The work Looking for Painting – Following the webcam at the Neumayer Station, Antarctica daily from June 1st to August 10th in painting consists of 63 acrylic paintings. Each painting is 34 x 74 cm and are mounted as a wall installation at Bergen Museum as part of the group exhibition BGO1. (2010)
The paintings depict images from a webcam in the Antarctica. The camera has stopped and repeat the same monotonous image of a frozen window with a small opening revealing the snow outside.
The camera is operated by scientists at the German research-station Neumayer where it usually shows an icy landscape, the horizon and sky. At least during daytime.
Through out the summer of 2010 the webcam image froze, and instead of up-dating every ten minutes, it renderred the same picture over and over again. This was precisely during the period I collected material to paint for the museum exhibition. I had promised the curator to cover one wall with 70 diverse landscape paintings of nights, days, changing weather and distortions. As a painting diary of the summer of 2010 from Atka Bay, painted as it occurs from the webcam images that updates every ten minute.
Instead I started to paint after the same frozen image every day and prosumed it soon would start to produce the usual images of the ice-landscape behind the half fallout window. After over 70 paintings the webcam still produced the same frozen image.
During the process I used Chicken wire as a pattern while painting the window area, and acrylic paint so I could work fast in layers by layers and each painting in one day acts.