AiR 2012

Vernissage with a twist

After intense work through 4 days (and nights) we could finally present the last show this year: «Norwegian meditations»: Rosanna Salonia and «Childlike Witchøry»: Matthew Yates, art-photographers who both had their residency here autumn of 2010.

The viewers were invited in to experience their interpretations of the landscape, nature, fables and stories in, for many I guess, new ways. That is,- not your «ordinary» exhibition with only  picures in a frame, on the wall, but also throgh several video/audio-intallations, found-and re-created objects and rather large photography-installation.

The multiple ways of expressions made it necessary for the viewers to take their time and utilize multiple senses. Sound was ever present and in constant change as one moved through the different rooms. This helped set the moods for the different parts of the exhibition, from Rosannas beautiful and dreamy «scapes» to Matthews more  sinister and mysterious. Something that made it an experience of wandering between worlds. Some of the soundtracks was made and produced by Jan Krey, teacher of sound/music-production at the Sunnhordland folk highschool. Thanks Jan!

Judging by the reactions the experience was well received, however new, to some.Exciting, powerful and a bit spooky were repeated words. But also wonder,- that motives we see every day can be seen and shown in, to us, such new and different ways…

Rosanna Salonia «Norwegian Meditations»

Audio-Visual Installation, Mixed-Media Photo-Objects, Fine Photographic Prints

This new body of work wants to transmit the pure primal feeling of joy and wonderment i felt while exploring the forest, coast, and ice fields of this little gem called Halsnøy. It is in a way my thank-fullness for having had the privilege to spend time as an artist and researcher in such place filled with history and layers of energy, where nature feels raw and green and forcefully stupendous. In Rosanna’s work, the poetry of nature and our encounters with it, are explored. She wanders searching for magic which she, at times, is able to capture through her Holga lens and her serendipitous manipulations. She is interested in capturing the sublime qualities of an experience and bringing it home in the most sensual manner she is able to concoct. Her gelatin silver prints are manipulated with a variety of photographic and household materials – pure beeswax allows her to incapsulate, preserve and solidify the photographic objects she creates. Often these are contained in found wooden  or rusty metal objects, allowing the viewer to touch and smell as well as to see and feel. Recently, Rosanna has started exploring in situ sound and video installations.

Matthew G. Yates , «Childlike Witchøry”

Mixed media photo installation

When I came across a large amphibian devouring a small child I asked it : ”what are you?” and when it turned to look back at me I realized it wasn’t a frog at all, it was a small child wearing its skin. “I’m playing”, it replied, and then bounded off into the water. It is the folklore that is so rich in Norwegian culture and it is through the fairytale-like landscape that I began to see how all these tales came to be and why. Everyone here knows the stories, and everyone tells them in their own way, but I have found that the best storytellers here are the children.

As I immersed myself into the environment for my Artist’s Residency in November-December of 2010, I began to explore my feelings of the supernatural through photography. This project is my fairytale woven from the tales told by the characters who create this childish magic.

«Norwegian Meditations and Childlike Witchery»

Rosanna Salonia og Matthew Yates

 In november 2010 the Artists in Residency-program started at Halsnøy Kloster with the visual artists Matthew Yates and Rosanna Salonia, who came all the way from Arizona, USA. They came from +30c in the desert and arrived to bare-frost  and – 16c in Norway. This became for them a magical meeting with the norwegian winter and a «fairytale-landscape». Now we are happy to announce that they will finally be back to present their work from their stay through exhibitions and installations.

We have the pleasure of inviting you to vernissage, Sunday 25th of November at 17:00. Both artists will be present and stay at the Kloster the following week. 

Rosanna Salonia, «Norwegian Meditations», Audio-Visual Installation, Mixed-Media Photo-Objects, Fine Photographic Prints

  This new body of work wants to transmit the pure primal feeling of joy and wonderment i felt while exploring the forest, coast, and ice fields of this little gem called Halsnøy.

It is in a way my thank-fullness for having had the privilege to spend time as an artist and researcher in such place filled with history and layers of energy, where nature feels raw and green and forcefully stupendous.

In Rosanna’s work, the poetry of nature and our encounters with it, are explored. She wanders searching for magic which she, at times, is able to capture through her Holga lens and her serendipitous manipulations. She is interested in capturing the sublime qualities of an experience and bringing it home in the most sensual manner she is able to concoct. Her gelatin silver prints are manipulated with a variety of photographic and household materials – pure beeswax allows her to incapsulate, preserve and solidify the photographic objects she creates. Often these are contained in found wooden  or rusty metal objects, allowing the viewer to touch and smell as well as to see and feel. Recently, Rosanna has started exploring in situ sound and video installations.

Matthew G. Yates “Childlike Witchery” Mixed media photo installation

  When I came across a large amphibian devouring a small child I asked it : ”what are you?” and when it turned to look back at me I realized it wasn’t a frog at all, it was a small child wearing its skin. “I’m playing”, it replied, and then bounded off into the water.

