Kunstnerbøker

Installation by Marit Roland. Photo: Randi Grov Berger

Installation by Marit Roland. Photo: Randi Grov Berger

Printed Matter Inc. presents NORWAY FOCUS: KUNSTNERBØKER at this year's New York Art Book Fair opening today. 28 different Norwegian independent publishers, institutions, and artists will for the coming four days present their latest publications. Randi Grov Berger from Entrée in Bergen is coordinating.

- Some of the publishers from Norway have participated at NY Art Book Fair before, and my hope is that the focus this year will attract many more exhibitors from Norway in the following years, as it will strengthen our scene back home, Berger states over the phone from MoMA PS1 in Brooklyn, New York.

 - I hope the artists, publishers and institutions get an extensive network for future collaborations, meet young collectors, and that the many amazing publications find new homes all over the world. This year the fair is larger then ever before with a total of 365 exhibitors from all over the world, and we expect more than 25,000 visitors. Not only do we have a room by the entrance filled to the top with new publications, artworks and wonderful people, we also present performances on the outdoor scene, have lectures in The Classroom Series and an exhibition with FRANK in the downstairs Boiler Room.  

Artist Eline Mugaas is ready for the fair with her collaborative project ALBUM. Created entirely from found images, ALBUM collects the first ten issues of the zine by the same name by Mugaas and Elise Storsveen. Comprised of full page photographic illustrations, advertisements, and other ubiquitous media images culled from etiquette manuals, cookbooks, travel magazines, craft books, fashion magazines, and sexual manuals, ALBUM reflects the popular imagery found in typical Scandinavian households from the 1960s through the 1980s.

- The New York Art Book Fair is a great meeting place for artists who makes books, Mugaas says on phone from Gardermoen. - ALBUM has participated several times earlier and there is always new contacts to be made and catching up whit the people you already know. This is not a line of work that keeps too much food on your table, so just showing up year after year automatically makes you a winner.

From Marthe Ramm Fortuns book Inverted Sky; Letters to Jackie.

From Marthe Ramm Fortuns book Inverted Sky; Letters to Jackie.

Last year artist Marthe Ramm Fortun made a site specific project Inverted Sky at Grand Central Terminal, and this year she is back with the book Inverted Sky; Letters to Jackie. Inspired by the performances that took place in New York City in November 2013, Fortun has imagined a correspondence with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, whose own letters helped save the Grand Central terminal from demolition, and Elizabeth Smart, who wrote a piece of poetic prose entitled By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept,  about her life-long failed love story with the writer George Barker. Fortun positions these individual text fragments on a timeline of modernity, dynasties, failure and hope. On the Friday the book is launched Fortun and her co-writers  will carry out a reading from the book – while also doing a city walk.

Cornerkiosk Press (Oslo) have brought new titles by Bjarne Bare, Ola Rindal and Emil Salto.

- We also collaborate with Thora Dolven Balke to launch her new title here, publisher Bjarne Bare tells us over the phone from Manhattan. 

- For the Norwegian section at the ninth edition of New York Art Book Fair, we hope that Cornerkiosk press can prove a good ambassador for the scene of independent publishing in Norway, as well as providing a peak in to the Norwegian art scene for the visitors of the fair. 

The Norwegian magazine for contemporary drawing, FUKT, are releasing their thirteenth issue. 

- This is the sixth time we are here, and it's always been great, editor Bjørn Hegardt writes in an email on his way out to PS1. - People come back every year to buy the new issue. This time we are excited of the Norway Focus, the placement on the ground floor is optimal where you have all the people passing by.

The magazine invited one of the artists from their latest issue, Marit Roland, to make an installation.

-  Her installations are based in drawing practice (she calls the paper drawings), but since they are more sculptural it's best to experience in real, so we are very pleased she had the time and possibility to do a site-specific paper installation.

A completely new project made for the occasion is a series of fan posters portraying Norwegian performance artists. The series is made by Trollkrem, an artist duo who’s  work is related to performance art that engage in collaborations within a broad spectrum of artistic genres. In addition to being a tribute to the artists, the series is also an expression of protest of the low status performance art seems to inhabit, often being reduced to entertainment at art openings and something that should serve the purpose of being in opposition to other disciplines within the art context.

-  Trollkrem will be presenting their work and mission to underline the importance of collaborative art works as a valuable counterpart to the overly commercialized art market, and in that way discuss issues of ownership and valuation of art works, artist Jennie Hagevik Bringaker explains.  - We are  producing a performance piece that will be presented in the courtyard at PS1 on Saturday.


A curated selection of Norwegian booksellers, institutions, artists and independent publishers, accompanied by programming, screenings, exhibitions and interventions related to this cross-section of Norway’s artist book community. Exhibitors in the NORWAY FOCUS include: ALBUM, Apis Press, Bergen Art Book Fair + Bergen Zines, Bergen Kunsthall / INK, Cornerkiosk press (Oslo), Entrée,Feil Forlag, FRANK, Fukt Magazine, HEAVY Books, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Hordaland Art Centre, Jessica Williams + Friends, Kuk & Parfyme, Kunsthall Oslo, Kurt Johannessen, Morten Andersen/Shadowlab, Multipress, RoboPrint, Sturla Heggdalsvik – ROV Publication Series, Teknisk Industri AS, TORPEDO BOOKSHOP/TORPEDO PRESS, Trollkrem, Unge Kunstneres Samfund (UKS), VECTOR Artists Journal, VI, VII.