[fbshare type=»button» width=»100″] Todays participants of Østlandsutstillingen are Bernhard Schwichtenberg and Marit Silsand. The first named (Schwichtenberg) has worked as an artists for several decades and was proffessor at the Academy in Kiel – the later (Silsand) is a quite young artists with base in Oslo.
Material image, objects under Japanese paper
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My picture “Marilyn 1962 – Bert Stern & Andy Warhol- Platitudes” consists of objects covered with Japanese paper. The work was produced after acquiring those postcards at a Warhol exhibition. They come from Stern’s “Last Sitting” with Marilyn Monroe in August 1962 in Los Angeles, a few days before she died. In 2012 this three day cooperation between Stern and Monroe was honored by publishing 2.500 photographies worldwide. Back then I was fascinated by the triad of those three icons of Pop Art, which is now reflected in the title of the work. In the early 1980s I already had invented a technique, where flat object like overrun beverage cans were covered under high pressure below 19 g lightweight Japanese paper. Marilyn dancing with the veil, which she holds on to with her teeth in the chosen motive, fits perfectly to my method of covering a motive with a white veil of Japanese Paper. I chose to deliberately torn the veil only in one motive on the top. Andy Warhol’s painted cans and my overrun cans are our trademarks.
Triple portrait of Scandinavians # 1- # 2
Analog black and white photography
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Someone’s appearance can be a representation bigger than them; it becomes a symbol of geographical place, cultural status and history. We believe that factors such as geography and climate play a significant role in the physical appearance of different people. A typical perception of Scandinavians by people abroad is fair complexion, light hair, blue eyes, long and narrow skulls and tall stature. Having a multicultural background myself I find it interesting that someones appearance can reveal where they come from and automatically give them an identity connected to a place.
In this project I want to dive into the fact that some people from certain places look like each other by mixing two women and one man from Norway, Denmark and Iceland into one portrait. They have similar facial features that reminds of the stereotypical Scandinavian look. The same three people are used in each photograph. The technical process of the analog photographs is one long exposure while each person is separately exposed by light for different durations of time. The individual faces blend into each other and a new face appears – giving the portrait a new identity.