ROOM # 1:
Here two series of images, Ubi consistam and Hallucinations, contemplate the relationship between man and earth, in which the term “earth” connotes “geology” and “shelter”.
The series Ubi Consistam (2015) consists of colour prints that depict remarkable, peculiar and almost anthropomorphic mineral formations. Each of the images is mounted on a thick plywood sheet, whose surface first has been charred black, and then covered by a layer of red wax. Here the artist has experimented with the pictorial surface, and the potential of the “invisible” substrate beneath. By the use of a gouge many holes has been created in the paper on which the images of minerals are printed, and by the use of a counter sinker crater-shaped holes has been made in the surface of the underlying charred and wax-covered plywood panels. In this way several underlying layered levels are revealed: first, a layer of red wax under the colour print, then a burnt, black layer, followed by an inner core that reveals the plywood panel’s internal structure.
The series Latin title is taken from the phrase by Archimedes «Da mihi ubi consistam, terramque movebo», meaning «Give me a foothold and I will move the world». In this context, Ubi Consistam refers to the minerals’ steadfast character, their solid substance and ordered chemical structure. The holes in the images are reminiscent of deep wounds, or craters with glowing lava, and the work refers among other to the earth’s internal power, both as a natural resource and as a destructive force.
The series Hallucinations (2015) depict historical black and white photographs of the trenches of the First World War which the artist have manipulated by moving and turning them on a photocopying machine in motion, so that the horizontal plane and the figures are twisted and bent, provoking a sense of disorientation and “dizziness” within the viewer. The ‘original’ A4 images made on the photocopying machine has been scanned and printed in large format (100 x 150 cm) on “Fine Art” paper. It was essential for the artist to find images that were taken from the inside of the trenches, in which the dividing line between above and below ground can almost be felt physically, as if the viewer himself would be standing below ground, in the trenches.
In the same room the artwork Diminuendo (2015) is shown. It consist of four small wooden blocks (around 10 x 15 x 30 cm each), where curving or zig-zagging, deep lines of different depth have been carved out into the top surfaces. Lines which reminds about trenches dug by soldiers or river canyons in a landscape.