photographic practice. I’m actively erasing parts of photographs or I’m adding layers to them. In that sense, I’m approaching and treating my photographic works as landscapes, which in the same way my installations do, are able to manifest themselves in time and space.

I’m mainly focusing on subjects that let us reflect on timelessness, the sublime and transience, such as megalithic constructions. This fascination originates from a place in France, of which I have fond and magical childhood memories. As an explorer I’m delving in spaces where past and present collide and where boundaries between certain eras seem to dissolve.

As a concatenation of worlds, bodies and magic, personal mysteries will perform in the light which shapes them, in my attempt to re-enchant the world.

Up near the roof all my thoughts are clear’ Tegelen NL 2021
Concealment’ This Art Fair NL 2021
‘I remember, mountains’

January-February 2022

Andrew Neumann (USA) http://www.adneumann.com/index_alternate.html
Andrew is an artist an artist who works in a variety of media, including photography, video, sculpture, installation, and electronic/interactive music. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a LEF Foundation Grant, and others awards. He has had one-person shows at bitforms Gallery, the DeCordova Museum, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and solo shows for the Boston Cyberarts Festival. His original artistic output consisted of single channel videos and films. He then moved on to integrate a variety of electronic and digital technologies into his sculptural work. In addition, he has been building electronic musical interfaces, and is active in electro-acoustic improvisation .

Andrew Neumann, “PARTLYCLOUDYMOSTLYSUNNY”
Andrew Neumann, “PARTLYCLOUDYMOSTLYSUNNY”
Andrew Neumann, “PARTLYCLOUDYMOSTLYSUNNY”

Jasper Llewellyn (UK) Performance art and time-based media.  

Jasper Llewellyn is an artist working with actions, sounds and words. His ongoing PHD research project involves the deployment of various embodied artistic strategies in order to take an expanded view of improvisation, treating it both as a methodology for living and art-making. He makes music with the project ‘caroline’ and has had writing published in Frieze magazine.

Bbeyond – Hori Izhaki in collaboration with Jasper Llewellyn Chen Cohen