Mirjam Raen Thomassen
Mirjam Raen Thomassen (born 1982) is a visual artist based in Arendal, Norway. She is a Master of Fine Art graduated from the Academy of Art at the University in Bergen (2013). She has exhibited at venues such as Sørlandets Art Museum, Artendal/Bomuldsfabriken, Kunstgarasjen and Arteriet (NO), and further on in England, Scotland, Lithuania, Thailand and Slovakia.
Light is the main core of her practice, using installation, painting, photography, object and site specific works. Through a combination of strategies, both formal aesthetics and interventions in urban spaces and nature, she is investigating the transitions between the visible and invisible, between place and no-place. Her artistry has a genuine aspiration towards the poetic, emphasizing a subtle and often monotonous expression. Dwelling in the sensual aspects of tangible and intangible phenomenons, her aim is to encounter the viewers perception.
(Musician Han Ying is Playing the Cello on the Opening)
(The Opening Scene)
During 4th -24th April, 2018 Mirjam will work in TCG Nordica. She will communicate with local artists, create new works and have an exhibition here. Special thanks to the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beijing.
(Artists Talk on Opening, Gallery Director Luo Fei, Artist Mirjam Raen Thomassen, and the Head of Culture and Communication Lise Tønnesland Børresen)
The title of exhibition is “Moving Light” and it will open at 19:30 on 13th April. After the opening, there will be an artists talk. The duration will be 13th -22th April, 2018.
In the exhibition «Moving Light» Mirjam Raen Thomassen is using light as a main core. With photography as medium/tool, different areas of light are manifested, turning the intangible to somewhat constant. Based on the photographies, a series of work have been produced in Norway, consequently made with the local light. These works can be seen as fragments of certain places and moments. The transfusion of light from one place to another, from Bergen and Kristiansand to Kunming, prompts a shift. Located between north latitude 25°02’20” and 102°43’6″E, Kunming receives an annual average sunshine of more than 2,400 hours, which are giving a completely other light then in Bergen and Kristiansand with its latitude between north 60°23′ 33″ and 005°19′ 24″E / north 58°08′ 27″ and 008°00′ 000″E.
The works are a series of paintings, made by the photographies together with glue and reflexive glass beads on canvas. The canvas is of thin and translucent quality and can be adapted from both sides. The ink from the photographic print reacts with the glue and is being absorbed into the canvas, making new expressions and colour play. The reflexive glass beads are amplifying the conceptual content, due to its quality of trowing the light back to the exact same direction from where it comes from.
Alongside the works made in Norway, the exhibition will contain interventions in the gallery space composed by the light of the sun in Kunming, so that the different light are set in conversation.
The aim is to question the constant and intangible aspects in a poetic and existential perspective.
The sun is a constant for our existence, its sunbeams are intangible. Areas of light becomes visible, are in constant movement, and again disappears. These areas of light can be read as transient places – intangible and sensual.
2010 – 2013 Academy of Art at the University in Bergen, MA Fine art, Norway
2007 – 2010 Academy of Art at the University in Bergen, BA Applied art, Norway
2009 Glasgow School of Art, exchange studies dep. Sculpture and Environmental Art, Scotland
2005 – 2007 Einar Granum School of Art, Oslo, Norway
2018 Moving Light. TCG Nordica, Kunming, China
2018 Lyskomposisjoner 58°7’22.1″N 7°58’13.2″E +X. Arteriet, Kristiansand, Norway
2017 Lyskomposisjoner, Kunstgarasjen, Bergen, Norway
2016 Konstruksjoner, duo exh. with Martin Woll Godal. Visningsrommet USF, Bergen, Norway
2011 Tøys. Galleri Fisk, Bergen, Norway
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected)
2017 Hatch 10 years. X-huset, Kristiansand, Norway
2016 Alone. Touring exhibition, Galleri Lista Fyr, Sør-Troms Museum/Norway, Bratislava/Slovakia
2015 Anniversary Exhibition 2015 – SKMU 20 years. Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway
2014 art:language:location, in collaboration with Marit T. Dyre. Cambridge, England
2014 Sparebanken Sør Artist Prize 2014. SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway
2014 Kunstvisitten. Touring exhibition, Akershus Kunstsenter, several health/welfare institutions, Norway
2013 art:language:location. Cambridge, England
2013 Pop Up exhibition, Odds. Frantz:Navle, Bergen, Norway
2013 Hatch 2013. ARTendal, Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal, Norway
2013 Knock Knock 2013. The Association of Norwegian Sculptors, Oslo, Norway
2013 Stipendutstillingen 2013, Agder Centre of Arts, Kristiansand, Norway
2013 Masterutstillingen 2013. Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway
2013 Wireless. Touring exhibition, The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts, Norway
2012 Odds. Norwegian Museum Of Hydro Power and Industry, Odda, Norway
2012 Between the Four. F – Block Gallery, UWE, Bristol, England
2011 17 m.o.h. Bergen Kjøtt, Bergen, Norway
2010 Hatch. Agder Centre of Art, Kristiansand, Norway
2010 Spes. Bachelor-exhibition at Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway
2009 Raw Meat – Cut The Chiffon. GCF Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
2009 Velkomen til heimen vår. Østre Skotredet 8, Bergen, Norway
2009 In the Making. Gallery of Art and Design, Silpakorn, Thailand
2007 Young Examination. Kaunas Art Biennial, Lithuania
PROJECTS | PERFORMANCE
2016 Fysiske spor, in collaboration with Marit T. Dyre. Landås bibliotek, Bergen, Norway
2016 Hardbakka Ruins Project: Memento Mori. Bergen, Norway
2013 Wind Ensemble, performance group. Prøverommet, Landmark, Bergen, Norway
2011 Tøys. PrøveRommet, Teatergarasjen, Bergen, Norway
2009 – 2011 Pusterom, group collaboration. Nordnesparken/Bergen, Lakseneset/Askøy, Norway
2008 Beats, collaboration group. Light camp, Frederikshavn, Denmark
2007 The Machine Is Truly Silent, performance group. BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen, Norway
CATALOGUE | REVIEWS | PUBLICATIONS (selected)
2015 Anniversary Exhibition 2015, ISBN: 978-82-994332-9-7, s. 66-67, 109
2014 Nominert til Sparebanken Sør Kunstnerpris, Billedkunst no. 2, s. 5
2013 Odds – the text compilation, ISBN: 978-82-303-2402-8, s. 21, 154-155
2013 Ta en tråd og la den vandre, Tønsbergs Blad April 19th
2013 Tekstil blomstring, Tønsbergs Blad, s. 5, April 23rd
2013 Vil at du skal stoppe opp, Agderposten, s. 50-51, September 6th
2013 Fra polygonporselen til arvesølv, Fædrelandsvennen, s. 12, September 9th
2011 Som liljene på marken – om å leve enklere, Barbro Raen Thomassen, ISBN: 978-82-494-0095-9, s. 205, 208 – 209
2009 Kunst med tyngde, Studvest, August 19th
2008 Nordlys til Frederikshavn, Nordjyske avis, October 15th
2007 Tekstilinis pareiskimas, Literetura ir menas, December 4th
FUNDING | STIPEND
2018 Kristiansand Municipality | project funding
2017 Areopagos | travel funding
2017 Bergen Municipality | project funding
2016 Arts Council Norway | project funding
2014 Bergen Municipality, international support | project funding
2010 Bergen National Academy of the Arts | project funding
2007 Bergen National Academy of the Arts | travel funding