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Isha Bøhling’s work reveals or re-imagines untold narratives, recovering past
resonances, whilst searching for structures, histories and underlying patterns.
Outdated everyday objects are transformed into musical instruments and surfaces to
project upon, often forming a feedback loop in which the object becomes the
instrument that both contains and generates the sound work. It becomes a process of
excavation manifested through drawing with objects, sound, video, painting, music
and songs that the artist writes and performs.
The sound installation 'Moonlight' draws on family history to evoke both the historic
and individual sense of loss that accompanies an Olympic Competition. In this case
her grandmother who was an open water kayak champion who boycotted the
Olympic games of 36 during the fascist regime. A 19th century magic lantern projects
a portrait of the athlete as well as sounds created from music boxes and prizes that
belonged to her late grandmother. It recalls when her grandmother kayaked illegally
during the Nazi occupation between Denmark and Sweden, a 17 mile crossing in the
total darkness of night. In doing so she was liberating herself, literally using the speed
and skill she had to escape the darkness, to become light. The musical composition
of the sound work is a melody that never concludes.
In ‘Nothing to Say’ Bøhling uses her grandmother’s typewriter as an instrument,
chimes incorporated, to both generate a sound installation and a painting. The
painting is made up of semi colons and colons which fade as the ink runs out on the
typewriter. The process of typing the accompanying painting was recorded and
becomes the sound piece. Hence the painting becomes part of a new archive in this
objects production. The semi colons and colons are used to signify a pause before a
voice whose usage are becoming outmoded like the typewriter.
‘Magnetic Dust’ features another outmoded machine, a 1940’s Recordon ‘mail-a-
voice’ that records on a paper disc impregnated with iron filings. After recording, the
disc is folded up and sent by mail to another person with the same device. The
Recordon seems curiously poised between the tradition of letter writing and the
coming future of instant file sharing that is so familiar today. In this work, a song by
the artist is heard through headphones along with her voice recorded on the machine
that seems to lament these unheard voices.
Born UK British/Danish. Lives and works East London
2001-02 MA Fine Art. Central Saint Martins. London
1994-97 BA Hons Degree. Plymouth University. Exeter
1989-92 HND Visual communications. Portsmouth University
1988-89 Foundation in Art. Falmouth School of Art. Cornwall
‘Souvenir’ Curated by Fieldgate, Angus Hughes, London
‘Graceland’ Shakespeare Terrace. London.
‘Valentine’ Performance, Posted, London.
‘Small is Beautiful’ Flowers. London
‘Please Write’ Posted. Curated by Julia Royse
‘Pet Magpie’ Art Car Boot Fair. Brick Lane. London
‘Mortars at Dawn’ Carter presents. London
‘Sleeze Art Fair’. Westbournegrove studios. Art Below Zero. London
‘Soundproof’. Curated by Monica Biagoli. London
‘Eat your Art out’ Solo pitch. Art car boot fair. Brick Lane. London
‘Mini paintings: Solo pitch. Art Car Boot Fair’ London
‘Artbelow Zero’ Whitechapel gallery. London
‘Latitude’NYCAMS. New York
‘Systems and patterns’ Westbourne Grove studios. London
‘Small is Beautiful’ Flowers London
‘Enchanted’ Nash Gallery. Regis Center for Art. Minneapolis Art Institute. MN USA
‘99$ Sale’ The Soap Factory. Minneapolis. USA
‘House about that’ Soup Projects. London
‘Family Traffic’ Solo pitch Art Car Boot Fair, Brick Lane. London
‘Latitude’ Fieldgate Gallery. London.
‘The Works of Others‘ The Library, Whitechapel Gallery, London
‘Small is Beautiful’ Flowers Central. London
Gongju International Arts festival. Limlip Museum. Gongju. South Korea
‘Marte e Aqui’(Mars Now) Rua Sympatica, Sao Paulo. Brazil
‘8X8X8’ The Soap Factory. Minneapolis. USA
‘Art Car Boot fair’ with1000000 MPH. Brick Lane. London.
‘Double Happiness’ Hollow Contemporary. London
‘Flat Files’ Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn. New York.
‘Flat files' Pierogi Gallery, Miami Design District. Miami. USA
‘ArtSway Open 05’ Artsway Gallery. New Forest. Hampshire.
‘Chaim Soutine’ Happy Sailor. London
‘Cinderella’ Trailer, Tower Bridge Business Complex. London
‘Starf**ckers’ Overtones. Los Angeles
‘Careful what you wish for’ Soup Projects, Seven Seven. London
‘Transit’ Centro Cultural Recoleta. Buenos Aires. Argentina
‘Motorcity’ Spital Square. London
‘Sneeze’ Arch Gallery. London
‘Flat Files’ Pierogi Gallery. Brooklyn. New York.
‘Reduced’ Century. London
‘Godzilla’ Trailer. Hertford Rd. London
‘Sense& Sensibility: Artists take on art history’ Transition. London
‘Rsvp’ 5 Cork St. London. Curated by C Patha and Tom Morton
‘Blondes Buy More Peroxide’ Trailer. 1000,000MPH. London
‘The Red Mansion Spero Prize’ The Millbank Gallery. London
‘Five’ 5 Cassland Rd. London. Curated by Catherine Patha.
‘Save or delete’ Art Below Zero. Notting Hill Arts Club. London
‘Ford’ Oxford House, Ashley Gardens and I&I. Bethnal Green. London.
Curator: Shaheen Meralli.
‘Art Below Zero.’ Notting Hill Arts Club. London
‘Flat Files’ Brooklyn. New York
‘Three Rivers Art festival’ Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.USA
‘Percival Gallery’ Des Moines. Iowa. USA
‘The Bentley Gallery’ Scottsdale. Arizona. USA
‘Chelsea Meat Market Art Fair’ Pierogi Gallery. NY. New York
‘Hunter Museum’ Chattanooga, Tennesse.USA
‘Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts & Sciences.NJ USA
‘Sioux City Art Museum’ Iowa. USA
Creighton University. Omaha Nebraska. USA
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Omaha. Nebraska. USA
Burton Marinkovich. Washington DC. USA.
‘Solo show’ The Mercer Gallery. Omaha. Nebraska. USA
Spacex Gallery, Exeter. England
Honours and Awards
Arts Council funding. Soundproof, London
‘Nominee’ Jerwood Artists Platform. London.
‘Finalist’ Gongju International arts festival. South Korea.
‘Shortlisted’ Celeste Art Prize. London.
‘Finalist’ ArtSway open. ArtSway Gallery, Hampshire.UK
‘Nominee‘John Moores 23 Painting Prize. Walker Gallery, Liverpool
‘Shortlisted’ The Observer Student Art Competition, London
‘Finalist’ The Red Mansion Spero Prize, Millbank , London
Jurors: Edward Lucie Smith, Ian Spero, Nicolette Kwok,
Dennis Morris, Xu Zhongmin
AHRB. Ma Fine Art Scholarship. London
‘Finalist’ National Juried Competition.
Three Rivers Arts Festival. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Juror: Howard N Fox. Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Los Angeles County Museum, LA. USA
‘Best of Show’ and ‘Finalist’. National Juried Show.
Hunter Museum of American Art. Chattanooga, Tennessee. USA
‘Finalist’ National Juried Competion. Long Beach Island for the Arts and Sciences.
Loveladies, New Jersey. USA
Juror: Darsie Alexander, Assistant Curator. Museum of Modern Art, New York.
‘Finalist’ National Juried Competition, Sioux City Art Museum. Sioux City. Iowa,
Juror: Bruce Pepin. Director, Charles W Wustem Museum of Fine Arts Racine,
Artist in Residency, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts,
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Erasmus Scholarship, Barcelona University, Barcelona, Spain
Study Placement, Ecole Regionale des Beaux Arts, Caen. France
Comet Scholarship, Comegraphe, Herouville St Clair, France
‘Highly Commended’ DNAD Award, London
‘Galleries you never knew existed’ Posted. Time out, Feb 24th
‘Lauren Laverne on the slow pleasures of the handwritten letter’
Lauren Laverne, pg 150, Grazia Magazine. Feb/14/11. Issue 307
The Independent Shop guide, 2010. Posted, Wilton Way.
