Friday, July 23, 2021

Radical Light - Seinäjoki Kunsthall, Finland

 




Seinajöki Kunsthall

Finland


Anne Katrine Senstad

Radical Light - ELEMENTS VI

By Andres Kurg



In Radical Light – Elements VI by Norwegian

artist Anne Katrine Senstad we encounter

abstract light sculptures accompanied by 

ambient sound – a space filled with particles 

of white light that produce a total environment,

encompassing all the senses. Upon entering,

the viewer is welcomed by The Sensory Chamber

an intimate video installation or “antechamber”,

where the hypnotic moving images are projected 

onto a bed of white salt crystals moving through 

hues of blues, red, pinks, whites and turquoise.















The Sensory Chamber IV, 2021. 

Photos by AKS Studio NY and Samuli Kuusisto



In the grand space, the installation Elements VI

is defined by the unity of chromatic white neon

composed of twenty-nine vertical light columns

enveloped by a white horizon that stand amidst 

the concrete columns of the former industrial

and military warehouse. Slender glass tubes 

filled with neon and argon, illuminate the

space at color temperatures between 3500 

to 8300 Kelvin degrees, ranging from warmer 

satin and egg-shell whites to colder green and

 icy blue hues, indicating simultaneously the 

physical character of the color white and its

cosmology of cultural narratives.


Enveloping the public in a sound environment

created specifically for Radical Light by electronic

music composer JG Thirlwell, the abstract aural 

experience embodies the spatial sensations of 

electrical particles, luminosity and noble gases. 

In composing a sensory environment of pure light, 

Senstad is primarily examining the emotional and 

semiotic connotations produced by white as a 

color: bright white light as eternity, purity, perfection, 

symbol of death and rebirth; or naturally clean

white as something that departs from reality

and approaches the surreal – the white tiger,

the albino moose, the great white whale.























Elements VI, 2021. Photo by AKS Studio NY



On the other hand, Senstad’s installation produces 

separation between the light source as an information 

channel and its cultural meanings, demonstrating how 

various shades of white are nothing more 

than sensations of electromagnetic wavelengths 

that can be altered by changing the ratio of noble 

gases harnessed within the glass tubes.


The physical properties of neon and argon facilitate

the transportation of electricity that produce luminal 

spectrums with a discrete durational hum. Light is 

always physically present in space, similar to its 

transformative effects on surrounding objects or 

enclosing walls. The use of light as material, its 

scale and the purity of the white hues, refer to a 

radicalization of space and color, striving towards

their zero-degree, making it possible to pose 

questions on the character of the artwork and 

challenge its place within the gallery.





Elements VI, 2021. Photos by Samuli Kuusisto


The idea of a pure white color has enthralled 20th 

century avant-garde artists like Kazimir Malevich 

or Robert Rauschenberg. It signified for them an 

endpoint of previous artistic developments and a 

transgression beyond the canonic rules of the 

artworld. But a white canvas was simultaneously a 

mirror and a blank slate, receiving signals from its 

environs and registering its temporary interventions. 

From that point, there was only one step towards art 

that undid the separation between the artwork and

its surrounding space. Senstad’s work is situated in 

the tradition of installation art, where the surrounding 

environment and the viewer become part of the 

work itself. By moving between the light columns, 

at different speeds, on different days or at different 

times, observing the change in light and shadow, the 

gallery space acquires an equal role with the 

installation elements and sounds.


Elements VI bears a relationship to the geographic 

location in Seinäjoki – with the silvery and white hues 

of the northern hemisphere during the peak of the suns’ 

atmospheric presence – but it also makes a reference 

to the built history of its location. Not far from the 

Kunsthalle stands the civic and administrative centre 

of Seinäjoki by Alvar Aalto, crowned by the 

monumental Lakeuden Risti Church (1957-60). 

Its white interior creates emotional effects for the 

viewer through the sculpturality of its vertical tectonic 

elements, gently curving vaults and the seamless 

transformation between the ceiling and the apse.





























ELEMENTS VI, 2021 - Radical Light. 

Photo by AKS Studio NY



Representing Scandinavian modernism, the 

spiritual is mediated there through reduced 

geometries, volumetric spatial vision and perhaps 

most importantly, the light from vertical windows 

reflected off from the bright white interior walls. 


