FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
I THOUGHT WE WERE THE SAME PERSON Artist Trio Nedregard, Hillary & Wahl Sund @ NOoSPHERE Arts, NYC, Sep 5‐30, 2012
Opening Reception with LIVE PERFORMANCE: Wed, Sep 5, 6‐10pm
New York, NY, July 25: NOoSPHERE Arts, an artist‐run, nonprofit exhibition and performance venue on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, is excited to open the new gallery season with I Thought We Were the Same Person, a collaborative multimedia production partially created on site by Agnes Nedregard, Moray Hillary and Torgrim Wahl Sund.
While the nomadic artist trio – based partially in Glasgow, in Paris and in Bergen – have a long history of working together, this is their very first joint show in NYC. Nedregard, Hillary and Wahl Sund will combine a series of individual works into a collective whole that explores the intricacies of identity and individualism.
Quoting from their joint artist statement: “While many of us have at hand the opportunity to exercise free will of thought and action, we often forego exactly that option and find ourselves bound by the myriad of societal codes and structures. In everything from expressions of cultural taste and fashion to what we ought to be doing with our lives, there is a tendency to bend to the prevailing conventions of the times in which we live.”
Two oft‐cited psychological studies of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Stanford Prison Project and the Milgram Experiment, which analyzed aspects of obedience to extreme levels, demonstrate that individuals can be coerced into acting brutally and inhumanely merely by being told to do so.
Through this exhibit, which spans the media of painting, performance, video, sculpture, and printmaking, the artists aim to convey their sense that “the further away you walk from dominant trends and attitudes and the deeper you dig into what being alive really means to you, the more able you become to unearth significant expressions of individual thought.”
Like Alice, who disappeared down the rabbit hole to reveal a brand new world of imagination and wonder, you only need to take the plunge.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Moray Hillary (Scotland) trained in painting and received an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992. His work has developed from large scale paintings of skin surfaces with naturalistic depictions of wounds and tattoos into progressively three‐dimensional objects and spatial interactions, while staying true to painting as his primary medium. With an active international exhibition record, Hillary has collaborated with Nedregard since 2006. www.morayhillary.wordpress.com
Agnes Nedregard (Norway) received her MFA degree from Glasgow School of Art in 2005, and has developed a practice based on bodily perceptions and expressions, mostly finding its form as live performances. She embellishes her actions and images with self‐made costumes, videos and sculptural work, and has appeared in festivals and exhibits worldwide. www.agnesnedregard.com
Torgrim Wahl Sund (Norway) received his MFA from Bergen National Academy of the Arts in 2010. He works in drawing, printmaking, installation and video, exploring topics such as simplicity/complexity; how we perceive the world and our relationship to life and death. Based primarily in Bergen, he will this year attend a residency at Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan. www.twsund.com WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM:
NOoSPHERE Arts is located at 251 East Houston Street, between Norfolk & Suffolk Streets. The closest subway stop Second Avenue – Lower East Side on the F‐train. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday 12– 6pm. Press viewings can be arranged prior to the exhibitions. For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact the gallery manager at (646) 389‐8229 or mail@no‐in‐nyc.org