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TIRIL HASSELKNIPPE
LONDON MOUNT STREET 

 

"BALCONY RIBBEVEG " CAST CONCRETE

TIRIL HASSELKNIPPE (B. 1984 ARENDAL, NORWAY) RECEIVED HER BFA AND MFA FROM MALMÖ ART ACADEMY IN 2011 AND 2013 RESPECTIVELY. SHE ALSO PARTICIPATED IN A FOREIGN EXCHANGE PROGRAM AT THE COOPER UNION IN NEW YORK IN 2010. HASSELKNIPPE’S RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS HAVE BEEN HELD AT INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING KUNSTNERFORBUNDET, OSLO, NO; MAGENTA PLAINS, NEW YORK, NY; KUNSTVEREIN BRAUNSCHWEIG, DE; BIANCA D’ALESSANDRO, COPENHAGEN, DK; AND DREI, COLOGNE, DE. SHE HAS UPCOMING SOLO EXHIBITIONS AT DREI AND MAGENTA PLAINS. HER WORK HAS RECENTLY BEEN INCLUDED IN GROUP EXHIBITIONS AT THE NEW MUSEUM, NEW YORK, NY; MAGENTA PLAINS; KÜNSTLERHAUS PALAIS THURN & TAXIS, BREGENZ, AT; A PALAZZO GALLERY, BRESCIA, ITL; ASTRUP FEARNLEY MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, OSLO, NO; AND THE VESTFOSSEN KUNSTLABRATORIUM, VESTFOSSEN, NO. SHE HAS ALSO MADE SEVERAL PUBLIC ARTWORKS IN SCANDINAVIA. HASSELKNIPPE LIVES AND WORKS IN NEW YORK CITY, NY.


TIRIL HASSELKNIPPE IS A SCULPTOR WORKING WITH STEEL, CONCRETE, FIBERGLASS, AND RESIN WHO PROPOSES OBJECT-BASED SOLUTIONS TO EVADE HUMANITY’S DOWNFALL AND WHOSE SCULPTURES COMMAND AUTHORITY OF PHYSICAL PRESENCE THROUGH THEIR SHEER VOLUME, SCALE, AND WEIGHT. HER SCULPTURE IS ROOTED IN MATERIAL AND TEXTUAL WORLD THAT BALANCES DEEPLY PERSONAL EXPLORATION WITH SOCIO-POLITICAL UNDERPINNINGS—AT TIMES SEEMING TO PARTICIPATE IN PARTS OF A POST-APOCALYPTIC STORYLINE. MINING ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIES IN ORDER TO CREATE ENIGMATIC SITUATIONS AT THE JUNCTION BETWEEN ARCHAEOLOGY AND SCIENCE FICTION, HASSELKNIPPE EXPLORES OUR COLLECTIVE IMAGINATION, ITS SPECULATIONS AND ITS FEARS OF THE ANTHROPOCENE.
THE “BALCONY” SCULPTURES ARE PART OF HASSELKNIPPE’S LARGER SERIES OF CONCRETE VESSEL FORMS PREVIOUSLY REFERRED TO AS “TUBS”. IN THIS SERIES, HASSELKNIPPE PROPOSES AN EVOLUTION OF THE ARCHITECTURAL FORM OF A BALCONY INTO A COMMUNAL WASHING STATION, AFTER A PREVIOUS EVENT CAUSING THE BALCONIES TO FALL TO THE GROUND. WITH THE BALCONIES REFRAMED AS WATER VESSELS, THE WORK PROPHECIES A SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND EMPATHY, A THERAPEUTIC RELIEF AMID A DESERTED IDEOLOGICAL WASTELAND OF DEPRESSION AND SAMENESS.
AS ISOLATED ENTITIES, THE BALCONIES SEEM LIKE BRUTALIST REMAINDERS OF A LOST CIVILIZATION IN WHICH THEIR ORIGINAL FUNCTION IS NO LONGER RELEVANT. SET IN A CONTEXT OF THE VERY REAL POST-SOCIETAL CONDITIONS MANIFESTED IN THE REFUGEE CRISIS, HASSELKNIPPE REFLECTS ON THE DIVISION OF RESOURCES, RIGHTS, SPACE, AND FREEDOM, UNCOVERING DYSTOPIA IN OUR PRESENT. HASSELKNIPPE'S WORK COMES FROM A DYSTOPIAN COMPLEX, BUT RE-FRAMES IT AS AN EXAMINATION OF COMMUNITY, TRUST, AND SOLIDARITY, INSINUATING THE REDEMPTIVE AND TRANSGRESSIVE POSSIBILITIES FOR EMPOWERMENT AND UPHEAVAL IN THE COLLAPSE TO COME.

103 MOUNT STREET
LONDON W1K 2TJ


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