Et gensyn med Tigerfrisen

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For et par dage siden havde jeg besøg af den dynamiske Søren Dahl fra radioprogrammet Café Hack.
I 2002 udsmykkede jeg caféen, som er tilknyttet Aarhus teater, med en 15 m. lang frise. Det var rart at høre hvor glad Søren Dahl var, for at se på det store billede, når hans udsendelser blev sendt inde fra caféen, og det gav mig lyst til selv at gense den. I 2007 deltog jeg selv i en af Søren Dahls udsendelser fra Café Hack, men siden da har jeg ikke været på caféen.

Det var en dejlig og super god oplevelse at gense frisen, og samtidig hørte jeg at mange af de gæster der kom på caféen, roste udsmykningen.

I år 1900 åbnede “Theaterrestauranten” på hjørnet, i Aarhus Teaters Bygning. Det var dengang arkitekten Hack Kampman der indrettede lokalerne og maleren/billedhuggeren Karl Hansen-Reistrup udførte en meget lang frise bestående af vilde dyr, som en fresco i hele restauranten. Rummet har i løbet af de sidste 100 år været brugt til mange forskellige formål og det har været en af årsagerne til billedfrisens  undergang. Dog er der bevaret et ca. 3 m. langt og 1 m. højt fragment. Dette forestiller en tiger der står med blikket rettet mod vinranker med drueklaser øverst i billedet.

Efter at have været lukket i mange år, genopstod den gamle teatercafé i 2002 under navnet Café Hack. Det var Arkitekt Mads Møller, fra C.F. Møllers Tegnestue, der genopbyggede den, og den er nu indrettet således at baren er placeret foran en 15 m. lang væg. Fragmentet af den gamle frise er placeret øverst til venstre på væggen og min opgave var at fortsætte frisen med en nyfortolkning, således at den ældre del blev bevaret og integreret i den nye version, på en måde der tydeligt viser hvad der er hvad.

Da jeg malede frisen var jeg optaget af en fortælling af den græske filosof Plutatch, som jeg lod mig inspirere af til dette maleri.

En meget mere uddybende forklaring på dette motiv, kan ses på min tidligere hjemmeside. Klik først på: UDSMYKNINGER og derefter på linket: AARHUS TEATER.

http://www.uffechristoffersen.dk/Dansk/Index_udsmyk.htm

Nye fotos af frisen, taget i denne uge, kan ses på min hjemmeside:
http://www.uffechristoffersen.net/Uffe_Christoffersen/BIENVENUE.html

Jeg ønsker jer en rigtig  en god  sommer,

Mange hilsener

UFFE

 

COMPUTER ART

01. Tigre i landskab. 26,5x36 cm. www.uffechristofferen.net
01. Tigre i landskab. 26,5×36 cm. http://www.uffechristofferen.net

 

02. Sandokan. 36x26,5 cm.www.uffechristoffersen.net
02. Sandokan. 36×26,5 cm.
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03. Tegning. 36x26,5 cm. 2013.  www.uffechristoffersen.net
03. Tegning. 36×26,5 cm. 2013. http://www.uffechristoffersen.net

 

07. Tiger leap. 36 x 26.5 cm. 2013.www.uffechristoffersen.net
07. Tiger leap. 36 x 26.5 cm. 2013.
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NYTÅR 2013

 

PDF-Katalog, www.uffechristoffersen.net
PDF-Katalog, http://www.uffechristoffersen.net

HERMED ØNSKES ALLE ET SUPER GODT NYTÅR I 2013

Jeg er lige blevet færdig med et PDF-katalog, hvor jeg har skrevet  “Om at holde tigre”, 

“To hunt the Tiger,
you must first hunt the Tiger in yourself,
and to do that,
you first make certain that the Tiger is not hunting you.” Mochtar Lubis.

Kataloget er illustreret med 10 tigre udført på min computer, som jeg kalder Computer Art, de er en nytårshilsen til dem der modtager mit månedlige nyhedsbrev 🙂

Som barn har man ofte mange drømme og vilde ønsker, men som oftest finder man efterhånden ud af, at en del af dem er urealistiske, og derfor umulige at føre ud i livet.

