A bullet-damaged window from an armoured fighting vehicle, bought at a secondhand market in Sofia, has become a point of departure for Eva Berge’s artistic exploration of light and movement. With the window as her lens, the artist has photographed the surroundings of her own home – how is the light altered when penetrating the reflective glass? The armored window reveals itself as a compact house of glass but can also function as an instrument enabling the colors of the light to play.
Printed on paper, the photographs have been manually edited with a black marker by Berge to amplify the light and landscapes reflected through the window. The result being a series of 33 works that explicitly explores how landscape is perceived from the inside of an armoured wagon, whilst they also in a more formal sense show the possibilities that lie in the intersection of light and glass. At BO the series is exhibited together with a selection of other works, made through the same technique, where each work shows real life light phenomena. Through this Berge invites the audience to explore, and by such reflect upon, the many facets of light.
Eva Berge (b. 1956) lives and works in Bærum. She is educated at the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry (1974-1978) and the National Academy of Fine Arts (1980-1984). Berge has had solo exhibitions at Kunstnerforbundet (2008, 2003, 1999, 1995, 1990), Trafo kunsthall (2014), and Oslo domkirke (2012), amongst others. She has also been part of group exhibition at venues such as Bærum kunsthall, Kunstnerforbundet, Kunstnernes hus, Kristiansand kunstforening, and St. Halvards kirke. Her works have been acquired to private and public collections, amongst these the Norwegian National Museum, the Arts Council Norway, Nordiska akvarellmuseet, St. Olavs Hospital, Nordea, DNB, and SSB.