Following 11 generations before him, Ole Brodersen grew up on the small island of Lyngør, Norway with no cars and about one hundred inhabitants.
Ole’s father is a sail maker, his grandfather a sailor. He has spent most of his life close to the ocean, in constant company of the elements.
The series of photographs his exhibit, Ole Brodersen: Trespassing, Photographs from Lyngør, Norway, on exhibit now at the DeeDee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, are explorations of the landscape and the natural forces that animate it, a press release from the gallery states.
An opening artist’s reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.
“Brodersen strives to convey the experience of being in a landscape rather than simply recording it,” the release states. “He first makes various ‘markers’ – constructing floats, scattering LED lights, sewing flags and kites from sail material, and setting afloat drifting fires and sparklers. Animated by waves, tide, wind and currents, these markers trace out the dynamics of a landscape often imperceptible to the naked eye. In a way, the photographs are made by the landscape.”
Brodersen still lives in Lyngør, working in a darkroom set up in his father’s sail loft. His photographs were last shown at the Scandinavia House in New York City, and is supported by the Norwegian Consulate.
His work has been mentioned by The New Yorker and Harper’s Magazine, and acquired by private and public collections in Norway, Sweden, Serbia, Malawi, the United Arab Emirates and USA. He is a member of Norwegian Society of Fine Art Photographers, Norwegian Visual Artist’s Association and recently received the city of Risør’s art grant.
Dedee Shattuck Gallery is located at 1 Partners Lane, Westport. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
Artist receptions and exhibitions are free and open to the public.