A walk in Bergen, August 2014

Items observed while walking from Møhlenpris via Nygårdsgaten to the centre of Bergen one day in August 2014. Some art is very intentional, some less so.....


Derek Jarman Black Paintings at Trondheim Art Museum

Images from the exhibition of Derek Jarman's Black Paintings, currently on show at Trondheim Art Museum. Encrusted with layers of found objects, many symbolic in nature, and bejewelled with seeds and tiny fragments of broken glass, these works are totemic, intimate, powerfully eloquent on themes of suffering and despair, but at the same time a celebration of creativity itself and a kind of running commentary on Jarman's life, work and his critical position with regard to British society and the Establishment. It is a sensitively installed exhibition that allows the viewer time and space to get close to the works.  The Museum continues its run of good exhibitions, in addition to the Derek Jarman display they have an excellent show by Albanian artist Adrian Paci, including an epic HD film "The Column", and another in their series of artist interventions in the collection, this time by Ane Mette Hol. It's unfortunate for the museum and for the contemporary art scene in the city that director Pontus Kyander is about to depart - he has done an excellent job of lifting the institution's profile and invigorating its curatorial programme.


Maleri med Tid / Painting with Time: Atopia, February 2013

Images from the opening of "Maleri med Tid" at Atopia, Oslo, on 6. February. The exhibition opening was combined with a launch of Per Kvist's book of the same title, which discusses contemporary video art in relation to the history of avant garde film. In the exhibition are works by Kjell Bjørgeengen, AK Dolven, HC Gilje and Jeremy Welsh. Below - images of Jeremy Welsh's work "The Go, No Go Detector" (1997) with sound by Robert Worby.


In The Making (2) - 60 Minutes In No Particular Order

Images from the presentation of the video work 60 Minutes In No Particular Order at the exhibition Since 1843:In The Making, Nottingham Trent University, January 9 - February 7, 2014. The video was being shown in two locations - as an ongoing projection in the Bonnington Gallery Foyer, and as part of a weekly screening programme in a viewing theatre. 60 minutes…. was first made in 2002 for a touring exhibition shown at several museums and galleries in western Norway, and subsequently at various film and video festivals and contemporary music events. The work consists of 60 one-minute audio visual compositions with images by Jeremy Welsh and audio by Robert Worby, and is part of an ongoing collaboration between Welsh and Worby that began in 1973. The dvd is controlled by a script that selects a new sequence at random every 60 seconds. This project is discussed and analysed in a new book on video art "Maleri med Tid: om modernism, filmisk avant-garde og videokunst"  (Painting with time: on Modernism, Avant-garde film and video art)  by art historian Per Kvist, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at The University of Agder, Norway. An earlier collaborative work by Welsh and Worby, The Go, No Go Detector (1997), will be showing in an exhibition due to open at Atopia, centre for artists' film and video in Oslo on 6th. February, in connection with a launch of Per Kvist's book.


Since 1843: In the Making

Off to Nottingham this week fir the first time since maybe 1983, to take part in the exhibition "Since 1843: In the Making", a celebration of 170 years of art and design education in the city of Nottingham. Images from the opening will follow….