SOL KJØK (1968)
Sol Kjøk studied language, literature and art history in Paris, Vienna and Colombia before she received a MFA in Painting at Parsons School of Design in New York in 1998. The same year, she established an artists’ collective in Brooklyn, where she still lives and works. In 2011, she founded the gallery NOoSPHERE Arts in Manhattan. Sol’s paintings and drawings have been shown in over 20 countries, and she is represented in collections including Cincinnati Art Museum, Teckningsmuseet in Laholm, Sweden, Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin, Germany and World Gallery of Drawings in Skopje. She has taught at several universities and art colleges in the United States, and has received more than 40 art scholarships and awards including Arts Council Norway, Vederlagsfondet, BKH, American-Scandinavian Foundation and the National Academy of Art Museum in New York.
“Her core themes – the body, its limits and the tension between its strength and its vulnerability – mutate into a variety of mediums. Recent sculptural pieces (…) are hung from braided hair, which is both strong enough to hold a certain amount of weight, yet also so fragile, even unpredictable. There is a risk that the pieces, like the bodies rising and converging in her drawings, could fall – a maddening but tantalizing possibility of self-destruction colliding with a willful determination to be present.”