Monday, April 1, 2019

Beckoned to Blue - SL Gallery

Beckoned to Blue
Opening reception: Wednesday, April 3, 6–9pm
April 3 to May 31, 2019
SL Gallery 
335 West 38th Street, New York

Color embodies the universal; ascending light represents the connection with the universe, while horizontal lines can remind us of the open landscape, the sea merging with the sun, perhaps internally experienced as a sensation of tranquility and eternity.  - Anne Katrine Senstad

SL Gallery is pleased to present Anne Katrine Senstad’s new solo exhibition Beckoned to Blue examining the essence of the color blue, presented in three parts: Elements III - Blue - an immersive light sculpture installation in the main gallery space; a sensory chamber installation with a sound piece by Catherine Christer Hennix; and a set of accompanying photographic works featuring blue in an exploration of dimensionality.

Elements III – Blue defines the environment as luminous blues that envelope the fabric of our cognitive body. Made up of monochromatic squares of light defined by an inner blue spectral vertical portal centered in the space, the viewer experiences the interior and exterior light sculptures, resonating through prismatic frequencies. The immersive quality offers the viewer a dialectic between center and horizon—the sculptural light composition enveloping us with a sense of the infinite. Senstad’s cosmology of spacetime and light beckons you to a matrix of horizontal and vertical expressions of blue light, evoking fractal topologies. In space, distance is the present—the horizon extending far beyond our frame of reference as blue columns of light ascend to the empyrean. Senstad’s interpretation of blue as physical environment is informed as much by the artist’s curiosity about the emotional, physiological, and scientific phenomena that constitute our concept of color as it serves her lifelong desire to capture the impossible beauty and sensorial properties of color in the abstract.

While Elements III – Blue explores the immensity of space, Senstad’s sensory chamber installation represents the internal geography of the viewer’s physical self. Here, the installation brings the public into an architecturally reductive private chamber, echoing the internal - the physiological and psychological experience of the work. Playing on 
 a 18 : 32 minute loop within the chamber, the video work, Beckoned to Blue (2019), travels through compositions in multiple hues of blue. The accompanying sound piece for the video, The Well-Tuned Marimba (1976), composed and performed by electronic sound pioneer and mathematician Catherine Christer Hennix, creates sparkling spatial sensations between the gravity of Hennix’s keyboard, sine-wave generator, and the Sheng - a traditional Chinese polyphonic reed instrument that merges Hennix’s ocular minimalist sound with the aural color spheres evident in the video. Senstad has collaborated with Hennix with on several exhibitions. 

The Elements series began in 2018 as a commissioned immersive light sculpture installation for group exhibition Through The Spectrum at Athr Gallery in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in collaboration with Pace Gallery and Cruz-Diez Foundation, alongside artists James Turrell, Robert Irwin, Carlos Cruz-Diez, and Leo VillarealElements II was created for the exhibition Scene Unseen - On Nordic Art and Design at He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, China, curated by Feng Boyi and Norwegian curator Bjørn Inge Follevåg.

This marks Senstad’s first solo exhibition with SL Gallery. Beckoned to Blue will be on view from April 3 through May 31, 2019 with an opening reception on April 3 from 6–9pm. SL Gallery is located at 335 West 38th Street. Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11am - 6pm , Saturday (by appointment), closed Sunday & Monday.

Beckoned to Blue is supported by The Royal Norwegian Consulate General New York.

Anne Katrine Senstad was raised in Singapore and Norway and received her art education at Parsons School of Design, The New School for Social Research in New York, and Berkeley University in California. Her practice lies in the intersections of architectural installation art, photography, video art, neon sculpture and site specificity within the language of chromatic minimalism and light environments. For several decades, her practice has been focused on the phenomenology of perception of light, sound 
and color. She has exhibited internationally in galleries, museums and institutions including the 55th and 56th Venice Biennale (Italy), Bruges Art and Architecture Triennale (Belgium), He Xiangning Art Museum (China), Kunsthall 3,14 (Norway), Trafo Kunsthall (Norway), Octavia Art Gallery (New Orleans + Houston), and Zendai MoMA (China). For more information visit

