Leash (7 images). Water cut, mouth blown glass, hinged steel frame, 282 x 286 cm, 2016. Sentralen, Oslo. Photos by Jon Benjamin Tallerås.
Leash, Mended Paths and Two Times are glass window designs made from water cut, mouth blown glass, glued on clear glass and mounted in steel frames. The frames consist of two hinged halves, forming a gate that can be opened into the room.
The three designs can be described as drawings of multiple paper cut-outs. These imagined paper cuts have simple block color designs on each side, the folding and layering of the cuts creating a weaving effect in its colors and shapes. This simple modulation of the shapes into busier perceptual compositions are augmented by the analog variation in the hues of the glass and the ever-changing sunlight throughout the day.
The opacity of the glass is varying between darker, saturated colors in clear glass, and brighter colors in opaque glass, the focus moving between looking at the shapes of the image and what is filtered through the window from the busy streets outside.
Sentralen is a new house of culture located in central Oslo, and opened March 1st 2016. Two buildings, one of which is was Oslo´s first official bank, has been stripped down to their skeletal structures, joined by extensive steel stairs and furnished with the essentials for a flexible office environment. Add to that practice rooms for electric and acoustic music, several concert venues, a dance stage, bar, restaurant and café. Sparebankstiftelsen commissioned 5 artists to make work for Sentralen, allowing the artists to choose the location. The artists are Vanessa Baird, Jan Christensen, Hanne Friis, Camilla Løw and I.
The glass is from Lamberts Glas in Waldsassen, Germany. It was cut by Waterjet Norge AS, assembled by Norsk Kunstglass AS and mounted in steel frames from Bolt Metall AS. Prototyper AS made crates for handling the glass and helped making the prototypes.