19
Jul 14

Sven Dalsgaard 100 år

Sven Dalsgaard i sit atelier i Randers 1994. Foto: © Lars Pryds

Sven Dalsgaard i sit atelier i Randers 1994. Foto: © Lars Pryds

 

To dages hyggeligt besøg hos gode venner på sydsiden af Lolland afrundedes med besøg i dag på Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, der viser en stor udstilling med den danske kunstner Sven Dalsgaard (1914–1999), i anledning af 100-året for hans fødsel.

Udstillingen breder sig fra museets særudstillingssal ud i den lange gang, der kiler sig ned mellem den faste samlings sale og ender i markerne ned mod Skejten, der har inspireret så mange af de lollandske landskabsmalere gennem tiden.

Sven Dalsgaard (u.å.): Stol med fjer.  HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art.

Sven Dalsgaard (u.å.): Stol med fjer. HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art. Foto: © Sven Dalsgaard/billedkunst.dk

Bortset fra lige lovlig mange af Sven Dalsgaards markante “dannebrogs-malerier” er udstillingen et veldisponeret “bredspektret tværsnit af kunstnerens værkproduktion indenfor maleri, tegninger, grafik, skulptur, objektkunst og poesi”, som museet selv præsenterer ophængningen af de i alt ca. 120 værker. Deriblandt en håndfuld af et andet signatur-tema hos Dalsgaard, hans stole malet i hvide, blå og røde farver og bearbejdet på forskellig vis, fx “Stol med fjer” (se ill.). Der er skulpturer, digte, film mm. – og malerierne “Rød”, “Hvid” og “Sort” fra 1973-74 er til lejligheden hentet hjem fra hele tre forskellige samlinger. Godt arbejde.

Sven Dalsgaard blev født 29. maj 1914 i Vorup nær Randers, boede hele sit liv i Randers og døde her 22. januar 1999, 84 år gammel. I anledning af hans 80-års fødselsdag i 1994 havde jeg fornøjelsen af at besøge ham i hans atelier i Randers for at fotografere ham til et fødselsdagsinterview i Kunstavisen. Jeg tog tog toget fra Århus, gik fra stationen med mit gamle Nikon kamera over skulderen og fik en taget en hel rulle film (det var før digitalkameraerne) af en afslappet og imødekommende Sven Dalsgaard ved arbejdsbordet. Et af dem blev bragt i Kunstavisen nr. 4/94, hvor den ungdommelige 80-årige bl.a. fortalte Anne Birgitte Nørgaard om sin kunstneriske arbejdsproces:

“Det drejer sig om at åbne sin egen kasse, og se, hvad dén indeholder. Alle mennesker har en kasse med noget i, men ikke alle har mod på at bryde låget op.”

Færdig med at søge efter indholdet i kassen – og i livet og kunsten – blev Sven Dalsgaard aldrig. I hvert fald siger han senere i interviewet: “Det, der er noget af kunstens inderste væsen, det er, at man aldrig bliver færdig med det. Det er, at det stadig kan give én noget. Det bliver aldrig en selvfølge.”

I kataloget for den aktuelle udstilling, et digert bogværk på 200 sider med titlen “Sven Dalsgaard 100 år”, beskrives processen således: “Dalsgaard brugte sit eget liv som grundlag for den kunstneriske proces i en sådan grad, at hele hans produktion kan ses som led i en livslang kamp for erkendelse af sin egen eksistens”.

Det flotte udsnit af Sven Dalsgaards søgen efter kunstens inderste væsen kan ses på Fuglsang Museum til og med den 27. juli. Herefter flyttes udstillingen til Sven Dalsgaards hjemby Randers, hvor den vises på Randers Kunstmuseum fra 9. august 2014 til 4. januar 2015. Rigtig god fornøjelse!

www.fuglsangkunstmuseum.dk
www.randerskunstmuseum.dk

Sven Dalsgaard, 1994. Foto: © Lars Pryds

Sven Dalsgaard, 1994. Foto: © Lars Pryds

 


10
Jul 14

Det sker i efteråret

Efterårets kalender er ved at være godt fyldt op med udstillinger og ture – ikke mindst med forskellige arrangementer Lisbeths TEX-antik deltager i – både i Danmark og i udlandet. Vi har samlet nogle af dem i en lille handy A5-oversigt, der kan ses herunder. På gensyn derude – ét eller andet sted!

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02
Jul 14

Can a font save the planet?

