Fortune Tellers at Kusthall Grenland, Norway
November 12, 2022–January 15, 2023
Kunsthall Grenland presents Fortune Tellers, an exhibition of new sculptures, paintings and photographs by four international artists: Emily Weiner, Sofia Eliasson, Hanna Roloff and Astrid Sleire. The works explore local geological conditions and archaeology, while referencing global industry and art history.
Emily Weiner is interested in material links between far-reaching phenomena such as historical Greek and Roman busts—early representations of growing empires and power—to modern designs, such as terrazzo, which appeared more than 500 years ago, yet trends in interior designs again today.
The artists Sofia Eliasson and Hanna Roloff have been on an excursion to the limestone quarry locally in Bjørntvedt, together with a geologist from Geopark UNESCO Gea Norvegica, which is based in Porsgrunn. Their local explorations have influenced the work in this exhibition, and local findings are put into dialogue with a larger global discourse about climate.
Astrid Sleire has worked at 1400°, the Kunsthall’s own contemporary ceramics and porcelain workshop, located in the factory building of Porsgrunds Porselænsfabrik. Here, new sculptures have emerged with impulses from the industrial landscape at Herøya, Brevik and from the Porsgrunn river's constant movement and changing surface, drifting through the nearby landscape.
This exhibition was supported by the Arts Council Norway, and is curated by Randi Grov Berger, who runs the exhibition space Entrée in Bergen.