Det er få der stædigt prøver at gennemføre deres vildeste barndomsdrømme.
En af undtagelserne, var en sydfransk, pensioneret jernbanearbejder, som bor i en mindre bjerglandsby, omkring 30 km. fra det sted hvor jeg bor. Han havde hele sit liv sparet sammen for at kunne realisere sin barndomsdrøm, nemlig at eje et par tigre. Da han blev pensioneret, besluttede han at føre dette projekt ud i livet, han ville købe to tigre, som han kunne have i sin baghave…læs mere ved at klikke på dette link

Hvis linket ikke virker er adressen her:
http://www.uffechristoffersen.net/Uffe_Christoffersen/UDSTILLINGER_files/Om%20at%20holde%20tigre%20af%20Uffe%20Christoffersen%202013.pdf  

Mange Hilsener

UFFE

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Om at holde tigre

PDF-Katalog, www.uffechristoffersen.net
PDF-Katalog, http://www.uffechristoffersen.net

PDF-Katalog

Er lige blevet færdig med et nyt PDF-Katalog over de billeder jeg vil gå i gang med. Kan bedst lide at have en arbejdsplan der består af billeder og tekst som udgangspunkt. Derved kan jeg male målrettet med den klare idé som baggrund.  –Hvor billederne skal udstille når de bliver færdige ved jeg ikke ikke endnu. –Man kan downloade mit nye PDF-Katalog 🙂

TIGEREN ER PÅ JULESJOV I GALERIE BIRCH

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I ønskes alle en rigtig glædelig jul og et super godt nytår !

Her går det rigtig godt.
Jeg stødte på dette citat af Kierkegaard, som jeg synes er meget rigtigt, da jeg næsten hver dag går mine lange morgenture i naturen, og bliver inspireret til nye farverige og positive malerier:
»Tab for Alt i Livet ikke Lysten til at gaae. Jeg gaaer mig hver Dag det daglige Velbefindende til og gaaer fra enhver Sygdom; jeg har gaaet mig mine bedste Tanker til, og jeg kjender ingen Tanke saa tung, at man jo ikke kan gaae fra den. Nægter Nogen, at Bevægelsen er til: saa gjør jeg som Diogenes, saa gaaer jeg. Negter Nogen, at Sundheden er i Bevægelsen, saa gaaer jeg fra alle sygelige Indvendinger. Naar man saaledes bliver ved at gaa, saa gaar det nok!«.
(Kierkegaard)
Jeg er så heldig at være blevet inviteret med til Galerie Birchs juleudstilling i år. Ejeren af galleriet, Anette Birch, var sidst på sommeren her, for at besøge os og for at se på mine malerier. Det lod til at hun syntes vældig godt om dem.
Anette Birch skriver i sin indbydelse:
TIGEREN ER PÅ JULESJOV I GALERIE BIRCH

“Kære alle,

Det vil glæde os at byde dem velkommen til julesjov i galleriet lørdag den 15. december kl. 11-15.
Helt nye værker af Uffe Christoffersen i størrelser lige til at komme under træet.
Kom ind i varmen og nyd de smukke omgivelser – børn er også hjertelig velkomne!
Vi glæder os til at ønske dem god jul.
Venlig hilsen,
Anette Birch”
Fotos fra ophængningen, samt adresse og åbningstider, kan ses på min hjemmeside,
Man kan også se mine fire helt nye flotte stentryk, samt de tegninger jeg er i gang med til nye malerier 🙂
Mange glade julehilsener
fra
Uffe

Tegninger til akvareller

03.-Vinstoksort.-Noir-de-vigne

Hver gang jeg begynder at male nye billeder, ville jeg ønske at jeg  bare kunne fortsætte der hvor jeg slap sidst ved det forrige projekt, men det viser sig altid at det er umuligt at gøre. Jeg må altid begynde forfra, skabe det nye projekt ud fra de ting jeg kender, for derefter at bore mig længere ind i “stoffet” og derved komme videre elller male noget der er anderledes end det jeg har malet.

Jeg vil tro at det er svært for en udenforstående at fatte, da jeg “bare” maler tigre og mange gange tilsyneladende det samme motiv som jeg har malet før. Jeg har aldrig haft behov for at finde andre motiver, måske fordi jeg ikke synes at jeg er kommet så langt med mine studier, at der har været anledning til at begynde på et nyt.

 

Med det projekt jeg lige er startet på, vil jeg gå ud fra nogle grundige arbejdstegninger, som jeg vil lave i den kommende tid. Samtidig vil jeg tænke på at de kan være grundlæggende for et akvarelstudie, jeg kan bruge til nye malerier.

