13.05.2020 – 18.05.2020
ons– lør kl. 12–18
man kl. 12–16
USF Verftet / Georgernes verft 12 / 5011 Bergen
A durational live drawing performance continued with an installation showing the remains of the performance. Opening hours of performance: Wednesday 13th: Performance 12-18 Thursday 14th: Performance 12-18 Friday 15th: Performance 12-18 Saturday 16th: 12-18, both artists will be there and are available to the audience. Closing event from 18-19 (finissage). Sunday 17th: Closed Monday 18th: 12-16 Free entrance.
Ingeborg Blom Andersskog (NO) and Maria Pääkkönen (FI) met at Rejmyre Art Lab in Sweden in summer 2016, both participating at the Nordic Studio workshop “Clearcut”. The instant attraction to each other similarities in how to approach their surroundings and understanding of the world gave them the urge for working together. They presented their first collaboration You Are I Am You at Superb! -contemporary art festival in Turku, Finland in 2019. At Visningsrommet USF they present a new work Drawing Down The Moon, that consists of durational live drawing performance continued with an installation showing the remains of the performance. The performance part is based on improvisation, possibilities, uncertainty, togetherness and reacting to each other and whatever appears by drawing. Drawing can mean many things; it can be making a line or any kind of mark or trace with pencil, charcoal, body and pigment, or it can be just movement, drawing invisible lines in the space with the body. It can also take different forms what comes to the rhythm changing from slow and concentrated to fast and dynamic.
Andersskog and Pääkkönen share an interest in ritualistic behavior and how to approach that topic and phenomena throughout the process of making art. In their new work they play with the concept of a ritual and how it relates to a artistic presentation and performance. There rises a question of possible similarities of a flow state, that can happen during an improvisation of long duration, and a ritualistic trance.
The title of the exhibition is borrowed from a central ritual of the same name (also known as drawing down the Goddess) in many contemporary Wiccan traditions. As a title it also refers to act of drawing or a drawing performance. In the Wiccan ritual, a coven’s High Priestess enters a trance and requests the Goddess, symbolized by the moon, to enter her body and speak through her. The name of the ritual most likely comes from a depiction of two women and the moon on an ancient Greek vase from the second century BCE.