‘Dig Down in time. Man and Eve
‘Prize’ Vinyl Record. Edition of 300. Soundproof, London.
Art Car Boot Fair. 08 Links to full list of press: www.artcarbootfair.com
Latitude, NYCAMS. New York. re-title.com/exhibitions
‘Family Traffic’ Cd Compilation. London
Art Car Boot Fair. 07 links to full list of press: www.artcarbootfair.com
‘Studio Secrets’ Garageland Magazine. Issue 4. April 07.Transition Gallery
‘Studio Secrets’/ Isha Bøhling. Garageland 4.on line Publication. Full Interview.
‘Latitude’ Time out, London. Martin Croomer. No 1902. Jan 31-Feb /07
‘Latitude’ Whats on. Viewlondon.co.uk 11/01/07
‘Latitude’ The Charles Saatchi Art Newspaper. Cal. London.UK. 01/07
‘Latitude’ University of the Arts London. Alumni Association Ebulletin. Feb 07
‘Latitude: Shopping for life’ Timesonline.co.uk. Jan 07
‘To do in London.’ 11/01/07 Murketing.com
‘It’s all about the work’ 14/01/07. noozablogspot.com
‘Gongju International Arts Fesival 2006’ Exhibition catalogue.
Limlip Museum. Gongju. South Korea
‘The Works of Others’ Whitechapel gallery library Exhibition catalogue. Dec/06
‘ArtSway Open 05,’ Laura Mclean-Ferris. AN Magazine, January/06
‘8x8x8 LON/MSP/NYC. The Rake Magazine. May/06. p26
Minneapolis Star Tribune, ‘Exponential Expressions’ Judy Arginteau, MAY 7/06.
The Pulse, ‘The Soap Factory’ Christopher Koza. May 25.2006
‘8x8x8’ Soap factory film Interview. Soap Factory art tv station. Minneapolis.
Three Cities, One Exhibition’ Alex Starace. www.mnartists.org.‘May 10/06
‘8x8x8 Lon/MSP/NYC. The Onion. Vol 42, NO 23 /06
‘Celeste Art Prize 2006’ Exhibition catalogue, Sarah Pearce, Goldsmiths
University. Truman Brewery London.
‘Exhibitions: Chaim Soutine. London.’ The Guardian Guide. CB. Nov 27-dec
‘Skinned for Art: Happy Sailor Tatoo Parlour’ NH. Dazed and Confused. VOL 2
‘ And Another thing: Chaim Soutine’ The Metro. P 31. 03/12/04
‘Framed: Chaim Soutine’ Amy Liprot. Dazed and Confused. Vol 2.Issue 22.p41
‘Chaim Soutine’ Carolina Doimel. Neo 2. Dec 2004 p14.
‘Seccond Skin’ Samantha Conti. WWD. 30/12/04 p4
‘International Art Opening: Starf**kers’ experiencela.com 17/06/04
‘Sneeze’ Exhibition Catalogue. Texts: Isha Bøhling Steven Zwimmer. Tom Morton.
‘Responding to Art History’ The Spectator, Mark Glazebrook, May/03
‘Sioux City Juried Competition’ Omaha World Herald, Kyle Macmillan Feb/99
Curator: ‘Art Selector june/july 11’ Artselector.com
Curator: ‘Latitude’ NYCAMS Gallery. New York.
Co-curator Andrea Stanislav.
Curator: ‘Latitude’ Fieldgate Gallery. London.
Co-curator. Andrea Stanislav
Curator: ‘8X8X8. MSP/LON/NYC’ The Soap Factory. Minneapolis. MN.
Co-curators Andrea Stanislav and Patty Mcmehen.
Curator: ‘Sneeze’ Arch Gallery, London. Assistant curator. Heidi Stokes.
Accompanying Catalogue by Bøhling with texts by Bøhling/zwimmer/Morton
Curator: ‘Reduced’ Century. London
‘Ford’ MA Fine Art, Saint Martin’s Interim Exhibition.
Oxford House, Ashley Gardens and I&I. London.
Assistant curator to Shaheen Merali and manging I&I.