Invitation to the opening reception of Upcycle at Galleri Sult, Stavanger, Norway, 9th January

Welcome to the opening reception of the group show Upcycle at Gallery Sult in Stavanger, Norway, January 9th, 6 pm.

The exhibition is curated by Kollektivet, a Norwegian artist, activist and curator group. Artists participating are Rune Guneriussen, Karoline Hjorth, Riitta Ikonen, Helle Mellemstrand, Atle Østrem, Eline Medbøe, Jonas Daatland, Joran Jacobsen, Maria Sundby, Svanhild Rohdin, Elisabeth Rydland Nilssen, Vibeke Rød Kjøde og Robin Frohardt.

The exhibition is open until 26. January.

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value, in this case ART. Upcycle- the exhibition, sees past the material, and looks into the core of the art, its meaning and purpose. Upcycling investigates the relationship between nature and culture by taking a stance as to the origin of the material and how we as a culture can contribute to a sustainable environment. In a world of commercialism, upcycling on a large scale can challenge what we as a culture find valuable. By upcycling the question is asked; What has value and what is value?


Coming soon: Eyes as Big as Plates – France, Iceland and The Faroe Islands

After the magnificent New York experience, we are excited to announce that Eyes as Big as Plates is ready for France, Iceland and The Faroe Islands this autumn.

As part of Paris Design week, the Nordic cultural institutes/embassies have organised a joint venture called Atomne Nordique, where Finland will be represented by Riitta at a Pecha Kucha night on the 12th September. Karoline joins in from Norway shortly after for the first French chapter of Eyes as Big as Plates, with Iceland and The Faroe Islands scheduled for October and November.

We are looking for participants and collaborators for all three locations, so if you would like to participate as one of the charismatic seniors in the series, or if you know someone who might be an enthusiastic model – do get in touch, as we would love to hear from you.

Info on the Pecha-Kucha night: 12.9.2013, 18.30-20.00. Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Desig 34, quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris.

From last summer's midsummer shoot with Jaska in Pohjois-Karjala © Markku Ikonen
From last summer’s midsummer shoot with Jaska in Pohjois-Karjala © Markku Ikonen

Eyes as Big as Plates ready for Trøndelagsutstillingen

The 2nd round of jury selection for the 37th Trøndelagsutstillingen has ended, with extracts from Eyes as Big as Plates  ready for the annual regional exhibition organised by TBK and Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art (TSSK) in Trondheim, Norway.

Exhibition venues 2013:

© Trøndelagsutstillingen 2013
© Trøndelagsutstillingen 2013

Fanfare # 2

FANFARE #2 er i salg, løp og kjøp på Narvesen / Tronsmo/ Big Dipper/ Tiger/ Litteraturhuset/ Tanum Oslo City © Fanfare
FANFARE #2 er i salg, løp og kjøp på Narvesen / Tronsmo/ Big Dipper/ Tiger/ Litteraturhuset/ Tanum Oslo City © Fanfare

“Når kongen kommer til Åmli, spiller Jonas Alaska. Fotograf Karoline Hjorth reiste til New York, men endte opp med å kle opp gamle seniorhelter i natur. Ingvild Schade måtte flytte fra Drammen for å debutere som forfatter – med en bok om Drammen og drammensere.”

FANFARE #2 BYGDEKULTUR inneholder i tillegg bidrag av og om blant annet: Ole Robert Sunde, Tor Åge Bringsværd, Charlotte Rostad, Bendik, Biri-tapet, Kaja Schjerven Mollerin, Linn Rottem, Katrine E. Strøm, Suttungbevegelsen, Maria Tryti Vennerød, LOPI, Mikkel Bugge, Jannicke Systad Jacobsen, Kval&Actionfilm, Norsk Rockforbund.

FANFARE #2 er i salg fra 1.september.

Mormormonologene at Vinjeutstillinga 2013

The annual summer exhibition of visual arts and craft at Vinjar opens today, including 20 works from Mormormonologene.

Open all days from 11 am – 18 pm, Sunday 30th June- Sunday 4h August. Vinjar is located 13 km west of Åmot (direction Haukeli).


Eva Bjertnes from the series Mormormonologene © Karoline Hjorth
Eva Bjertnes from the series Mormormonologene © Karoline Hjorth

Invitation to the opening reception of ‘Wearable Art Class’ – tonight at Christopher Henry Gallery

A six month residency at a senior center in New York’s Chinatown culminates in this exhibition presenting colourful performance outfits, photography and video. ‘Wearable Art Class’ gathered every Wednesday at the City Hall Senior Center since January and got wilder by the week. More information about the many contributors and organisations involved in the project below.

Wearable Art Class at Christopher Henry Gallery, New York, NY
Presented by the Hamilton Madison House City Hall Senior Center
Reception on Monday, June 24th from 2-5 pm, Cocktail hour 6-9pm
Exhibition from June 24th- July 28th. Wednesday to Sunday 11-6pm
Christopher Henry Gallery: 127 Elizabeth Street (between Broome and Grand), New York, NY

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For Wearable Art Class, members of the Hamilton Madison House City Hall Senior Center will be showing off the products of their labors with a display of handmade costumes, photography, and video that prove that beauty, age, and creativity can be synonymous. The show will feature bright colors, uncommon materials, and innovative fashions so appealing that visitors will want to take them off the shelf to wear to the next party.

Wearable Art Class is a multidisciplinary visual art and performance program for the senior residents of Manhattan’s Chinatown. They have gathered every Wednesday since January at the City Hall Senior Center, 100 Gold Street, New York, NY, and also recently performed on stage of the Chinatown restaurant Jing Fong.

The artist team behind Wearable Art Class is Riitta Ikonen (Finland), Alison Kuo (US), Yue Lin (China), Wei Xiaoguang (China), Karoline Hjorth (Norway) and Annie Collinge (UK). It began as a meeting between the costume maker and performer Riitta Ikonen and the blogger behind Accidental Chinese Hipsters, Alison Kuo, in which the two declared their intentions to make art with the dynamic and fashionable older residents of Chinatown. From there, the network of collaborators and and participants has grown exponentially. Artist websites:, and

Funding for the Wearable Art Class came from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council‘s residency program “Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide” (SPARC), which is a collaboration between the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department for the Aging, and the city’s five local arts councils. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the Department for the Aging. This exhibition is generously supported by Christopher Henry Gallery, the Consulate General of Finland in New York, Nordic Breads, Recess and Materials for the Arts.

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Press inquiries: Alison Kuo, 743 – 2733