Ideen om at begynde med tegninger der er mere end bare skitser, har jeg fra mit arbejde med de fire nye stentryk. Til dem lavede jeg en gennemarbejdet arbejdstegning til hvert tryk, og jeg syntes det hjalp mig meget til at få  klarhed i arbejdsforløbet.

 

Akvarelmaleriet minder mig om arbejdet med stentrykket, for hver gang man påfører en farve, er der ikke ret meget man kan rette, bordet fanger.

Det er derfor det er så vigtigt at vide hvad man vil inden man starter med billedet, og det er her arbejdstegningen kommer ind i billedet. På en tegning kan man tegne og viske ud i næsten en uendelighed…

 

Se mine fire nye stentryk HER>>

THE FOUR LIMESTONE–TIGERS

I just finished four lithography, which I call THE FOUR LIMESTONE–TIGERS, because it is a method for printing using a stone (lithographic limestone 🙂

TIGER 1. 43×54 cm. 2012

 

TIGER 2. 54×38 cm. 2012

 

 

TIGER 3.   43×54 cm. 2012

 

 

TIGER 4. 54×38 cm. 2012

 

 

THE FOUR LIMESTONE–TIGERS

 

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A. TIGER

 

A. TIGER. 55×46 cm. 2012. www.uffechristoffersen.net

Tiger Frieze in Café Hack

Tiger Frieze in Café Hack

In 1900 the Theatre Restaurant opened in a corner of Århus Theatre’s building. It was the architect Hack Kampmann who designed the rooms and the painter and sculptor Karl Hansen-Reistrup who completed a very long frieze consisting of wild animals as a fresco in the whole restaurant. The room has been put to many different uses during the last 100 years and this has been one of the causes of the degradation of the frieze. However a fragment 3 metres long by 1 metre high remains. This depicts a tiger with its gaze fixed on some vine ranker with clusters of grapes at the top of the picture.

Café Hack has now been reopened, designed by the architect Mads Møller from C F Møller’s Architect Group, so that the bar is situated in front of a 15 metre long wall. The fragment of the old frieze is situated at the top left of the wall and it was my job to continue the frieze in a new interpretation, so that the old piece was retained and integrated in the new version, in a way that shows clearly which part is which. Some sketches and photos of Hansen-Reistrup’s animal frieze still exist.

They depict tigers and lions in harmonious union enjoying life and eating grapes. It is almost a state of paradise created to give the café room a distinguished style and create an idyllic mood. Zoologically no traces have ever been found of wild lions in Asia, nor wild tigers in Africa. It is absolutely impossible for the two animal kings, being equally strong, to tolerate each other – and by the way neither of them eats grapes!

Inspired by the combination of tigers and grapes in the café’s frieze I couldn’t help thinking about the Greek legend related by Plutarch about Dionysus (or Bacchus, the power of nature and the god of wine)

Plutarch explains that Dionysius was madly in love with an Asiatic princess, Alphesibée.  One day when the princess was out walking with her companions, she caught sight of a large tiger coming towards them, which started to play. The tiger, who was Dionysius in disguise, quickly managed to separate the princess from her companions.  He chased the beauty until they reached the River Sollax and she could no longer flee from him. The tiger offered to take the princess on its back, but jumped into the river with her and swam to the opposite bank….

They had many offspring and the river was named after the nymph and the tiger. It was called the Tigris. With this inspirational starting point I now had a motivation for painting the 15 metre long frieze with Karl Hansen-Reistrup’s remaining fragment integrated in the fable.

In the original frieze Karl Hansen-Reistrup has with natural ease used earth colours to paint the ochre-coloured animals, because most animals of prey are these colours, apart from the dark stripes or spots.

Earth colours and their use up through the ages have always fascinated me. The oldest paintings we know of are cave paintings created over 25,000 years ago. These spectacular animal pictures are painted with ochre colours in so powerful a style that even today they make a great impression on present day humans. Recently, not more than 30 kilometres from where I live in the South of France, subterranean caves have been found full of animal pictures. In one of the caves there is a long frieze with lots of lion /tiger heads painted with a single earth colour in a powerful calligraphic style. The name “ochre” is thought to derive from the Greek “ochos” meaning “sallow” or “pale yellow” actually rather a misnomer as ochre colours often possess enormously powerful colours. The raw material, which mainly consists of clay, coloured by yellow, red or reddish-brown iron compounds, is to be found in larger or smaller amounts all over the world. They can vary considerably, for example, from the yellow or yellowish-brown Italian Terra di Sienna, to the red or reddish-brown Spanish ochre. Actually the colours differ not only from geographical location to location but also within the individual location.

