News & Exhibitions
6000 guests file past “Up North” and “Reach” at Nuit Blanche in Toronto!
Nuit Blanche 2017 in Toronto was a huge success with over a million visitors in the streets, 6000 of them saw two kinetic sculptures by Glen Farley at the iconic Redhead Gallery.
Two works accepted to Nuit Blanche exhibition in Toronto!
Both “Reach” and “Up North” have been accepted to the exhibition “Who Are You?” at the Red Head Gallery in Toronto in conjunction with Nuit Blanche 2017. The dates are September 27 – October 1, 2017.
Red Head Gallery
Nuit Blanche 2017
“Reach” has its world premiere in Toronto
“Reach” was accepted to the Annual 50/50 Juried Exhibition at the Queen Gallery in Toronto from August 6th to 18th.
Society of Canadian Artists chooses “Up North” for 49th Annual International Juried Exhibition
SCA chose “Up North” for its annual juried exhibition, this year held at the Paper Mill Gallery in Toronto from September 7th to 18th. The Opening was at 7pm on the 7th!
This is the first time Glen Farley has been accepted to an SCA exhibition!
The refugees of “Up North” have been to New York
“Up North” was accepted into Small Works 2017 curated by Bill Carroll, at:
850 3rd Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11232
The Opening Reception was on Thursday, July 6th, 7-9pm
and the exhibition ran until July 27th
Facebook event for the opening: https://www.facebook.com/events/316611198795075
Glen Farley nominated for Social Art Award 2017
Glen Farley has been named one of “the 10 most promising entries to the Social Art Award 2017” by the jury of The Institute for Art and Innovation, an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization based in Berlin, Germany.
For more information: http://social-art-award.org
“Art in Motion 2017” a success!
Norway’s second exhibition ever of kinetic art by artists based in Norway was held in the center of Oslo in February. Over 300 people visited the exhibition and many wrote positive comments in the guestbook. The exhibition also was awarded both an Art and Culture Grant from the City of Oslo and a Norwegian Government Exhibition Grant. More information about the exhibition can be found here (in Norwegian): http://kunstibevegelse.no
Here are some pictures from the opening of “Art in Motion 2017”
“Art in Motion” returns, this time in Oslo
The second ever exhibition in Norway that focuses solely on kinetic art made by artists living in Norway is opening on February 2nd, 2017 at 6:00 pm at Galleri BOA in the centre of Oslo. Five of the six artists from the original “Art in Motion” exhibition in 2015 are back and two new artists have been added.
The exhibition has been awarded the prestigious Norwegian Government Exhibition Grant from Arts Council Norway
Artists in the exhibition are Andrea Bakketun, Glen Farley, Bjørn Melbye Gulliksen, Cecilia Jonsson, Christopher Myskja, Atle Selnes Nielsen and Bente Sommerfeldt-Colberg. Four of seven are creating new works just for this exhibition. A few of the works are shown below.
The exhibition runs from February 2nd to 19th, open Thursdays to Sundays from noon until 4 pm.
Bakketun, Sunrise Sunset Simulator
Selnes Nielsen, Backup I
Gulliksen, Lysbildemaskin Stål
Yet another juried exhibition in Canada!
“Up North” has been accepted as one of around 20 artworks out of over 300 submissions to ART SPACE at the Canadian National Exhibition, juried by the Toronto West Arts Collaborative.
With approximately 1.5 million visitors each year, the CNE is Canada’s largest annual fair and the fifth largest in North America (Source: Wikipedia) Hopefully a good number of these people will visit the Arts and Crafts Building to take in this exhibition.
Glen Farley accepted to his first Canadian exhibition
Glen Farley has been accepted to his first exhibition in his “home (for many years) and native land” Canada. The exhibition is the annual “Emerging Sculptors” curated by the Sculptors Society of Canada. The opening is on August 11 in Toronto. The work selected by the jury is “Surveillance.”
Update: “Surveillance” won first prize!
“Up North” accepted to Biennale Austria Contemporary 2016
The kinetic sculpture “Up North” dealing with the refugee crisis in Europe continues its world tour, this time in Vienna from September 26 – October 9, 2016 at Biennale Austria Contemporary 2016 being held at the Ausstellungsraum, Gumpendorfer Strasse 23.