SL Gallery was established in 2017 by architectural lighting designer and consultant William Schwinghammer. The mission of the gallery is to present works that merge contemporary art, lighting and new media technologies, providing support for the diverse creative practices of emerging, mid-career and established artists within the community. With over 30 years in the architectural lighting industry, Schwinghammer is heavily inspired by visual art, design, and lighting on the edge of concept. He has worked on a number of high-profile commissions including the restoration of The Ritz in ParisThe Woolworth Building in New York, and Herzog & de Meuron’s 56 Leonard Street, as well as Leonardo da Vinci’s Fire and Water Codex world exhibition (in collaboration with Christie’s New York) and the lighting of Vincent van Gogh’s 150-year exhibition Vincent’s Choice in the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam. The artists selected to showcase at SL Gallery are an extension of Schwinghammer’s vision and have included Fabrizio Corneli,Aleksandra Stratimirovic, Sean Capone and Karen Gunderson. For more information visit

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For SL Gallery, contact Tony Long, Director at or 212-967-5945

Monday, March 25, 2019

IN VIVO Tempo - Noorderlight House of Photography

Noorderlight House of Photography

Groningen, Holland

IN VIVO tempo

[6 April - 26 May 2019]
An exhibition with artists who make a cross-over from their main practice as a photographer to video. The works are a poetic reflection on the relationship between nature and culture and want to make us aware of the vulnerable relationship between the two.
* Anne Senstad
* Helen Sear
* Christina Seely
* Chris Jordan
* Evan Roth
Friday 5 april, 5 pm, Noorderlicht | House of Photography

IN VIVO tempo

IN VIVO tempo is a poetic reflection on the relation between nature and culture. For this occasion, Noorderlicht | House of Photography is transformed into a film house, full of chillout rooms and cinema spaces. IN VIVO tempo features the work of five cross-media artists who use the moving image to make the viewer aware of the fragile relationship between man and our seemingly natural environment. The works have a meditative character with immersive soundtracks that allow the viewer to be transported. IN VIVO tempo is a continuation on the theme of the earlier IN VIVO photography event, curated by head curator Wim Melis. 

ANNE SENSTAD (NORWAY, 1967)A triptych of videos with visuals by Senstad and music by JG Thirlwell, about the interaction between man, nature and cultural history. The work was shown at the Venice Biennale in 2015. JG Thirlwell is a legendary musician who is also known under the aliases Foetus, Steroid Maximus and Manorexia.
The SwampA lyrical homage to the American South, where the swamp is the bearer of many tales. They are valuable, transitional ecosystems harbouring life and death, beauty and darkness, refuge and hunting. Swamps keep us alive: they play an important role in stabilising the water balance and they represent a place of freedom for former slaves and other displaced groups.
The Sugarcane LabyrinthA portrait of the creation of agricultural land art on 5600 m2 of land in Louisiana. The labyrinth of sugarcane symbolises many cultural-political developments, such as traditional agriculture versus large-scale industry, sustainability versus shrinkage, but also community spirit, new energy and traditional sugar production. The video conveys the experience of wandering searchingly through an overwhelming environment, interlaced with philosophical and spiritual texts about the labyrinth of the mind.  
HELEN SEAR (GREAT BRITAIN, 1955)Sear explores the crossover between photography and art and has been focusing on the coexistence of man and nature in her work since the 1980s. Her work moves between photography, sculpture, sound and video and wishes to make optimal use of the artistic experience as a means of evoking involvement and activating people.
Wahaha BiotaThe film follows the daily forest management from tree planting to their processing in the sawmill. The forest as a raw material and the forest as an environment come together in a video in which work and play intertwine. In the soundtrack, human voices are used as instruments, in harmony with the sounds of nature. The work is a lyrical study of man and forest, the conclusion of a year-long residency in Dalby Forest. (Biota: the flora and fauna of a specific area or period.)
CHRISTINA SEELY (UNITED STATES, 1976) Seely sets out on an expedition to investigate the relationship between man, time and planet. She takes both natural and artificial systems as her subject. The conflict between superficial documentation and underlying complexity is integral to the work. Noorderlicht has previously shown her series on light pollution in the photography festival Metropolis.
Terra Systema TempoThis work consists of two contrasting images which together represent the cycle of the planet. Respiro is about the rainforest as a living, breathing system; she created it while staying at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Station in Panama. Flumen looks at the melting ice in Greenland, where Seely participated in two scientific expeditions. The ice water is shown in ever-increasing intensity, beginning with small streams and building up to enormous forces upon reaching the ocean. Her installation is a moving dialogue between the two ecological extremes at either end of Western life.
CHRIS JORDAN (UNITED STATES, 1963)Chris Jordan has evoked huge response with his photography series Midway, in which he showed how plastic filled the stomachs of thousands of deceased young Albatrosses. Jordan is a multimedia artist and activist; he wants to make the subconscious of our mass culture tangible. The Midway photographs have been shown by Noorderlicht in the Nature Museum Fryslan.
AlbatrossThe 90-minute film Albatross is a sequel to the photography series. The film starts off as a loving nature documentary, telling about the beauty of the Albatross and its extraordinary life in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on the Midway atoll thousands of kilometres away from civilisation. But the film soon turns into horror as it shows parents feeding their children streams of coloured plastic, the ground littered with dead chicks. The film is set up as a meditation to be experienced from start to finish, and is therefore shown once a day.
EVAN ROTH (UNITED STATES, 1975)The internet is Evan Roth’s raw material. Based on a hacker philosophy, he depicts transient moments in contemporary popular culture. In doing so, he uses various media, including video. One of his achievements: he succeeded in getting to the top of Google’s rankings with the search query 'bad ass mother fucker'.
Red LinesUnder our feet and all around us is an invisible, constantly mutating current. Roth searched for the physical anchor points: the coastal locations where underground internet cables come ashore. He made films of the landscape at these specific locations, shot in the same infrared that shines through the optical cables. In the artwork, he streams the videos to the audience from servers operating at the locations concerned. The soundtrack is created by scanning radio signals on the spot using ghost hunter equipment and combining them with sounds from the surrounding nature itself. The work bears witness to a paradoxical silence between two worlds.
IN VIVO tempo is a collaboration with and part of the Clash XXL festival about the interaction between dance and visual art, which takes place in Groningen on the 6th and 7th of April. Noorderlicht is presenting part of Anne Senstad's work at the Clash XXL locations. Here you can also see the results of the collaborative #PicturePicture dance event from the 15th of March at the House of Photography, where invited guests spent time photographing together, inspired by the current era of sharing and selfies. The work was printed and exhibited on the spot.
Extra presentation by Anne Senstad at the Clash XXL festival
The Vanity of Vanities All is Vanity (on show in the Grand Theatre)This work shows the ocean as a personification of the existential, the sensual in nature, as a representation of human hubris. Man believes he is greater than life and death in our consumerism and ecological exploitation. The video calls for an immersion in untamed nature, the abandonment of human superiority and the recognition of our responsibility.
Cosmosis (photographic works, on show in the nightclub Oost)This new work is inspired by utopianism and cosmology and their optimistic reliance on knowledge which also produced other art movements such as constructivism and kinetic art. The work evokes a sense of oneness with the universe, somewhere between order and revolution. Senstad’s compositions are meticulous references to these earlier movements, bridging the past to the future.

