17. February – 28. March 2018
Please join us Friday 16 February for the opening of the exhibition Ding Dong by Nora Joung. The exhibition is presented at both UKS and Kunstnernes Hus as part of UKS’ series of double exposés running through Spring 2018.
The exhibition opens at UKS from 7-8:30pm, and continues at Kunstnernes Hus from 8:30-10pm. There will be a performance by Joung at 7:30 at UKS.
Visual artist, critical writer, and occasional performer, Joung’s practice reflects the prosaic and popular powers seeping through the seams of even our most intimate words and expressions. For her grand new UKS commission, Joung dwells in the threshold between the guarded privacy of a (Norwegian) household and an outside, resounding the ring of the doorbell in her exhibition title.
At Kunstnernes Hus, Joung creates an enlarged, theatrical environment—overlooked from a mezzanine entrance—shrinking now puppet-sized audiences into a larger-than-life blue-lit living room fully equipped with rug and sofa, and centered around a TV. Quoting platitudes from soap operas, inherited marketing clichés, and news trailers, the screen evokes a hyperbole of the (often commercial) powers that pour into personal space via this relentless channel.
At UKS, three different structures—a rectangle, a circle, and a triangle—each uphold a different function. A tall rectangular stage supporting a sofa forms the setting for a selection of Joung’s live works, while a low circular platform furnished with lounge chairs is activated by occasional talk shows. Raising questions of contemporary loss of seclusion and radical transparency or self-surveillance, a final, triangular structure holds a set of video screens. One filmic work ponders Viennese architect Adolf Loos’ equally amusing and dated bridging of clothing, applied design, and the private house to aspects of male and female bodily withdrawal and exposition.
Joung is a graduate of the Bergen Academy of Art (BA), Akademin Valand and the Oslo Academy of Art (MA). A prolific critic and writer, Joung’s artistic practice is mainly focused on installations and text. Through 2017, Joung presented a solo exhibition at NoPlace (Oslo) and one at Diorama (Oslo), and participated in the group exhibitions Ode til en vaskeklut, hymne til en tiger, Kunstnerforbundet (Oslo) and The Oslo Museum of Contemporary Art, Kunsthall Oslo (2017-2018).