ESPEN TOLLEFSEN


Landscapes feature prominently in Espen Tollefsen’s photographs and projects. Observing and interpreting familiar landscapes, whether natural or cultural, is a recurring motif in his work. “The large in the small, and the small in the large” may also serve as an approach to reading his projects.

Tollefsen’s desire to challenge the cycloptic one-point perspective of the camera – a perspective that is at odds with how our two eyes actually perceive our surroundings – has motivated his work on photographic collages. These collages seek to challenge how we see a familiar landscape: what we see and what we perceive are two different things.

In his photographic macroworks Tollefsen is mostly interested in perceptions of landscapes, weather, or lighting. By taking minute details from what is for him a familiar landscape and blowing them up to large-scale formats, he manages to create new rooms and interpretations. Tollefsen also uses a combination of new printing techniques and older crafts such as sandblasting and enamel painting in order to transfer these details and motifs to glass, thereby creating further layers and even further interpretations.

Tollefsen has contributed to a number of private and public decoration projects, in which his collages become part of an architectural context and expand the various rooms in different ways. He is a photographer and artist who splits his time between Oslo and the island of Andøya in the High North.

In Oslo, Espen Tollefsen is affiliated with the Lavetthuset studio collective at Hovedøya. In Andøy, he is part of the artist-run gallery and studio Atelier Nøss.
He is also a member of the Association of North Norwegian Visual Artists (NNBK), FFF and the Association of Norwegian Visual Artists (NBK)..

Kontakt und weitere Infos: www.espentollefsen.no


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The landscapes of Vesterålen have a strong presence in Tollfesens work. The minutely observed and interpreted landscapeappears repeatedly in his oeuvre. The sense of seeing ’the great in the small and the small in the great’ gives an entry into the reading of his photography.

In his large scale work on glass, Tollefsen is concerned with the sense of a landscape, the appreciation of weather and the feeling of light. Scaling up the small details of a landscape that is so familiar to him into a large format creates potential for new interpretations. Further layers are created through the translation of these details and motifs onto glass, using printing techniques combined with traditional craft skills such as sandblasting and hand enamelling.

Tollefsen has produced two large scale works so far with Glasmalerei Peters in Paderborn.The first is installed in the St. Konrad Pfarrkirche in Falkensee near Berlin, where Tollefsen won a competition to complete a new glass wall in the renovated church. The second project is the glass recently installed in the new hospital chapel in the North of Norway.
In the later work, Tollefsen has developed a technique with Peters which combines digital print photography with enamelling, sandblast and etching. In this project they have worked with three layers of glass to create extra depth and dimensionality. The enamel colour, applied with airbrush, adds further intensity to the colours. Sandblast and etching applied to details strengthens the highlights in the motifs, and is particularly effective as the light through the glass changes.


The motifs in the design include small details of branches, straw and heather, photographed backlit, with minimal depth. These are again enlarged several thousand percent. The blurred areas and reflections suggest new landscapes and abstractions. These abstract landscapes are perfectly served by the new combined techniques.

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