Margrethe Aanestad explores spatial relationships through form, color, material, and space. She uses various techniques on paper and a careful orchestration of found objects to reveal a sublime balance. Her compositions are not only a relationship between drawings and three-dimensional panels but a response to the space and place itself.
Aanestad has been working in Miami for several weeks and has been exploring this place. She has transformed the experience into an installation of sculpture and works on paper—taking in the energy of the city and collecting materials, from the streets and leftover items that find themselves discarded in thrifts and trash bins. As Aanestad works, she’s responding to the exhibition space and the city in a very intuitive way. Making decisions about choices in materials, arrangements, and compositions based on the experience of her stay. She allows coincidences, fragments, layers and relationships between objects to reveal themselves in the process. The idea for Hither/Thereat or “to this place/at that place” in Old English, reveals the artist’s state of mind in coming from “thereat” and reflecting on “hither” through the process of collecting, working and displaying.
Margrethe Aanestad studied fine arts at the Rogaland Art College and graduated with a BA from the University of Stavanger in Art History, Aesthetic Philosophy, Film Theory & History, and Cultural Management & Leadership. Since 2001, she has worked independently to initiate, produce, and curate many projects in Stavanger, where she is also an educator and also serves on the Advisory Board of Kunsthall Stavanger. She is co-founder and co-curator of the artist-run space Prosjektrom Normanns (2010) and co-founder and co-owner of Erfjordgata 8 (2013), a coworking space, both located in Stavanger. Recent solo exhibitions include Locus Mien at Torrance Shipman Gallery, New York, NY, solo, Curated by Meaghan Kent/Site95; Hither/Thereat at Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL; Herein at Open Source Gallery, New York. Selected group and duo exhibitions include Transcendental Tactility, Open Source Gallery, New York, curated by Prosjektrom Normanns; We all have good taste – Miami at Tub gallery, Miami, FL, curated by Alexis Callado Estefania; ee/aa at Another Space, Copenhagen, duo with Eugenio Espinoza (USA); Quattro at Interno4, Bologna, Italy; Utopia at Galería Des Pacio de la Cruz, San Jose, Costa Rica, curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud; The Meeting on ISCP, New York, curated by Nick Kline (USA) and Monika Wuhrer (USA); The 124. Annual National Art Exhibition in Norway, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway. She has participated at UNTITLED Art Fair, Miami, FL, with Prosjektrom Normanns, Norway.