Founding members

Aslak Gurholt Rønsen and Espen Friberg

Current menbers

Aslak Gurholt Rønsen, Thomas Tengesdal Nordby, Martin Lundell and Yorel Cayla

Education

Aslak Gurholt Rønsen

National Academy of the Arts (Oslo), Visual Communication BA (2002-2005)

Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, Graphic design & illustration BA (2001-2002)

Thomas Tengesdal Nordby

National Academy of the Arts (Oslo), Visual Communication BA (2004-2007)

Merkantilt Institutt (Oslo), Graphic design (2002-2003)

Martin Lundell

Konstfack (Stockholm), Grafisk design MA (2006-2007)

National Academy of the Arts (Oslo), Visual Communication BA (2001-2004)

Yorel Cayla

ENSAAMA Paris, visual communiation MA (2006-2008)

Exchange ERASMUS 3 months at London College of Communication in Typo cours

ENSAAMA Paris, visual communication BA (2004-2006)

ENSAAMA Paris, Foundation studies in art and design

Solo exhibitions

“Yokoland plakatutstilling”, Sound of Mu 2009

“Metronomicon Audio og Yokoland inntar Henie Onstad Kunstsenter”, Oslo 2008

“Bak et sort hull”, Tegnerforbundet, Oslo 2008 (with Espen Friberg)

“Under the bush”, Analogue Bookshop, Edinburgh 2007

“Under the bushes, under the stars”, Reg Vardy Gallery, Sunderland 2007

“I den store sammenhengen er det de små tingene som betyr noe”, Soria Moria/UKS, Oslo 2006

“Yokoland – Ny bok.”, Kunstbokhandelen Torpedo, Oslo 2006

“Fra det ene til det andre”, Galleri Badet, Oslo 2005

Group exhibitions

“Tempo”, Skien 2009

“No Soul For Sale”, X initiative, New York 2009

In an Expression of the Inexpressible, Dean Johnson Gallery, Indianapolis 2009

“Comix”, Brandts Kunsthall, Odense 2007

“Harry Smith Anthology remixed”, Alt. Gallery, Newcastle 2007

“I love Tourism”, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice 2007

“Forest Assembly”, GAD, Oslo 2007

“Papercut”, NOG Gallery, London 2006

“Duck fever show”, Mercado, Barcelona 2006

“The Remix Project”, Sørlandet Museum of Art, Kristiansand 2006

“Hello Kitty Secret House”, Hong Kong Business Center, Hong Kong 2006

Grants

Norsk Form/UD’s tilskuddsordning, 20 000

OCA (Office of Contemporary Art) utstillingstøtte (2006), 30 000

Statens Kunsterstipend – Arbeidsstipend for yngre kunstnere (NBK), 130 000 (1 år)

Billedkunstnernes vederlagsfond (NBK), 30 000

Norsk Tegneforbunds utstillingsstøtte, 12 500

OCA (Office of Contemporary Art) utstillingstøtte (2006), 25 000

Norsk illustrasjonsfond (2006), 50 000

Grafills utstillingstøtte (2006), 10 000

Norsk illustrrasjonsfond (2005), 30 000

Skedsmo Kommunes kulturstipend (2005), 15 000

Lørenskog Kommunes kulturstipend (2005), 5 000

Films / music videos

“Alt måste bli anorlunda” (musicvideo for Kim Hiorthøy), 2004

Published articles

”Graphic design hero – John Melin” (Grafik # 142, Jul. 2006, U.K.) – Essay on John Melin and his work.

”The real thing” (MSN Open for design, 2006, U.S.) – Essay on the future of the book

”A collection in my collection” (”Grafik 150 Bok”, 2007, U.K.) – Short text on inspiration

Books

“Summer of 66” (Aki Books, Norway) 2009

“Parkvesen og andre vesener” (Magikon Forlag, Norway) 2008 (Children’s book written and illustrated together with Espen Friberg and Øystein Dolmen)

“Bak et sort hull” (Tegnerforbundet, Norway) 2008

“Yokoland – As we go up, we go down” (Die Gestalten Verlag, Germany) 2006

Books where work have been presented

Area 2 (Phaidon Press, U.S. – 2008)

Over & over (Princeton Architectural Press, U.S. – 2008)

1000 Music graphics (Rockport, U.S. – 2008)

Type addicted (Victionary, Japan – 2008)

Musikraphics (Victionary, Japan – 2008)

Norsk Kunstårbok 2007 (Norge – 2007)

Comix (Brandts Kunsthall, Odense – 2007)

I Love Tourism (Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Italy – 2007)

Grafik 150 Book (Grafik, U.K. – 2007)

Tactile (Die Gestalten Verlag, Germany – 2007)

Supersonic (Die Gestalten Verlag, Germany – 2007)

Logo Alot (BNN, Japan – 2006)

This is know (Tidskriften Fabrik 2-3, Sverige – 2006)

Hidden track (Die Gestalten Verlag, Germany – 2005)

Selected articles

Theme Magazine, Aug. 2009

Morgenbladet, Aug. 2009

Grafik, # 166, 2008 (U.K.)

