17.—18. april

Ingrid Lønningdal

Structural Change.

Ingrid Lønningdal’s practice is driven by curiosity. Fascinated by how our built environment is constructed, she begins many of her projects by photographing structures she finds during long walks through urban districts. The starting point for her 2007-10 collage series Compass, Protractor, Ruler and Scissors, for instance, was a set of photographs she took during visits to Norwegian municipalities as well as in cities such as Berlin, Gent, and Riga. Made by attaching these images to paper and then using a variety of time-intensive drawing techniques to transfer them into watercolours, the resulting collages are motivated by an attempt to understand why the spaces we inhabit look the way they do.

Although Lønningdal has returned to collage throughout her career—most notably in the series Architecture Unfolded in Time (2010), Support Structures (2016) and Sample Manipulations (2017)—over the years her studies of buildings have become increasingly abstract. In 2012, when she was commissioned to create works for the town hall in Førde, an area many see as a failed example of post-war-urban development, she chose to represent the area through a series of colorful watercolors and wall paintings. Using shades taken from the facades of buildings located within the small town, these works were inspired by Lønningdal’s observation that each district, whether commercial, residential or industrial, has its own distinct colour palette.

Industrial areas, often situated on the fringes of cities and towns, have been an enduring interest for Lønningdal. From her early collages to her more recent experiments with textiles, many of the buildings she has used as the basis for her pieces have been found in these outlying areas. In the past, the Norwegian artist has described these kinds of properties as “interesting objects of study because they show how society changes.” Although her investigations are not limited to Norway—she has also made series as a result of trips to Palm Springs and Hamburg—Lønningdal’s studies act as an ever expanding record of a country in flux. Hers is an inherently political endeavor. By choosing to lavish time and attention on maligned works of architecture, she asks us to consider why certain buildings are worthy of celebration while others are left to fall into disrepair.

Text by Chloe Stead

Painting, drawing, textile and screenprint

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Ingrid Lønningdal, Fibre Reinforcement (AEG-Turbinenfabrik I-III / Ulvenvein 90), silicate paint on jute, each 130 x 260 cm, 2020
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Ingrid Lønningdal, Edges (Waldsiedlung Zehlendorf IV), hessian and silicate paint, 133 x 98 cm, 2020
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Ingrid Lønningdal, Edges (Waldsiedlung Zehlendorf III), hessian and silicate paint, 133 x 98 cm, 2020
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Ingrid Lønningdal, Edges, intallation view Künstlerhaus Bethanien, 2020

Planned projects and exhibitions

SEP 2021
Erich has just left the building, group exhibition, kajetan Berlin

2023/24
Commission, Stavanger University Hospital

CV

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EDUCATION
2006-08 MA Visual Art, Oslo National Academy of the Arts
2003-06 BA Institute for Colour, Oslo National Academy of the Arts

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020 Edges, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
2019 Fibre Reinforcement, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
2017 Grooves and Ridges, Trøndelag senter for samtidskunst, Trondheim
2017 Division of Space, Oslo Kunstforening
2013 Essential Geometry, Nordnorsk kunstnersenter, Svolvær
2011 This City Busy with Dreams, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
2011 Every Building an Experiment, Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum, Førde
2010 Bauen – wohnen – denken, Tegnerforbundet, Oslo. With Karen Lidal

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)
2019 Vi er stedene, Vestlandsutstillingen, Kunstgarasjen, Bergen. Curated by Marte Danielsen Jølbo
2018 Winter Solstice: Poems to Orpheus, Teknisk Museum, Oslo
2017 Samlet, BOA, Oslo
2016 En kollektiv psykogeografisk guide til Oslo, satellite project: the Drawing Biennial 2016, Oslo. Curated by Ida Madsen, Ottar Karlsen and Eirik Senje
2016 Architecture Unfolded in Time, Budsjord, Dovre
2015 Norwegian Sculpture Biennial 2015: Art Belongs to Those Who See It, The Vigeland Museum, Oslo. With Steffen Håndlykken, curated by Anne Szefer Karlsen
2014 Sparebankstiftelsen DNB: Stipendutstilling 2014, Oslo kunstforening, Oslo. Curated by Marianne Hultman
2013 Inside Outside Architecture, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo. Curated by Sabrina van der Ley
2013 En kollektiv kraftanstengelse for tapte saker, Podium, Oslo. Curated by Ida Følling and Ottar Karlsen
2011 Oslo sett med kunstnerøyne, Kunst på arbeidsplassen, Oslo
2011 Space Station, program #2, 0047, Oslo. Curated by Tone Hansen
2010 Zwischenraum : Space between, Hamburg Kunstverein, Hamburg. Curated by Annette Hans, Anne Szefer Karlsen and Jamie Kenyon
2010 2000 Lillestrøm, Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm. Curated by Geir Haraldseth

