SURREAL LANDSCAPE, 2016-2019, film photography.
Surreal Landscapes use the medium of photography to look at the ways of seeing. The vision of nature presented in the series are textural. Framing abstract forms in nature, an emphasis of materiality of image is presented. This materiality becomes mirrored in the psyche by the field of vision. Aesthetic relationships stir ethical conversations on the relationship between humans and nature. Using the distinct qualities of imaging technology by enhancing the scanner’s interpretation of film, the photographic image becomes the technocratic age’s take on pointillism. The tradition in painting transferred into contemporaneity, invites the viewer to open to the various methods in which an image can be read and understood while relating to values of beauty and landscape as principles guiding emotional and behavioural choices related to the environment.
In a Streambed a Body Formed in the Light Refracted from Waves & An Apophatic Knowing of Water.
Uncanny and sublime, the exposures were made with a rangefinder camera at the edge of the Akerselva River. The river running through Oslo, Norway, provides sources of energy and revival for the city. The physical nature of the river and psychological nature of image making overlap within the image reflecting the surrounding landscape refracted in the waves.
The colour pigments are enhanced from the Kodak Gold profile. The film noted for popularity in the regular market ties the sublime qualities in the everyday subject to the everyday material. The tones are often noted for warm and magenta colour casts. Magenta is understood to be the colour that does not exist on a frequency wavelength; the colour is one humans make up with their minds. Amber is a resin with a relationship to the electron in that it can be slightly negatively charged.
MANGANESE, 2019, film photography, sizes variable. The film exposures from beneath a budding tree in spring are cast in a light reminiscent of the mineral Manganese. The element related to the metabolic processes within the human body are also used in manufacturing to prevent corrosion. The images aesthetically work to create reverence with the relationship humans have with nature. In high concentrations, Manganese is lethal, and in deficits cause great pain. Therefore balance is necessary with energy, nature, human bodies, their motivations and choices. As Elaine Scarry writes in On Beauty and Being Just, Beauty offers experiences leading to resolutions of inner turmoil.
AMBER (CHASMAL), 2019, photography. As a substance used in ancient folk medicine, Amber (Chasmal), was understood as electrical conductor. Accumulated sap hardened over time was used to protect the body from harmful energies and revive benevolent energies from the heart and circulatory system. Mirrored in a reflexivity of the photographic image, the bodies of water and light in the hue of amber, create a visual translation of these material properties.
POSTMODERN SCENERIES, 2009 – 2019, Rådhuset, Oslo, Los Angeles, Chicagoland.
SOMME, film photography, 2019. Somme, is a place in France and a gruesome site of a battle with an undetermined. As a place of indeterminacy and unnamed victors, the series creates a visual essay toward understanding nature. By attuning the senses to ontological memory, histories felt in the body while moving through present day landscapes were made through a process of meditation. A hypnogogic state was achieved and several walks through the forest were made. The exposures were decided at peak sense experiences. As a vivid descriptions, the photographs visualise pain through poetic landscapes. Beauty and brutality, the finite and unrelenting, memories are represented in enchanting chroma as the relentless changes in the way life, seasons, and societies, build and fall.
MOUVEMENTS (BEVEGELSENE), 2015-2018, photography, variable sizes. Exhibitions at Vérité and Akers Mek in Oslo, Norway, 100 x 140 cm, Epson Archival Ink, mounted on kapa.
The Mouvements series reveals nuanced details in digital imaging technology. The images are informed by tensions in oil and water. The materiality of digital imaging technology, distance in viewing, and surreal representations in water forms are highlighted by minuscule film grains amplified after film scanning. The epistemology of water or way we come to learn and understand what water, is an ongoing endeavour. To then know what we are doing with technology, requires extended looking. The way something appears can obfuscate and reveal our relationship to the looking. Oil and water become elemental allegory for technocratic times. As Umberto Eco writes in several books on late modernity, images are read and our connections and relations are realised as a malleable surfaces. The natural beauty of the water is transformed by a hypnotic colour palette tied to screen technology. Viewing distances engage viewers in a sense of movement in stillness.
Exhibition for Oslo Art & Fashion Festival at Vérité and afterwards at Akers Mek. The series is available for printing on metal, vinyl, for limited edition prints, custom facades for public art. The series is part of the book: Textures & Movements.
RUISSEAU (HOLOCENE), 2018, film photography, 68,14 x 101,6 cm (26,8 x 40 in). Streams of sand, water, and remnants of stone in Lofoten, Norway, create formal currents and visual abstractions.
AFFLUO, 2018, photography studies made during the Praksis Oslo Artist Residency: A Global State of Paredoilia.
Machine Print Photographs from Film Development, made into Postcards.
SENTIRE (GROW), 2017, film exposures of grow operations in Denver, Colorado.