Ragna Bley at Editorial / Vilnius


September 7 – 12, 2017

Editorial, Vilnius

Photography: Andrej Vasilenko

i. A note on that delightful picture of Admirals Blandy and
Lowry and attached dimpling woman all preparing to eat the charming and
oh-so-divine “atom bomb” cake. On Armistice Day I was thinking of so many
charming variations of this theme. We could have darling little cakes made in
the shape of coffins, and the cutest little crosses pressed of angel-puffs. And
a few drops of cherry extract could be—you guessed it—drops of blood. [1]

ii. Scissors paper stone, to separate a healthy kidney from
a sick one. You can dream of clouds but you still have to eat. My marginal
worm, just cling on to your rectum, he whispers the meme from last nights
Instagram surfing being alone. Hey! Look how I’m doing things yolo! The white
sharp light of the first spring light, all faces against (towards) the sun, I
close my eyes and my chin (cheek) is so close it touches yours, like the
softest sun-warm stone.

iii. Did they fall for a Jedi mind trick? Princess Leia’s
famous slave bikini sells at auction for a whopping $96,000. It won a special
place in the hearts of fans after it was shown a long time ago in a galaxy far,
far away. [2]

[1] Response by readers to the 1946 Atomic Cake
controversy. Found on http://conelrad.blogspot.lt/…/atomic-cake-controversy-of-19…
[2] Mike Larkin for dailymail.com
4 October 2015.

Ragna Bley (b. 1986, Uppsala, Sweden) lives and works in
Oslo (NO). Bley received her BFA at The Oslo Academy of Fine Arts in 2011 and
her MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London (UK) in 2015. Recent
solo exhibitions includes Lay Open at Frankfurt am Main, Berlin (DE) (2017);
Zooid at Kunsthall Oslo – Munchmuseet on the move (2017) and Pine Pitch at
Hester, New York (USA) (2016). Selected group exhibitions include UKS, Oslo
(2016); XVI International Vilnius Painting Triennial, Museum of Applied Arts,
Vilnius (2016) Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo (2016); Bosse & Baum, London
(2015); Royal College of Art, London (2015); 1857, Oslo (2015); Kunsthall Oslo
(2015); Taiga Art Space, St. Petersburg (RU) (2014); Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
(2014). Bley’s work is currently included in the 9th edition of the Norwegian
Sculpture Biennal. Upcoming exhibitions include Nuuk Nordisk Kulturfestival,
Nuuk, Greenland (GL) and a solo presentation at Kabuso Art Center, Øystese
(NO). Bley is currently artist in residence at Rupert, Vilnius.

Credits of the

Ragna Bley, SUPERBODY SWEET, 2017. Cake, food colouring, acrylic paint on MDF.
Editorial, Vilnius

Ragna Bley reads Let
Them Eat Cake
manifesto. Editorial, Vilnius