2622 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles,
Honor Fraser is pleased to present Shipsearching, a new installation by artist Mie Olise Kjærgaard.
Part of Olise´s ongoing project, A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks, which explores the artist´s own family history and experiences on the Island of Mors in relationship to characters from the fictional writings of Aksel Sandemose, Shipsearching explores the intertwined nature of truth and fiction, history and memory, and the personal and the collective.
Manifesting as a large-scale wooden structure installation that viewers will be able to enter, Shipsearching at first appears to be an abandoned edifice waiting to be rediscovered. Upon entry, viewers will encounter a video projection depicting a fluttering sail—speaking to the intimate and poetic experience of being onboard a ship during a journey, or of traveling and moving between places. The nostalgia of a remembered past is fueled by unfulfilled desires as the sail flutters in one location, never really moving. Functioning as a physical space of transit, the installation asks questions about our understanding of time, reminding us of its vanishing quality and of our personal attempts to reconstitute it.
The shipsearching project is the one-way journey of the two-way journey project about Espen Arnakke.
Searching for and finding the Ship the the artists father built in 1978. When inspecting the projectspace at Honor Fraser, Mie Olise found that the curve of the ceiling had the same curve of the ship that she had finally found 2 weeks before in the Netherlands (Texel Island). She lived at the ship, to find only one thing dramatically changed from when she spent 11 years on the ship as a child: There was a skylight over her bed.
At Honor Fraser, Olise decided to recreate this feeling for people to crawl up under the ceiling skylight to experience. Building the existing skylight smaller(se photos below)
Texts about the Aksel Sandemose/Espen Arnakke two-way mapping project.
KNUD SØRENSEN, Author https://mieolise.com/project/knud-sorensen/
CAMILLA JALVING, curator Arken Museum of Art https://mieolise.com/project/camilla-jalving/
HELGA CHRISTOFFERSEN, Curator new Museum https://mieolise.com/project/helga-christoffersen/