Jennie Hagevik Bringaker
Pint sized riot at the silent Retreat
20.10. – 20.11.22
Jennie Hagevik Bringaker shows in her first solo exhibition at Kunstnerforbundet a group of plaster sculptures entitled Pint sized riot at the silent Retreat. The sculptures appear as amorphous hybrids of part feline creature and part human creature from an alternative reality emerging in the vacuum after the downfall of civilization and man. With perky breasts and large vulva, their anatomy compares to female pre-historic fertility figures. They pose lying down and sitting in the Skylight room, taking ownership of the room.
For Hagevik Bringaker, «the exhibition space plays an important role in the development of both the concepts and the design of my works, and I consider my sculptures as performative actors in the space, frozen in time.»
From the paw of one feline sculpture hangs a small kitchen witch by a string. The felines are sized to exceed human size, while the human figure is miniature. The relationship between cat and woman, between animal and human, is reversed as in a vision of the future where the tables have turned and the cats rule.
Jennie Hagevik Bringaker (b. 1978, Oslo), graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts at Høgskolen i Østfold and has a Master of Fine Art in Studio Art from New York University. Her art practice has over a long time been channelled into various collaborative and performative projects. From 2013 to 2018, she was part of the artist duo Trollkrem together with Tor Erik Bøe. Since 2018, her practice has focused on sculpture. Hagevik Bringaker has exhibited widely internationally and in Norway, and recent solo projects include Some Velvet Morning, Femtensesse at Liste Art Fair Basel, 2022, and Lay me low, Nitja Centre for Contemporary Art, 2021. She has done several major public art projects, such as Lørenskog municipality and Hjernelabyrinten at MUNCH, among others. Hagevik Bringaker is represented in several private and public collections, including the National Museum, Nordenfjeldske art industry museum, Public Art Norway (KORO), and DKS art collection.
The exhibition has received support from the Arts Council Norway and The Artists’ Relief Fund (BKH).