Dizzy Spell
Anna Clawson, Aydan Murtezaoğlu, Kaare Ruud, Ignas Krunglevičius, Maria Antelman, Marina Weffort, Tris Vonna-Michell

22.09–08.10.2023
MELK
Anna Clawson, Aydan Murtezaoğlu, Kaare Ruud, Ignas Krunglevičius, Maria Antelman, Marina Weffort, Tris Vonna-Michell

Anna Clawson (b. Donaghadee, N.IRE) completed her Masters in Fine Art this spring at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. She is an alumni of School of the Damned (2017), an autonomous free art school in the UK. She received her BA(Hons) in Fine Art from University College Falmouth, UK, in 2009. Since 2010 she has mostly been working as part of a collaborative duo with fellow artist Nicole Ward, under the moniker Clawson & Ward. Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition at Atelier Nord opening in March 2024. Previous Clawson & Ward activities include exhibitions at Arnolfini, Bristol, UK; CCA Derry~Londonderry, NI; Tenderpixel, London, UK; Royal West Academy, Bristol, UK; Glasgow International, Scotland, UK; Ormston House, Limerick, IRE; Guest Projects, London, UK, Malonioji 6, Vilnius, LT; CRATE, Margate, UK. Previous residencies include RUPERT, Vilnius, LT; Studio Das Weisse Haus. 

Aydan Murtezaoğlu (b. Istanbul, Turkey) is a visual artist working mainly in photography and installation. She lives and works in Istanbul. Aydan Murtezaoğlu explores socio-political movements and its effects on contemporary Turkish society. From the early 1990s until today her works deal with traumatic results of state-run modernism, and through minimal interventions she addresses themes including gender history of past and future, cultural transitions and shifts from the social reality. Aydan Murtezaoğlu participated in the 4th, 6th and 11th (collaborative project with Bülent Şangar) International Istanbul Biennials, the 2nd Tirana, 1st Moscow, 3rd and 5th Cetinje Biennials. Other exhibitions include Continuity Error, SALT, Istanbul (2018), Second Exhibition, Arter, Istanbul (2010), U-Turn, Quadrennial for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2008), EindhovenIstanbul, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2006) and Normalization, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul (2005). 

Ignas Krunglevičius (b. Kaunas, Lithuania) currently lives and works in Oslo. He has received his MA in music composition from Norwegian Academy of Music in 2010. His installations, videos, and sculpture often combine sound, and text, where he explores the intermix between the agency of power, economy, nature and existential realities generated by global technological development. Krunglevičius’ works have been exhibited at the Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway; OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai, China; Kunsthall Oslo, Norway; Ultima, Oslo, Norway; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA; Transmediale, HKW, Berlin, Germany; La Biennale di Venezia, Nordic pavilion, Italy and The 19th Sydney Biennial, Australia, amongst others.

Kaare Ruud (b. Gausdal, Norway) lives and works in Oslo and graduated with an MFA from Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2020. Ruud’s artistic practice mainly focuses on sculptural interventions and sculptural work in a range of dif­fer­ent and non traditional materials. Ruud has had solo shows at Samlingen, Nesodden (2023), Heerz Tooya, Veliko Tarnovo (2022), SOL, Nexø (as Simpathy with Mikkel Carlsen, 2022) Hulias, Oslo (2022), Norsk Billedhoggerforening, Oslo (2020/2021) and Galleri Toll, Stockholm (2021) Ruud has also been included in group shows at CANTINA, Aarhus (2023), STANDARD, Oslo (2021) QB gallery, Oslo (2021/2022) Hulias, Oslo (2020), Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2020) Vestlandsutstillingen (2020) and The Annual Autumn Exhibition at Kunst­nernes Hus (2017). Forthcoming he will present works at Stormen kunst/dájdda, Bodø (2023) and conclude a residency stay at Cite des Arts Paris in 2023/24

Maria Antelman (b. Athens, Greece) is a visual artist working with 35mm photography, sound, sculpture and installation. She lives and works in New York and in Athens. Antelman approaches technological progress from a feminine perspective, reevaluating our connection to mother-nature, our historical past, technology and the Self. Recent exhibitions include: The Tower Stair & I Miss The Future at Foreland, Catskill, NY (2023); Self Circuit (solo) at MFP, Portland OR (2021); Soft Interface (solo) at Bemis Center, Omaha NB (2020); Companion Pieces: New Photography 2020 at The Museum of Modern Art in New York; Mechanisms of Affection (solo) at the VAC, UT Austin (2019); Disassembler (solo) at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn (2018). She has been an artist in residence at Silverarts at the World Trade Center, at Pioneer Works and the International Studio & Curatorial Program, all in New York City. Antelman holds an MFA in New Genres from Columbia University and a BA in Art History from the Complutense University in Madrid. 

Marina Weffort (b. São Paulo, Brazil) is a Brazilian artist who lives and works in São Paulo. Her mostly sculptural practice often deals with concepts of tension, weight, lightness, and the passage of time. Since the end of the 90’s Weffort has developed textile pieces, part of Tecidos series, by removing threads in an inverse weaving process and forming a tightened structure accurate in shape and presentation. Graduated in Drawing and Sculpture at FAAP-SP (2000), she presented solo shows at Cavalo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2017); “10/40”, Kubik Gallery, Porto, Portugal, :14th International Biennial of Curitiba, Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, Brazil (2019)
Marina Weffort is part of Brazilian and international public collections, among the following: MAR – Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; KORO Project, Public Art Norway with permanent works at the Norwegian Embassy in Brasilia, Centro Cultural São Paulo and Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art, Michigan, in the United States.

Tris Vonna-Michell (b. Southend-on-Sea, UK) works in various media and is based in Oslo and Stockholm. He is currently a professor of contemporary art at the Art Academy, KHiO, Oslo. Vonna-Michell has exhibited widely in museums, biennales and galleries, such as Serralves Museum, Porto, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Tate Modern, London, and Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, and most recently at Jan Mot in Brussels. Vonna-Michell’s work utilises a plethora of technical devices, modes of presentation and installational approaches, encompassing performance, audio recordings, slide projections, poetry, sound poetry, printed matter, photography and film.

We are excited to present Dizzy Spell, a group show curated by Thora Dolven Balke with works from Anna Clawson, Aydan Murtezaoğlu, Ignas Krunglevičius, Kaare Ruud, Maria Antelman, Marina Weffort and Tris Vonna-Michell.


Dizzy Spell is a group exhibition inspired by a state of nausea, imbalance and re-calibration due to a sudden diagnosis of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). This occurrence and unsettling feeling made me think about the metaphorical, political and cultural power of vertigo and dissonance. The show gathers works that somehow manifest this to me, and are made by a group of artists I greatly admire. Presenting a range of media from photography, 16mm film and video through fragile threads of textile and cobwebs, sound vibrating in metal to the voice and storytelling, Dizzy Spell tries to embody the physical, singular experience of being out of kilter and in a process of re-orientation. Through the exhibition runs a vertiginous pull from delicate nerve-endings and trapped introspection into the larger world and its dizzying reflection.

Text by Thora Dolven Balke


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