Basically they’re used to explore the environment, learn their lyrics well and understand their role in that ongoing performance on stage. It is a kind of romantic reciprocity between them and the world, being worth it to think about those relations, their potentials and risks. The interaction is an inevitable symbiosis regarding to each other’s existence. Eventually, they try to collect their own impressions and consciously position themselves on a stage which belongs to all of us.
What is my phrase? Where is my company? Who’s writing my lyrics and whose drama is it within I am finding myself on stage?
So many questions arise but at least there is a first answer:
‘They’ is me and me is Pham, Minh Duc, a queer Vietnamese Conceptual artist based in Berlin.
Rose-coloured spectacles (He changed.)
Having recently graduated from NSCAD University in Nova Scotia, Canada, both Meaghan Bissett and Selina Latour (collaborative duo) have developed a bold and colourful language for artistic ‘play’. They are interested in personal practices or movements within a landscape, working within communities and creating site-specific work. The two practice both independently and together in painting, textiles, performance, installation, video, and fluxus. Their practice is free and thoughtful, giving space to slow movements and meditations. Language, womanhood, companionship, support and environment are critical parts of all our daily lives- this collaboration recognizes the importance in paying attention to these every day moments.
Ada Pilar Cruz is an artist from New York, her work is predominantly sculptural clay in Installation, and printmaking.
‘I came to Nes for two months to think and write and sketch out or create sculptural maquettes toward new work. I create figure sculptures and place them in shrine installation. My idea for working at Nes was to develop the installation part further. The first day I was in the studio, next to the edge of a fjord along the rocks, I found huge kelp leaves that wash up on the shore. The seaweed was bundled and tangled and clung to itself and to rocks.
I could not resist bringing this back to the studio to look at and study them. The leaves feel like leather – very stretchable, incredibly strong, but also quite slimy.
As the leaves dry, they curl and twist and shrink 40% – it reminded me of abaca and flax paper pulp, so I boiled and mashed the leaves for pulp. I made paper. The paper shrank so intensely that it would not keep any form resembling a sheet of paper, rather, they look like nests. Further, I noticed how brittle the leaves upon drying were as was the paper.
Not successful with paper as such, I decided to flatten, stretch over wire, roll, hang, glue the leaves to create forms. The leaves would dry beautifully and translucent though brittle. Yet, if I hung a leaf with three pounds of stone to form a curve or fold, the leaf would have the strength to carry that weight no matter it being dry.
Every morning, rain or shine, I walk along the rocky shore and gather the kelp I can work with for the day. I have stretched, printed, molded this material. The material is so alive. When I get back to my NY studio I will have the challenge of finding huge kelp leaves because most certainly they will find a way into my installations.
Katie Ione Craney is a mixed media artist from Haines, Alaska. Her work deals with loss, survival, and deciphering change in the northern landscape. Working primarily on small sheets of scrap metal, she applies textiles, photographs, line drawings, and silver leaf with encaustic hot wax.
While at NES, Katie is focusing on a series representing transboundary river and mining issues near her home in Southeast, Alaska. She is also experimenting with local materials such as wool, fishing debris, and various found objects. Visit www.katieionecraney.com
Katrin Keller invited the citizens of Skagaströnd to celebrate unique memories by presenting to her a meaningful object from their home and to tell her its story. She worked daily at the Bjarmanes Coffeehouse, borrowing the objects to draw. These drawings and the stories are presented in an exhibition downstairs at the Bjarmanes Coffeehouse for one month. To complete this project, she hopes to create a book including all the stories and drawings.
All are welcome to come see “Pieces of Skagaströnd” Exhibition: 27 August – end of September 2017.
Mon – Wed: 11.30 – 18.00
Thu-Fri: 11.30 – 22.00
Sat: 14.00 – 22.00
Sun: 14.00 – 18.00
Katrin Keller based in Lucerne Switzerland graduated from the Lucerne School of Art and Design, from the Bachelor in Art and Interpretation and finished her studies in 2012, after completing the Master of Arts inFine Arts. Since then she has been working as an independent artist and arts facilitator. Katrin Keller’s work is predominantly context and site-specific and combines different media like drawing, video and objects in installations. katrinkeller.ch
Cassie Riger is a Los Angeles-based artist working on the history of moving pictures. While at NES, she created the performance MESHES, investigating the 1943 “Meshes of the Afternoon.” The performance was staged at the Plan-B Festival in Borgarnes and at the NES Open House, with the generous participation of the other NES artists in residence. You can learn more about her work at www.cassieriger.com
Samantha Canovas is a Brazilian artist, based in São Paulo, Brazil. Her textile work concerns with the exhaustion of materials, procedures and unveiling the matter. At NES she is mostly working with found materials and learning different methods of constructing fabrics. You can see more of her artwork on her website. www.samanthacanovas.com
Liss is an Australian multidisciplinary artist, based in Newcastle, New South Wales. Here at Nes she is currently working with found materials, creating textile art and sculpture referencing old Icelandic myths, as well as documenting the fascinating surrounding landscape in oils.
Curt Bean has been working in the arts for 6 plus years. In that time he has shown across the United States, hailing from Denver, Colorado. His work ranges from conceptual visual art, traditional paintings, photography, and interactive performance installations. He founded the Art of War Project that serves the American veteran population with alternative resources such as art, yoga, and meditation. You can see his work at www.curtbeanart.com and view his AOW project at www.artofwarproject.com