Unlike the church, the Kunsthalle closes itself off 

from the external light and transports the viewer 

to a sensorially immersive space of an artificially 

controlled light and sound environment, encapsulating 

the human body in a system of matrices, electricity 

and glass tubes.Senstad’s invitation to contemplation 

and introspection is detached from any institutional or 

instrumental function. The installation becomes 

counter-environment that transforms the visitors’ 

perception of space and time and provides potential

for a radical cultural experience.





Elements VI, 2021. Photo by Tuuka Kirviranta



Andres Kurg is senior researcher and acting head of 
the Institute of Art History, Estonian Academy of Arts, 
in Tallinn. He has an MSc in architectural history from
the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and a PhD in 
art history from the Estonian Academy of Arts. His research 
looks at architecture in the Soviet Union from the 1960s to 
1980s, in relation to technological transformations and changes
 in everyday life and values, as well as its intersections with 
alternative art practices. He has published articles in the 
Journal of ArchitectureARTMargins, and Home Cultures
and contributed to exhibition catalogues and books. He has 
coedited Environment, Projects, Concepts: Architects of 
the Tallinn School, 1972–1985 (Estonian Museum of 
Architecture, 2008) and cocurated Our Metamorphic 
Futures: Design, Technical Aesthetics and Experimental 
Architecture in the Soviet Union, 1960–1980 (Vilnius 
National Gallery of Art, 2011–12).



The exhibition is produced by Kunsthalle Seinäjoki

in partnership with Kai Art CenterTallinn, Estonia 

and The Finnish Art Promotion Centre/TAIKE


Supported by The Royal Norwegian Embassy Helsingfors.








Monday, July 19, 2021

Social Photograhy - Carriage Trade Fundraiser

 Dear Friends, 

in support of Carriage Trade Gallery in New York,  I'm glad to participate in the yearly fundraiser "Social Photography" alongside some great artists, art writers and authors, as well as musicians from Sonic Youth and other friends of Carriage Trade. 

 
On the issue of Social Photography and it's potential during our times, my donated editioned photograph to purchase at Carriage Trade is an architectural portrait and memorial of the symbolic modernist Y Building in Oslo designed by architect Erling Viksjø, with its rare exterior Pablo Picasso mural "The Fishermen", a gift to the Norwegian people that he created in collaboration with Norwegian artist Carl Nesjar, one of many collaborations between the artists over 17 years.  
 
After it was announced in 2019 that the unique Y shaped concrete building was to be demolished by the Norwegian government, I felt as an artist and a citizen the need to record and experience it's sloping angles, materiality and volume, and the architecturally integrated Picasso/Nesjar mural on the facade still available to the public - to honor the building's beauty, historic prominence and it's symbolism of societal value systems, before extinction. 
 
To mark the sad anniversary for the July 22, 2011 tragedy in Norway that began at the very Picasso clad Y building in the governmental complex in downtown Oslo before tragically ending at the social-democrat party's youth camp at Utøya, finalized by the demolition of the Y building that was carried out in summer of 2020 during the pandemic in the face of international uproar - the photograph represents numerous questions we are left with from this era - but importantly; how could this happen?
 
The online preview for purchasing opens July 21, 2021 - and the exhibition opens to the public August 5th, 2021.
 
Warmly,
Anne K Senstad




Social Photography IX

Online Preview Begins: 
Wednesday, July 21, 2PM
socialphotography.carriagetrade.org 

Online Sales Begin: 
Friday, July 23, 2PM
See details on purchasing below* 

Gallery Exhibition: 
August 5 - September 30, 2021

 

Now in its ninth year, Social Photography brings together cell phone pictures of participants from a wide range of disciplines, generations, and places. In the spirit of broad access to cell phone image making technology, the emphasis of the project leans toward sensibility and the anecdotal over skill and mastery of the medium of photography.

Taking advantage of technologies that allow for images to be sent from anywhere, which are then formatted, printed, and displayed in an in-person exhibition at carriage trade, the range of participants in Social Photography reflect both the gallery’s community in Lower Manhattan as well those associated with it in other parts of the world. Linking the virtual with the physical through an online display that is then presented in print form, Social Photography IX might be seen as a counterpoint to the increased placelessness of remote exchanges normalized in the pandemic-era.

Spanning nearly a decade, the growing, informal archive of Social Photography cell phone pictures occasionally reflect significant local, national, and international events (Occupy Wall Street, George Floyd protests, U.S. presidential elections, pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong) existing side by side with the everyday, the personal, the urban, and the domestic.

