Studio Report #3 – Anna Sofie Mathiasen

16th-19th December 2021

Due to the latest restrictions on public gatherings, there will not be an evening opening event for this exhibition. Instead the gallery will be open from 12-5pm on Thursday, the artist will be present and non-alcoholic refreshments will be served. The gallery will be open as usual Friday-Sunday 12-5pm.

Kunsthall Oslo is very pleased to present 360, a solo exhibition by Anna Sofie Mathiasen, the third in our current series of Studio Reports.

I am that distant mountain, I drink the blue of those trees that I can barely make out as distinct entities, I slip down the quarry way over there … the spin continues to the point of vertigo, the vertigo one gets in rare moments of life with 360 degree vision that annihilates and creates at the same time.” (from Autonauts of the Cosmopath,” Juan Cortàzar and Carol Dunlop, 1983)

Mathiasen’s installation 360 is an autofiction, a circular path and a series of drawings – based on found objects, memories and fragments – that concerns the possibility and impossibility of self-understanding. The motif of the circle alludes to a recurring desire expressed in the novels of Julio Cortàzar for “an absolute vision in which the ego would be annihilated and disappear,” and is echoed in a visual quotation from Eric Rohmer’s film The Green Ray, which also concerns the quest for a transcendent revelation.

Anna Sofie Mathiasen (b. 1995, Copenhagen) lives and works in Oslo. Mathiasen works with historical archive material and personal memories, using drawing, collage, installation, film and text to create new combinations and new fictions. She has previously exhibited at the Guttormsgaard archive, Blaker, Norway; Destiny’s, Oslo and Kunstnernes hus, Oslo. Her upcoming projects include solo exhibitions Galleri K and BOA and a collaboration with Ellef Prestsæter for the exhibition Open Creation and Its Enemies: Asger Jorn in Situation at the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno in Valencia, Spain.