Secret Support. Photo Jan Khür
Secret Support. Photo Jan Khür


Magnhild Øen Nordal

Magnhild Øen Nordahl is a visual artist born in Ulstein in 1985. She and works in Bergen. In her practice and research, she looks at how we translate phenomena into abstract concepts and how giving abstractions a sculptural body can be a means of examining with our hands, eyes, and feet the things that structure our everyday lives.

Secret Support, work process
Secret Support, work process

Øen Nordahl presented the sculptures Secret Support, consisting of 7 sculptures relating to the secret structures we are surrounded by in society. Some of them addressed during Coast’s fourth edition. Nordahl also participated in a presentation of her work and in a group conversation titled Support Structures.

About Secret Support
Material: 20 mm anodized aluminium tubes. Sculptures vary in sizes up to 40×30×120xcm.
Secret Support (2019). Photo: Jan Khür
Secret Support (2019). Photo: Jan Khür

Secret Support is a series of sculptures based on the support structure holding objects in place while being printed on a Formlabs 3D printer. An algorithm automatically generates the support structure required to fit the object perfectly for print. This algorithm is proprietary information and the structure can therefore not be converted into other file formats. This prompted a meticulous process of manually measuring and digitally redrawing the little printed plastic structures. Such translations between virtual and physical are central in my ongoing artistic research project dealing with 3D modeling and abstraction.
Secret Support
Secret Support

Nordahl has made works about measurement systems, the spherical shape of the Earth, standard shapes in 3D modeling software, and about the double nature of the 3D model as both abstract and particular, digital and physical. Currently she is exploring YouTube tutorials on 3D modeling as a form of interactive sculpture. In 2018 she co-founded the Aldea Center for Contemporary Art, Design and Technology and started a PhD in artistic research at the University in Bergen.
Secret Support
Secret Support

Secret Support
Secret Support

Øen Nordahl has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at venues including Bergen Kunsthall, The Astrup Fearnley Museum, Palais de Tokyo and Banff Center for Arts and Creativity.

Magnhild Øen Nordahl. Photo by Emilija Skarnulyte
Magnhild Øen Nordahl. Photo by Emilija Skarnulyte

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