With a limited curatorial directive, trends are inevitable (a slight increase in pet photos this year is most likely a result of increased time spent indoors during the pandemic), while the elusive nature of where to “put” cell phone photography with respect to hierarchies of photographic image production (fine art photography, photojournalism, social media fodder) remains intact. What began in 2011 as an investigation of a novelty medium which simultaneously offered an alternative to the conventional non-profit benefit exhibition has become a kind of tradition, as it sustains and expands carriage trade’s community through its many participants, while helping support the gallery’s upcoming projects.

Social Photography IX Contributors:

Dennis Adams / Peggy Ahwesh / Lucas Ajemian / Graham Anderson / Michele Araujo / Michael Ashkin / Hallie Ayres / Mengfan Bai / Agnes Barley / James Barondess / David Baskin / William Beaudoin / Lisa Beck / Philip Bednarski / Peter Bellamy / Catherine Belloy / Amy Ben-Ezra Theodora Ben-Ezra / Liz Berg / Julien Bismuth / Joi Bittle / Lisa Blas / Ann Bobco / Richard Bosman / F.P. Boué / Norman Brosterman / Christine Burgin / Bibs Carlsen / Antoine Catala Alejandro Cesarco / Danny Chau / Myrel Chernick / Stella Cilman / Mary Clarke / Matt Connors Eli Coplan / Jeri Coppola / Fred Cray / Jody Culkin / Reilly Davidson / Mira Dayal / David Deutsch / Georgie Devereux / Daniella Dooling / Saskia Draxler / Paul Druecke / Anne-Claire Duprat / Peter Fend / Bernadette Fiscina / Elias Fokine / Andrea Frank / Susan Gamble & Michael Wenyon / Rainer Ganahl / Marc Ganzglass / Victor Esther Garcia / Hunter Gause / Jeff Gibson / Liam Gillick / Andrew Ginzel / Robert Goldman / Jasmine Golestaneh / Kathy Goncharov / Michelle Grabner / Ethan Greenbaum / Barbara Gundlach / Clair Gunther / Cynthia Hawkins-Owen / Anthony Hawley / Lorna Hayden / Duy Hoàng / James Hoff / Laura Hunt / Scott Indrisek / E. J. / Bryn Jayes / Neil Jenney / Lulu Jiang / Danielle Johnson / Werner Kaligofsky / Simone Kearney / Douglas S. Kehl / Mathias Kessler / Anjali Khosla / Anna Kleberg Tham / Essye Klempner / Hilary Kliros / Nicholas Knight / Udomsak Krisanamis / Nina Kuo Stephen Lack / Justen Ladda / Marc Lafia / Eugenia Lai / Erik LaPrade / Louise Lawler Elizabeth LeCompte / Mika Lee / Maggie Lee / Simon Leung / Max Levin / Matthew Li / Laura Li Wenxiao Li / Nora Ligorano / Lysjs Lim / Ming Lin / Jeanne Liotta / Hsiang Hsi Lu / Judith Luongo / Stephen Maine / Jiří Makovec / Sakura Maku / Adam Marnie / Vijay Masharani Esperanza Mayobre / Tom McGlynn / Jessica Mensch / Emilie Meyer / Molly Miller / Veronika Molnar / Sojung Moon / Andrew Moore / Lucy Mullican / Real Salvator Mundi / Muntadas Christian Nagel / Diane Nerwen / Chee Wang Ng / Isabella Norris / Almost Not / John Oakes Kristin Ordahl / Daylon Orr / Hannah Park / Laura Parnes / Stephan Pascher / Gelah Penn Andreas Petrossiants / Zoe Pettijohn Schade / Michael Poetschko / Jeff Preiss / R.H. Quaytman Lee Ranaldo / Xander Rapparport / Marshall Reese / Calvin Reid / Alejandro Ribadeneira Walter Robinson / Daniel Roche / Aura Rosenberg / Lorin Roser / Betty Roytburd / Ryan Rusiecki / Vicky Sambunaris / Valerie Saputra / Ken Saylor / John Schabel / Jeffrey Schiff / Heidi Schlatter / Kristina Schmidt / Nadine Schmied / Gary Schneider / Barry Schwabsky Michael Scott / Felicity Scott / Anne Katrine Senstad / Jacques Servin / Elaine Sexton / Trevor Shimizu / Zhi Shu / Amie Siegel / James Siena / Shelly Silver / Adam Simon Jason Simon / Day Sinclair / Leah Singer / Janice Sloane / Inna Smolina / Molly Soda / Claudia Sohrens / Andy Steinitz / Gary Stephan / Steel Stillman / Charles Stobbs III / Carol Szymanski / Sikay Tang Gwenn Thomas / Colin Thomson / Cassidy Toner / Momoyo Torimitsu / Dan Torop / Sophie Tottie / Kristal Uribe / Gail Vachon / Pegi Vail / Kate Valk / Ali Van / Lotte Van den Audenaeren Liselot van der Heijden / Virginia Inés Vergara / Doris Vila / Julia Wachtel / Chloe Walecki / Max Warsh / William Wegman / Barbara Weissberger / James Welling / Elvia Wilk / Tonero Williams Scott Williams / Nechama Winston / David Winter / B. Wurtz / C. Spencer Yeh / Sun You / H Spencer Young / John Yu / Michael Zansky / Jiajia Zhang