In the large ochre pits in this area a great variation of colour can be seen, from pale pink over greenish, yellow and orange nuances, to the deepest red and dark violet – caput mortuum. The strong sunlight which shines on the yellow or reddish yellow slopes causes them to shine brilliantly as a great contrast to the cerulean blue of the sky. The dark green pine trees that grow in this area are covered with a fine layer of ochre dust, which is whirled up constantly by the wind, so that it almost disguises the vegetation’s natural colour scheme. But first and foremost it is the richness of colour tones in the ochre material itself that is important and which inspires me in my painting.

In the sun the ochre colours can almost reach the same intensity as the synthetic yellow, orange and red cadmium colours, while they become subtle yellowy brown colours in the shade. In the same way the tiger’s yellowish brown coat shines in the sun, while it blends with the surroundings in the shadow because of its combination of stripes and subtle colours. This is in reality an interaction which suits this temperamental beast well.

One thing is what one sees and experiences in nature, it is something else completely when one is standing in front of the easel having to translate these often contrasting ideas or feelings into images. One has to penetrate into the subject matter itself and thus find out what one really want to do. Therefore I have started on the job in Café Hack with great enthusiasm, – a 15 metre long challenge with a built-in  traditional fragment in earth colours.

The way I use earth colours is an attempt at using them as one sees them and experiences them in nature in different lights. Through systematic studies I have discovered a way to compensate for the weakening of the colours which occurs when the paint comes into the studio in the form of a tube, out of which a brown substance can be squeezed onto the palette. My experiments have included the theory of colour, pigments, fixing agents and undercoat colours.

If one studies the frieze from left to right one sees Karl Hansen-Reistrup’s tiger fragment as a starting point. To mark in a clear way the transition to the new part I have placed to the right of it a standing blue tiger, seen from the front as a vertical movement in the picture. Further to the left Dionysius can be seen as a tiger with Alphesibée on its back.

The red tiger in the middle of the frieze is on its way towards Dionysius looking back towards the other active tigers. If the Dionysius figure symbolises the artificial, the disguised, the theatrical, then this tiger depicts the observer which approaches the picture to see better and therefore to understand his fellow humans , – or tigers!

The five tigers in the right hand half of the frieze move in the picture in such a way that creates a figure of eight movement and represent the active and positive life-principle, as an echo of Bacchus’s festive amorous scene. The picture can also be studied from right to left, as on the far right of the frieze I have placed a large yellow tiger head facing left. The difference in size between this head and the other figures accentuates the space in the picture. It is coming out at you and welcomes you in a festive way. It lures you into the picture.

The room itself, which is decorated very tastefully, is dominated by a red ochre colour on the walls. Painted with a technique going right back to the Greek wall paintings (Encaustic), where one mixes melted wax into the colour pigment, which is then smoothed to an even, beautiful, living surface. The Romans later adopted this technique (Stucco lustro) which was used in the Pompeian wall paintings. This very beautiful and characteristic red colour (Pompeian red) gives a positive sounding board in the room to set off the various ochre colours in the frieze. These two colours interplay eminently, where the red surface is smooth and calm in contrast to the frieze which, being painted on canvas, has a more structured surface with different colour vibrations.

As the frieze is situated high up on the wall, I have allowed the animals to look diagonally down on the audience to created further contact. In this way it is my hope and desire that the people in the theatre café should experience something that is different and special for this place. For my own part I love to just sit and look at the picture and allow my thoughts to fly, and this picture gives one ample reason to do so, in my opinion.

 

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Yellow

YELLOW

Whether it be intense, powerful, so sharp that is screams out, or wide and dazzling as molten metal, yellow is the most informative and most burning color. It is difficult to extinguish and breaks all the bonds one tries to tie it down with.

The sun’s rays break through the azure of heaven and show the power of the divine sphere above: Amongst the Aztecs’ gods, Huitzilopochtli, who is the victorious warrior and the god of the midday sun, is always painted yellow and blue in the pictures.

Yellow is the masculine colour, which brings light and life into the yellow/blue duo, and cannot be made dark. It has such a tendency to remain light, that no dark yellow exists. Yellow is therefore closely related to white. It brings youth, strength and youthful eternity.

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