Read more here: Biennale Austria
“In Between” juried exhibition in Bærum
Glen Farley’s kinetic sculpture “Just Going Through the Motions” was front and center at the opening of “In Between” in the Bærum Art Center at the end of 2015. The art center is located on the site of the former Fornebu airport. The exhibition was the last of six exhibitions for Farley’s art in 2015, and the first after he became a member of The Association of Visual Artists in Bærum late in the year.
Head of Culture in Bærum Municipality Berit Inger Øen opens “In Between” on 19 November 2016
14 artists exhibited 19 works at the exhibition”In Between” at the Bærum Art Center (Photo: Kristine Nytrøen, Budstikka)
“Up North” goes down south
The kinetic sculpture “Up North” addresses the current migrant and refugee crisis in Europe. It was chosen for the international exhibition “Fortress” at The Hatchery Art Spaces in Badger, California, USA. The venue is in the foothills of the southern Sierra Nevada mountains and the exhibition ran from 6-8 November 2015. The exhibition was one of 10 being held in cities around the world organized by UAMO – the Urban Art and Media Organisation, based in Munich, Germany.
Click to read more about the exhibition
Click to read about UAMO
Update: When returning from the US, the artwork was stopped by Norwegian Customs for almost two weeks as they demanded proof that it was actually Norwegian. The artist had to submit documentation about himself , the artwork and the trip out of the country. It is ironic that a work of art about refugees had difficulty getting back into the country.
Full membership in three professional artist associations!
Glen Farley has been granted full membership in The Association of Norwegian Sculptors (NBF) after a year as an associate member. Membership is granted based on education, artist activity and quality of artworks. Membership opens up more possibilities for exhibitions, grants and commissions and most importantly, professional development. NBF (Brief intro in English)
As a result of this membership, Glen has also become a member of the Norwegian Visual Artists Association and his local organization, The Association of Visual Artists in Baerum.
Kinetic sculptures “Abandoned” and “Surveillance” go to University
The two kinetic sculptures “Abandoned” and “Surveillance” were exhibited in the lobby of the Institute for Informatics (IFI) at the University of Oslo for a month this fall. The exhibition was written up in the University’s online newpaper (in Norwegian.) The artworks were used as inspiration for Masters students taking the course entitled, “Science, technology, society and ethics” taught by Associate Professor Maja van der Velden. Exhibiting at IFI was a homecoming of sorts for the artist with his education and background in computer science.
“Art in Motion” exhibition a big success!
The group exhibition “Art in Motion” was a great success, from the 150 guests at the opening, through the positive press coverage and all the curious and thoughtful students who took guided tours, right to the closing ceremony marked by a lecture from art historian Øivind Storm Bjerke and stand-up comedy from Henrik Farley no less. Thanks to everyone who contributed to making this dream come true! Hopefully other cities in Norway will get to experience something like this for themselves.
Click to see the exhibition website (in Norwegian).
“Art Out West” exhibition at Henie Onstad art center
Henie Onstad art center
Glen Farley was accepted to the juried exhibition “Art Out West” at Henie Onstad kunstsenter from 3-20 September 2015. This annual event is the largest regional showcase for artists in Norway and covers the municipalities to the west of Oslo. The host city this year is Bærum where Glen lives, so it was even more fun to be accepted this time around. All artists in the exhibition open their studios for this event and at Glen’s studio there will be a children’s workshop in kinetic art held on 12, 13, 19 and 20 September.
The artwork chosen for this exhibition beside the Oslo fjord was “Just Going Through the Motions.”
The exhibition was visited by 4 750 people and Farley’s kinetic sculpture was activated 1 200 times without a single glitch!
Local news coverage of the exhibition (in Norwegian)
“Art in Motion” awarded two prestigious grants
The exhibition “Art in Motion” has been awarded two prestigious grants, the Norwegian Government Exhibition Grant and an Arts Council Norway Project Grant. The grants will cover most of the costs of mounting the exhibition.
“Art in Motion” – it’s official!
The first ever exhibition in Norway that focuses solely on kinetic art made by Norwegian artists is coming to the Trafo Art Center in Asker from 22 August – 20 September, 2015!
Artists in the exhibition are Glen Farley, Serina Erfjord, Cecilia Jonsson, Christopher Myskja, Atle Selnes Nielsen and Bente Sommerfeldt-Colberg. Although all the artists create kinetic art, they represent different generations and regions, have very different artistic expressions and highlight different themes.
