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Kari Dyrdal - Artists + Designers - Hostler Burrows

Kari Dyrdal (b. 1952, Norway) is a textile artist, known for monumental tapestries that exhibit a dual mastery of the cultural tradition of hand weaving alongside an intricately researched digital production. Dyrdal’s practice involves a deep investigation of memory, incorporating pattern, repetition and structure as expressions of her ideas on aesthetics and cultural heritage. Working from her personal photography, Dyrdal considers the use of recognizable images as essential to her technique; expanding the potential of textile to communicate, she transforms her photography within the digital loom to create a juxtaposition between pictorial representation and abstraction.  Dyrdal's textile works approach grand, architectural scale, and through her meticulous and premeditated digital process and aesthetic—the tightly packed pixels and fine-tuned mechanized control of weaving—an intimacy emerges, a humanity that withstands and is heightened by the technological process.

Drydal serves as a professor in the Faculty of Art, Music, and Design at the University of Bergen. She holds a degree in Textile Art from Bergens Kunsthåndverksskole (1977) and completed her postgraduate studies at the Croydon College of Art and Technology in London (1978). Her work has been exhibited at the National Museum, Oslo, the KODE/Vestlandske Kunstindustrimuseum, Bergen, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, among others.


b. 1952, Norway

1978     Textile, Postgraduate, Croydon College of Art and Technology, London, UK    
1977     Textile, Bergens Kunsthåndverksskole, Bergen, Norway


2019     KRAFT Bergen, Bergen, Norway
2016     Binära Koder Almgrens Sidenveveri, Stockholm, Sweden
             Oseana Kunst og Kultursenter, Os, Norway
2015     Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal, Norway
2013     Bømlo Kunstlag, Bømlo, Norway
2012     Format Oslo, Oslo, Norway
             Kunstnerforbundet Oslo, Oslo, Norway
             Salhus Tricotagefabrik, Bergen, Norway
2011     Ørsta Kunstlag, Ørsta, Norway
2010     Hå Gamle Prestegaard, Stavanger, Norway
             Osterøy Museum, Gjerstad, Norway
2007     Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway
2000     Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway

2021     Odd and Even – A Collection, Taste Contemporary, Maison Louis Carré, Bazoches-
             sur-Guyonne, France
             Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
2020     26 kunstnere – 26 år, Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal, Norway
2019     Det lyser i Vann, Trondhjems Kunstforening, Trondheim, Norway
             Krefter, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway
             Five Cubed, Taste Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland
             Krefter, KODE, Bergen, Norway
             artgenève, Geneva, Switzerland
             Format Oslo at Nomad, St. Moritz, Switzerland
2018     Forces de la Nature, National Ceramics Museum of Sèvres, Paris, France
             125 gjenstander, valgt, fortellinger (125 items, chosen, stories), Nordenfjeldske 
             Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway
             Ode til en vaskeklut Hymne til en tiger (Ode to a dishrag, hymn to a tiger), Kunsthall 
             Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
             artgenève, Geneva, Switzerland
2017    Borøy Kunsthandel, Borøy, Norway
             Kunstgarasjen, Bergen, Norway
             Multiply, Hå Gamle Prestegard, Nærbø, Norway
             det store mjuke øyeblikk på Finnskogen, Finnskog Ustillingen, Svullrya, Norway
             Ode til en vaskeklut Hymne til en tiger (Ode to a dishrag, hymn to a tiger), NTK
             Norwegian Textile Artists Anniversary Exhibition, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway
2016     Høstutstillingen Oslo (Oslo Autumn Exhibition), Statens kunstutstilling, Oslo, Norway
2015     Myke Monumenter, KODE, Bergen, Norway
             100% Jacquard, Vilnius, Lithuania
2014     SOFA, Chicago, IL
             SABOTasje, Innvik, Norway
2013     Tusen Tråder, Lillehammer Kunstmuseum, Lillehammer, Norway
2012     Vevring, Norway
2011     Shot Through, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, Norway
             GRAFT, Galleri Format, Oslo, Norway
             Kunsthåndverk 2011, Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo, Norway
             New Works, Visningsrommet, USF Bergen, Bergen, Norway
             Collect 2011, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2010     4th Riga International Textile and Fiber Art Triennial, Riga, Latvia
             International Textile Triennial, Łódź, Poland
             Norske Kunsthåndverkere, Nasjonalmuseet Oslo + Et Utvalg (Traveling)
             ESSENS, Kunstbanken Hamar, KUBE, Ålesund, Norway

2021     Verdal Bo-og Behandlingssenter, Verdal, Norway
2020     Politiets Nasjonale Beredskapssenter, Taraldrud Ski (Competition)
             Bømlo City Hall, Bremnes, Norway
2019     Øygarden Lokalmedisinske Senter, Straume, Norway
2018     University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
2017     Gjerdrum Bo og Omsorg, Gjerdrum, Norway
             Norwegian Embassy, Tehran, Iran
2016     Gartnermarka Omsorg +, Bergen, Norway
             Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi, India
             Gard Forsikring, Arendal, Norway
2015     University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway (Competition)
             Nye Bjønnes Sykehjem, Nøtterøy, Norway
2014     HiB, Høgskolen, Bergen, Norway
             TUI, Mein Schiff 3. International Corporate Art
             Kulturfabrikken Sortland, Sortland, Norway
2012     The Grieg Hall, Edvard Grieg Square, Bergen, Norway (Terminal)
2009     Politihøgskolen, Kongsvinger, Norway
             Nidaros DPS, Trondheim, Norway
2004     Søreide Sykehjem, Bergen, Norway
2002     Akerselva Sykehjem, Oslo, Norway (Competition)
1998     Polarmiljøsenteret, Tromsø, Norway
             Terminalhallen NSB, Gardermobanen, Oslo, Norway
1992     Nysæter Church, Stord, Norway
1991     Bjørnstierne Bjørnsons Plass, DNS, Bergen, Norway (Competition)
1989     Eidfjord Kommunehus, Eidfjord, Norway
1987     St. Magnus Cathedral, Orkney, Scotland, UK (Competition)

KODE/Vestlandske Kunstindustrimuseum, Bergen, Norway
Kunstindustrimuseet, Oslo, Norway
Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia
Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA
Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo, Norway
Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway
Norsk Kulturråd
Norsk Trikotasjemuseum, Bergen, Norway
Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway
Telenors Art Collection

2011     Kunsthåndverk Prize from BKH
2010     Special Prize, Latvian Art Museum, Riga, Latvia
2010     Sølvmedalje 13, International Textile Triennial, Łódź, Poland
2004     Oslo Kommunes Architecture Prize, Oslo, Norway (Gardermoen Line)
1991     Landsforbundet Norsk Form, Norway

2011     Statens Kunstfond

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