Oslo's Fornebuporten business and residential district boasts its own sculpture park, Imprints, featuring ceramic works by the Norwegian artist and musician Magne Furuholmen (born 1962). Furuholmen has created totemic sculptures of glazed and unglazed ceramic on an incredible scale--the largest is taller than 19 feet high--and arranged them around the site, placing some in freestanding positions and installing some in granite pools. Playing with and against the sleek modern architecture of the surrounding Fornebuporten complex, the artist chose self-consciously archaic forms (like amphorae, columns and sarcophagi) and traditional materials and techniques in developing "Imprints." The sculptures are covered with words, letters and shapes punched or pushed directly into the material surfaces. Imprintsdocuments this amazing project.
Best known as the keyboarder and writer of the Norwegian pop band A-ha, Magne Furuholmen (born 1962 in Oslo) has devoted increasing time and effort to his painting in recent years. The poetic, bluish-gray works presented in this book are from a series of prints and monotypes predominantly executed in a single color--Payne's Gray. All of the paintings featured here relate to "Past Perfect Future Tense," Furuholmen's first solo album released in September 2004. They represent a kind of personal diary and extended notebook on the CD, and contain textual material found nowhere else. The book's square format was chosen specifically to correspond to the shape of a 12" vinyl album. A selection of images from rehearsals, the album recording session, and the printmaking process is supplemented by photos relating to the paintings, thus rounding out the interesting pictorial narrative.