TUNGTVANN (HEAVY WATER) 2017

TUNGTVANN (HEAVY WATER), film photography, 2017.

The Tungtvann (heavy water) series frames elements of landscapes to expose psychological nature of conflict: fog, dampness, evasive, grainy senses of what has or is about to happen. Consisting of two sites, the series brings together present day remains of preserved Vemork heavy water factory in Rjukan, Norway, and Maridalsvannet, Oslo’s drinking water. During WWII, Hitler and his regime believed heavy water was necessary to develop nuclear technology. Under forced labor and threat of losing their lives, the workers chose to resist orders and break small parts of the production. Due to their resistance, advancement of the technology was thwarted. Much of the heavy water produced sunk in the lake, in another covert operation. Water and heavy water are very different expressions of the same element. The aim of tracing the way those elements are treated by human choices aids in understanding the different outcomes produced in nature and technology. Previously open to be skied and skated upon during winter, the drinking water in Oslo became a fenced off due to city development. Water itself goes through many cycles within the season, and remains a subject in the psychological landscapes. Looking to convey the details in nature related to a history where small, deliberate acts of resistance or change lead to a substantial contributions over time.

The series is represented by Albumen Gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sjkel Shell Sjel

 

Understanding the meaning of soul, confounded me and philosophers for centuries. One summer day while solo bathing at Bygdøy sjøbad I came to a solid discernment that the shell is both the soul and not the soul- that the container for the soul and the container itself contain the soul.

As with many of understandings come through follied logic, the etymology and meaning of words I posit have an origin within the body. The tongue attempts to make a mental mark with the sound transmission. Pointing toward and uttering sounds to convey “that” or “is”. Of course once the soul has passed, we have only the shell as a remaining reminder of the soul that once coursed through. In the instance of some materials, even a hardened shell can become ground down and return to dust.

In shorter form:   Sjkel is the Norwegian word for Shell. Sjel is the Norwegian word for soul.

In a wordgame, the mark between a shell and a soul is the form: K.

 

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California, as a place is often written and spoken of in the kind of quickened whisper of excitement, a kind of mystique or fawning over of an ideal. The mental picture about what a place producing projection screen stories had little in common with my experience of Los Angeles. While I spent a little bit of time (about four years) photographing Los Angeles, I found the light appearing to me with matted tones and warm hues. I found less glitz and glam and more remnants of the surrounding desert in every location-from Culver City to DTLA, Redondo to Topanga. Those who arrive with an expectation of the projection of Hollywood will likely be disappointment or driven to living that fantasy in mind. Those arriving with curiosity about the culture production tend to be delighted with ease. The magnitude of scale creates a sense of the anonymity amidst the sense that everything-is-possible-and-nothing-is-forever. People roam this region as an aged youth that forgets about getting old.

 

MONOLITHS

 Monoliths is an ongoing collection of separate artworks on seasons and time containing: Neoplatonic, Memoria Technika (5 images), Capsula: Young Lovers, Capsula: Cistern, Tabes, Currere I, Currere II, Concanate I, Concanate II, Esker, Luna Cascade, Anaphora, Omniscient, Under the Sun, 30seconds of Lake Michigan, Melody, Undulation.

 

NEOPLATONIC, 2018, Film exposures digitally joined. Limited Edition of 25: 50 x 35 cm. Limited edition of 8: 70 cm x 45 cm.

 

 

MEMORIA TECHNICA, 2015 – 2017, a series of 5 monolithic images, sizes vary, recent exhibition of the monoliths measured 90,64 x 180 cm ( 35,68 x 70,87 in ), Film exposures realized as seasons, axiomatically marking the vertical landscape in relationship with the human body in magnetic resonance imaging. Reflected and refracted rays form a curvature filled and hollowed by literary translation of tactile qualities associated with the four seasons. The monolith as markers in chronoception – the sense and perception of passage through time.

 

 

 

CAPSULA: YOUNG LOVERS, 2017, Film exposures arranged as a horizontal monolith. 

