Malene Lundén

Malene is a trained documentary photographer from Sweden and an artist.
The physical centre for Malene is Samsø which she interpretates in the selected pictures below, but she also looks at aesthetics and shapes from around the globe. Malene works with visual art, sculpture and photography and specifically examines human relationships with landscapes and nature as a HERE full of potential.

CAN GOOD AND BAD ART BE DESCRIBED?

– by Artist and Project Manager, Malene Lundén

Former Director of the fine arts museum Aaros, Jens Erik Sørensen, has his own take on how good and bad art can be described. I really like it and therefore have worked with his excellent ‘house’ metaphor here:

Good art is like a large house built with turrets and spires, lots of floors, and balconies with beautiful views of the horizon

This house has many compartments and hidden rooms which are not easily found. It has small details like carved figurines, and masonry with patterns and ornamentation. The house is built with many unexpected layers of craftsmanship so that one’s experience of it is like fireworks or as a work of uncontrolled beauty.

Bad art is like a single level home with a predictable design plan. There are no upper floors, nor is there a cellar.

The garden is placed close to the house in an easily managed square with a tall hedge surrounding it. The house lacks fine details and everything has been produced by machines, completely draining it of subtleties, tradition and craft. The windows and doors are installed and aligned solely for function. The ceiling height is the same in all the rooms. The roof has a slight slope and accommodates only a small attic because of the low ceiling.

Two different artistic descriptions of a single narrative – in this case a house.

Art may also be a room or a house that does not yet have a definitive meaning. Therefore, it is often the case that art frames and promises something to the viewer who experiences it .

Like art, sustainability doesn’t have one set definition. There are many opinions about it and currently there are 17 Sustainable Development Goals

articulated by the United Nations – all of which are ambitious and point to a multitude of paths that could be included in the definition.

I believe that art is an important aspect of everything we surround ourselves with, and therefore Positive Change vows to frame particular art within the world of art.

The first two artists we have chosen this season speak for themselves. One is a man and the other a woman.

And of course remember: Here on the blog we borrow from historical periods and work with form and content that are often juxtaposed with one another.

We don’t want to be the final arbiters of taste on the blog, so please mail us your definition of what art is or isn’t: ml@energiakademiet.dk

 

Enjoy!- Malene

Aleister Crowley

Himalayan mountains’ sepia colored gray.
We know those colors well. I still remember our black and white TV on which I watched cartoons as a child. Its monochrome universe never impaired my image of the world, quite the contrary. The nuances were dancing before my inner eye, and it was only when we first got a colour TV that I became aware of everything that I had not been lacking.

CURATING

Help us promote the beauty of Samsø’s new blog.

The Energy Academy is located on Samsø and has seven employees who live on the island and two who live on the Danish mainland.

The Academy’s work presents a holistic model of community development in terms of the use and consumption of resources worldwide. We advise and inform with regard to: 1. Energy adjustments and optimization; 2. Innovation within sustainable technology and behaviour; 3. Education and capacity building.

Renewable energy and sustainability are not easy to illustrate via pictures, photographs or illustrations. That is why we have gone out of our way to encourage and inspire via art – because we trust that our readers know very well what a wind turbine or heat pump looks like. For example, when we explore the meaning of the word “resilience,” dare we use images of the American painter, Mark Rothko, from his series, “Break Into the Light”? Similarly, Edvard Munchs painting “The Scream” might not be out of place in articles we write about climate change.

That is why we’ve disrupted the current logic of editorial pictures, trusting that you as the reader have the ability to see images as another means to approach topics about sustainability and renewable energy in addition to the scientific and logical approaches.

Malene Lundén ml@energiakademiet.dk

  1. Include the name of the person who created the image
  2. Mention in which period of the image blog’s almanac you would like the picture included
  3. Enter your mobile phone number and we will contact you. Please include your country code.

We’ve formulated five criteria:

Here you can see our almanac:

  1. The images must contain something that amazes or provokes the viewer, and does not necessarily have to support the text, yet should follow the image blogs’s almanac.
  2. There is a visual strategy which is divided into an almanac.
  3. The image must have a minimum size of 20 x 20 cm
  4. The images are a contribution to the blog and may be used by all.
  5. The images can be nominated by and exhibited at Samsø Energy Academy.

1.1-1.4     2017 “Which colour is the Samaritan of colours?”

1.4-1.7     2017 “Why is grey scale far more crucial than and black and white?”

1.7-11.10 2017 “Abstract minimalism”

1.10-1.1   2017 “Objects that are far removed from reality”

We look forward to seeing your creative contributions to our blog!

Best regards,

POSITIVE CHANGE