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Dream Machine Yola Maria Tsolis: Dream Machine Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Yola Maria Tsolis
Dream Machine

10. August - 10. September 2017

We are pleased to welcome you to Yola Maria Tsolis’ exhibition Dream Machine, at SOFT galleri, on Thursday, 10 August 2017, from 6 to 8 pm. The exhibition will open with a performance by Joakim Blattmann.

Yola Maria Tsolis works with tessellation in textiles. She starts with a cloth surface that is pre-organized with a grid, and then folds it to create intricate structures. The grid enables her to mould soft material into strict geometric structures. Their relief-like quality can bring to mind Arabic mosaics. In addition to textile tessellation, she works with similar abstractions and collages in media such as photography, video and sound. The abstractions come about in different ways, but she uses the same principles as in the textile tessellations. She fragments the material, then puts it together again using a geometric system.

Yola Maria Tsolis works site-specifically, in the sense that her abstractions become an extension of the exhibition space. She takes photos of the space’s architecture and details, then digitally prints them on textile material before they are tessellated and mounted in the space that is their starting point. In this way, part of the picture will emerge clearly, while other parts will be hidden in folds of fabric. Tsolis’ works deal with the theme of perception and how certain expectations about time and space influence the way we experience our surroundings.

By mixing genres such as textile, photography and video, I explore ideas related to perspectives, time and space. The works are often in-situ constructions, where viewing and observation become the most important aspects.

Tsolis presents a site-specific exhibition at SOFT galleri. Here she uses her method of textile tessellation to create a work that becomes an extension of the gallery’s architecture and character. She creates the textile installation in combination with a video. The video work is made in collaboration with the artist Ricardo del Pozo. Del Pozo challenges the viewer with the question of what it means to experience something: does a room have an autonomous truth, or does this truth of the room exist in the experience itself – in the act of viewing? Tsolis and del Pozo both explore how time and space influence us as viewers and what we experience. The exhibition space and the documentation of it are the preconditions for the artistic research and the exhibition’s final character.

Yola Maria Tsolis (b. 1981) earned a master’s degree in art from Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2014. She is part of the artist group Svartjord, which held an exhibition at Spriten Kunsthall in Skien, Norway earlier in 2017. She has participated in several group exhibitions and has received a two-year work-grant. The exhibition at SOFT galleri will be her first solo show since graduation.

Ricardo del Pozo (b. 1978) earned a master’s degree from Bergen Academy of Art and Design. He works with video and sound. Recently he curated a concert series in collaboration with Joakim Blattman, one of the venues of which was RAM galleri in Oslo.
www.yolamariatsolis.com

 

Dream Machine

Yola Maria Tsolis: Dream Machine
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Dream Machine

Yola Maria Tsolis: Dream Machine
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Dream Machine

Yola Maria Tsolis: Dream Machine
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Dream Machine

Yola Maria Tsolis: Dream Machine
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen