Created entirely from found images, ALBUM is a compilation of the first ten issues of the Scandinavian zine of the same name created by Norwegian artists Eline Mugaas and Elise Storsveen.
Since 2008, Storsveen and Mugaas have been sifting through printed material found in Scandinavian households from the 1960s through the 1980s then combining the visual matter into a fanzine, or limited edition, saddle-stich publication. Photographs and illustrations printed in a range of media from cookbooks, travel journals and etiquette manuals to fashion magazines, sexual manuals, and gardening and science journals are taken from original sources, juxtaposed, and reproduced in the ongoing zine. The publications are free of text. Each issue of ALBUM is dedicated to particular themes such as the lonely man, femininity, architecture, family, outer space, and nature. Here, consumerism, popular culture and domesticity seamlessly converge, reinforcing the fluidity and exchange among everyday life and onslaught of advertising and news media images.
The Display Case exhibition presents a selection of original collages by Storsveen and Mugaas along with pages from ALBUM. James Hoff and Miriam Katzeff of Primary Information in collaboration with Teknisk Industri published ALBUM.
Eline Mugaas studied at Ramapo College, New Jersey, and at the Cooper Union, New York. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions including I Make Another Room, Face of young man half in shadow, and Skin flick at Galleri Riis in Oslo; Some Cities at the Bergen Kunsthall; and Let me be your one way street at Fotogalleriet, Oslo. Her work has also been part of the group exhibitions Millennium Magazines at MoMA, New York; Fake Snow at Galleri Riis, Oslo; and Synthetischer Natur at D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig. Her work is in public collections at the Rogaland Art Museum in Stavanger, Norway; the Preus Museum, Horten, Norway; and the National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design, in Oslo.
Elise Storsveen studied at the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry and at the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo. She has prevented exhibitions at Kunstnerforbundet; 0047; and Kunstnerens Hus with (Jon Gundersen), all in Oslo. She makes the fanzine ALBUM with Eline Mugaas, which has recently been presented at MOMA, New York; Kunsthalle, Zurich; and the New York Art Book Fair. She co-curated Hold Stenhårdt Fast På Greia Di, a retrospective of feminist artistic practice in Norway between the years of 1968 and 1989 at the Kunsthall, Oslo. Public commissions of her work include pieces at Ila Prison; St. Olav’s Hospital in Trondheim; and at the Litteraturhuset in Oslo.
Primary Information is a non-profit organization formed in 2006 to foster intergenerational dialogue through the publication of artists’ books and writings by artists—emerging, mid-career, and established. The organization’s period of focus is from the early sixties to the present, with an emphasis on conceptual practice and the strategy of using publications as an exhibition space. Through a program that involves the publication of lost or unpublished material still vital to contemporary discussions; the publication of books by contemporary artists; and the publication of editions that function as publications, Primary Information aims to reach audiences throughout the world, those to whom publications can reach but galleries and museums cannot.
An exhibition program that utilizes the existing form of a large display case measuring four-by-twenty feet. Located on Level 0 near the Harvard Film Archive, Display Case hosts recurring exhibitions and installations by artists whose practices explore the intersections of media, advertising, art, and consumerism.