Still image: The Vanity of Vanities All is Vanity, 2013.Previously exhibited at El Magazen D'elle Arte during the Venice  Biennale 2015 as part of my solo exhibition The Vanity of Vanities, a multi sensory installation consisting of video projections, double sided mirrors and sound.

In conjunction with the exhibition opening of IN VIVO Tempo, the CLASH Sound Festival takes place the weekend of April 6-7, 2019  and is presenting a contemporary art program with panels, lectures and an exhibition of my works at the Grand Theatre that includes screenings of The Vanity of Vanities All is Vanity, 2013 with sound by JG Thirlwell alongside an exhibition of my photographic works Cosmosis Collages, 2018. Organized by Noorderlicht House of Photography and CLASH Festival. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Social Media posts - ELEMENTS II, 2018

A selection of great images by the public posted on social media in my installation ELEMENTS II, 2018 at He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, China - as part of the exhibition Scene Unseen. Thanks to all the visitors for posting their experiences and participation in the exhibition.

Th exhibition is on view December 1, 2018 - March 3, 2019, showcasing art and design from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. The Norwegian section of the Nordic exhibition is curated by Bjørn Inge Follavåg and chief curator Feng Boyi.

On view as part of the exhibition:  my neon text piece in chinese calligraphy with the text North of My Soul, South of My Existence, 2018. A collaborative piece with curator Bjørn Inge Follavåg and translated by curator and writer Tansy Xiao.

