Prosjektrom Normanns is an artist-run gallery based in Stavanger, Norway, which hosts site-specific and experimental exhibitions by national and international artists and curators.

For the exhibition at Interface, the artists behind Prosjektrom Normanns, Margrethe Aanestad and Elin Melberg, have been invited to create a group show including their own work, in addition to other artists. The invited artists are Anders Sletvold Moe and Marit Roland, both Norwegian established contemporary artists. Prosjektrom Normanns has been collaborating with Anders and Marit over several years, and are proud to again have the chance to show their work along side theirs.

Conceptually the works will revolve around abstract expressions of universal existential themes, such as contrasts and dualities between fragility and strength, the eternal and ephemeral, and the liminal space where the human being is in lack of control between those states. In various ways, the artists explore these themes through materials and tactile expressions, from delicate, fragile paper works, solid sculptures to painting and textile.

The title, Vestkyst, literally means West Coast in Norwegian and references the artists’ journey from Stavanger, which is on the West Coast of Norway to the West Coast of the United States.

Please join us for a reception and artist talk on Saturday February 16th from 1 - 3 pm with Aanestad and Melberg of Prosjektrom Normanns. They will discuss the show they've curated for Interface and talk more generally about support for the arts in Norway, how artist run spaces operate there, and residency opportunities they recommend.

About the artists:

Anders Sletvold Moe (b. Steinkjer, Norway, 1978) lives and works in Oslo. Sletvold Moe graduated with Master in Fine Arts from Malmö Art Academy in 2006. Recent solo shows include Aura Krognoshuset, Lund (2018), Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo(2017); Akershus Kunstsenter (2016), Lillestrøm; Kunstmuseet Nord- Trøndelag, Namsos (2016), The Vigeland Museum, Oslo (2014); Elastic Gallery, Stockholm (2014). Selected group shows: Marso Gallery, Mexico City (2018); Trondheim Art Museum (2016); Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger (2015); The Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo (2015), Norwegian Sculpture Biennale, Oslo (2013).

Marit Roland (b.1981 Kristiansand, Norway) lives and works in Oslo. Roland completed her Masters degree at the Art Academy in Trondheim NTNU in 2012. Selected solo-exhibitions include Akershus Kunstsenter (2018), Haugesund Kunstforening (2018), Galleri BOA (2017), Møre og Romsdal Kunstsenter (2016), Prosjektrom Normanns(2014), The Contemporary Art museum, Genova Italy (2014), Tromsø Centre for Contemporary Art (2013) and Kristiansand Kunsthall (2013). Selected group exhibitions: Cosmoscow Artfair, Moscow Russia (2017), Sørlandets Kunstmuseum (2015), Høstutstillingen, Oslo (2014) and The Norwegian Sculpture Biennale Vigelandsmuseet (2013). Beside her pratice as an artist she is currently involved at The University of Agder, department of Visual Arts as Associate Professor.

Elin Melberg (b. Stavanger, Norway, 1976). In 2002 she graduated with a Masters of Fine Art from the Royal College of Art (London). Since 2003 Melberg has lived and worked in Stavanger, also co-directing the artist-run project space Prosjektrom Normanns. She is co-founder and co-owner of the creative working space ELEFANT in Stavanger. Elin Melberg has recently exhibited at Aker Brygge Oslo (2018); KUBE Art Museum (2018); Nord-Trøndelag Art Museum (2018); Kunsthall Stavanger (2018); Sølvberget Galleri (Stavanger) (2018 & 16); Untitled San Francisco (2017 & 18); Nordenfjeldske kunstindustrimuseum (Trondheim) (2017); Stavanger Art Museum (2017&14); Galleri Format (Oslo) (2016); Untitled Miami (2015&16); Open Source Gallery (Brooklyn, NY) (2016); Griffin Gallery (London) (2015); Vestlandsutstillingen (touring 2015); Galleri Opdahl (Stavanger) (2014). Collections include Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger Art Museum, Oslo Municipality Art Collection, Stavanger Concert Hall, KORO, Statoil Art Collection, Stavanger MunicipalityRoyal College of Art, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and the Bazil Alkazzi Foundation.

Margrethe Aanestad (b. Stavanger, Norway, 1974) lives and work in Stavanger and Brooklyn, NY. Aanestad is co-founder and co-curator of Prosjektrom Normanns. Recent solo exhibitions include Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway (2018) (duo); Untitled Art Fair, San Francisco (2017&18); Torrance Shipman Gallery, New York (2015); Dimensions Variable, Miami (2015); Open Source Gallery, New York (2013); Untitled Art Fair, Miami (2015&14&12). Selected group exhibitions: Dimensions Variable, Miami (2016); Another Space, Copenhagen (2014); Interno4, Bologna (2013); ISCP, New York (2012); The 124. Annual National Art Exhibition in Norway, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2011). Aanestad studied fine arts at the Rogaland Art College and graduated in 2000 with a BA from the University of Stavanger, including Art History and Aesthetic Philosophy. She is co-founder and co-owner of the creative working space ELEFANT in Stavanger. Public collections include University in Stavanger; Stavanger City Council, British Petroleum, Norway.