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Sol Kjøk
updated: 09/17/2012
website: www.solkjok.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Getting There
Push and Shove
Push and Pull
Casting Their Whirling Shadow
Slender Strings 1
Slender Strings 2
Slender Strings 3
Quemado por largos rayos rojos, shown at .NO in NYC
Strings Attached & Stitched with Its Color
Entre sol et ciel
Entre sol et ciel at Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin
Entre sol et ciel at Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin
Se van volando
Nine Nights shown at BH Gallery, NYC
Unfurling
 
Portfolio Keywords:  anatomy, autobiographical, dreams, erotic, feminist, figurative, gender/sexuality, narrative, psychological, spiritual
 
 
Getting There by Sol Kjøk
Getting There
Graphite, oil crayons and Grumbacher gel
2012
40" x  40" 
Push and Shove by Sol Kjøk
Push and Shove
Pastels on wall
2010
108 " x  108 " 
Push and Pull by Sol Kjøk
Push and Pull
Graphite, colored pencil, tissue paper and yarn on hand-cut paper
2010
18 " x  24 " 
Casting Their Whirling Shadow by Sol Kjøk
Casting Their Whirling Shadow
Graphite, colored pencil, yarn and tissue paper on hand-cut paper
2010
2410 " x  18 " 
Slender Strings 1 by Sol Kjøk
Slender Strings 1
Colored pencil on Mylar mounted on hand-cut glass hung from braid of human hair. To be installed in clusters of 5-7 panels
2010
Dimensions variable
Slender Strings 2 by Sol Kjøk
Slender Strings 2
Colored pencil on Mylar mounted on hand-cut glass hung from braid of human hair. To be installed in clusters of 5-7 panels
2010
Dimensions variable
Slender Strings 3 by Sol Kjøk
Slender Strings 3
Colored pencil on Mylar mounted on hand-cut glass hung from braid of human hair. To be installed in clusters of 5-7 panels
2010
Dimensions variable
Quemado por largos rayos rojos, shown at .NO in NYC by Sol Kjøk
Quemado por largos rayos rojos, shown at .NO in NYC
Drawing on glass to left, pastels and oil on canvas to right
2011
Dimensions variable
Strings Attached & Stitched with Its Color  by Sol Kjøk
Strings Attached & Stitched with Its Color
Oil and Pierre Noire
2008-present
96 " x  72 " 
Entre sol et ciel by Sol Kjøk
Entre sol et ciel
Wall Drawing: Pastels and Crayons
2009
144 0 " x  216 "  x 20 " 
Entre sol et ciel at Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin by Sol Kjøk
Entre sol et ciel at Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin
Wall Drawing: Pastels and crayons
2009
144 " x  216 "  x 20 " 
Entre sol et ciel at Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin by Sol Kjøk
Entre sol et ciel at Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin
Wall Drawing: Pastels and Crayons
2009
144 " x  216 "  x 20 " 
Se van volando by Sol Kjøk
Se van volando
Graphite and colored pencil on paper
2008
50" x  38" 
Nine Nights shown at BH Gallery, NYC by Sol Kjøk
Nine Nights shown at BH Gallery, NYC
Oil crayons on paper
2010
144" x  216" 
Unfurling by Sol Kjøk
Unfurling
Graphite and oil crayons on wall
2008
118" x  118" 

Artist Statement

My figurative imagery is the visual terminus of a much longer method, and perhaps its extravisual meaning is to be found in the archeology of its making:  Driven by a desire to first experience as manifest reality the symbolic content of my images, my process starts with performances staged in my studio, where my models and I make pitiful attempts at acrobatic exercises: We walk the tight rope (poorly), strenuously climb wires suspended from the ceiling, balance on balls and twist our bodies into a myriad of uncomfortable positions.  It is important that this initial physical experience—ripe with the potential for injuries and skin-against-skin contact—lives on in the final pieces, as I strive to convey a bodily awareness of the paradox of strength and vulnerability that is the human condition.

IIn addition to works on paper ranging from a few inches to more than 13 foot in height, I use a variety of other media:

* Large-scale wall drawings executed on-site, which again can be read as an act of

* Performance/endurance art (during the process, I live in the gallery 24/7, eating and sleeping very little)

Larger-than-life scale works on canvas (experimental mixed media technique residing in the borderland between drawing and painting)

Installations: clusters of line drawings on contoured glass suspended from braids of human hair

* Animations of line drawings projected large directly onto the walls of the exhibition venue

Interactive components: climbing ropes and swings that invite viewers to engage physically with the artworks

Common to all of the above imagery is that meaning is conveyed through line. And so, above and beyond their narrative content, these works can be seen as formal explorations of the medium of drawing.

Artist Bio / CV

Born in Norway, Sol Kjøk left her tiny mountain village at 16 years of age. She went on to live and  learn in Paris (France), Vienna (Austria), Medellín (Colombia) and a number of U.S. cities, earning three graduate degrees in various humanities on her way. Virtually self-taught in artistic techniques, she moved to New York City to get an MFA in Painting at Parsons School of Design in 1998, and has since then lived and worked in an artist collective in Brooklyn.

An avid drawer all her life, Sol participated in her first public exhibition as a teenager. To date, her work has been featured in more than 70 group exhibits across the globe. She has had eight solo shows in museums, galleries and artist-run spaces in the US and Europe, most recently a one-person multimedia exhibit at Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin. Her work is represented in museums and other public collections in the US and Europe, incl. the Cincinnati Art Museum, OH, and the Nordic Museum of Drawing, Sweden.

A recipient of more than thirty awards and artist’s grants over the past two decades, Sol’s work has been reviewed in many international publications. Below are some quotes from recent press coverage:

"It is expertly done. So dazzlingly accomplished that you all but miss the fact that Sol Kjøk's work also holds existential questions with a full range of feelings, spanning from safety-seeking anxiety and fear, to protective love and joy of life."

Britte Montigny, "Equilibristic Technique and Acrobatics"
                                          Hallandsposten August 12, 2008

"This makes for a kind of conceptual art, but the artist directs the action, in such a way that the result reads both dramatic and mystifying. The viewer constantly feels that there is much more to this than a simple juggling with the organic forms of the human body; there are also symbolic accents and even a philosophy of life."

                        Helmer Lång, "Much More Than Human Bodies"

Skånska Dabgladet July 25, 2008