Sophie Erlund

Elephant Kunsthall proudly present SHIFT by Sophie Erlund // August 6th - 14th, 2016

SHIFT is the first solo exhibition in Norway by danish artist Sophie Erlund. The exhibition is a continuation of Erlund's ongoing research of the theme of social transition and examination of translating mental states into physical objects and structures through the use of architecture and sound. SHIFT is a minimal installation consisting of merely three works allowing the viewer to accept the inherent condition of sound as physical material.

Sophie Erlund has exhibited extensively in Europe and abroad since graduat- ing from Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, London in 2003, in recent years at Künstlerhaus Dortmund (DE), Fri Art - Centre d’art de Fri- bourg / Kunsthalle Freiburg (DE), Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis (USA), Tongewölbe T25 (DE) and the 4th Marrakesch Biennale (MA). She lives and works in Berlin and is represented by the gallery PSM in Berlin since 2009.

"Sophie Erlund's artistic practice revolves around mental architecture. Out of fragments of her urban environment she constructs, assembles and composes sculptural, acoustic and installation based works, which most directly create moods, are reminiscent of familiar structures and evoke states of isolation and of a search for orientation. She uses materials which activate haptic memories, like fur, hair or steel wire and brings them into an architectural situation. Using specific parts of buildings, interior fragments and recorded soundscapes she creates spaces of psychological ambiguity, which neither repelling nor inviting - or maybe both - displaces the viewer in a state of lability.


In her works Sophie Erlund uses a a number of motives, mentioned by Sigmund Freud in his statements about dream interpretation for their high symbolic power. In his view the house, the mirror, the staircase, the curtain, the shank or also ma- terials like fur, hair and wood are all psychoanalytically important metaphors for sexuality. In a similarly compressed way they function for Sophie Erlund as nar- rative arrangements. She activates the motives‘ ambivalence and creates subtle connections between bodies and architectures or explores the architectural venues of social relations, in which she puts the viewer somnambulistically."

Excerpt from Resonance Body - Architecture / Body / Material in Sophie Er- lund's work by Dr. Mathilda Felix

Opening reception : sat. 6.8.16 at 14:00

further hours

sun. 7.8.16 12-16

sat. 13.8.16 12-16

sun. 14.8.16 12-16

Supported by

Statens Kunstfond - The Danish Arts Council (DK), Kul- turrådet - Arts Council Norway (NO) & Oppland Fylkeskommune (NO).

With special thanks to: Ana González, Mikel Escobales, Kathy Keknek & Janet Aglukkaq for contribiting their beautiful throat singing.

Next project;

Stephen Kent 20.08-3.09.16

ArtHelsinki  7.9-11.09.16

Elephant Kunsthall // Wiesesgate 4, 2909 Lillehammer, Norway //August 6th - 14th, 2016





Substantial mechanisms (2016)

glass, leather, speakers, audio

duration: 16:07 mins.



The brute limits of self-determination (2015)

fur, wood, brass, paint

dimensions variable


Evanescence (2016) wood, speakers, audio duration: 07:33 mins.

Evanescence, 2016 is a 7:33 minute audio weave of industrial harbor sounds and synthesized harmonies, depicting the reverie of architec- tural structures and notions of the collective consciousness harbored in the multitude of disused ship warfs of her native country.

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