Art and Landscape in Nordland, Northern Norway

September 2, 2014 1:20 AM

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Art and Landscape in Nordland, Northern Norway

Adelsteen Normann (1848 -1918) at Galleri Bodøgaard, Bodø. Adelsteen Normann, a painter born in Bodø, depicts the Norwegian landscapes, especially fjords. The gallery owner, Harald Bodøgaard described Normann as "forgotten artist" and he hopes to help bring him "into the light again." Normann's oil paintings focus on the intense natural terrain of Nordland, with occasional appearances of distant seaside human activities such as fishing and boating, but the panoramic scenes are mostly absent of any human traces, focusing only on the sublime, light-flooded landscapes. Also on view is a dense floor-to-ceiling presentation of Bodøgaard's collection of historical Russian religious icons and artifacts (gilded saint paintings, adorned crosses, etc.). Lastly, the sprawling basement of Galleri Bodøgaard is an archive of sorts, considered an "ethnographic collection" with Bodøgaard's personal accumulation of historical ephemera from Nordland (including ropes and fishing nets, Viking belts and tools, hand-made lace, old photographic equipment, wolf drawings, sardine cans, and rock minerals). Some of these objects are archaeological and profound, dating as far back as the Stone Age, and others are playful: every time Bodøgaard upgrades his cell phone, he adds the former to a pile within the ethnographic collection.

Adelsteen Normann (1848 -1918) at Galleri Bodøgaard, Bodø. Adelsteen Normann, a painter born in Bodø, depicts the Norwegian landscapes, especially fjords. The gallery owner, Harald Bodøgaard described Normann as "forgotten artist" and he hopes to help bring him "into the light again." Normann's oil ...

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