Anne-Karin Furunes

San Servolo XIII, 2018
acrylic painted and perforated canvas
280 x 191 cm

ANNE-KARIN FURUNES describes her works as fleeting images, and her practice as one of drawing with holes. She is known for portraits and paintings based on archival photographs that take a stand for the marginalized, silenced and forgotten individuals, expanding also to include landscapes and elements from nature. With her signature technique she manually perforates canvas painted with black acrylic with thousands of holes, letting through varying degrees of light. The method of removing in order to reveal complements her practice that often focuses on forgotten or silenced histories and people. The changing nature of the works is linked to the problematic of depicting the past.  

Anne-Karin Furunes (b. 1961, Norway) lives and works in Trondheim. Her many solo and group exhibitions include venues such as Galleri K in Oslo, Millesgården in Stockholm, Nordenfjedske Kunstindustrimuseum in Trondheim, Ryan Lee Gallery in New York, Tornabuoni Arte in Florence, EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, and Palazzo Fortuny in Venice. She has work in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Museo Palazzo Fortuny, Venice; Nasjonaalmuseet, Oslo; Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma; and Wyoming Art Museum. Furunes has realized several public art work commissions, including at University of Helsinki, Deutsche Bank in Sydney, St. Olavs Hospital in Trondheim, and The National Theatre Station in Oslo, among others. In 2021 she was shortlisted for the Ars Fennica award.  

Calving Glacier VI, 2018-22
acrylic paint and perforation on canvas
240 x 404 cm

San Servolo XI, 2018
acrylic on canvas, perforated
224 x 150 cm

Landscape I, 2021
acrylic paint and perforation on canvas
240 x 360 cm

Strange Messengers 4, 2017
acrylic on canvas, perforated
200 x 200 cm

In private collection

5–29 April 2018
exhibition view

Illuminated Moments I, 2012
acrylic on canvas, perforated
270 x 490 cm

In Saastamoinen Foundation Collection

13 Mar – 6 Apr 2014

Sar Servelo, Palaze Lucale, 2017

Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, 2014