Monthly Archives: October 2015

Shoot # 30

Autumn Composition - Hackeberga, Sweden © Jan Oberg 2015

Autumn Composition – Hackeberga, Sweden © Jan Oberg 2015

Lund, Sweden – October 30, 2015

Welcome to shoot # 30
– a digital photo gift from Oberg Photographics – a moment of meditation with which I wish you a good weekend and “weekbegin.”
The picture above is from southern Sweden a few days ago – autumnal nature bordering on abstraction.

The “flipping” Global Art Magazine
The art world is huge and bewildering. Wouldn’t it be great to have one (free) place with diverse stuff at your fingertips – full of exciting articles, photos, videos and books? That’s what the online “flipping” GlobalArt Magazine that I curate is all about. Try it, browse and follow.

Museum Franz Gertsch in Burgdorf outside Bern, Switzerland
Visited this beautiful contemporary art museum last Sunday. One of the exhibitions is Gertsch’s and Andy Warhol’s portraits of Johanna, a woman in Vienna.

Franz Gertsch’s works are monumental, hyper/photo realist and painted over months and years with tiny brushes. If it were a photograph you would say that he paints the pixels.

Director Arno Stein kindly guided me around the museum. Here a video of Gertsch’s painting “Winter”. I was blown away by the portraits and the nature works. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration, bridging photo and painting!

Exhibition news
“Pictures At An Exhibition” is now on show at my studio together with the “Rouen Cathedral Suite # 1-10” inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s 1969-series based on Claude Monet’s impressionist paintings is also on show. More on the idea and how it was executed on my art blog.

It’s the time of the year when we look for gifts 
Online art sales is growing fast but human communication is still number one. If you’d like to exhibit, lease or acquire a piece on show at the moment or from my homepage, I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

What more lasting gift than a photo in limited edition, signed and numbered and with print documentation? I do the entire shoot-to-print process and the works are only sold by me.

My best
Jan Oberg

Shoot # 29

Autumnal 2015

Autumnal 2015

Lund, Sweden – October 24, 2015

Hi 

Welcome
– to shoota digital photo gift from Oberg Photographics – a moment of meditation with which I wish you a good weekend and “weekbegin.”

Event at the Franz Gertsch Museum outside Bern, Switzerland
This weekend I’m in Basel and Bern to say the word ‘peace’ and show a small series of my portrait and nature photos. It’s UN Day today and October 25 is International Artist Day.

On Sunday, the internationally renowned Play For Rights Orchestra, led by my friend Elías Abraham Foscolo, will play Brahm’s Clarinet Quintet. Before and after I’ll say those words while my photos are projected within this beautiful contemporary art museum. One of the exhibitions there is Gertsch’s and Andy Warhol’s portraits of Johanna, a woman in Vienna.

It’s is a great honour for to bring peace words and photos to this museum, with this orchestra. The whole thing will be filmed. The photo above is one of those that will accompany the peace and the music. Lecture on peacebuilding at 16. Concert at 17. More about it here.

A helping hand
The art world is huge, dynamic and difficult to keep up with and today’s catchword is sharing. Wouldn’t you like to have one single place that cost you nothing, with diverse stuff at your fingertips, exciting articles, photos, videos and books with almost daily updates?
Well, that’s what the new online “flipping” GlobalArt Magazine that I curate is all about. Try it, browse and follow.

Exhibition news
“Pictures At An Exhibition” is now shown at my studio together with the “Rouen Cathedral Suite # 1-10” inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s 1969-series based on Claude Monet’s impressionist paintings is also on show. More on the idea and how it was executed on my art blog.

Personal service 
Online art sales is growing fast but human communication is still number one. If you’d like to exhibit or acquire a piece on show at the moment or from my homepage, I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Giving
The time when we think of giving gifts is rapidly approaching. Art photos in limited, signed edition could be your creative choice this year.

My best
Jan Oberg

An iPhone video tour of the exhibition “Goings On”

September 19 – October 15, 2015. Now you can see it although you couldn’t.
On October 17 opened “Pictures At An Exhibition” of which there will soon be a video.
My studio is open any time but by appointment only (see below).
More videos on my Vimeo Channel.

Shoot # 28

Ooohh © Jan Oberg 2015

Ooh-oo © Jan Oberg 2015

Lund, October 18, 2015

Welcome
– to shoota digital photo gift from Oberg Photographics – a moment of meditation with which I wish you a good Sunday and “weekbegin.”

A helping hand
The art world is huge, dynamic and difficult to keep up with and today’s catchword is sharing. Wouldn’t you like to have one single place that cost you nothing, diverse stuff at your fingertips, exciting articles, photos, videos and books with almost daily updates?
Well, that’s what the new online “flipping” GlobalArt Magazine that I curate is all about. Try it, browse and follow.

The photo above & background
– this time from the Biennale in Venice 2013. Continue reading

The “Goings On” exhibition

This video is a guided tour around my studio in September-October 2015. I tells you a bit about the “Goings On” exhibition which opened at Cultural Night in Lund, Sweden.

