On Fri Nov 23rd the group show Bare mennesket lager rette linjer (Only humans draw straight lines) opens at Norsk Billedhoggerforening (Norwegian Sculptors Society) in Oslo. The show looks at "biomorphism" in sculpture. Mattias Härenstam is showing the piece Sketch for a re-animation V (...no one was to blame really, but still). Other artists in the show are Lise Amundsen, Eyvind Solli Andreassen, Lissette Escobar, Anneke von der Fehr, Ellen Grieg, Carl Martin Hansen, Johannes Block Hellum, Karina Herteig, Aleksander Jæger, Ervin Løffler, Henry Moore, Knut Odden, Aase Texmon Rygh, Thor Sandborg, Martin Stråhle and Hanne Tyrmi. The show will be up until Jan 13th. More info at Norsk Billedhoggerforening.
On Saturday Nov 1st an exhibition curated by Elin Melberg and Margrethe Aanestad of Prosjektrom Normanns opens at Stavanger Kunsthall. Their selection include works by Norwegian artists A K Dolven, Vibeke Tandberg, Mattias Härenstam, Ane Graff and American artist Nathlie Provosty, as well as works by Melberg ans Aanestad themselves. Härenstam will show Portrait of a smiling man at the Kunsthall and parallel with the exhibition at Kunsthall Stavanger, there will be a video work (Reconstruction) by Mattias Härenstam on view offsite at Prosjektrom Normanns. The show will be up until Dec 16th. More info at Stavanger Kunsthall.
Mattias Härenstam has been invitated to do a project with Trykkeriet - Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Bergen. This has resulted in the a series of new wood cut self-portraits titled Abendland. On Sat Oct 13 at 8 pm an exhibition of the series opens at the Trykkeriet Showroom, Fjøsangerveien 70a in Bergen. More at their webpage.
On Sunday April 22nd an exhibition celebrating 20 years of Virserums Konsthall opens. 20 artists, who all have participated in various exhibitions in the space during these 20 years, have been selected. Among them Mattias Härenstam with the piece Desire. Härenstams Not a single sound (2012) was accquired by the Konsthall in 2013 and it is on permanent display in the reception area. Other participating artists include Susanna Arwin, Ulrika Berge, Lisa Fjellman, Paul Grähs, Jenny Grönvall, Bertil Hertzberg, Rabeaa Ibrahim, Richard Johansson, Åsa Jungnelius, Malin Lindmark Vrijman, Åse Marstrander, Eva Nordangård, Robert Nyberg, Lore Nynnell, Björn Olsson, Stina Opitz, Roland Persson, Riitta Vainionpää and Mathieu Vrijman. The show will be up until November 14th. More info at the Konsthall website.
As part of the Photobook weeks there will be a presentation of Stafett at Fotogalleriet 09.02 - 15.02. Stafett is a project based on an artists collaboration between Danish artist Tomas Lagermand Lundme, Swedish artist JH Engström and Norwegian artist Nina Strand. On May 1st 2016, Lundme and Strand invited four other Nordic artists (Lene Ask, Mattias Härenstam, Emil Salto and Lina Selander) to participate in an artistic stafett. A shared mail thread from May 1st 2016, which officially ended on May 1st 2017, is the starting point of Stafett as a publication and an exhibition at Fotogalleriet. The exhibition will include Härenstams' film Prospect. More at Fotogalleriet web page.
Opening of the group show "Høytrykk" at Hå Gamle Prestegård on Sat Jan 27th. It includes work by 20 Norwegian artists working with wood- and linoprints. Mattias Härenstam is showing two prints; December (birches) and August (night). Other artists included are Andreas Siqueland, Anne Kampmann, Cathrine Dahl og Ørjan Aas, Eli Hovdenak, Elin Gabrielsen, Else Marie Haugland, Gunhild Vegge og Lasse Kolsrud, Gunnar Haugland, Idun Baltzersen, John Hoelstad Dæhli, Magne Furuholmen, Ola Jonsrud, Ola Steen, Patrick Huse, Ragna Grønstad, Ståle Blæsterdalen, Thomas Hestvold, Trine Lindheim, Yngve Zakarias and Åsmund Haukelidsæter. "Høytrykk" stays open until March 18th. More at the gallery web page.
Prospect by Mattias Härenstam is now featured on Blinkvideo. Blinkvideo is a professional website for research of video art, performance and multimedia installations. Anita Beckers and Julia Sökeland initiated the platform on the background of their own experience as curators and gallerists. The target audience consists primarily of art professionals such as curators (independent or associated with an institution / museum), collectors, journalists, gallery owners, art students, university professors, and related members of the art world. Link to the Blinkvideo presentation of Mattias Härenstam here.
A screening of some of Mattias Härenstams' film- and videowork at Cinemateket, Bergen on Dec. 5th at 20.00. Mattias will be present at the screening and give a short presentation of each work and partake in a Q&A at the end. The program contains the following works: Portrait of a Smiling Man (4.30 min), Rekonstruction (21.10 min) and Prospect (16 min). The event is collaboration between VISP and Cinemateket. More info here.
Closed Circuit (In the middle of Sweden) is included in a screening program of international video art at the Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki. The screenings are in the frame of Thessaloniki Biennale 6: Imagined Homes and will take place 27.12 - 31.12 2017. The program is curated by Gioula Papadopoulou and Margarita Stavraki of Video Art Miden. More info here.