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Janine

Janine Magelssen´s objects convey a physical experience, in the same way that sounds, water, and wind affect our senses.  Our body knows it, but words cannot quite descripe what we are feeling.  Her works are about this perceived state of being. You breathe, they breathe; a physical presence. The German painter Gerhard Richter said that abstract art visualizes a reality that we cannot see or describe, but which we nevertheless know exists.

 

Henning Mortensen, writer

In the plays of the Norwegian dramatist Jon Fosse, it is in the pauses between dialogues and the empty gaps and intervals that the real meaning of the text lies hidden. In other words, what is left unsaid is often more important than what is said. In Janine Magelssen’s works we find a similar interest for what lies “between the lines”; the layer between the concrete and the abstract where the perception of art is less dependent on a clear-cut understanding than on intuition and sensuousness.

Janicke Iversen, Art historian

Texts about Janine Magelssen:

“Between the Lines and at the Frontier” a text by Anne Karin Jortveit for the exhibition “Extended Drawing”, 2011

That is the beauty of the drawing. Drawing opens our eyes and the eyes lead to our soul. What comes out is not at all what one had planned.  –   Louise Bourgeois Grasping drawing The Greek word graphé means both to write and to draw. Graphé is like a nodal point in which various forms of narration come together in a way that explains the fascinating tension between form and content in drawing as such. Compared
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“Zone”, a text by Henning Mortensen for my exhibition “Zone” in 2008

Magelssen’s objects convey a physical experience, in the same way that sounds, water and wind affect our senses. Janine Magelssen has won much acclaim for her wall objects. Sensual and sensible, the works consist of tranquil, white forms that are at once sculptural, painterly and inviting to the eye. They are neither paintings nor sculptures. The term “pictures” is perhaps more appropriate to her wo
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En tekst av Ingun Bøhn, i Numer, 2010

Teksten “Tilsyntelatende Usynelig” er skrevet av Ingun Bøen for Tegnerforbundets blad; Numer i etterkant av min deltagelse på utstillingen “Apparently Invisible” i The Drawing Center, New York i 2009.
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“When Emptiness Holds Meaning”, an introduction to the art of Janine Magelssen, 2007

In the plays of the Norwegian dramatist Jon Fosse, it is in the pauses between dialogues and the empty gaps and intervals that the real meaning of the text lies hidden. In other words, what is left unsaid is often more important than what is said. In Janine Magelssen’s works we find a similar interest for what lies “between the lines”; the layer between the concrete and the abstract where the percep
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