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Ragna Bley

Stranger’s Eye
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Kunstnernes Hus has the pleasure of welcoming you to Ragna Bley's solo exhibition Stranger's Eye. Bley's artistic work is characterized by an experimental and nuanced use of materials, colours and references. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Malmö Konsthall, where several of the works have been shown previously. At Kunstnernes Hus, the works appear in new constellations and in dialogue with completely new works.

There is little that affects you as much as the sight of a planet you've discovered. Your body and mind become appendages of your eyes, which devour the unfolding view. The jagged chaotic mountain peeks with their unearthly sapphire ice caps. The dots and dashes, looking like bird tracks, that are ravines. The metallic shine of the sea. No one has ever seen it all before. You are the first.

Dmitri Bilenkin, The Uncertainty Principle

Ragna Bley's monumental paintings testify to a dynamic and sometimes uncontrollable painting process, a kind of colouring or staining of the canvas. The paint seems to follow its own paths and forms fluid transitions to tighter graphic parts in the borderland between representation and abstraction. At Kunstnernes Hus, the artist presents an installation of monumental paintings hanging from steel wires that cuts through one of the skylight halls. The tight, diagonal axis contrasts with the meandering and organic shapes that characterize the paintings.

The paired procession of paintings shows two different series of works back-to-back; soft cotton fabric against hard PVC canvas, transparent acrylic paint against mirror-gloss enamel paint. The installation invites the viewer for a walk around the room, with changing perspectives of proximity and distance, vastness and intimacy. The exhibition as a whole is characterized by an aquatic atmosphere that resonates in Kunstnernes Hus' iconic skylight hall, characterized by high vaults and sparkling rays of light reminiscent of an underwater life.

The exhibition is followed by a publication in the series Minigraphs which contains a conversation between Ragna Bley and artist and critic Ragnhild Aamås.

About the artist

Ragna Bley (b. 1986, Sweden) works with painting, sculpture, text and performance. She lives in Oslo and has a BA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo (2011) and an MA from the Royal College of Art in London (2015). In addition to Malmö Konsthall, Bley has had solo exhibitions at Kunsthall Oslo – Munchmuseet on the Move, OSL contemporary, Kunsthuset Kabuso and Downs & Ross in New York. She is currently working on her first solo exhibition for Pilar Corrias Gallery in London. Her works are in the collection of, among others, Henie Onstad Art Center, The National Museum, Oslo, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Kistefos, Malmö Konstmuseum, Statens Konstråd in Sweden, and Oslo Municipality's art collection.

The exhibition is kindly supported by Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.

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