The notion of spirals as a principle of instinct and growth, such as those found in DNA, tree trunks, and fingerprints, is a reoccurring theme in Friis’ work. In Spiral I Hanne Friis explores the theme in a new way, unfolding the impressive dynamic of the spiral shape through a subtle play with lines and folds. The sculpture has been carefully crafted by hand with repetitive movements that create variations in shape, texture and color.

Before specializing in textile art, Hanne Friis studied sculpture and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Trondheim between 1992 and 1996. Today she is considered one of the most influential Norwegian contemporary artists working with textiles. A large number of her works are included in both public and private collections, such as the National Museum of Art in Oslo and the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Trondheim in Norway. Her most recent group exhibitions include Revelations at the Grand Palais, Paris in 2019, Tissage Tressage at the Villa Datris Foundation in France in 2018, and The Forgetfulness is Full of Memory at Gallery Marso in Mexico City, Mexico in 2018, among others.

Hanne Friis, born in 1972, Oslo, Norway

Art Education
1992 – 1996 Academy of Fine Arts, Trondheim, Norway
1993 Myndlista- og Handidaskòli, Reykjavik, Island
1991- 92 Rogaland Art School, Stavanger, Norway
1990- 91 Bergen Art School, Bergen, Norway

Solo Shows
2019 Phases, Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris
2018 Spiral, Trafo Kunsthall, Asker
2017 New Ornaments, ARTendal, Arendal, Norway
New Ornaments, Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm, Norway
2016 Metamorphoses, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway
2010 MJUK, Ram Galleri, Oslo, Norway
Layers, Gustavsbergs Konsthall, Gustavsberg, Sweden
Layers, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway
2007 Konservativen, Punkt Ø, Halden, Norway
Inside out and round and round, Soft, Oslo, Norway
2006 Change, Akershus kunstnersenter, Lillestrøm, Norway
2003 Connections, Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway
Connections, Galleri F15, Jeløya, Norway
1998 Mellow, UKS Galleri, Oslo, Norway

Selected Group Shows
2018 Manners of Communication, Ways of Telling, Dropsfabrikken, Trondheim,
Tissage Tressage, Foundation Villa Datris, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France,
The Forgetfulness is Full of Memories, MARSO Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
2017 re:construction, Hint Project, Aarhus, Danmark, Disclosing the Uncanny, Kristin Hjellegjerde, London, England
2016 Hanging Gardens, Kunsthall Grenland, Porsgrunn, Norway
2015 Soft Monuments, KODE Art Museum, Bergen, Norway, Spring Depot, Tenthaus, Oslo, Norway
2014 We are Living on a Star, Henie Onstad Art Center, Norway
CRAFT!, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
2013 Edvard Munch 150th Anniversary, Åsgårdstrand, Norway
The Norwegian Sculpture Biennale, The Vigeland Museum, Oslo, Norway
A Thousands Threads, Lillehammer Art Museum, Norway
2012 National Art Exhibition, Oslo Central Station, Norway
Norwegian Craft 2012, The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Oslo, Norway, Balanced – unbalanced, Kunstbanken Hedmark, Norway
2011 Collect 2011, Saatchi Gallery, London, England
2010 Post Fossil, 21_21 Design Sight Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2009 Bomuldsfabriken, Arendal, Norway
Tendencies, Galleri F 15, Punkt Ø, Norway
2008 Norwegian pictures, Oslo Cityhall, Galleri Brandstup, Norway
A world of Folk, Sandnes, Stavanger 2008, Norway
2005-06 Objects, tradition and renewal, SKINN, Norway
2002 Uro, Nordnorsk Art Center, Svolvær, Norway
To see and be seen, Østfold Art Center, Norway
2001 Treff, Bergen Art Museum, Norway
1998 Castor Fiber, UKS Gallery, Oslo, Norway
1997 Diagnose, Stavanger Kunstforening, Norway
Flash, Sandvika Teater, Bærum, Norway
1996 Trivial Groove, Galleri F15, Jeløya, Norway
Frisbee, Hordaland Art Center, Bergen, Norway
1995 Bergen Ginseng, Galleri Otto Plonk, Bergen, Norway

Upcoming Shows
2019 Maria Wettergren Gallery, Paris
Revelations, Grand Palais, Paris
Kristiansands Kunsthall, Kristiansand, Norway

Grants
2016 Norwegian Visual Artists Commission Fund, 10 year work grant
2013 Norwegian Visual Artists Commission Fund, 3 year work grant
2012 Norwegian Visual Artists Commission Fund, 1 year work grant
2011 Norwegian Visual Artists Commission Fund, 1 year work grant
2010 Norwegian Visual Artists Commission Fund, 2 year work grant
2009 Norwegian Visual Artists Commission Fund, 1 year work grant
2008 Norwegian Visual Artists Commission Fund, 1 year work grant
2007 Norwegian Visual Artists Commission Fund, 1 year work grant
2005 Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Work grant for young artists, 2 year
2004 Norwegian Visual Artists Commission Fund, 1 year work grant
2002 Chr. Lorck Schives legacy
1998 Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Work grant for young artists, 1 year

Public Collections
2018 The National Museum, Oslo, Norway
2017 The Museum of Decorative Art, Trondheim, Norway
2016 The National Museum, Oslo, Norway
The City of Oslo Art Collection, Norway
2014 LO, gift to Hamar Culture House, Hamar, Norway
2012 The West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Bergen
2009 The Museum of Decorative Art, Trondheim, Norway
2003 The Art Museum of Northern Norway, Tromsø
1998 The Art Museum of Northern Norway, Tromsø
1996 Arts Council, Norway

Commissions
2018 Aasta Hansteen, Statoil Art Programme, Norway
2016 Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway
Sentralen, Savings Bank Foundation, Oslo, Norway
Hønefoss High Scool, Buskerud, Norway
2015 Tromsø Police Headquarter, Tromsø, Norway
2005 Ammerud school, Oslo, Norway

Upcoming Commissions
2020 Rev Ocean

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