Lina Viste Grønli, Effigies

November 7 – 27, 2009
Opening reception on November 7, 6 – 9 p.m., with a performance by Nils Bech.

Lina Viste Grønli is interested in semiotic sculpture and collage techniques that deconstruct language as a narrative form. With wicked wit, her sculptures grapple with the algebra of verbal codes, linguistic terms, and the construction of meaning. In her work, she is exploring art as an alternative strategy, and as a tool within alienation.

The sculptures included in Effigies have been meticulously picked to coincide with Nils Bech’s performance, as part of the Performa 09 Lust Weekend. This show is Lina Viste Grønli‘s first solo show in New York.

Effigies brings together works channeling the likes of Isadora Duncan and Joan Armatrading. In the sculpture Armatrading, history is repeated twice, when a mock-up of Gerrit Rietvelds famous zig-zag chair act not only as a reference to him, but also to Joan Armatrading’s iconic 1980 album cover Me, Myself I, where it is included. Viste Grønli has previously tackled Grace Jones – from memory - in a repetitive series of triangular forms of abstract representation, entitled The Grace Jones Sculpture Project.

Lina Viste Grønli (b. 1976) lives and works in Oslo, Norway. She has exhibited at Gaudel de Stampa in Paris, Gallery Micky Schubert in Berlin, Jones Gallery in Cologne, Karma International in Zurich, Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo, UKS in Oslo, Johan Berggren Gallery in Malmo, among many others.

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Lina Viste Grønli's website.

These events were made possible by the generous support of The Norwegian Consulate General in New York and Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA).