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Jorunn Steffensen Farger i Flaten, 2017 Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Jorunn Steffensen

15. June - 30. July 2017

We are pleased to welcome you to the exhibition Farger i Flaten (Colour in the Pictorial Plane) by Jorunn Steffensen. The exhibition will be officially opened by the artist Wenche Gulbransen.

Jorunn Steffensen works within a constructivist visual language, reducing form and content to simple geometrical fields of colour. She focuses on how the colour’s energy develops through slow construction, layer upon layer and stroke upon stroke, through several stages with different colours and shades. It is a matter of finding the format, the pictorial plane, the form and then the colour, also of transcending boundaries and the interplay between the formal elements. She glues textile material onto veneer, treating it before the painting process begins. The colours and forms work together to create an illusion of three-dimensionality in the pictorial plane. As she herself puts it:

I work with different themes springing from architecture, art or a visual impression that affects me. This year, colour, pictorial planes and the illusion of space are the starting point for my pictorial expression.

Jorunn Steffensen will present a site-specific installation at SOFT galleri. The pictures will mainly be composed using pieces of veneer. In addition, she shows sketches based on her everyday life. The drawings are small, rapid sketches describing the normal everyday situation leading up to the exhibition. They give us glimpses of small moments, observations, of things incomplete. The sketches stand in sharp contrast to the large and colourful pictorial planes that take so long to construct. Ultimately, however, they deal with the same themes: the forms, fields of colour and spaces that are around us at any given time.

Jorun Steffensen (b. 1950) lives and works in Skien. In 1973 she graduated with a diploma in textiles/textile printing from the National College of Art and Design, Oslo (Statens håndverks- og kunstindustriskole, SHKS). She has received many work grants, also now the government’s guaranteed income for artists. Of her numerous solo exhibitions, we make do to mention those at the artist-run gallery Kunstnerforbundet, at Skien Art Society and Telemark Art Centre. She has participated in many group shows and collective exhibitions at home and abroad, not least the regional exhibition Sørlandsutstillingen, and the 14th International Textile Triennial in Lódz, Poland. Steffensen is a sought-after artistic consultant and has held positions of trust in organizations that seek to improve conditions for artists. Her works of art can be found in several important public collections.

The exhibition has received funding from Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond and Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond.

Jorunn Steffensen
Farger i Flaten, 2017
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Jorunn Steffensen
Tegninger, 2017
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Jorunn Steffensen
Farger i Flaten, 2017
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Jorunn Steffensen
Farger i Flaten, 2017
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Jorunn Steffensen
Farger i Flaten, 2017
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen