“An image is a stop the mind makes between uncertainties.”I think about this line from Djuna Barnes’s most famous novel,Nightwood, on a plane above the clouds, on my way to see an exhibition of Tom Sandberg’s vintage prints at Nils Stærk Gallery in Copenhagen. An image is a stop the mind makes between uncertainties seems to sum up much of what happens when I see one of his photographs, whether in my mind’s eye or in real life. The phrase describes the space of the image not as certainty, but as an experience situated beyond the all-too-familiar space of uncertainty—a huge distinction. To read the full article, click here
Morten Andenæs on Else Marie Hagen.
Becoming who you are.
Else Marie Hagen’s latest exhibition at Galleri K in Oslo consists of twenty odd photographs that, as always with her work, delve into questions about photographic representation and its reach far beyond the scope of art. Roughly translated as index of behaviour, Hagen borrows her title from a questionnaire used to index the behavioural patterns of children and young adults, so as to assess anomalous behaviour. Confronted with Hagen’s title, I immediately think of what Gerhard Richter once said, that he does not distrust reality, he distrusts the picture of reality conveyed to him by his senses. Even though many would answer such surveys about the behaviour of oneself or a child with straightforward statements of fact, others will become indecisive and ambivalent, conscious of how far their sensory apparatus is willing to go in order to uphold a basic level of coherence.
Teksten dråpen og havet, en del av vårutstillingen 2018, på fotogalleriet, Oslo. Vist i sammenheng med verket månen, havet, og jeg, 2018. Dråpen og havet er et utdrag fra romanen Du, jeg, og Erik som publiseres på Teknisk Industri forlag i 2019 sammen med fotoboken we live in the house across the street. Dråpen og havet ble trykket i 300 eks.
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Kjetil Røed om Vårutstillingen på Fotogalleriet, 2018