The lush rural Norwegian landscape comes alive under the creative direction of conceptual artist Rune Guneriussen. Using lamps, books and other stacked objects, Guneriussen transforms the countryside.
Electric lamps and neatly arranged books go from inanimate objects to living herds crowding between trees and around streams in his dreamy landscape art.
In an interview with Scandinavia Standard, the artist explains the role nature plays in his work:
“Ever since childhood nature has been a big part of my life through observing it, living in it, and most importantly, by keeping the feeling of being part of it. I have stated this many times. I feel that many people have drifted away from the connection with nature. People started losing the understanding of how important nature is to their own survival – despite tech revolutions. I refuse to be a part of this development. I will fight to be part of nature.”
Guneriussen creates his photographic works without any digital manipulation, actually putting these common household objects out in nature to photograph them as though he were catching wildlife in its natural habitat.
With titles like “A Capacity to Breed and Recover” and “An Upward Displacement,” the photos are indeed meant to invoke that sense of looking in on a seldom-seen corner of nature.
Replacing living beings with man-made ones in these pieces seems to suggest that Guneriussen sees the planet’s wildlife being replaced with technology.
However, the artist’s gentle and sentimental treatment of his subjects also suggests that he is able to see the merit and the beauty in these artificial objects.
“Rune Guneriussen, born 1977, in Norway. Education from Surrey Institute of Art & Design in England. Live and work in eastern Norway. Is an artist working in the transition between installation and photography. As a conceptual artist he works site specific, primarily in nature.The work on objects started in 2005, and has been photographed on locations all over Norway.”
“It is not as much photography as it is about sculpture and installation. The long one man work on a large scale installation is a process triggering the artistic genome. This process involves the object, story, space and most important the time it is made within. It is an approach to the balance between nature and human culture, and all the sub-levels of our own existence. The work is made solely on site, and the photographs represents the reality of the installation itself.”