Ragna Bley (b. 1986, Uppsala, Sweden) lives and works in Oslo (NO). Bley received her BFA at The Oslo Academy of Fine Arts in 2011 and her MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London (UK) in 2015. Recent solo exhibitions includes Lay Open at Frankfurt am Main, Berlin (DE) (2017); Zooid at Kunsthall Oslo – Munchmuseet on the move (2017) and Pine Pitch at Hester, New York (USA) (2016). Selected group exhibitions include UKS, Oslo (2016); Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo (2016); Bosse & Baum, London (2015); Royal College of Art, London (2015); 1857, Oslo (2015); Kunsthall Oslo (2015); Taiga Art Space, St. Petersburg (RU) (2014); Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2014). Bley’s work is currently included in the 9th edition of the Norwegian Sculpture Biennal. Upcoming projects and exhibitions include an exhibition at Nuuk Nordisk Kulturfestival, Nuuk, Greenland (GL) and a solo presentation at Kabuso Art Center, Øystese (NO).
At Rupert, Bley will continue an investigation into material properties and painting. For example, developing works by purposely letting them get affected by rain, sun, pollution and other external factors. In addition to this, Bley will work on a writing project that deals with rhythm, confection and manifestos, of which parts will be presented during the time at the residency.