*Banner photo by Janic Heen

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Stefan Forsman

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Stefan Forsman is a true master of communication with animals without bragging or making a show out of it. I can't make you decide on attending one of his brilliant clinics but I can guarantee that if you do
it will be of great, great value for your own individual path.

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Sepp Holzer
is a true master of cultivating constructive relationships between nature and man. His book "The Rebel Farmer" is in my opinion amongst the best books ever written.

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There is a reason why I never use the term Natural Horsemanship and the same reasoning is behind my decision of not using the term ecological agriculture when describing the profession I love. Permaculture is also - in my opinion a confusing term. Stefan who works with animals and Holzer who works with nature are individual beings in the truest sense of the word. Both are doing extremely important actions within their professions - in many ways completely and boldly turning them around - in spite of massive sabotage from a lot of people who also practice within their fields. Yet their results speak for themselves. Why do people not celebrate this?
Kjartan Haug
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Artist: Torkel Arnesen "Marlon D. Kålvik" 1952 - 2010

I´m a knot
From what
is guilt built

What is connecting strength
What is a personal fence
Can reality just be created
or also be bent

How can I care
and be aware of too much
and of fear.

- Kjartan Haug
'' I know it is healthy to have these heroes because of the extremely necessary and important teachings that each of them teaches. What they do is principally simple and makes them messengers of knowledge that moves the most important knowledge that I can think of.''
- Kjartan Haug

*animated gif by FrancesColt

Subjectively important stuff must also include my father ...

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Torkel Arnesen "Marlon D. Kålvik" 1952 - 2010

The following extract wrtten by Samuel Haukenes is from a pamphlet to the exhibition held at Clodion Art Cafe´ in Oslo in 1998. It is translated from Norwegian. It explains well why I include my father and his work on this page as well ...

'' Torkel Arnesen's pictures describe the ever recurring story of our melancholy ways to experience ourselves and our surroundings. Or, the sad but beautiful and unattainable dreams that we all know never will be real. All the longing, lonely, impossible and hopeless sorrows. This topic is bloody difficult, but not impossible to paint with beauty. And with irony. And love. And first of all directed towards women. If you look closer at his pictures, you may find strange and subtle undertones of cosmic jokes. In the deadly serious and in the heat of life's battle.But enough of that.Arnesen works with many techniques, including sculptures in wood. The latter is a way to see a dry piece of wood's magical possibilities in a crossing between Norwegian woodcraft from Hallingdal and Heyerdahl's discovery of the Aku-Aku statues on Easter Island.Torkel started his career by the Mackerel creek in Oslo (also known as Markskillebekken) when The Who performed "My Generation" for thousands at Njårdhallen. Since then he has been the same.And so Wenche comes sliding in elegantly and in purpur.”

Oslo/St. Hanshaugen, november 1998,
Samuel Haukenes

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Artist: Torkel Arnesen "Marlon D. Kålvik" 1952 - 2010

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Artist: Torkel Arnesen "Marlon D. Kålvik" 1952 - 2010

I forbindelse med en utstilling på Clodion Art Cafe' i Bygdøy allé i Oslo i 1998 skrev Samuel Haukenes følgende:

Torkel Arnesen

sine bilder beskriver den stadig tilbakevendende historien om våre melankolske måter å oppleve oss selv og omgivelsene på. Eller de triste, men vakre og uoppnåelige drømmene som vi alle vet ikke kommer til å bli virkelige. Alle de lengtende, ensomme, umulige og håpløse veene. Temaet er for jævlig, men ikke umulig å male med skjønnhet.

Torkel Arnesen "Marlon D. Kålvik" 1952 - 2010

Og med ironi. Og kjærlighet. Fortrinnsvis til kvinnen. Ofte, hvis du kikker nærmere på bildene, kan det hende du oppdager underfundige undertoner og sidespor med kosmisk fleip. I blodig alvor, i livets kamp og hete.
Nok om det.
Arnesen er en av de få norske samtidige billekunstnere som arbeider med håndkolorert tresnitt. Bildene han lager med denne teknikken kan derfor ofte være like i motiv, mens fargeleggingen alltid varierer. Slik kan stemningen, og forståelsen av et billedmotiv, variere sterkt. Omtrent slik en og samme situasjon, et og samme menneske, kan fremstå i mange mange valører og former.
Torkel arbeider med mange teknikker, blant annet skulpturer i tre. De siste er en måte å se et tørt trestykkes magiske muligheter på i en krysning mellom norsk treskjærerkunst fra Hallingdal og Heyerdahls oppdagelse av Aku-Aku statuene på Påskeøya.
Han startet sin karriere på Makrellbekken i Oslo da The Who spilte “My Generation” for tusener i Njårdhallen.
Siden har Torkel vært den samme.
Så kommer Wenche skridende inn i rød purpur.

Oslo/St. Hanshaugen, november 1998,
Samuel Haukenes

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Artist: Torkel Arnesen "Marlon D. Kålvik" 1952 - 2010

Heroes are not someone you must totally agree with I need heroes and I wanna be my own hero along with my other heroes I know I cannot say this!!! It is so wrong to say a thing like that. Makes me wanna say it even louder!!
Kjartan Haug
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Artist: Torkel Arnesen "Marlon D. Kålvik" 1952 - 2010

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Artist: Torkel Arnesen "Marlon D. Kålvik" 1952 - 2010