Thursday February 16th, we have the pleasure of opening our third exhibition with photographs by Eline Mguaas. Mugaas (b. 1969) received her artistic education from Ramapo College in New Jersey and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. After having worked 10 years as a photographer in New York, with commissions within commercial advertising and scenography, she made her debut with the solo exhibition “Let me be your one way street” in Fotogalleriet (The Photograph Gallery) in Oslo, in 1998. Eline Mugaas lives and works today in Oslo and in New York.
The works presented in this exhibition have been produced the last two years, and are 30 color photographs in medium size format. The title of the exhibtion refers to the origins of the motifs, New York City and its immediate surroundings in New Jersey. In these works, Mugaas describes the journey through the horizontal marsh landscapes outside the big city with its sculptural and worn industrial structures, and into Manhattan’s vertically oriented room. In connection with the exhibition, Galleri Riis has the pleasure of publishing the first comprehensive book of Mugaas’ works, "52 Color photographs from New Jersey and elsewhere", with essays by Øivind Storm Bjerke and Niki Logis.