Experimenting with being on Instagram…

I’m now on Instagram

It’s an exciting way to meet people with an interest in photography, art, art videos, exhibitions, galleries. Here is just a test – a snapshot video by iPhone of one of my latest photos that I shared on Instagram and embedded for you here.

YOu can of course do a photo – but a video offers you the chance to explore a photo (even if you shake your iPhone a bit…) and to also say a few words. But a video on Instagram must be between 3 and 15 seconds. Only!

Are you on Instagram, let’s connect there…

Konstkvällen – Art Night – in Lund, October 18

Det gick riktigt bra på Kulturnatten – över 50 besökande även om det fanns hundratals andra evenemang och Vegagatan ligger en bit utanför centrum.

Nu gäller det Konstkvällen lördag den 18 oktober 17-22 – tillfället för dig som inte kunde besöka min studio på Kulturnatten.

Jag har också öppet på min helt egen “Konstsöndag” dagen efter 14-17.

Det kommer att finnas ett par nya foton av mer konceptuell karaktär. Här är “Girl And Car” (2014) – ett stycke fotografik som associerar till måleriet.

 

© Jan Oberg 2014

 

I år har jag dessutom fler unikat – antingen tryckta på metall eller på canvas och papper men monterade i gamla ramar, stora som små.

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Kulturnatten – Cultural Night in Lund: “Salång PåGång”

Unbelievable as it is, Kulturnatten is here again: Saturday September 20.

Here is what you may experience in my studio: 30-40 works you have not seen before, a special feature, new types of frames, travel and other photographs on various media plus two short debates.

Sålång Pågång continues for about a month – after Kulturnatten by appointment only on 0738 52 52 00 or at janoberg@mac.com.

Black Girl With A Pearl Earring # 6 © Jan Oberg 2014

Black Girl With A Pearl Earring # 6 © Jan Oberg 2014

I’m excited about it! I have had so many things to do in my other “world” – that of war and peace – where sad things like Israel-Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine have taken almost all of my time.


All works at Kulturnatten are new

It feels great, therefore, to now devote myself to processing, creating and printing various images that I have taken both this year and earlier.

I will introduce 30-40 new works – on fine arts papers, canvas and metal. Part of my joy comes from having the freedom to experiment with a diversity of media (PhotoGraphics technique) – as you’ll see.


Black Girl With A Pearl Earring

The feature I have in mind this Kulturnatten revolve, to a certain extent, around my pastiche on Vermeer’s “Girl With A Pearl Earring” from about 1665 that I have written about previously here.

I am happy to tell you that it has made its editorial appearance in the September issue of Sköna Hem, Sweden’s largest interior design magazine.

From Sköna Hem  (Beautiful Homes), September 2014

From Sköna Hem (Beautiful Homes), September 2014, page 104.

I have experimented with how to present Black Girl With A Pearl Earring. However I consider the variation more important than the theme therefore it will be exciting to showcase the different expressions in terms of sizes – from postcards to 61-91 cm (A1) – and media I have on offer – fine arts papers, canvas and metal.

You know, with me you get numbered and signed works taylor-made in sizes and media according to your wishes.

For the first time I will show some of them “live”.


Frames

Since last I have experimented with both making my own frames and buying frames at flee markets. I’m curious to see how various forms of presentation can shape a more attractive whole than just putting up prints on the wall. However, no glass in front – never!

Travel photo and pictorialism

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Art Basel 2014 (5) Photography and painting dialogue…

 

Joel Meyerowitz's photo of Cézanne's studio

Joel Meyerowitz’s photo of Cézanne’s studio

You may have guessed that I am looking for art photography in particular here in Basel? You are right! And I am happy to report that there is so much of it; photography is as accepted as an art form as, say, painting, film, sculpture, prints and multiples. Secondly, there are interesting “dialogues” between photo and painting.

Gerhard Richter – whose exhibition at the Beyeler Foundation outside Basel I shall return to – comes to mind. Many of his paintings appear as photography (until you get closer). But there are also many other examples of how the two art forms speak with each other.

One such example is Joel Meyerowitz and here in Basel he shows a kind of photo narrative at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York. A couple of years ago he visited Paul Cézanne’s (1839-1906) studio in Aix-en-Provence. He managed to get the permission to take pictures there and was drawn to the grey colours of the studio in which various of Cézanne’s objects and belongings were exhibited.

Next he took pictures of these objects – as if de-coding Cézanne’s paintings and seeing each object in them as a piece of art, a motif for another sort of painting – created with his camera.

Cézanne's studioexhibit  to the left and the single objects in it to the right. By Joel Meyerowitz.

Cézanne’s studio exhibit to the left and the single objects in it to the right. Photographed by Joel Meyerowitz.

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Art Basel 2014 (4) – 14 Rooms

Imagine a large empty factory hall  in the middle of which you have a square room with doors into 14 smaller rooms…

The entrance to 14 rooms

The entrance to 14 rooms

You are of course curious about just what is happening behind these doors and there is a brochure explaining it in details. But still – you have to get in, be there…experience the mysteries that a closed door always evokes (and not the least when there is a guard who let’s you in one-by-one after having been waiting in a queue for some time).

“14 Rooms” has been created by Foundation Beyeler, Art Basel and Theater Basel, three very prominent cultural institutions in Basel and it is curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist. It is situated close to the main Art Basel Fair but independent of it and the one-day entrance ticket is CHF 18. 14 Rooms is about performance art.

Here are some examples of what you actually experience:

In Yoko Ono’s room you see nothing. The installation, or whatever you want to call it, is pitch dark and called “Touch Piece” which she created for the first time in 1963 and now here. You walk in a see nothing – also not when your eyes have adapted. In the brochure you are encouraged to touch whoever you bump into there and thereby challenge your sense of intimacy and privacy, as it’s expressed. The touches I experience were very avoiding – a little laughter perhaps, an “Oh, sorry” and no attempt to really touch, rather a confusing about meeting some stranger there in the dark and avoiding a touch.

As I had been in there a couple of minutes and carefully set one foot in front of the other I sensed not another human being but a wall. I followed it around to the entrance point and think that by then I was alone there.

I honestly can’t tell you what I felt or thought. It was merely a little fun, a little tickling and I liked to hear people’s laughter or nervous “Sorry” – remember, we are in Switzerland and everything is uptight even in an experimental setting like this. Perhaps there is something outdated in 2014 about an idea from 1963 and that at that time it was revolutionary and lead to more than avoidance? (No photo possible).

Otobong Nkanga’s “Diaspora” (2014) was more lively: two black women carry a Queen in the Night plant in a pot on their heads and sing, speak to the plant and, sometimes perhaps, to each other and the visitors. Much of the text is about loneliness and feeling to be outside , being picked at. And the floor is painted as a topographical map. (Photo possible – as all other visitors did it against the rules). Continue reading