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! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Kinesthesia for St Brigid - Ottawa, Canada


Article excerpt

Luminous Fields 

The Canadian Museum of Nature, St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts, and Patrick Mikhail Gallery 
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 
The exhibition "Preternatural" dealt with a liminal conceptual space, between objectivity and the metaphysical, and made palpable in several contemporary art forms. Though not organized as such, several themes permeated the exhibition; science invoked to show the extraordinary; the spiritual made manifest and sensual; and subtleties that delivered surprising multivalance. Curator Celina Jeffery tested epistemological limits and even offered compelling counterexamples to James Elkins's observed disconnection between spirituality and contemporary art. It was fitting to frame a show about unconventional perceptions in three idiosyncratic spaces: a deconsecrated Catholic basilica, a white-box gallery in a strip mall, and a natural history museum. 
The former St. Brigid's Cathedral, now St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts, is the most obvious space to evoke the spiritual. In a site-specific performative intervention in the basilica, Anne Katrine Senstad transformed the structure's east and west ends with a light-and-sound installation, "The Kinesthesia of Saint Brigid" (2011). The references to light organs were unmistakable as Senstad projected colors near the church's architecturally scaled pipe organ, comprised of shifting luminous fields that caused retinal apparitions. At this size, the saturated projections were an attempt to impress upon viewers something of the numinous grandeur evoked in color-field paintings the ineffable claimed by Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko. among many others. The accompanying music by J.G. Thirlwell added cinematic majesty through its modulated, meditative monotones.

Thursday, October 25, 2018


Octavia Art Gallery Houston
3637 West Alabama Street, Suite 120
Houston, TX

Opening Reception Nov 8th, 6-8 pm

Back And Forth 
Curated by Kasey Short

November 8th 2018 to January 4th, 2019

Title: CK4A5.2, 2012
Photographic C print from original color til negative 
Size: 50 x 60 inches
Edition 1/3

For immediate Release:

Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present Back and Fortha group exhibition including works by Gil Bruvel, Jerry Cabrera, Bradley Kerl,Jeffrey Pitt, Mason Saltarrelli, Regina Scully, Anne Senstad and Ken Tate. In celebration of our 10-year anniversary this exhibition celebrates the past, present, and future of Octavia Art Gallery.

Established in 2008, Octavia Art Gallery expanded in 2013 from its Magazine Street location onto Julia Street in the heart of the New Orleans Arts District and
opened a second location in the River Oaks community in Houston, Texas.Over the years, Octavia Art Gallery has continued its commitment to showcasing the work of local, national, and international emerging and established artists along with modern masters, emphasizing the preservation and conservation of unique and authentic artistic cultures worldwide. The gallery also continues to offer a broad selection of works from 20th century artists. 

Out of the group of artists featured in our Back and Forth exhibition, 4 of these artists have been an integral part of Octavia Art Gallery’s program for several years including Gil Bruvel, Jerry Cabrera, Jeffrey Pitt, and Regina Scully. Their works explore various concepts such as perception, movement and energy, time and space, and the current state of our environment and our world. Although their unique styles vary vastly, these artists all use distinguishing forms of abstraction to express their individuality and to tell their stories.

Additionally, we are pleased to present the works by Bradley Kerl, Mason Saltarrelli, Anne Senstad, and Ken Tate. These artists offer a unique diversity for the present climate of the gallery’s program. Their works lean towards a more literal and representational visual language, focusing on themes such as metaphorical narratives, relatable idyllic still lives, experimental expression and the phenomena of ocular perceptions.

In addition to showcasing dynamic art exhibitions, over the past 10 years Octavia Art Gallery has grown to provide art consulting services for corporate, legal, hotel, and healthcare facilities, as well as offering fine art appraisals. Looking to the future, the gallery is excited to invigorate and enhance our gallery program, provide literary services, and perpetually stay abreast of current trends and opportunities to exhibit the world’s best talent while maintaining our distinctive identity and aesthetic. 

The Octavia Art Gallery staff is honored to work with such amazing artists, clients, and institutions. We thank you and look forward to our next 10 years!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Feature story in KUNST/Norway - October 2018 issue

KUNST - Norway

Anne Katrine Senstad - Imagine all the Eye Cannot See - by Frøydis Hågvard. 

A 6 page feature story on my practice in the leading Norwegian art magazine KUNST.