“Conceptually the works will revolve around abstract expressions of universal existential themes, such as contrast and dualities between fragility and strength, the eternal and ephemeral, and the liminal space where the human being lacks control between those states. This will be explored through materials and tactile expressions, executed in a number of ways and dimensions, from delicate, fragile paper works, sculptures, to painting and textile.“- Margrethe Aanestad & Elin Melberg.
Margrethe and Elin are co-founders of the non-profit, artist ran Prosjektrom Normanns in Stavanger, Norway, as well as co-founders and co-owners of the creative studio/working space, ELEFANT, Stavanger, Norway.
Margrethe Aanestad (b. Stavanger, Norway, 1974). Studied Fine Art at the Rogaland Art College and graduated from the University of Stavanger with a BA in Culture & Art Management including Art History and Aesthetic Philosophy.
Aanestad lives and works in Stavanger, Norway, and Brooklyn, New York. Solo exhibitions include Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway (2018); Torrance Shipman Gallery, New York (2015); Dimensions Variable, Miami (2015); Open Source Gallery, New York (2013). Selected group exhibitions, Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA (2019); Vestlandsuttstillingen- a traveling juried exhibition shown across institutions in Norway (2019); Another Space, Copenhagen (2016); Interno4, Bologna (2013); ISCP, New York (2012). Public collections include Unversity of Stavanger (2016); Stavanger City Council (2016); British Petroleum, Norway (2016).
Elin Melberg (b. Stavanger, Norway, 1976) graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art, London (2012). Melberg has recently exhibited at Interface Gallery, San Francisco (2019), Aker Brigg, Oslo (2018), KUBE Art Museum, Alesund, Norway (2018); Nord-Trondelag Art Museum (2018); Kunsthall Stavanger (2018); Solvberget Galleri, Stavanger, Norway (2018 & 16); Untitled Art Fair, San Francisco (2017 & 18); Nordenfjeldske kunstindustrimuseum (Trondheim) (2017); Stavanger Art Museum (2017 & 14); Galleri Format (Oslo) (2016); Untitled Miami (2015 & 16); Open Source Gallery (Brooklyn, NY) (2016); Griffin Gallery (London) (2015); Vestlandsutstillingen (touring 2015); Galleri Opdahl (Stavanger) (2014).
Collections include Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger Art Museum, Oslo Municipality Art Collection, Stavanger Concert Hall, KORO, Statoil Art Collection, Stavanger Municipality, Royal College of Art, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and the Bazil Alkazzi Foundation.
Upcoming projects in 2019 include an outdoor permanent public commission in Oppland Municipality and a scenography for M?NEm?ne that premiers at Rogaland Theatre in December.
*Continuation and/or duration is a micro-residency and exhibition at Abingdon Studios Project Space and has been developed and curated by Abingdon Studios co-director, Garth Gratrix, in collaboration with the artists. Gratrix previously spent a period of residency resulting in an exhibition of new works at Prosjektromm Normanns, Stavanger, Norway (2018).
*Abingdon Studios Project Space is located on the second floor and accessible via stairs only.