 

 

CAPSULA: CISTERNS, 2017, Film exposures arranged as a horizontal monolith. 

 

 

TABES, 2017, Four Film exposures digitally joined. 

 

 

CURRERE I, 2016, Film exposures digitally merged as a monolith. 

Limited Edition of 25: 35 x 50 cm ( 14 x 20 in ) Limited Edition of 8: 44 x 70 cm ( 43.7 x 59.5 in )

The Print Ateliér represents this artwork (external link).

 

 

CURRERE II, 2016, Film exposures digitally merged as a monolith.

Limited Edition of 25: 35 x 50 cm ( 14 x 20 in ) Limited Edition of 8: 44 x 70 cm ( 43.7 x 59.5 in )

The Print Ateliér represents this artwork (external link).

 

 

 

CURRERE, 2016, Film exposure. 

Limited Edition of 25: 35 x 50 cm  ( 13.6 x 20 in ). Limited Edition of 8: 70 x 45 cm  ( 27.213 x 40 in )

The Print Ateliér represents this artwork (external link).

 

 

CONCATENATE I, 2016, Film exposures digitally joined. 

 

 

CONCATENATE II, 2016, Film exposures digitally joined. 

 

 

 

LUNA CASCADE, 2016, Film exposures digitally joined, Edition of 25: 37.6 x  50.8 cm ( 14.8  x 20 in ), Edition of 8:  74.9 x 101.2 cm ( 29.5 x 39.83 in ) The artwork can be printed on various art papers, etched in glass, sublimation printed on textile or woven in fabric. Contact the artist for custom size and exhibition inquiries. The Print Ateliér represents this artwork (external link).

 

 

ESKER, 2016, Film exposures digitally joined. 

The Print Ateliér represents this artwork (external link).

 

 

ANAPHORA, 2015, film images printed on single surface, 103,91 x 84,79cm (40,91 x 33,38in). 

The Print Ateliér represents this artwork (external link).

 

 

OMNISCIENT, 2015, 101.6cm x 304.8cm ( 40 x 120 in ), monolithic image and text: A monument of future history. The image stands as a totem for the change in social structure toward the wisdom of water. Water emerges as the discourse for the emotional body. The emotional body serving as the pathway for the wisdom of intuition. In the new world, emotional suppression as poverty and polluted waters cease through the cleansing of pain into ecstatic expression. Responsibility for water comes through the reverence of its high wisdom. Sacred in the new society, water is respected, protected, cherished and shared freely among people to create humane societies upon all lands. A reverence for water solidifies the respect and preservation of the emotional body constituting a humane society for humans to exist in.

 

 

UNDER THE SUN, 2015, 5 image panel, overall size 215 x 71 cm ( 85 x 28 in ), Film exposures arranged as a horizontal monolith as turns on time. Vertical images mark points of the sun in relationship with a blank journal and vision of the viewer. Perception of positive and negative spaces, curvature, shadow, mark a sense of perception of passage through time.

 

 

30seconds of Lake Michigan, 2015, triptych, images on acrylic panel, overall size 215 x 71 cm ( 85 x 28 in ), Film exposures arranged as film. The horizon shifts to create the sense the viewer is standing on boat. This is one of the artworks close to the immediacy of presence in the temporal qualities of lived experience and memory. When mounted in space or on a wall, light passes through the images and create a shadow of the plane behind the image.

 

 

MELODY, 2014, 5 image panel, overall size 215 x 71 cm ( 85 x 28 in ), Film exposures arranged as film strip. 

 

 

UNDULATION, 2014, diptych, Film exposures, 104 x 85 cm (40.9 x 33.4 in) Accumulated layers of frozen water exposed on film and arranged into a formal diptych. The work is one in the ongoing series: Monoliths. The artwork can be printed on various art papers, etched in glass, sublimation printed on textile or woven in fabric. Contact the artist for custom size and exhibition inquiries.