It is the folklore that is so rich in Norwegian culture and it is through the fairytale-like landscape that I began to see how all these tales came to be and why.

Everyone here knows the stories, and everyone tells them in their own way, but I have found that the best storytellers here are the children.

As I immersed myself into the environment for my Artist’s Residency in November-December of 2010, I began to explore my feelings of the supernatural through photography.

This project is my fairytale woven from the tales told by the characters who create this childish magic.

About: Hailing from Milan, Italy, Rosanna Salonia receives a BFA in Fine Art Photography and a BA in Art History from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 2000. Her works have been exhibited and published in the US, Argentina, Italy, France, Germany, the UK, Norway, and Japan. They can be found in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, The University of Arizona Special Collections, the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan, and the International Center of Photography in Verona, Italy.

With fellow photographer Matthew Yates, she runs fotovitamina, a collaborative creative photography venture. Together they have been invited to an Artist Residency at the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, USA, and at Halsnøy Kloster, with the Sunnhordland Museum, in Halsnøy, Norway, for which they are preparing an exhibition for November 2012.

Matthew Yates Born in Long Beach, California, Matthew has been working in the photographic medium for over a decade.
Matthew graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1997 with a BFA in Fine Art Photography, and went on to a formative internship with the greeting card magnate Hallmark Cards.
In 2005 he co-founded fotovitamina with his partner Rosanna Salonia: a collaborative creative photography venture.
Matthew’s work has been exhibited and published in the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, and the United States.
Artist residencies include the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, and Halsnøy Kloster in Norway.
His most current exhibition is set for November 2012 in Halsnøy, Norway.

Koselig tid på klosteret

POSTED ON 27. JUNI 2012

Med vondt i hjerte dro Sharon Harper og Marie Docher om morgenen hjemme til Amerika og Frankrike. Det har vært et intensivt kunstopphold for begge fotografer. Halsnøy Kloster var et inspirerende sted for de to utlendinger og det bidraget til en fin arbeidsprosess. Det manglet ikke gleden heller. Sammen med noen venner av fotografene, blant annet kunstfotograf Gertrud Fischbacher, hadde de det veldig artig.

Samtidig som Sharon og Marie tar avskjed av Halsnøy Kloster, har murere Daniel og Christer i forrige uke begynt til å restaurere sør mur av vestfløyen. De holder på hele sommeren. Muren er gjennom årene utsatt for masse regn og vind og trenges derfor å bli gjenopprettet.

første kunstneropphold på klosteret i år

POSTED ON 19. JUNI 2012

Sharon Harper fra USA og Marie Docher fra Frankrike er i fullt arbeid på klosteret. De er de første to fotografer i kunstopphold i år og la seg inspirere av Halsnøy Klosteret vakkere omgivelse.

Sharon Harper: http://www.sharonharper.org/

Marie Docher: http://www.docher.com/

(Inter) Aktiv utstillingsåpning 😉 God Påske til alle.

POSTED ON 13. APRIL 2014

Fredag 11. april åpnet årets påskeutstiling på klosteret og dermed også sesongen  for 2014. På forhånd var det annonsert at her var halsnøybuen med å skape kunst, og i anledning åpningen fikk de igjen anledning til det ved å være aktive «kikkere»

Publikum ble møtt av Reinsdyr-Mannen som tok imot med trekkspillmusikk innerst i lokalet.

Klosterkjelleren er fylt med bilder, slideshow og «kikkebokser» fra to av fotokunstnerne som var på opphold i 2012, Caroline Vaillant, Frankrike og Lucia Herrero, Spania. Lucia med familie hadde anledning til å komme tilbake til åpningen og var smilende til stede og kunne  fortelle om prosjektet og svare på spørsmål  fra publikum

AiR- artists were also part of the official 850th. jubilee in 2013 for the founding of the monastery: in May: Marie Docher, France & Sharon Harper U.S.A. In September: Raphael Neal,France,  Sylvia Ballhause, Germany, Sebastien van Malleghem, Belgium and our local artist John Cunningham:

Endelig utvalg for Kunstneropphold 2012 / Final selection for Artists in Residence 2012 🙂

Sunnhordland Museum har gjort endelig utvalg  av følgende kunstnere som blir invitert til Kunstneropphold på Halsnøy Kloster 2012. / Sunnhordland Museum has decided to invite the following artists to Halsnøy Kloster, Norway, for the 2012 Artists in Residency- periods.:

Lucia Herrero, Spain                      http://www.luciaherrero.com/  

Matthias Olmeta, Spain                 http://www.olmeta.com/  

Sharon Harper, U.S.A                     http://www.sharonharper.org/ 

Raphaél Neal, France                     http://www.raphaelneal.com/    

Marie Docher, France                     http://www.docher.com/home.html

Sylvia Ballhause, Germany            http://www.sylviaballhause.de/

Caroline Vaillant, France                 http://caroline-vaillant.fr/

Sebastien van Malleghem / Pierre Lateur, Belgium       http://www.sebastienvanmalleghem.eu/

Reklamer