Jennie Hagevik Bringaker and Sara Eliassen – Building a Character

Jennie Hagevik Bringaker and Sara Eliassen

Building a Character

From a hotel room in Normandie, Eliassen draws the outline of a fictitious character who has sought refuge in a hotel room. Starting with this and using objects representing the hotel room, Bringaker will perform actions and installations that in various ways reflect the character being built in the room in Normandie. Eliassen and Bringaker wish to create a situation wherein moving images, in the form of video and projections, meet the physical stagings of the gallery space in the here-and-now. The process taking place in the gallery will continuously change the nature of the spaces, and will be on-going throughout the exhibition, from 8 February to 10 March.

Bringaker and Eliassen have worked together on several occasions. Building a Character will be brought to life as a dialogue that the artists build on each other’s processes, and their actions will be brought out organically, as the exhibition evolves.

Sara Eliassen has a Master’s Degree in Experimental Film from the San Francisco Art Institute, and in 2011, finished a studio artist residency at the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work has been shown at several international film festivals, including the Venice Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, and others. Currently, she is a visiting professor at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Jennie Hagevik Bringaker was educated at the Academy of Stage Arts, and holds a BFA in sceneography and an MFA in Studio Art from New York University. She has previously shown work at Kunstnerforbundet [the Artists’ Association], Kristiansand Art Hall, Kurant (Tromsø), the Vigeland Museum, the Norwegian National Gallery, A.I.R. Gallery (NY), Performa 09 – Bruce High Quality Foundation (NY), the Artist Space (NY), and others.