Maren Juell  Kristensen

Born: Oslo, Norway
Lives: Oslo, Norway

Beers.Lambert Contemporary:
Through her beguiling videos and video-based installations, Kristensen aims to make associations through a series of visual systems, societal norms, and language formations. Kristensen is interested in the way that – as humans - we judge fiction and reality using films, literature and science as references to create symbolic meaning. In this search for coherence, Kristensen uses both conventions of narrative and documentary to confound and play with the viewer’s expectations, all the while exploring and subverting answers, patterns, and truths. Kristensen has shown her work in Norway’s leading fine art institute, The Astrup Fernley Museum of Modern Art, as well as a number of esteemed gallery spaces. She lives and works in Norway.

Artist statment:
I make work that aim to make loose association seem coherent. The associations are usually from the experience of an individual who is trying to figure out existential problems.
I am interested in how the mind works, and how we judge fiction and reality. Films, literature and science are referred to as a way of creating symbolic meaning.
The films, objects and images take turns as placeholders and are meant to be seen together as a story.
In this way the work is about looking for answers, patterns, truths – but doubting that they are there.

Education

2004
  • MA Fine Art, Fine Art
    Chelsea College of Art, London, United Kingdom
2000
  • BA Fine Art, Fine Art
    University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, United Kingdom

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2012
2010
2009
2007
2006
2005

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012
2011
2009
2008
2007
  • Project Galleri Oslo
    Galleri Oslo, Oslo, Norway
2005
  • Botschaften+Bring a Friend
    Felleshus der Nordischen Botschaften, Berlin, Germany

Selected Bibliography

2008

Selected Awards and Grants

2012
2011
  • Norwegian Artist Association Working Grant
    NBK, Oslo, Norway
  • Production Grant
    Norwegian Arts Council, Oslo, Norway
2009
  • Norwegian State 2-year working Grant
    Statens Kunstnerstipned, Oslo, Norway
2008
2006
  • Exhibition Grant
    Norwegian Arts Council, Oslo, Norway

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