Studio17 is proud to present Veslemøy Flotve’s first solo exhibition La meg liggja her litt lengre. In the artists own words:
In this work I explore the influence of memory and thought. I visualize bound patterns and how alluring it is to give in. I explore what triggers security and insecurity. Looking for what is often missing and difficult to get hold of.
Through performance and installation I experiment with emotions and movements related to belonging, safety and comfort, focusing on details and the moment. When a situation becomes overwhelming, I go down to the ground. Lay my body against the floor and feel the surface that is constantly there, but not always noticed.
Last year marked the beginning of a successful collaboration between the Rogaland School of Art (Kunstskolen i Rogaland – KiR) and Studio17, where one of the students graduating from KiR is invited to have a solo exhibition at Studio17 during the upcoming autumn. In 2017 KiR alumni Jone Tou had his first solo exhibition at Studio17 in the framework of this collaborative project. The selection was then, as it is now, made based on the artistic quality of the work presented at the graduation exhibition of KiR.
Hanne Beate Ueland, the director of Stavanger Art Museum, who was invited to jury the exhibition this year, writes about the work of Veslemøy Flotve:
Veslemøy Flotve’s sculptural installation «Ode til sokken, hyllest til mi mor» is a soft spoken sculptural installation with both hanging and wearable textile elements. The work is obviously inspired by the textile art of the 70s, even the title of the work references the 40th anniversary exhibition of the Norwegian textile organization. The artist engages with her sculptural elements in a long lasting wordless performance. Her soft gestures are performed in a most sincere manner. The slow tempo and long-lasting embraces with the soft structures resembles to some degree the work of Maria Hassabi, in which the perception of time is of utter importance. The simple textile sculptures, with connotations to a nostalgic longing for a lost childhood, or a child’s obsession with soft toys, becomes meaningful structures with a range of interpretations when inhabited by those silent and sincere movements.
Rogaland School of Art is a vocational school that provides education in visual arts. For more info, please visit: www.kir.no