Monday, December 10, 2018

North of My Soul, South of My Existence

North of My Soul, South of My Existence, 2018

Edition of 3, 2 A/P

Dimensions: 130 cm x 77 cm x 5 cm

Neon, black rubber, transformer, fasteners

A Neon calligraphy text piece hand written in Chinese by Anne Katrine Senstad as a collaboration with Norwegian curator Bjørn Inge Follevåg, in conjunction with Senstad's immersive light sculpture installation ELEMENTS II, 2018 as part of the exhibition Scene Unseen at He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China, 12/2/2018 - 3/3/2019. The sentence is translated by curator - writer Tansy Xiao reflecting and preserving the embedded northern geo-psyche and interlacing cultural topologies.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Installation views ELEMENTS II - He Xiangning Art Museum

Anne Katrine Senstad
Dimensions: 10 m x 15 m x 3,5 m
Neon tubes, transformers and acrylic rods

ELEMENTS II, is part of the exhibition Scene Unseen In the Subtropics - Art and Design from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland at He Xiangning Art Museum  in Shenzhen, Guangdong Provins, China. The exhibition is curated by Bjørn Inge Follavåg, Erlend Høyersten, Juha Huuskonen, Chen Shuyo and Feng Boyi. The exhibition is supported by DOGA / Design and Architecture Norway and the Royal Norwegian Consulate General Guangdong.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

ELEMENTS II - He Xiangning Art Museum

SCENE UNSEEN - In the Subtropics: 
Contemporary Design from 
Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden
( 丹麦\ 芬兰\ 挪威\ 瑞典)

12/2/2018 - 3/3/2019

LE Zhengwei, CAI Xianliang


Erlend Høyersten, Juha Huuskonen + Ian Yang, Bjørn Inge Follevaag, CHEN Shuyu, YU Xiangzhi

Embassy of Finland Beijing
Norwegian Consulate General Guangzhou
Embassy of Sweden Beijing

Åsa Jungnelius
Anne Katrine Senstad
Jenny Nordberg
Katja Pettersson
Kivi Sotamaa & Tuuli Sotamaa
Lasse Andersen & Jens Lee Jørgensen
Laura Juslin & Lilli Maunula
Lise Bjerre Schmidt & Sofie Trier Mørk & Helle Vibeke Jensen
Michael T. Nartey
Petter Knudsen & Anders Berg & Steinar Hindenes
Philipp von Hase
Sami Niemelä & Simone Rebaudengo

I will be participating in the exhibition SCENE UNSEEN at He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, China - opening December 2, 2018 with an immersive, experiential and perceptual light sculpture installation; ELEMENTS II, 2018, and a new neon text piece as part of my linguistic calligraphy and philosophical text based practice (Arabic, Farsi, Chinese, English, Spanish). 

灵魂以北 存在以南 North of My Soul South of My Existence is the curatorial title of the Norwegian section of the Nordic exhibition and a collaboration with curator Bjørn Inge Follevåg.  


A perceptual and architectural light sculpture environment.
Dimensions Variable

'With its eternal presence, light represents the perceptual experience of the infinite and deepest elements of our shared humanity'

Anne Katrine Senstad

亚热带未有的景象——北欧(丹麦、芬兰、挪威、瑞典)设计展 Scene Unseen in the Subtropics: Contemporary Design from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden



时间:2018年12月2日(周日)9:30-12:00 ,14:30-17:30

OPENING CEREMONY:2018.12.1(Saturday)16:00-18;00
EXHIBITION PERIOD:2018.12.2 – 2019.3.3 
PLACE:He Xiangning Art Muesum Hall No.4-No.8

TOPIC:Impossible Design ---- International Academic Seminar
TIME:2018. 12.2 (Sunday) 9:00-12:00 , 14:30-17:30
PLACE:He Xiangning Art Museum Lecture Hall


Scandinavia is a region in Northern Europe which covers five countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland and boasts great tradition and long history in design and craftmanship. Meanwhile, these Nordic countries have developed strategies to protect traditional handicraft and spared no effort to combine traditional handicraft with modern industrial design. The tradition, as an inherent spiritual philosophy, is presented in the form of modern design, and embodies the design aesthetics of Nordic designers. Thus, Nordic design has made great achievement and is reputed as the “Global Design Paradigm”.

It has been one of the academic orientations of He Xiangning Art Museum to focus on and hold the international design art exhibition. Therefore, we hold an exhibition themed with “Unseen Vision in Sub-tropical Area—Four Nordic Countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) Design Show”. With the effort of curators from China and the four Nordic countries, we co-host exhibition, seminars and public education promotion activities combining the current design status in Shenzhen and China at large. We aim to offer an opportunity for the public and design industry professionals to learn about the panorama of design industry in these four Nordic countries, especially their latest progress in different design fields, so that Shenzhen and China at large could communicate and discuss with the design professionals in these four Nordic countries. From that, we could learn about our strength and weakness of our own design and resolve problems confronting us. Our goal is to improve the general standard of Chinese local design and encourage it to connect with international design in different dimensions.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the partners and supporting institutions, artists and curators from the four Nordic countries, and all staff who contribute to the exhibition, seminars and related activities!