Baer – Opið Hús

Tomorrow is my last day here at Baer before Sandra and I take off for a week of traveling around Iceland. Its very sad to be leaving what has come to feel like a second home. Our host Steinunn Jónsdóttir, her husband Finnur and the great team here (Eiðer, Bjarnveig, Sunna, Símon and Símon Jr.) have been so welcoming, accommodating and generous over these last four weeks. All of us feel like part of a large extended family.

Last night we enjoyed a big ‘Open House’ where hundreds of local folk came out to enjoy Baer hospitality and to see what we’ve been up to. Everyone was very interested, engaged, curious and complimentary. I had printed up a selection of the series of images I have been working on and displayed them in the ‘barn’. My studio had many of the images in process, as well as my ‘book’ project in process.

Seeing the images full size for the first time.

The pin-board in my studio

The final knolling of precious finds from the shoreline. And my ‘bærnjo’ to the left.

It was great to see everyone else’s studio. We’ve been aware of what each other has been up to but it was exciting to see how much work everyone had done and to think about the connections and different perspectives we’ve all had.

Tove’s spontaneous watercolor musings

Tove’s 10ft tall fabric, fish leather and pigment collages.

Linda’s 20ft long mutli-media drawing on crumpled printmaking paper

detail

Diana’s intriguing nature table including her paper-wrapped rocks and flayed rock skins.

Rock skin – kozo paper laid over stones when wet and then worked with charcoal, and local natural iron pigments.

I enjoyed the resonance between Diana and Linda’s work and also with the series of rock surface investigations by Mark with his large format view camera.

The one person who’s work I can’t included is Mark. All of his work is on 4×5″ plates and 120 rolls awaiting processing – he’s had two special deliveries of more film from NY in the last two weeks to maintain his habit. I’m really looking forward to seeing the 4×5’s. The best way to get some idea of Mark Hartman’s work is to see some of his snappy images on instagram.

On my next post I’ll go into a bit more detail about my final project – the ‘book’.

2 Comments

  1. I’ve been SO enjoying your posts during the past few weeks and can’t believe its almost (or is) over! I’m sure you must feel the same. I’ll be very interested to see what came of your time there … LOVED the idea of the meat drying shed as a musical instrument!

    And yes, I had to look up “crepuscular”, but in fact I am also a big fan of crepuscular landscapes! So. I will look forward to seeing your “book”. I know because you keep putting the word book in parentheses means it will be a beautiful thing around the concept of “book”.

    Thanks also for sharing the other artists’ work! More bookmarks to add to my list.

    Hope you & Sandra have a great time in Iceland!

    Reply

    1. Lisa. Thanks for responding. You would love it here. It often reminds me of the landscapes of Northern California but then something shifts and I see that I’m not in Kansas anymore – if you know what I mean! The last two days we’ve had cold low fog blowing in from the North – very NorCal. Today dawns warm, bright and clear with snow capped ranges all round and not a cloud in the sky. A nice gift for my last day.

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