The Art of Seeing

I am an art critic, which means I spend a lot of time looking — Breidablikk, Stavanger — seeing, watching, gazing, staring, squinting ….; trying to take in what’s really there, in front of my eyes. 30 years ago I went to study architecture for a few years. I drew a lot at this time,…

Enhancing nature

I have to share this wonderful project with you, my friends! In 2002, world-renowned architect Peter Zumthor was commissioned by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to design a tourist installation in Allmannajuvet, north of Sauda. The construction started in 2009, and just a few days ago the art/architecture installation opened. Allmannajuvet was the site of a…

Fern studies

A visual diary – my visual diary – is, like any other diary, mainly a recollection of ordinary things; fragments of everyday life, normal oddities. When out and about I’m not looking for the outstanding or exceptional, but for the extraordinary within the ordinary. Like for example a fern unrolling a young frond. There are…

This is spring

There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places. — Wendell Berry To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival. — Wendell Berry

My intention …

… was to do a little David Plowden inspired study at the plains of Jæren.   But then I came across these wonderful colourful sites, and just simply had to re-calibrate. If I had been doing art, I could probably have bent everything to my own liking … But just fooling around, I listened in…

All art, of course, is intellectual …

 … but for me, all the arts, must above all be emotional — and act upon the heart. When I speak of poetry I am not thinking of it as a genre. Poetry is an awareness of the world, a particular way of relating to reality. — ANDREI TARKOVSKY

Daytripping

Just the other day I took my car on a trip south – to Fotland Mølle. Fotland Mølle is an industrial mill, built in 1845, at a site where grain had been ground since the 13th century. The new mill was placed above two existing mills, and a new water intake was made so that the…

Where we think there is nothing to see

“If you undertake a walk, you are echoing the whole history of mankind, from the early migrations out of Africa on foot that took people all over the world. Despite the many traditions of walking—the landscape walker, the walking poet, the pilgrim—it is always possible to walk in different ways.” — Richard Long