It’s also a peep into my new exhibition space that combines photos on the wall, a unique 1200-volume peace library with Gandhi, philosophy, religion, conflict-resolution and international affairs and, third, a corner where lectures can be held and videos shot.

At the end of this video you’ll her more about my exhibition “Pictures At An Exhibition” and what it’s all about. That one opened on October 17, 2015 at Art Night Lund. I’ve written more about this idea and its background before, here.

If you are in the vicinity, please come around – just make an appointment first. If not, all hope is not lost – I’ll produce another short video where you can see this exhibition although you can’t see it…

Shoot # 27

Rouen Cathedral Suite # 1-10 © Jan Oberg 2015

Rouen Cathedral Suite # 1-10 © Jan Oberg 2015

shoot is a digital gift from Oberg Photographics – a moment of meditation with which I wish you a good weekend and “weekbegin.”

The photo above “Rouen Cathedral Suite 6/10” is one of ten of my latest edition – a suite inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s 1969-series based on Claude Monet’s impressionist paintings of the portal of that cathedral in the 1890s.

Having lived since 1969 with Lichtenstein’s series, I thought of applying photographic techniques to Monet’s classical painting. Lichtenstein did it in his “dotted” pop art, screen manner and did not have anything like PhotoShop available at the time.

This suite is about seeing, re-viewing and re-searching an image through the manual application of the new tools of our digital age. I’ve written about the idea and how it was executed here on my art blog.

Online art sales is growing fast but human communication is still number one. If you’d like to acquire a piece – or all – of the Rouen Cathedral Suite or a piece on my homepage, I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

The time when we think of giving gifts is rapidly approaching…

Let me remind you of the GlobalArt Magazine where I curate diverse and inspiring stuff. All at your fingertips in one place, articles, photos and videos added almost daily. Just click “follow” there.

My best
Jan Oberg

The Rouen Cathedral Suite

It’s all about seeing, isn’t it?

Having lived with art since I was a child, I’ve always played with the idea of doing photography with reference to the art I cherish. Since 1969, I have looked at Roy Lichtenstein’s 6-piece Cathedral Series from that year which were based on Claude Monet’s Rouen Cathedral paintings in the 1890s.

This is about my latest edition, the Rouen Cathedral Suite #1-10.

Gemini GEL, one of the finest graphic printing houses in the world, printed them. They look like screens, newspaper-like and “pop” where the Cathedral image – with the colours expressing the light as it changes over a day – was hidden under (or in) tons of small round holes.

One has to see them at a 3-4 meters distance to at all see anything but dots. And they were faily big, 122 cm high.

Here is one of them.

And who would not love to have owned one of Claude Monet’s originals? Like this one?

Claude Monet, Rouen Cathedral 1895

Claude Monet, Rouen Cathedral 1895

So why do I find this fun, interesting and challenging?

I believe that art is as much about seeing as about what you see. Here is an entrance to a cathedral which, thanks to one of art history’s greatest, has become immortalized. I have always loved Roy Lichtenstein’s series, his truly innovative idea, his re-working of classical art and his ways of making us see – as he also does in, say, the Bull Series and Monet’s Haystacks.

In a way he applied filters and reproduced/re-created great pieces adapted to contemporary printing techniques. I stole the basic idea and asked myself: What if I do the same using Photoshop?

So I took down a photo of one of Monet’s original paintings from the Internet and began to play with it. I played with shapes, filters, light, contrast, saturation, colouration/tones, contrasts, sharpening/blurring and I changed things here and there, pixel by pixel so to say. There were many many more than the 10 I finally selected.

You may think it looks like just some haphazard re-production. It isn’t. It’s a carefully processed experimenting with literally hundreds of variables in each of the suite’s ten pieces.

Here is how they appear on the wall in my studio at the time of writing:

In the studio - The Rouen Cathedral Suite # 1-10 @ 2015

In the studio – The Rouen Cathedral Suite # 1-10   @ 2015

To the left you see one of the original Lichtenstein and then my A2 format prints on fine art Canson Edition Etching Rag papers. Lichtenstein cropped the original portal, my picture is a based on the full image of the portal that Monet painted.

I guess that Continue reading

Shoot # 26

  1. Lund, Sweden – October 3, 2015

    A Penny For Your Thought - 2012
    A Penny For Your Thought – 2012

    Whether you are an old or new friend I welcome you to Oberg PhotoGraphics.

    shoot is a digital gift – a moment of meditation – with which I wish you a good weekend and “weekbegin.”

    The photo above “A Penny For Your Thought” (2012) is part of a little street photography I’ve done. Perhaps it is more precise to call it people photography? The woman walking down the street in the afternoon sun, seemingly in her own thoughts and with a man behind her, depicts a moment in their – and my – life that will never come again.

    There are a few more at my homepage – incidentally all with people. Whereas my Pavement Series is really about streets: How beautiful the streets we walk can be in and of themselves, with no people in the picture.

    Let me remind you of the GlobalArt Magazine where I curate diverse and inspiring stuff. All at your fingertips in one place, articles or videos added almost daily. Just click “follow” there.

    Online art sales is growing fast but human communication is still number one. If you’d like to acquire a piece on my homepage, I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

    My best
    Jan Oberg