26.12.01

MESAS DE GALLIFA

The series of MESAS started in the mountains above Barcelona, December 14th 2001, when we were snowed in and could not move for several days. The local smith in the village of Gallifa had given me a heap of iron bits that were just laying about on the floor of his workshop, and I was planning to do some outdoor welding. But it started snowing, and pretty soon all Catalunya was coming to a halt. Big trucks blocked the all the roads and people had to sleep in their cars for days.
So I lined up the pieces on a large table by the studio window and used a digital camera to register movements and building as it went on. This first series was called Mesas de Gallifa and contains more than 100 variations that seem to pick up the theme of old or abandoned industrial plants that one could see in the region. But also ancient farms and romanesque churches.The following year the series were continued and other materials were included, like plywood, glass, cardboard. Colours were introduced and the scene was mostly set in a corner of my studio at home in Norway. The installations now became even more temporary as they are often built in height and soon fall apart. I enjoy this fragility that gives them transparence and lightness, so I call them UNSTABLE VARIABLES. I mostly use a Minolta Dimage 7, but also Nikon CoolPix 700 and Sony Cyber-shot. After some work with the images in Photoshop, they are printed with Epson Sylus Photo R800 and collected in small books.