27 & 28 April 2019

Oslo Opens Reference group
Astrup Fearnley Museum for Moderne Art
Atelier Nord
Billedkunstnerne i Oslo og Akershus (BOA)
Forbundet Frie Fotografer (FFF)
Kunstnernes Hus
The National Museum of Art, Archtecture and Design
Norsk Billedhoggerforening (NBF)
Norske Kunsthåndverkere Oslo og Akershus (NKOA)
Norsk senter for teknologi i musikk og kunst (NOTAM)
Norske tekstilkuntnere/SOFT
Tegnerforbundet (TF)
Young Artists Society (UKS)

Williams, Jessica

Artist's publications, photography, text, new media

Jessica Williams (b. 1986, US/NO) works freely within the realms of publishing, photography, text, and new media. Her working methods echo those of a hunter gatherer: collecting objects (both physical and metaphysical) that stand in as metaphors for intangible, shared feelings and experiences. The power of language and everyday physicality in the increasingly digital world are constant themes.

Between 2011-2014, Williams was the driving force behind the internationally recognized small press North, South, East, West (NSEW) which published works by over 100 young artists from Scandinavia and beyond. During this time, she was also instrumental in the creation of the Publishing Workshop at KHiO. Since 2106, she has published her works through the moniker Hverdag Books which is both a small publisher and Risograph printshop in central Oslo.

Jessicawilliams humanresponse 2018
Jessica Williams, Human Response (Pearl), Riso print, 30x42cm, 2018
Jessicawilliams afinnestemmen 2017
Jessica Williams, Å finne stemmen, artist's book, 16x23cm, 2017
Jessicawilliams digitalimagesofthephysicalworld 2017
Jessica Williams, Digital Images of the Physical World, multimedia installation, 2017
Jessicawilliams thepastisafiniteplace 2018
Jessica Williams, The past is a finite place, artist's book, 16x23cm, 2018

Planned projects and exhibitions

May 2019 Miss Read: Berlin Art Book Fair, Berlin
May 2019 No Wrong Answers, solo exhibition, Studio 17, Stavanger


2014 MFA, Oslo Art Academy, Oslo
2008 BFA, The Cooper Union, NYC
2007 Exchange, Konsthögskolan i Malmö, Malmö

Solo exhibitions
2019 No Wrong Answers, Studio 17, Stavanger
2017 Å finne stemmen, Pamflett, Bergen
2017 Å vokse opp på Internett og papir, Deichmann Grünerløkka, Oslo
2016 Isolasjon, Galleri Storck, Oslo
2014 Pictures from Japan, Izakaya, Oslo
2013 Basic Needs, Good Press, Glasgow, UK
2012 Notes on Building a Bow, One Night Only, UKS, Oslo
2012 Diary, Domy Books, Austin, USA
2012 working title, Galleri Vitrine, KHiO, Oslo
2011 Full Circle, Galleri P0, KHiO, Oslo
2008 Missing The Moon, KRETS, Malmö, Sweden
2008 Simple Gestures, The Cooper Union, New York City, USA
2007 Let’s Build A Home, Duduá, Barcelona, Spain
2006 Let Me Show You, The Cooper Union, New York City, USA

Selected group exhibitions
2018 Bergen Art Book Fair, Bergen
2018 SMØR Press risografiutstilling, Babel, Trondheim
2018 Multiple Art Days, with NAP, Monnaie de Paris, Paris
2018 Summer Sun Day Dream, The Lab @ Silver Eye, Philadelphia
2018 Why Riso?, Tøyen Startup Village, Oslo
2018 Malmö Artists’ Book Biennial, Victoriateateren, Malmö,
2018 RISOTTO’S RISO ROOM, The Lighthouse, Glasgow
2018 Between the lines, Reception Gallery, KhiO, Oslo
2017 Islands Of The Sun, curated by Mondo Books, Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF), Henningsvær
2017 China Meets Norway in a Bookshelf, Meridan Space, Beijing
2017 only to find, with Annie Bielski, High Tide, Philadelphia
2017 Nature or Plastic?, Klimafestivalen § 112, Wizard, Oslo
2015 Goddag mann! Kunstsamling, Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger
2014 Precious Moments, Open Space, Baltimore
2014 Norway Focus at NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, NYC
2014 The unnamed feeling, Sept 12, Folkets bio, Umeå
2014 Blog Re-blog, Austin Center for Photography, Austin
2013 1986 – 2013 / En kunstner som samler kunst, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen
2012 Sraunus, NextArt, Gothenburg
2012 LENTYNA, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius
2012 The Family Show II, Good Press, Glasgow
2012 Kunstpublikationer 2012, Overgaden Institute, Copenhagen
2012 Pluss Pluss, March 26, Black Box Teater, Oslo
2011 Communicate and Circulate, Good Press, Glasgow
2011 If inside, to get out―if outside, to get in, Holodeck, Oslo
2011 Pick Me Up, Somerset House, London
2010 Exhibition IV, Appartment, Berlin
2010 Saturday Sun, Capricious Space, Brooklyn
2009 Everything is Possible, Space 15 Twenty, Los Angeles
2009 I Don’t Believe in Miracles, SpaceWomb, NYC
2009 Involved, Socially, Triple Base, San Francisco
2009 Live Archive, Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, NYC
2009 Installation at PROJECT MINT, Seoul, South Korea
2009 Forms of Melancholy, SEGO Art Center, Provo
2009 ASDF: In Real Time, Capricious Space, Brooklyn

Selected Grants + Awards
2018 Grafill Business development stipend
2018 Oslo Kommune Kulturetaten subsidized studio – 3 years
2018 Norsk Kulturrådet project support
2018 Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond project support
2017 Norsk Kulturrådet exhibition support
2016 Oslo Kommune Kulturetaten «raske resultater»
2016 Grafill Deichmann Grünerløkka stipend
2016 Norsk Kulturrådet publication support
2015 Norsk Kulturrådet diverse stipend
2014 Norsk Kulturrådet exhibition support
2009 Jean Claude Reynal Drawing Award (shortlisted)
2008 Ethel Cram Memorial Prize for Excellence in Art
2006 O’Brien Scholarship for Study Abroad
2004 Cooper Union Full Tuition Scholarship

2018 PRAKSIS: Taking Hold—The Double Bridge, Oslo
2018 Fordypningsrommet Fleinvær
2017 Riso-Residency at Pamflett, Bergen
2004 Look-Look Magazine Summer Photography Residency, NYC


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