EXHIBITIONS VANNA BOWLES
Vanna Bowles' exhibition Wild Tree makes drawings and photographs come alive through sculptures and specially commissioned texts by authour and artist Linn Cecilie Ulvin.
Vanna Bowle’s sculptures extending from her drawings have a function, they make the drawings real. Real in a way drawings otherwise never are, since drawings belong to the landscape of dreams and possibilities. The universe of the drawing is a place to discover new worlds, and the world we can explore in the exhibition Wild Tree is detached from ours, at the same time as it reaches for the realm of the real. Taking photographs as her starting point, the artist models a unique landscape in drawings and sculptures. Parallel to the development of the exhibition artist and authour Linn Cecilie Ulvin has written texts parlty as integrated parts of the exhibition itself, and partly as separate pieces of text. The separate text will be published online on the opening day of the exhibition, while the integrated texts can be read in the gallery space as well as in the book Wild Tree accompanying the exhibition.
This is the third of a series of three solo exhibitions this spring at Hordaland Art Centre. We highlight three strong individual voices and investigate their views on our times.
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Vanna Bowles (1974, Gotheburg, Sweden) lives and works in Oslo, Norway and has through several years refined her drawings and sculptures. She has close ties to both theatre and literature, and have during the last years had solo exhibitions at Tegnerforbundet in Oslo in 2007 and Østfold Kunstnersenter and Angelika Knäpper Gallery in 2010. Her works have also been represented in group exhibitions such as Good night then... Surrealism in Norwegian Art 1930-2010 at The Stenersen Museum in Oslo and Fiction at Kunstbanken Hedmark Kunstsenterin Hamar, both this year. Later this year she has been awarded a residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Nebraska, USA. Bowles has a cross-disciplinary education from the Oslo Academy of the Arts, the Physical Theatre School in Århus, Denmark and the Swedish Stunt School in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Linn Cecilie Ulvin (1969, Oslo, Norway) is an authour and artist. Ulvin has participated in several exhibitions and showed performances and theatre plays in Norway, Europe and China. Two of her novels have been published by Tiden Norsk Forlag and also published in other contexts. The last year she has had residencies in Berlin, Rome and Nome in the Norwegian county of Telemark, where she will have a solo exhibition this summer.
Vanna Bowles has received support from Statens utstillingsstipend. Hordaland Art Centre receives its core funding from Hordaland County.