*Preview begins Wednesday, July 21 at 2PM / Online sales begin Friday, July 23 at 2PM

https://socialphotography.carriagetrade.org

1 print: $75.00 
2 prints: $120.00 (use promo code: 2/$120 at checkout)
3 prints: $150.00 (use promo code: 3/$150 at checkout)

Friday, July 2, 2021

IMMERSIVE WORLDS - EMMY nomination


EMMY NEWS 2021


IMMERSIVE WORLDS - an Arts TV series created by Producing Partners and has run for 2 seasons on ALL ARTS TV - a WNET PBS network, has been nominated for an EMMY Award as part of 14 ALL ARTS TV EMMY nominations.

In Season 1 Episode 8 - IMMERSIVE LIGHT, my work was presented alongside James Turell,  Dan Flavin, and Anthony McCall - a 40 minute episode journeying through experiential and perceptual art, as artists working sculpting light and working with light as matter.

Click HERE see the episode on ALL ARTS TV streaming.












Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Radical Light - Anne Katrine Senstad - Seinajoki Kunsthall



Radical Light

A documentary interview with Anne Katrine Senstad from the solo exhibition Radical Light at Seinajoki Kunsthall 2021. The exhibition Radical Light - presents two spatial installation works: Elements VI, a monumental, perceptual and experiential neon light sculpture installation - and The Sensory Chamber IV, a 111 minute sensorial 7 color video projection, sound and bed of salt installation work. Senstad’s immersive light sculpture environment is an invitation to encounter a perceptual and sensorial taxonomy of light and sound in pure form. In Radical Light Senstad examines the transformational potentials of experiential space and ethereal topologies. The installation is accompanied by a 38 minute looped sound composition by acclaimed composer JG Thirlwell enveloping the vast light sculptural matrices and the sensory chamber in a unifying sensation of vastness and electric impulses of spatial noise and poetic grandeur. Kunsthalle Seinäjoki, Finland. June 16 - September 4, 2021 In collaboration with Kai Art Center, Estonia and The Art Promotion Center Finland. https://www.seinajoentaidehalli.fi Video by www.halocreative.fi

Radical Light - Seinäjoki Kunsthall - Video doc

 



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Radical Light - Seinäjoki Kunsthall 

A documentary interview with Anne Katrine Senstad from the solo exhibition Radical Light at Seinajoki Kunsthall 2021. 

The exhibition Radical Light - presents two spatial installation works: Elements VI, a monumental, perceptual and experiential neon light sculpture installation - and The Sensory Chamber IV, a 111 minute sensorial 7 color video projection, sound and bed of salt installation work. 

Senstad’s immersive light sculpture environment is an invitation to encounter a perceptual and sensorial taxonomy of light and sound in pure form. In Radical Light Senstad examines the transformational potentials of experiential space and ethereal topologies. The installation is accompanied by a 38 minute looped sound composition by acclaimed composer JG Thirlwell enveloping the vast light sculptural matrices and the sensory chamber in a unifying sensation of vastness and electric impulses of spatial noise and poetic grandeur.

Kunsthalle Seinäjoki, Finland
 
June 16 - September 4, 2021

In collaboration with Kai Art Center, Estonia and The Art Promotion Center Finland. 

https://www.seinajoentaidehalli.fi

Video by www.halocreative.fi


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Music for Plutocracy - Exhibition Documentary video

 



The multi sensorial exhibition Music for Plutocracy is the 5th experiential light and sound installation in the series entitled ELEMENTS by Anne Katrine Senstad with an enveloping sound environment by JG Thirlwell. 

S12 Gallery, Bergen, Norway

Jan 16 - March 28, 2021.