Rasmus Røhling thinks of his artistic production as a self-passage. His work revolves around the topics of casualness, the Facehugger, iconoclasm, sophistication, and the impotence of ostentation. A reoccurring theme in Røhling’s sculptures and videos is the notion of art as the epistemologically unnameable and how this self-perception as stealth potentially affects artistic agency and methodology. The works often seem overtly concerned with enunciating their own ontology, oscillating between idiosyncrasy and strategy.
Rasmus Røhling is an artist and writer based in Copenhagen. He holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts (2010) and a BFA from Jutland Art Academy, DK (2007). Røhling has shown work in exhibitions including Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart, Artists Space, New York; Travis, mertro pcs, Los Angeles; A.U.T.O.E.N.U.C.L.E.A.T.I.O.N., Sismógrafo, Porto; New Rocks Upon the Beach, SixtyEight, Copenhagen; Negating Depressing, SixtyEight Art Institute, Copenhagen; Rage and Patience, Human Resources, Los Angeles; Elephants, YEARS, Copenhagen; and Tell It To My Heart, Collected by Julie Ault, Museum of Contemporary Art, Basel.
Residents from Denmark
Maki Okamoto Toshima is a multimedia artist; her recent works are video installations. She is interested in questioning the relationships between imagination and corporeality produced by sensory experiences. Toshima’s work is partly inspired by Japanese animism from the prehistoric Jōmon period, exploring various states of transitional emotional being and ideas of memory and change.
Maki Okamoto Toshima (born 1979, Hyogo) is a Tokyo-based artist. She graduated with an MFA in Intermedia Art from the Tokyo University of the Arts, where she then started working as a research associate and lecturer. Toshima was the winner at the 1st Osaka Contemporary Art Competition in 2004; recipient of the Jury Recommended Works award at the 11th Japan Media Arts Festival; and awarded second place at the Kobe Biennale Grand Prix. Between 2007 and 2009, she worked as Eiko Ishioka’s personal assistant at the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony costume department. Toshima has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Japan and abroad, including the Gwangju Biennale, Korea, 2012.
Residents from Japan
Espen Gleditsch is an artist whose work juxtaposes photographs, texts and objects. His projects often put in dialogue text and image to enable a variety of perspectives on a common theme. Through this association, viewers’ interpretations of the works vacillate between a rational, cognitive understanding and a visual system of symbols. Gleditsch’s intellectual and artistic process often starts with a narrative that navigates between fact and fiction. His work raises fundamental philosophical questions regarding our ability to survive in a secular society without dreams and fantasies–which allow us to transcend our rational understanding of reality.
Espen Gleditsch (born 1983) lives and works in Oslo, Norway. Gleditsch received his MFA from the Academy of Fine Art of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2015. Gleditsch’s work has been presented in solo shows at Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, 2016; Noplace, Oslo, 2016; Fotogalleriet [Format], Malmö, 2015; Haugesund kunstforening, Norway 2013; and MELK, Oslo, 2012. Group shows include Kunstnernes Hus; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, 2015; Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, 2014, 2010; Austin Centre for Photography, 2014; and Fotogalleriet, Oslo, 2013.