Entrée is proud to present the solo exhibition INYA LAKE by Maria Brinch at Kunstnernes Hus. The exhibition opens on Friday June 21st at 7pm and coincides with Kunstnernes Hus's summer party, which continues throughout the evening on the longest day of the year. For the exhibition, Bendik Baksaas and Maria Brinch have made a music album bearing the same name, which launches the same day and premieres on the opening night.
INYA LAKE consists entirely of new works where Brinch combines photography and painting in collaged wall-hung textiles that she further connects to sculptural shapes in pine and wrought iron. The photographic aspect consists of spontaneous mobile phone pictures from her everyday life and staged tableaux, representative of our contemporary accumulation of stored digital information. The artist's everyday life in the studio appears in several places, and so the works also refer to their own creation. Brinch connects the fabric's material function with its emotional dimension, with references to classic ornamental tapestries, urban laundry and the territorial use of decorative wrought iron gates.
Maria Brinch (b. 1984) lives and works in Oslo. She is graduated from Oslo Art Academy and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her practice incorporates the social aspect of craftsmanship, where the exchange of traditional knowledge is a platform for personal narratives and political experiences across cultures, resources and assumptions. In recent years, Brinch has collaborated with artists in Yangon in Myanmar and Kampala in Uganda, where she is engaged in female artist practices. Her work has previously been shown at UKS (Oslo), Gallery LNM (Oslo), Myanmart Gallery (Yangon in Myanmar), HOT Sculpture Garden (Kampala in Uganda) and NADA Art Fair (New York). In July, she opens an exhibition with sculptor Lilian Nabulime at Makerere Art Gallery in Kampala - an exhibition that then travels to Entrée (Bergen) in 2020.
Bendik Baksaas is an electronic musician, composer and DJ. Baksaas works with minimalism, techno and folk music, and graduated from the Norwegian Academy of Music.
Entrée is an artist-run space in Bergen, which since its inception in 2009 has been a springboard for young emerging artists for further exhibitions in Norway and abroad. As a central venue in Bergen's art scene, Entrée co-curated the exhibition BGO1 at the Bergen Art Museum already in 2010, and has since collaborated with several institutions at home and abroad. Entrée has focused on commissioning new work by artists mainly for solo exhibitions, but also group exhibitions and art in public space. In recent years the program has evolved to include more established artists and is becoming increasingly internationally oriented.
In January 2019, Kunstnernes Hus started a platform for artist-driven initiatives in the newly renovated exhibition space on the ground floor. With generous support from the Arts Council and Musikkutstyrsordningen, the exhibition hall has been upgraded and acoustically adapted to meet a wider range of expressions such as sound art, performance, concerts and video art, as well as visual art.