COMMISSIONED PROJECTS
Ballast, Brevik oppvekstsenter, 2018
Byen i rådhuset, Førde Rådhus, 2012-14

PUBLICATIONS
Ingrid Lønningdal – 10, edited by Anne Szefer Karlsen, Teknisk Industri AS, 2019
Borgen. A Place for Culture Production, Teknisk Industri AS, 2015
The Bjørvika Structure in the Studio, Common Lands: Publication #2, editors: Haugen, Løvgren and Tampere, 2010
Oslo-New York, artist book, Permafrost-Press, 2008

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
The Art Collection of Kristiansand Municipality, 2020
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2019
The Norwegian Parliament, 2019
Fylkesnemda for barnevern og sosiale saker i Buskerud og Vestfold, Drammen (KORO), 2018
Kunst på arbeidsplassen, 2018
The Art Collection of Oslo Municipality, 2017, 2019
The Art Collection of Trondheim Municipality, 2017
Sogn og Fjordane Museum of Fine Art, 2011

GRANTS
Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, working grant, 2018-20, 2017, 2012, 2011, 2010
Statens arbeidsstipend, working grant, 2016
Statens arbeidsstipend, working grant for young artists, 2014-15, 2013
Winner of Sparebankstiftelsen DNBs grant exhibition, 2014
Oslo kommune, stipend til kunstnere i etableringsfasen, 2011

BIBLIOGRAPHY (selection)
Chloe Stead, Structural Change, BE Magazin #27
Frida Forsgren, Skrikende satire og lavmælte observasjoner, Fædrelandsvennen, 20.06.2020
Kåre Bulie, Når arkitektur blir til kunst, Klassekampen, 04.09.2019
Espen Hauglid, Næringslivet i farger, Morgenbladet, 23.08.2019
Erik Jacobsen, Hovinbyen, NRK P2, Studio 2, 23.08.2019
Marie Saxeide, Lønningdal og Værslev viser hvordan farger egentlig skal brukes, Subjekt, 21.08.2019
Pernille Skar Nordby, Bud for byen, 2018
Marius Moldvær, Ei bru inn i atelieret og andre arkitektoniske hendingar, Kunstforum 01/2018
Gustav S. Borgersen, Fra industriarkitektur til industrikunst, Adresseavisen, 27.08.2017
Gustav S. Borgersen, De enkelte bestanddeler, Artscene Trondheim, 23.08.2017
Märit Aronsson, Variasjoner over jutestrie, Artscene Trondheim, 14.08.2017
Michael Birchal and Geir Haraldseth (ed), Collective Good Collaborative Effort, Rogaland Kunstsenter, 2017
Emil Flatø, Kunstpolitikk på etterskudd, Morgenbladet Kunstkritikk, #2 2016
Kåre Bulie, Et eget rom, Dagens Næringsliv D2, 12.02.2016
Gaute Brochmann, Ikkje så fast ein borg, Arkitektur N, #2 2016
Hege Larsen, Borgen som ikke passet inn, Khrono, 24.12.2015
Arve Rød, Kunst-toppen 2015, Dagbladet, 21.12.2015
Lars Elton, Kunst- og kapitalårets beste kunstbøker, Dagsavisen, 21.12.2015
Morten S. Smedsrud, Mener kunsten må lages i byen, Klassekampen, 16.12.2015
Sara R. Yazdani, Critics picks: Art Belongs to Those Who See It, Artforum, November 2015
Oda Bhar, Frihet i tre dimensjoner, Morgenbladet, 27.11.2015
Simen Joachim Helsvig, I skyggen av skjermen, Kunstkritikk, 14.10.2015
Eirik Høyer Leivestad, Perler uten snor, Billedkunst no 6, 2015
Line Ulekleiv, Vellykket engergikobling, Klassekampen, 14.10.2015
Lars Elton, Fadermord eller naturlig utvikling?, Dagsavisen, 13.10.2015
Ketil Nergaard og Marie Nerland, Redaksjonens utvalg, Norsk kunstårbok, 2012
Line Harr Skagestad, Brobygger mellom kunst og arkitektur, page 6-9, Numer #90, 2011
Geir Haraldseth, Byutviklingsforvikling, Kunstkritikk.no, 07.05.2010

OTHER
Assistant Professor, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, 2011-2019
Part of the artist group Institute for Colour, 2005-2014