From SNDS Magazine no. 2, 2014

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“The last printing revolution changed our world. This one could help save it.”

Ambitions are high for British stationary brand Ryman and ad agency Grey London, who recently released a new font, Ryman Eco.

Ryman claims that its new font, which is available for free download, uses a third less ink and toner than standard fonts such as Arial, Times New Roman, and Verdana. The company believes that if everyone used the new font, it would save over 490 million ink cartridges and could help lower CO2 emissions by over 6.5 million tons.

The font was designed using thin lines rather than solid shapes, which reduces the amount of printer toner used to form a letter on the printed document. Ryman Eco was designed to be suitable for use in any context, at any size, and this is perhaps the biggest challenge to its success. The idea is that in small sizes, you may not even notice the white lines in the characters, but in larger sizes its decorative appearance may mean some organisations may not want to use it in their publications. Furthermore, companies or organisations with a distinct design policy are not likely to use this font anywhere at all as part of their typographic setup.

Ryman Eco is not the first example of a sustainable font. In 2008, Dutch company SPRANQ released its Eco Font type family, which uses holes in letters to reduce ink waste. But “Ryman Eco is both more efficient […] and more aesthetically pleasing than its rivals,” says the font’s designer Dan Rhatigan and Grey ECD Nils Leonard, in an interview with Creative Review.
However, being aesthetically pleasing – or, as Ryman boasts, “The world’s most beautiful sustainable font” – does not make it suitable for everything. As some commentators note, perhaps Ryman Eco is just an advertising gimmick in order to sell more printer toner – a main product at Ryman’s. 

Download Ryman Eco for free at rymaneco.co.uk

ecofont

Taking the idea of saving toner one step further, the company behind Ecofont Vera Sans has developed software that will put holes in commonly used typefaces such as Verdana and Arial on your computer.

Download Ecofont Vera Sans for free at ecofont.com


29
Jun 14

Simone efter badet

En opslagstavle er som dét øjeblik, man tror man skal dø og hele ens liv passerer revy: en samling glimt fra fortiden, minder om begivenheder, underlige dimser og tildragelser, der var vigtige en gang og måske bliver det igen – eller måske blot lagres som inspiration. I hvert fald: hver enkelt “ting” har sin egen historie.

Pryds_Opslagstavle_6730_LOWOpslagstavlen over mit arbejdsbord indeholder mange af disse glimt. Der er Formel 1-biler fra min barndom, der er min yndlingsnisse, et magasinopslag om Steve Jobs som jeg designede en smart rubrik til; der er billeder af mine børn og min kone og mine forældres bryllup i 1948; et hjemmelavet ludo-spil; en Dolly Parton-koncertbillet; bogstaver; postkort med kunst; Marilyn Monroe og smukke kvinder med bare baller – for hvor finder man en ordentlig croquis-model nu om dage?

Midt i det hele, under ordet “redesign” i Jyllands-Postens nye brødskrift (nå ja, ny var den, tilbage i 2001), hænger et udklip fra Politiken, gulnet i en grad, der nærmer sig brunt. Det er en lille artikel fra 2008 om Simone de Beauvoir, der ville være fyldt 100 det år. Artiklen illustreres af et af de berømte billeder, fotografen Art Shay tog i Chicago få øjeblikke efter Simone var steget ud af badet og var i gang med at sætte håret, kun iklædt et par højhælede sko. “Naughty man”, skal hun have sagt, da hun hørte klik-lyden fra Shays Leica-kamera, og så ellers ufortrødent have fortsat sin morgentoilette.

Fotografiet er så utroligt kærligt, nænsomt, ærligt og afslappet, at det (efter nogle måneder på opslagstavlen) blev forlæg for et af mine malerier, “Simone Does Her Hair” (140 x 200 cm), som jeg malede færdigt i 2009, og som siden har været udstillet både i det københavnske Galleri Lisse Bruun, i Filosoffen i Odense og det underskønne Kunstcentret Silkeborg Bad – det sidste et ganske passende sted, det oprindelige motiv taget i betragtning.

Men selv om maleriet blev det endegyldige resultat af et øjebliks inspiration (for både Art Shay og mig) har avisudklippet overlevet – og flytter med, når opslagstavlen flyttes rundt i værkstedet. Indtil det en dag er gulnet så meget, at motivet bliver helt utydeligt, eller papiret smuldrer og drysser ned bag arbejdsbordet – og forsvinder for evigt.

