29 Jan Art Fair Fridays – Ola Bergengren
Friday has once again come around and both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are excited to share with you our latest collaborative instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.
This week we interviewed the fabulous Ola Bergengren whose photography feels completely immune to the ravages of the status quo. Though rooted in a world of fashion and commercialism, his works feel irreverent and playful…editorial in an way that defies the norm and makes each piece invincible to what’s currently en vogue. Bergengren’s eye for abstraction and whimsy are evident and clearly represented in his stunning portfolio.
How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?
I have been taking pictures since about 1997. Ever since day one my focus has been on still lifes, on a few occassions I’ve tried other things but I always come back to my still lifes.
I am interested in interiors, exteriors and outdoor landscape work as well, but I seldom show much of it unless it’s commissioned work. I’m not interested in the run of the mill interior/exterior/nature photography so if I show any of my own stuff it needs to be related to my other work.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?
I think the best advice I’ve received is to stay close to what I do best. And it’s true! Whenever I stray of the path I get lost and I’m just not very good at doing other stuff.
How would you describe your creative process?
My creative process is very intuitive, I’ve done it for so long now that it just sort of happens. But I suppose I always start with some sort of narrative, I’ve always got some kind of story to tell even if it’s straight forward still lifes. But l think I’m in a way always taking the same picture over and over again. When I was younger I used to look at a lot of other photography and art but only in order to figure out what not to do.
What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
It’s hard to pin point any particular highlight in my career but I suppose the time when I was picked up by Prada to shoot an accessories catalogue for them a long time ago had a great impact on my career, It opened a lot of doors commercially.
What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?
I’m not sure if my work is very much different to a lot of other artists and photographers or if I have a signature style. What maybe sets me aside from many other photographers is the fact that I’m completely uninterested in technical things. I’m not very interested in lighting in terms of doing very advanced lighting, I like to keep it simple. Cameras, lenses and other gadgets doesn’t interest me. What does interest me is the picture and what it says. I can see from a collectors point of view that limited edition, C-prints from color negative has a certain value and I know that a lot of photographers are focusing on this. I suppose that is a creative process, exploring the medium and there is nothing wrong with that, it’s just not my way of working.
No. 1 RH Modern – Concrete Pier Round Dining Table – $4995.00
No. 2 Holt Renfrew – CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Lip Definer – $50.00
No. 3 Indigo – White Marble Clock – $49.50
No. 4 Jonathan Adler – Porcelain Foot Ornament – $11.99
No. 5 Balenciaga – Printed leather high-top sneakers – $695
No. 6 One Kings Lane – Conical Ceiling Light, Stone Gray – $89.00
No. 7 Erik Griffioen Furniture Design – GR-11 Wood – Price Upon Request
No. 8 Forever 21 – Faux Stone Stud Set – $6.90
No. 9 Indigo – Love Looks Not With The Eyes: Thirteen Years With Lee Alexander Mcqueen – $40.00
Modern photography that feels slightly off-kilter and highly editorial (in a conformist way) is my favourite, period, full stop. Ola’s work is completely and utterly my jam and it was near impossible to narrow down my most loved from his portfolio.
Today, these are the ones I’m lusting over most…