Kristen Keegan



Kristen Keegan

Hordaland kunstsenter has the pleasure of presenting the first MA Week this year, with the exhibition The urgent, slow gazeby graduate student Kristen Keegan.

In an attempt to follow the imperatives laid out by soft material, The urgent, slow gaze opens space for a multiplicity of painterly manifestations. Highlighting the quality of the open surface, these works advocate for the insistently unhurried experience of an image, unfolding.

How to point toward the uncertain space occupied by images? Slowing them through paint, I can think with them.

I make use of porous surfaces and concentrated pigments, tracing a correspondence. I examine the cumulative potential of surface—adopting materials with a receptive, soft quality. These are qualities imparted on me in return. Agent and material find each other seeking.

Open surfaces encourage an immediate and irrevocable gesture. In submitting myself to surface, an image unfolds and is suspended—approaching, receding. The space holding it trembles, shifts again, changing shape.

The resolution of a stain anchors an image where it might otherwise dissolve. This is the indelible blush called colouring.

Kristen Keegan is an artist from Edmonton, Canada, currently completing her degree in Master of Fine Art at The Art Academy – Department of Contemporary Art, UiB. Her work was most recently featured in Høstutstillingen 2018 in Oslo, and with the solo exhibition Slipping Image at c3 in Melbourne, Australia.

The MA Week is a collaboration between Hordaland Kunstsenter and The Art Academy – Department of Contemporary Art, UiB. Twice a year the MFA students are invited to submit proposals for an exhibition to be realised at Hordaland kunstsenter.


Hordaland Art Centre based in Bergen, Norway was established 1976 as the first artist run art centre in Norway. Its activities are based around the exhibition programme with equal emphasis on seminars, presentations and dialogue. Since 1987 Hordaland Art Centre has hosted a Nordic residency programme, from 2008 also open to international artists, curators, writers and other art professionals.