MELK, Oslo, Norway
23.5 – 21.6 2014

Press release from the exhibiton SPONGE RELIEF at MELK, May 23 – June 21 2014:

Marthe Elise Stramrud expresses herself through sculptural compositions of everyday objects and references to both photography and painting. It is, however, ambitious to manifest Sponge Relief either as installation, photography or painting. The traces to traditional art mediums and the representation of mundane material make the works unfamiliar yet aesthetic; by stripping objects off its original function, replacing them within an art context, and combining them to form a new sculptural entity, Stramrud unavoidably points at Surrealist juxtaposition techniques with its aim to create an image of poetic reality.

It is through her unconventional readings and humorous replacements of objects Stramrud creates an uncanny yet poetic language. The domestic sponge is produced to suit a variety of needs and has many different purposes. Framed, as illusionary and utopian photographs or paintings, they create a nearly monochromatic image of a single material, uncanny and ironic at the same time. Isolated from their intended real and domestic context, they inspire a profound reflection on how we construct and perceive the world around us.

Simultaneously with Sponge Relief at MELK, Fotogalleriet will also show Marthe Elise Stramrud, as a dual solo show. Though, each exhibition will function as a separate entity in itself, with MELK showing recently produced work and Fotogalleriet showing Stramrud’s photographs from the period 2011 to 2013.

All photos: Bjarne Bare/MELK

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