A separate complementary project under development is a kinetic art workshop for children and young people. Some of the artists will assist participants to create small moving sculptures. Here they can learn about art, handicrafts, electronics and mechanics, and most importantly, how to express themselves through art.
More information will be published here in the near future, but in the meantime here are some examples of works from those participating in the exhibition.
Sommerfeldt-Colberg – Blind pilot
Sommerfeldt-Colberg – Twisted
Nielsen – Flam
Nielsen – 115 grader
Myskja – Konspirende maskin
Myskja – Governors
Erfjord – Concert to life
Erfjord – Normal blue
Farley – Surveillance
Farley – Secrets II
Jonsson – Epeirogenic movement
Jonsson – Wave machine
“Secrets II” accepted to Østlandsutstilling 2014
Update: See “Secrets II” in the official video from the exhibition: Østlandsutstillingen 2014
“Secrets II”, a collaboration between Glen Farley, Sarah Rosenbaum and Mats Claesson, was accepted to the Østlandsutstilling 2014. Of over 900 submitted works, 52 were accepted for exhibition in Hamar and out of these, 21 were chosen to exhibit in Drammen and 32 in Frederikstad. “Secrets II” will be shown in all three venues!
Mats, Sarah & Glen
A rose to each artist
22.03. – 11.05.2014 Kunstbanken Hedmark, Hamar
28.06. – 03.08.2014 Buskerud Kunstsenter, Drammen
05.09. – 19.10.2014 Østfold Kunstnersenter, Frederikstad
More information (in Norwegian): Østlandsutstillingen
Granted associate membership in NBF
Glen Farley has been granted associate membership in The Association of Norwegian Sculptors (NBF.) This is the first step in the process of becoming a full member. Membership is granted based on education, artist activity and quality of artworks. NBF (Brief intro in English)
Kunst Rett Vest at the Trafo Gallery
Glen Farley was accepted to the juried exhibition “Kunst Rett Vest” at the Trafo Gallery in Asker, Norway from October 9-21 2012. This annual event is the largest regional showcase for artists in Norway and was opened by, among others, Magne Furuholmen, artist and member of the band A-ha.
In addition to the exhibition, all the featured artists opened their studios to the public during two weekends. Glen showed works in progress and 65 visitors of all ages experimented with kinetic sculpture.
Glen is visited in his atelier by his friend and inspiration, visual artist Lavasir Nordrum (www.lavasir.no)
More information (in Norwegian) at www.kunstrettvest.no
Glen is currently completing a multimedia project with photographer/graphic designer Sarah Rosenbaum and sound artist Mats Classon.
Vacuum-packing by Kristoffer Myskja
Glen Farley was vacuum-packed by one of his major inspirations, Oslo kinetic artist Kristoffer Myskja, at Kristoffer’s exhibition in April 2012.
Norwegian Sculpture Biennial 2011
“Research” was exhibited as part of the Norwegian Sculpture Biennial 2011: Man and Machine, at the Vigeland Museum in Oslo, October 27th 2011-February 5th 2012.
- The Vigeland Museum, Nobelsgate 32, Oslo
- Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-4pm (closed Mondays)
- Free admission
- Contact: (+47) 23 49 37 00
- More information at www.skulpturbiennale.no
“Research” was exhibited as part of Østlandsutstillingen 2011 at the following locations:
- Kunstbanken, Hamar September 10th-October 23rd 2011
- Kunstbanken Hedmark Kunstsenter, Parkgt. 21, Hamar
- Tuesday-Friday 11am-4pm
- Saturday-Sunday 12pm-5pm
- Contact: (+47) 62 54 22 60
- Larvik Art Society, Bølgen Cultural Centre, Larvik May 14th-June 5th 2011
- Galleri Bølgen, Larvik kulturhus Bølgen, Sanden 2, 3264 Larvik
- Wednesday-Friday 5:30pm-8:30pm
- Saturday 12pm-4pm
- Sunday 12pm-6pm
- Contact: (+47) 47 04 03 60
- Akershus Art Centre, Lillestrøm April 2nd-May 1st 2011
- Storgt. 4 in Lillestrøm
- Wednesday-Sunday 12pm-4pm
- Thursday 12pm-6pm
- Contact: (+47) 64 84 34 40