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Kim Hiorthøy

Hole in the Wall
03.06.22 – 07.08.22
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This summer, Kunstnernes Hus has the pleasure of presenting Kim Hiorthøy's solo exhibition Hole in the Wall. Hiorthøy has an interdisciplinary approach to artistic work and is active as an artist, choreographer, musician, graphic designer, author and filmmaker.

"I have several times tried to think of an apartment in which there would be a useless room, absolutely and intentionally useless. It wouldn’t be a junk room, it wouldn’t be an extra bedroom, or a corridor, or a cubby-hole, or a corner. It would be a functionless space. It would serve for nothing, relate to nothing."

— George Perec, The Apartment

"Why doesn’t Sancho also fight the giant?", asks the boy.
"Because Sancho knows the giant is really a windmill, and you can't fight against a windmill. A windmill is not a living thing."
"He's not a windmill, he's a giant! He’s only a windmill in the picture."

— J. M. Coetzee, The Childhood of Jesus

"All the reading they had done in the hopes of transporting themselves, a transporting that finally happened with death, which delivered them the transporting they had hoped for by reading, while fearing it in the form of death — all while longing for it in reading!"

— Sheila Heti, Pure Color

About the exhibition

Hole in the Wall is an exhibition of drawings and sculptures – and something between the two – which the viewer can search their way through. The sculptures and drawings shift between figuration and abstraction and something which is commonplace and uncategorizable at the same time.

The exhibition’s hole in the wall is both a mystery and a fact. A hole is an entrance and a transition –a place to escape into or out of. At Kunstnernes Hus, the observant visitor will find holes both in the different structures and in the architecture itself.

The exhibition is followed by a publication that contains a conversation between Kim Hiorthøy and filmmaker and author Dag Johan Haugerud.

A silk screen print in an edition of 20 has been made exclusively for Kunstnernes Hus. To secure your copy, please ask us at the reception desk.

The exhibition is supported by Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.

Download the exhibition catalogue:

Hole in the Wall is an exhibition about building something and trying to escape, and about trying to escape by building something.

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About the artist

Kim Hiorthøy (b. 1973, Norway) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Trondheim, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, the School of Visual Arts in New York and The School of Dance and Circus in Stockholm. He has a longstanding career as a graphic designer and illustrator, in addition to having worked with music, text, performance and film. In 2017, he made the feature film The Rules for Everything, which was screened in Norwegian cinemas. In 2019, he published the book Ferdig omslag kommer snart (Finished Cover Coming Soon), a collection of his design and illustration works from 1994-2019. In August 2022, his new book Knivtid (Knife time) will be published by Forlaget Oktober.

Previous exhibitions include Bergen Kunsthall, STANDARD (OSLO), Galleri Dropsfabrikken, 14th Vilnius Painting Triennial, Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, Amsterdam, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Bristol's City Museum and Art Gallery, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and New Jerseyy, Basel.

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