Concurrent with the release of his latest book 'Tegninger - Drawings', WILLAS contemporary is pleased to announce Kjell Torriset´s first solo exhibition with the gallery.
Kjell Torriset is educated in London and Oslo and has since 1993 been living in East Sussex, England. His rich, poetic imagery and extensive exhibition activity has gained him a central position on the Norwegian art scene. In 1992 he was selected as the official exhibitor at Festspillene in Bergen and in 1999 Torrisets work was presented in a solo exhibition at the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo. Torriset has created monumental art assignmentsexecuted large scale commissions for Oslo University Library and other institutions. His works are included in collections such as the British Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art and The National Gallery, Oslo, The Astrup Fearnley Museum, The Norwegian Arts Council Theatre, Oslo Municipal Collection, as well as in numerous private collections.
Kjell Torrisets interest in art history, languages, literature and philosophical themes is evident in his fragmentary imagery. In his drawings, the rich and distinctive repertoire of shapes, architecture and written language are significant themes and articulated in a spontaneous but nuanced expression. His diverse methods form a dialogue between recogniszable symbols and abstract structures. A visual universe where an enigmatic existence often emerges. The timelines intersect in a visual universe which carries within itself the past and present, where the human existence condition is considered in a wider historical perspective.
The book 'Tegninger – Drawings’ which is designed in close collaboration with designer Henrik Haugan from Snøhetta and published by Press Publishing, will be launched in conjunction with the exhibition.
The exhibition “Untitled" is designed in collaboration with Snøhetta and presents drawings, paintings and installations installations, drawings and paintings.
Private preview, March 11th 2016 from 18.00 to 21.00 – Light refreshments will be served.
Official Opening and book signing, March 12th 2016 from 12.00 onwards.