Grafik, # 165, 2008 (U.K.)

Print Magazine, May/June 2007 (U.S.)

YouWorkForThem / Profile Magazine, Dec. 2006 (Holland)

Grafik, # 147, Des. 2006 (U.K.)

I.D., September/Oktober 2006 (U.S.)

Varoom, # 1, 2006 (U.K.)

Grafik, # 142, Jul. 2006 (U.K.)

Grafik, # 139, Apr. 2006 (U.K.)

Dagens Næringsliv, 12./13. Aug. 2006 (Norway)

Ny Tid, # 12 2006 (Norway)

Kreativt Forum, # 1 2006 (Norway)

Dagsavisen, 11. Feb. 2005 (Norway)

Aftenposten, 11. Feb. 2005

Awards

2009

Gold Award – Fiction (Årets vakreste bøker 2009)

Gold Award – Cover, Fiction (Årets vakreste bøker 2009)

Gold Award – Cover, Children’s books (Årets vakreste bøker 2009)

Silver Award – Children’s books (Årets vakreste bøker 2009)

Silver Award – Nonfiction for children (Årets vakreste bøker 2009)

Silver Award – Art- and photography books (Årets vakreste bøker 2009)

Diploma – Nonfiction (Årets vakreste bøker 2009)

Diploma – Cover, Fiction (Årets vakreste bøker 2009)

Gold Award – Graphic design, Editorial design (Visuelt 2009)

Gold Award – Graphic design, Packaging, Cultural (Visuelt 2009)

Gold Award – Illustration, Self promotion (Visuelt 2009)

Silver Award – Graphic design, Packaging, Cultural (Visuelt 2009)

Nomination – Graphic design, Packaging, Cultural (Visuelt 2009)

Nomination – Graphic design, Editorial design (Visuelt 2009)

Nomination – Graphic design, Catalogues and brochures (Visuelt 2009)

Nomination – Graphic design, Open class (Visuelt 2009)

2008

Silver Award – Art- and photography books (Årets vakreste bøker 2008)

Gold Award – Illustration, Self promotion (Visuelt 2008)

Gold Award – Illustration, Open category (Visuelt 2008)

Nomination – Illustration, Editorial illustration (Visuelt 2008)

Silver Award – Graphic design, Typography (Visuelt 2008)

2007

Gold Award – Graphic Design – CD, DVD and record sleeves (D&AD 2007)

Gold Award – Art- and photography books (Årets vakreste bøker 2007)

Book of the year (Årets vakreste bøker 2007)

Gold Award – Graphic design, Editorial design (Visuelt 2007)

Gold Award – Illustration, Self promotion (Visueltkonkurransen 2007)

Silver Award – Graphic design, Typography (Visuelt 2007)

Silver Award – Illustration, Open category (Visuelt 2007)

Diploma – Illustration, Poster illustration (Visuelt 2007)

Diploma – Graphic design, Company profile/self promotion (Visuelt 2007)

Diploma – Illustration, Open category (Visuelt 2007)

Diploma – Graphic design, Cover/packaging (Visuelt 2007)

Award of honour (By;Alarm 2007)

2005-2006

Sell out of the year (By;Alarm 2006)

Silver Award – Graphic design, Poster design (Visuelt 2006)

Silver Award – Graphic design, Student category (Visuelt 2005)

Honours

Nomination to“Art Vinyl” for best record cover design 2008

Nomination for the INFORM PRICE (for conceptual design), Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig

PUB 43 – Society of Publication Designers, Nomination for the award for best Illustration – Information Graphics

Area 2 (Phaidon Press, U.S. – 2007) Curated book where a jury have selected the 50 most interesting graphic design studios from around the world.

D&AD 2007 – In-book and nominated to the D&AD award for best bookdesign.

Selected for Print Magazine’s European Design Annual 2007.

Grafik Pick of the Year 2006/ Grafik magazine # 147 – “Yokoland – As we go up we go down” was picked as one of Grafik’s 25 favourite graphic design works.

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