Press Releases : 2007/08

Helen Mirra: Between a rock and a plant

Published 2007/08/27

ISP Artist Resident


Between a rock and a plant

Date: Wednesday, 5 September, 2007
Time: 18:00
Location: ISP Studio 2
Wergelandsvn. 17
Back entrance

About the talk:

Helen Mirra has been in Norway since May. During her OCA residency, she has spent time at the Herbarium at the Botanical Museum at Tøyen, the Alpine Botanical Garden in Kongsvoll, and in the field with the gardeners from the Botanical Garden in Tromsø. On Wednesday evening she will show some work and research images and talk about her subjective trajectory by trees, lichens, plants, and rocks, via which she has been considering time spans, general particularity and specific generality, commitment and flux.

About the speaker:

Helen Mirra's work occurs in varied scrap media, and engages structural and conceptual logics. It is often referred to as poetic, and indeed Mirra engages quite directly in relation to poetry, but her interest is as much in the metrical as in the lyrical. This metricality, even percussiveness, inflects her work, which is informed by anxieties related to the conflicting ecologies of the modern world. Within the various forms in which she operates, there is always a source material upon which decisions are made. Recent projects include the large-scale public project Instance the Determination, which indexes works by John Dewey and Jane Addams, at the University of Chicago through 2009, and the book Cloud, the, 3, published by JRP Ringier/Christoph Keller Editions in March 2007, as well as solo shows at Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe; Galerie Nelson, Paris; Dallas Art Museum; Berkeley Art Museum and the Whitney Museum, New York. Mirra completed her MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1996, and has received awards from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and Artadia: the Fund for Art and Dialogue. Mirra was a guest of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm in 2005–06, and teaches at Harvard University.

The International Studio Programme Oslo (ISP Oslo)

International artists are invited by OCA to the International Studio Programme Oslo for a stay from two weeks up to six months, independently or in connection with exhibitions or other collaborations in Norway. The programme comprises four studios located in the city centre of Oslo.

Office for Contemporary Art Norway

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a private foundation and was founded by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Fall 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a profiled contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.