Disko Bay : Olaf Wipperfurth

Roma

Museo Civico di Zoologia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In summer 2019, I travelled to the east coast of Greenland

to a region called – Disko Bay – to take photographs for

on going series on mountains and relief

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The floating landscapes of the moving giant icebergs in the bay

and the monochrome setting was purely sublime and difficult to describe with photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By adding paint layers and abstract forms, the original landscape transforms into a more

mystical and hidden places. The spectator should read this work as the gesture

of repairing, conservation, repatching, that puts a protective vail onto the slowly melting icebergs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The work shown in this book takes the photography further into mutation

by adding free floating spontaneous forms and layers of abstraction with acrylic paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through this intervention with paint,

the landscape reflects it’s uniqueness

and fragility in a different way

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I see the close relation of the eco environment fragility and the uniqueness of abstraction paint brush movement”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We actually start seeing through this process of hiding,

and loosing the orientation of what was first and what comes next

and what was the origin. The original photograph shines through

or disappears completely, in parts the paint intervention builds news landscapes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As an artist I’m interested in ephemeral and hidden space

and the memory place have. The nebulous ghostly paintings

taking the landscape into abstraction, touching all the questions

of loosing and forgetting things, loosing memories that vaporize into the void

 

 

 

 

Ice is our geological memory that tells us about

our earth history and development. Now in the

vanishing ice we are loosing this facts and memory