[Photos: Thor Brødreskift / KRAFT]

To perceive time is to observe change. Fluctuations lead from one place to another, like creatures slowly crawling on the ocean floor or waves smashing stone against stone, chipping off larger bits and pulverizing them into grains of sand. In time, the whole world is a sculpture; elements move, combine and test its forces; monuments of its own making defragment into small grains and particles, before piling back together into new moulds. Following the ebb and flow of the tides, sand washes ashore, letting the sun dry it out and the wind carry it toward new destinations, before again turning into piles – material and forces collaborate in a choreography of change.

In Invited (6): Grainy showers Coarse base, Johanne Hestvold & Alexandra Hunts have extended their invitation further, inviting Andreas Tegnander to collaborate on interpretations of weather forecasts from the Institute for Climate Change at Bjerknes Centre for Climate Reasearch into sound compositions. Together they explore notions of stability, change, movement and forecasting. Visitors are invited to engage with two sculptures by climbing on top of them, pressing the sand down onto the floor. Throughout the exhibition period the sculptures will move around, allowing trails of sand to bear witness of its positioning in time and space. Does material itself long for stability, or is it humans who long to stabilize materials? By walking on top of the sculptures, gravity will force grains of sand down into funnels, the grains accumulating until reaching a point of saturation and triggering small landslides. Through this act of self-destruction, the sand also preserves its state as a pile, broadening its base and allowing for a more stable foundation, a system that works. Sometimes the line between preserving and changing is a fine one–fragile, like a line drawn in the sand.

Experience through time allows for predictions and premonitions. Patterns of movement become sources of information, guiding our hopes and expectations for a future to come. What can past sirocco winds blowing through the Sahara tell us of floods of the future? The soundscape of Grainy showers Coarse base emanates from a sculptural loudspeaker, its ebb and flow carrying the waves of sound throughout the exhibition’s changing topography. How can we observe change when it comes by way of immaterial or tiny movements, like waves of sound or particles of grain falling on top of each other? Often the forces of small elements go unnoticed until they trigger a larger event, like a wave building up momentum as it smashes stone against stone, or the falling grains that cause a landslide.

Johanne Hestvold (b.1988, NO) holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Bergen Academy of Art and Design in 2013. She also studied at Malmö Art Academy (2017) and at the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki (2012). Hestvold has exhibited separately at among other Kunstnerforbundet in Oslo, Tag Team Studio in Bergen and Galleri Golsa in Oslo. Her work has recently been included in group exhibitions at The National Museum and Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo, Radius in Delft and The Southern Norway Art Museum in Kristiansand. In 2020 she received Sparebankstiftelsen Sør Art Award. Her work has been acquired among others by Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Drammen Kunstmuseum and AKO Foundation.

Alexandra Hunts (b. 1990, UA/NL) holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 2012 and master’s degree in Fine Arts from Malmö Art Academy in 2018. Her works have been exhibited amongst others at CODA in Appeldoorn and KUNSTEN in Aalborg. Hunts has taken part in residencies and collaborations with the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, FABRIKKEN and Art Hub Copenhagen amongst others. Her worksform part of international public and private collections such as Dutch Government collection, LAM Lisse Museum in the Netherlands, Norton Museum of Art and Rudin De Woody Art Collection in the USA. Hunts has been nominated for awards such as the FOAM Talent Prize, Rudin Prize of Norton Museum of Art and the ING New Talent Award. During fall 2023 Hunts will start her two-year residency at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

Andreas Tegnander (b. 1995, NO) holds a bachelor’s degree in Sono and Media Communications from Sonic College, Denmark in 2019. He is a former researcher of Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM) in Amsterdam, and part of the artist collective ‘The Other Abilities’ in Amsterdam. With new media art works, sonic sculptures and installations he has exhibited at, among others, Base Milano, Van Abbemuseum in Einthoven, Coda Museum in Apeldoorn and Het Hem Kunsthal in Zaandam. In collaboration with choreographer Justin de Jager he has composed music for dance theatres such as Korzo Theatre in The Hague, DOX Theatre in Utrecht, and Scapino Ballet in Rotterdam.

The artists would like to thank Clemens Spensberger, scientist at Bjerknessenteret for Environmental Reasearch in Bergen and Oleksandr Prokopenko, owner of and welder at Molodec Iron Workshop in Lviv for their invaluable support, knowledge and assistance in the making of the exhibition.

Grainy showers Coarse base is made possible through funding from the Norwegian Culture Fund, the Artist Remuneration Fund and regional project funding from the Norwegian Art Centers.

[The Invited series is curated by KRAFT director, Kirsti van Hoegee] [Invited (6): Grainy showers Coarse base by Johanne Hestvold & Alexandra Hunts in collaboration with Andreas Tegnander]

[Text: Sara Kollstrøm Heilevang]

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