Human Touch in Oslo


The Drawing Triennial 2019, curated by Helga-Marie Nordby and organized by the Norwegian Drawing Association has been named Human Touch. The exhibition opens at Kunstnernes Hus (Artists’ House) in Oslo November 8 where 35 invited artists present their drawings as a basic human expression. Don’t miss the exhibition Human Touch in Oslo.

Helga-Marie Nordby says, «To me, time ends when I see a drawing, it is a direct encounter with another human being. Energy transferred; vulnerable, immediate, powerful. Nine red ocher lines on a stone drawn by a human 73,000 years ago. It ignites a spark in me!»

Human Touch in Oslo
Jeanne d’Arck by Filippa Barkman

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Drawing as an art
The exhibition focuses on drawing as exploration and processing of the human. The curator seeks to create a larger space of reflection around drawing as an art, not only as an artistic expression, but as an inherent language and potential in humans: In drawing we can see both inward and outward, and by drawing we can formulate what we see, not just as an imitation or imagery, but as visual ideas, as reflection, as exploration, as questions.

Human Touch in Oslo
“Drawing is to me a direct encounter with another human being.” says Helga Marie Nordby

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Man’s primary imprint
The 2019 Drawing Triennial presents works by artists searching with the help of their lines. They use drawing as a method to approach who we are. The exhibition also points to the prehistoric times when drawing was a way of communicating before the written language originated, and is therefore largely about drawing as man’s primary imprint – in both physical and mental sense.

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The visual identity for the 2019 Drawing Triennial was developed by designer Ariane Spanier.

Human Touch in Oslo
Ina Aasheim explaining one of her drawings

The following artists participate in the Drawing Triennial:
Filippa Barkman, Per Inge Bjørlo, Eirik Blekesaune, Louise Bourgeois, Jennie H. Bringaker, Peder K. Bugge, Ann Iren Buan, Liv Dessen, Marthe Ramm Fortun, Ida Madsen Følling, Andrea Galiazzo, Guttorm Guttormsgaard, Silje Hammer, Ane Hjort Guttu , Anna Carin Hedberg, Nina Heum, William Kentridge, Käthe Kollwitz, Ingeborg Annie Lindahl, Per Maning, Elisabeth Mathisen, Pierre Lionel Matte, Ana Mendieta, Gunnveig Nerol, Randi Nygård, Cecilia Jiménez Ojeda, Shwan Dler Qaradaki, Bendik Riis, Anngjerd , Bente Stokke, Per Teljer, Monica Winther, Vera Wyller and Ina Åsheim.

Human Touch in Oslo
The Exhibition opens is Kunstnernes Hus on 8 November and in the Norwegian Drawing Association on 9 November and last through 19 January 2020.

Human Touch in Oslo, translated from press release by Tor Kjolberg