Se maleriet blive til på www.pryds.com/s

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25
Jun 14

Time – creativity’s best friend

Editors’ column in SNDS Magazine no. 2, 2014

“Time – he’s waiting in the wings
He speaks of senseless things
His script is you and me, boy …”

– David Bowie (Aladdin Sane, 1973)

In this place we have previously quoted some of the great masters of the advertising business. Sir John Hegarty* is one such master and shares his words of wisdom in a small book, Hegarty on Creativity – There Are No Rules, just published by Thames & Hudson.

In fifty witty chapters he writes about creativity – how to inspire it, how to sustain and perfect it, and how to make a living from it. Creativity is not an occupation, he says, it’s a pre­occupation. So his views touch far beyond the advertising world – and they are certainly relevant for the news business.

“Time may be one of creativity’s best friends, yet no one will give you any. You have to earn it”, Hegarty says.

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Cover image by Lucy McRae and Johan Renck

We live in a world today where tomorrow is too late – and the tight deadlines force you to make snap judgments and rapid decisions which often lead to poor work.

“The ability to stand back from your thinking and give it what we call ‘the overnight test’ is essential. […] To gauge if your idea will stand up to scrutiny necessitates reflection. Thanks to digital technology everything in this world has sped up drastically but that only makes it all that much more important to slow it down. Our brains still operate in an analog world.”

Hegarty has a point here. Although some of us actually work best under some kind of pressure (be it from deadlines, well-meaning bosses or the need to earn money to pay the rent) it’s important to include time enough to let your idea grow.

In SNDS Magazine no. 2, 2012 the Swedish photographer Tor Johnsson said that his most important tool is time – “time to wait for the right picture, the right atmosphere to give justice to the motive”.

Time is also an important aspect of the many new longread formats that more and more news sites are launching next to their quick news feeds. Research show that people are actually prepared to spend a large amount of time on in-depth stories online – but these take time to produce.

Do you get the time you need to make your projects develop to their full potential? Or, if you’re a manager – do you allow your staff enough time to get the work done properly? If your answer is yes! then I will worry no more, and speak no more of senseless things.

Kill the routine
Another way to keep your creativity alive is not to get stuck in the routines of your workday. It happens to all of us – coming into the office at the same time each morning, drinking your usual cups of coffee etc.

“If each day is business as usual how can you possibly create something un­usual?” Hegarty asks, and he’s got another point there.

His first easy step to break the monotony is to simply switch desks with a colleague (if you work in a newsroom with free seating, this is really easy – just pick a new seat each morning). Just by moving across the room, you’re already looking at things from a different perspective.

If you really want to change habits, move to another city – or to another continent. This may, of course, involve some practicalities, but relocating even for a month or two can be really stimulating – having just spent the month of May in Iceland is our personal proof of that.

In the mag
The Fu2i0n14 conference is only four months away, and the program is shaping up. You can meet the first of a long list of great speakers on the next pages and more will be added to the line-up on the conference website at www.fusion.snds.org .

The spectacular cover photo for this issue of SNDS Magazine was created by one of the Fu2ion14 speakers, artist Lucy McRae with photographer Johan Renck. McRae built a coat hanger construction in seven layers with what she calls a ‘paper pixel representation’ of the pop icon Robyn for her Body Talk album. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to run this extraordinary photo on our cover and look forward to see more of McRae’s work on Fu2i0n14 in Copenhagen.

Photography is the subject for “That Scandinavian something” about the Norwegian photo festival DOK; we get an amazing look into the large pop-up book collection of Professor Michael Stoll, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences; we look behind the scenes of a Swedish experiment with print formats; Ole Munk reviews a new printed newspaper for kids; and k.dk was given a new design and a gold medal, all within the same month.

Enjoy it all, have a great summer – and don’t forget: If you have ideas for stories we should print in the magazine, give us a hint.

Lisbeth Tolstrup & Lars Pryds
Editors, SNDS Magazine

* Sir John Hegarty is founding Creative Partner of Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), one of the world’s most awarded advertising agencies.

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18
Jun 14

Nye værker i Galleri Pagter, Kolding

Lars Pryds: Collager i Galleri Pagter, juni 2014

Galleri Pagter i Kolding har fået en lille håndfuld nye collager i kommission – tre fra 2014 og en enkelt fra 2013. Alle er i formatet 28 x 23 cm, og alle indrammet i en spinkel sølvramme og skråtskåret passepartout. Her er tre af dem. Galleriet har også stadig et lille udvalg af mine malerier på lærred – se dem i Adelgade i Kolding.