Mona Orstad Hansen & Geir Egil Bergjord
Galleri Gann, Sandnes
Paintings & photos
I already knew that the photos of Geir Egil Bergjord's concept of photographing important sights through private windows were great, seen at the exhibition at Stavanger kunstmuseum. And I also knew what great colorful abstract paintings Mona Orstad Hansen makes. But I had never thought about combining the two so different styles. They were sure it would work out fine, and they were right. This is 1+1=3. When seeing those two expressions together, I start enjoying the abstract elements in reflections and window frames in the photos, and I sense important sights hidden in the paintings. And the key piece to it all are the prints of a collaboration by both artists, where colors are painted onto photos. Here photo and abstract painting is combined into something hard to define as either abstract or figurative, and that just makes a lot sense. They are passing their style and motives from one to another, and the result is for you to enjoy.