PLAY, Part 2
Somehow I forgot to mention that while in Norway, I was able to do my most favorite of all activities: going out into the world, pausing to think, and fill a few dozen pages of sketchbooks. This is so innate to my daily practice, I don’t even think to mention it in regards to the idea of “play,” but it perhaps is just that. It allows my mind space.
The below pages, a selection of a few pages made over the last few weeks, finds me meditating on my lifelong struggle with the question of whether or not to re-locate to Oslo permanently; wrestling with the two paths laid before me of either ethical struggle or salvation.
While there, I formulated a plan to make a body of work on the subject, consisting of sketches from a tour of both places in my life, artworks, photography, and writing on the time wasted in paralysis before dichotomy; as I sit and mull the two paths laid before me and the different lives, each of them becomes shorter.
But I don’t know, I’m not sure there’s not much to that, being such a personal narrtive, that is relative to design or VCFA.
WHAT “OLD BOOKS” MEANS IN A 1,000 YEAR OLD CITY
Additionally, I was able to finally make it inside the 150-year-old Norli Antikværer bookseller. There, my experience as a letterpress typesetter and knowlege about historical typographic printing technologies allowed for a very productive conversation with the owner, who let me in to the restricted conservator’s section to look at, hold, and examine the rare and ancient books— some over 400 years old! Too good not to mention. I obtained two books from ca. 1870s, one a collection of writings and sketches from an english artist who toured scandinavia in the mid 1860s, and the other a Norwegian touring manual in Norwegian, complete with dozens of fold out maps and plates.