Kristine Øksendal was born in Flekkefjord in the South of Norway and was later raised at Nøtterøy, an island in the Oslo-fjord, Vestfold. Currently she is residing in Oslo. She has a bachelor's degree in Fine Art painting from Central Saint Martins College in London and a master’s degree from The Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo with Critical Art Theory and camera-based art as an area of specialization. In her practice she explores parallel issues within the history of modern theatre, dance and abstract painting: ideas of utopia, gender, individual freedom in relation to movement and concept as a starting point for gestures. Øksendal’s improvised expressive style is characteristic: exploring the possibility of a feminine and female subjectivity within the historical canon of abstract expressionism, with a keen interest in color. Central to the practice is a negotiation between pre-planned strategies and spur-of-the-moment ideas.
In the 2010s she has produced and presented a series projects researching gesture in relation to painting, subjectivity and gender, analyzing physical memory and how color affects the subconscious. Resulting in a series of solo exhibitions in addition to participation at collective exhibitions and screenings, juried and invited, in Norway and abroad. In addition to her artistic practice she has functioned as both independent curator and art consultant for public art assignments.
Member of: NBK (Association of Norwegian Visual Artists), LNM (The Association of Norwegian Painters) and BONO (Norwegian Visual Artists Copyright Society).
2007-2009: MA Fine Art, The National Academy of Fine Art, Oslo
2001-2003: Cand.Mag Art History, University of Oslo
1997-2000: Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) Painting, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK
1996-1997: Asker Kunstskole, Norway
SOLO SHOWS / selected:
2019: “A Painter’s View” at Kunstbanken, Hedmark Contemporary Art Centre. Hamar, Norway
2018: “Scenes from the Garden”, Vestfold Contemporary Art Centre, Tønsberg, Norway
2016: Solo-Show at Bærum kunsthall, Akershus, Norway
2016: “Bohemian Waxwing”, Hå gamle prestegård, Rogaland, Norway
2014: “The Parallel Key”, NoPlace, Oslo
2013: “Sonate”, Trafo Kunsthall, Asker, Norway
2011: “Textual Proletar”, Including choreography performed by Norwegian dancer Magnus Myhr, venue: Cort Adelers gt. 33, Oslo.
2010: “LOCO-MOTION”, with performance by Marthe Ramm Fortun, Podium, Oslo
2008: “Venus Xtravaganza (at the Ballroom Walk)”, Gallery 21:25, Oslo
GROUP SHOWS / selected:
2017: Guerilla Girls, K4 Gallery, Oslo. Curated by Jenny Marie Hviding Schjerven
2016: Open Video IV, Skogul Gondul, Papay Gyro Nights 2016, Hong Kong, China
2015: Goddag mann! Kunstsamling. Geir Haralseths Collection, Rogaland Contemporary Art Centre, Stavanger
2015: Open Video II. november. Space 4235, Genova, Italy
2015: R.E.D. International film festival, Eina Norway. Curator: Yolanda M. Guadarrama
2015: Menneskeberget, Ekely (Edvard Munch's studio) Oslo. Curator: Christian Tony Norum
2014: Vårutstillingen / The Spring Exhibition, The Norwegian Association of Fine Art Photographers, at Photographers Gallery Oslo
2014: Oslo Open, film program at Cinemateket in Oslo, curator: Rachel E. Dagnall.
2013: Avbrutte kropper. Film programme produced by WUXIA at the Norwegian Sculpture Biennal, The Vigeland Museum, Oslo
2011: That's Entertainment! Curated by Susanne Ø. Sæther. The Norwegian Short film Festival, Grimstad
2010: The Annual National Exhibition of the Visual Arts, Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
2010: Whatever Works, curated by Arne Skaug Olsen, Visningsrommet USF, Bergen, Norway
2009: The Windmills of Our Mind, curated by Mats Nilsson, Örebro Konsthall, Sweden
2008: Norwegian Tilts and Exits. Curated by Greg Pope, 8th Independent Film Show, EM-ARTS, Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples, Italy
2005: The Annual National Exhibition of the Visual Arts, Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
PUBLIC ART ASSIGNMENTS:
2018: Winner of "Open Call for art in public spaces and outdoor areas associated with kindergartens in Oslo" for Agency for Cultural Affairs in Oslo and UKS with the project: “Konkylie, Krabbeklo, Musling”. To be completed in 2020.
2013: “Kropp og identitet”. Curator: Susanne Ø. Sæther. Film and Video program, Public Art Project, Hokksund junior highschool, Produced by KORO and Atelier Nord.
2018: Scenes from the Garden An Artist’s Book by Kristine Øksendal, with the essay “Becoming nature” by Øystein Sjåstad, Associate professor of art history, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo. Translated into English by Rene Lauritsen . Ed. By Halvor Haugen / Tekstbyrået.
2013: Kristine Øksendal - Sonate - Works 2013. With the essay: “It is the absolute zero point she is working for in her sonata!” by Knut Ove Arntzen, professor in Theatre Studies at the University in Bergen. Translated into English by Anna F. Helleland. Graphic design by Knaggen.no. 2014: 2nd ed. With support from The Art Council Norway.
Haugar Vestfold Art Museum
Hå gamle prestegård / Hå Municipality
2018 - Ongoing: Project Management, Curator and Fine Art Consultant for the new art project in connection with the expansion of Lørenskog cemetery. Client: Lørenskog Municipality. To be completed in 2020.
INDEPENDENT CURATOR: Det poetiske språket (2015) and Common Trade (2014) at Galleri bakrommet / Ulving kunsthandel, Tønsberg.
You Still Move Me (2011) Kurant Visningsrom Tromsø Norway.
Arts Council Norway, Vestfold County Municipality, Norwegian Visual Artists Fund (BKV), Contemporary Art Centres in Norway, NBK - Association of Norwegian Visual Artists, Oslo City Municipality, The Norwegian Concrete Association (Norsk Betongforening, NB), The Norwegian Photographic Fund (NoFoFo), Fund for Performing Artists (FFUK), The Audio and Visual Fund and ANX Atelier Nord.