Pilar Corrias has announced worldwide representation of Oslo-based artist Ragna Bley. Working across painting, sculpture, text and performance, the colours in Bley’s artworks vacillate over the surface and seep into the canvas, intermixing like currents and creating infinite possibilities of grouping and regrouping form. The artist creates layers and transparencies that hint at familiar shapes and organic matter, though the visual associations that arise from Bley’s paintings are completely individual.
Certain areas of the artist’s canvases are painted, while some are left bare, alluding to the instability of images, and more broadly, to the slippages between our frameworks of understanding.
An exhibition of Bley’s new body of work will be presented at Pilar Corrias Eastcastle Street in summer 2022.
About the artist
Ragna Bley (b. 1986, Uppsala, Sweden) lives and works in Oslo, Norway. She received her BFA at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo, in 2011 and her MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London in 2015. Solo and two-person presentations include Downs & Ross, New York; Malmö Konsthall, Malmö; OSL Contemporary, Olso; Kunsthuset Kabuso, Øystese; Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo; The Munch Museum, Oslo; Downs & Ross at the Armory Show, New York; Frankfurt am Main, Berlin; and Hester, New York. Selected group exhibitions include: Heni Onstad Art center, Sandvika, NO; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Kistefosmuseet, Jevnaker; F15, Moss; Rupert, Vilnius; the Norwegian Sculpture Biennial, Oslo; Editorial, Vilnius; UKS, Oslo; Museum of Applied Arts, Vilnius; Bosse & Baum, London; Royal College of Art, London; 1857, Oslo; Taiga Art Space, St. Petersburg, and Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo. Her work has been the subject of extensive coverage in publications including Artnews, Artsy, Blouin Artinfo, Flash Art, Frieze Magazine, Klassekampen, Morgenbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Triple Canopy, and Wallpaper, among numerous others. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the National Museum, Oslo; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Kistefosmuseet, Jevnaker; and Malmö Konstmueum, Malmö.