OSL contemporary was established in May 2011. The gallery aims to promote contemporary artists in an international context, as well as developing their Norwegian positions.
The programme emphasises conceptual art and the gallery represents emerging, mid-career and established artists; several of which have participated in internationally renowned exhibitions, such as Documenta; The Venice Biennale; The Istanbul Biennial; The Sao Paulo Biennial; The Lyon Biennial; and Momentum – the Nordic Art Festival.
Ragna Bley (b. 1986, Uppsala) has been described as an exceptionally skilled technical, as well as classical painter and among one of the most promising young artists in Norway today. Swedish born and Norway based, Bley is known for her often monumental paintings as well as sculpture and performance, seeking inspiration from themes such as natural science, science fiction as well as biopolitics. Her performances are often intimate and aesthetical food experiences, accompanied by readings.
Bley received her BFA at The Oslo Academy of Fine Arts and her MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London. Recent solo exhibitions include Kunsthall Oslo – Munchmuseet on the move, The Munch Museum, Oslo (2017); Editorial, Vilnius (2017); Frankfurt am Main, Berlin (2017) OSL contemporary (2018) and; Kunsthuset Kabuso, Øystese (2018). Selected group exhibitions include The Norwegian Sculpture Biennial, Oslo (2017); Ru-pert, Vilnius (2018); F15, Moss (2018); Corridor Project Space, Amsterdam (2019); Kistefos-museet, Kistefos (2019) and The Moderna Exhibition, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2018-19). Upcoming highlights include a large-scale exhibition av Malmö Könsthall spring of 2020 and a solo exhibition at OSL contemporary in Oslo 2021.
Exhibition view "Zooid" by Ragna Bley at Kunsthall Oslo in collaboration with The Munch Museum "Munchmuseet on the move".