「Basically I always wanted to make art about my surroundings.」 Meet Danish artist Tal R in his studio for a talk about a new series of paintings featuring his hometown Copenhagen.
Tal Rosenzweig was born in Israel in 1967, but grew up in Copenhagen. In this video he presents a series of pictures about places in Copenhagen, that he 「rhymes on」 – places, that are familiar to him and that in a way only exist, because he personally relates to them.
Painting something so close to you is on the one hand too simple, on the other hand completely impossible, Tal R states in this interview. 「But there is also something magical about, that people can take their bike and look at the places, I have painted」. In the video, Tal R talks about four paintings which are especially close to him, starting with the picture 「Sortedam」, that gave the Copenhagen-series it’s title. All motives capture a special moment, which sometimes only exists for a second, Tal R states. 「I look at all these places, as though they will disappear at any second.」 In that sense the series also becomes a dialogue between the living inhabitants of Copenhagen and the dead, whose lives and shadows are still a part of the city.
Tal R was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner.
Camera: Jakob Solbakken
Edited by: Jakob Solbakken
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner, 2013
Music: EKKO and Leonard Cohen
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Supported by Nordea-fonden