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The Artists at Viggo-Works

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Today we feature four of our artists in residence at Viggo-Works. I think your will find their work to be stunning, to say the least.

Stay tuned. In the next few days we will feature our painters with more photographers to come as well.

Enjoy the artistic adventure!


© NoClockThing. Used by permission.

"Enjoy browsing through my selection of postcards. I offer some of my landscape photography, and plan to add art photography in the future. All postcards are printed on 280g/m2 carton with a glossy surface. I use offset printing on all postcards."

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Airwin Art & Designs

© Airwin Art & Design. Used by permission.

"I have always had a love of photography and graphic design. Only in recent years did I start to get more serious about my hobby. I started to "see" the world around me in a different way, I am pleased to be able to share some of my views with you at Airwin Art & Designs.

You can follow me in several places online:"

Facebook Fan Page
Squidoo Lens
Airwin Art & Design Blog

Singing Phoenix Designs

© Singing Phoenix Designs. Used by permission.

"So, how did I get into this? It's all my friend Maria's fault. She got into lampworking because she does living history and researches Viking culture. The Vikings loved beads and made them from many mediums, including glass. Lampworking is an ancient art that was originally done in oil lamps. If you add oxygen to a flame, it gets hotter, so with special lamps they were able to work the glass. Lampworking is a small glass art worked in a single flame."

You can see samples of my work on my website, and you can purchase things in my Etsy shop

Lasgalen Arts

© Lasgalen Arts. Used by permission.

"I love the abstract. The randomness of abstract in photography can be planned or not.

Many of my abstract photographs were created by a process called "tossing". It means what it implies. Tossing is done by setting the camera's shutter speed at a slower speed and then tossing the camera in the air to capture what ever it can in it's confused state. Many find the outcome pleasing. You'll also see long exposure timed images and lastly, glimpses of moments skewed by perspective."

My personal photographer's gallery

Lasgalen Arts the store.

© Images © NoClockThing, Airwin Art & Designs, Singing Phoenix Designs, Lasgelan Arts.

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The Anguish of Loving in Hell

Translation by Ollie, Rio and Zooey
Source: Diario de Sevilla
Categories: Reviews
As promised, here is a translation of the wonderful review from Diario de Sevilla. Many thanks to Ollie, Rio and Zooey for translating this one.
Image Macall Polay.
© 2929/Dimension Films.
By Carlos Colón

The photography by Javier Aguirresarobe and the production design by Chris Kennedy create a world as it has never been seen before in cinema. Only to the paintings of a Bosco, a Signorelli or a Membling has it been granted to depict hell, the eclipse of reason, the unfolding of evil, madness and desperation as alluded to or done explicitly in this film, through traces (blood in a bathroom or on the snow, iron and hooks, off-camera screams) or presences (the pained and suffering bodies of the unfortunate wretches locked up to supply meat to their executioners.) Only to Caspar David Friedrich has the power been given to represent in his paintings, Eichweld Abbey, Evening, Run Aground Under the Moonlight, Winter, Cloister or Cemetery in the Snow, the frozen desolation of death transformed in landscapes of twisted dry trees, ruins and skies forever grey. Aguirresarobe and Kennedy achieve it, as well as keeping as background over the apocalyptic landscapes the sustained notes of other documented horrors - the extermination camps, the devastation of Hiroshima.

Photography and production design are key elements to immersing ourselves for something more than an hour and a half, without providing a respite of light, in a world ravaged by a catastrophe whose origin is not explained. In that devastated world, always dark, and almost always rained on, frequently shaken by storms and earthquakes, plunged into a silence broken only by the crashing of collapsing dead trees , all plant and animal life has vanished. Only a few beings remain, those who are ceasing to be human and a few human beings in the true sense of the word. The former are organizing in gangs to survive as cannibals. The latter barely survive fleeing from the former feeding themselves with the few remains of food they find.

Among these are the main characters: a father and his son. They have no names, like everyone in the film. They have lost them, as they have wife and mother, home, and even the memories of past happiness that are fading like heartbeats spaced farther and farther apart. It is important to know that the son was born after the unknown apocalypse, against the will of his mother and by his father's wish. And this powerful choice of life, this almost irrational willing of his son to be born in a world that is a nightmare to live in, is the one thing that years later helps him continue his journey in search of the coast, to defend his son against all dangers, to the point of teaching him how to use the gun to commit suicide if he falls in the hands of cannibals.

Because this dark, harsh, cruel, and distressing to watch film, which manages to maintain tension throughout its length as few have done, is also - and above all, I would say - a tragic song of hope against every reason to be hopeless, of love of life when death seems preferable and, above all, of paternal love. And, along with that, the expression of a moving longing for the sacred (the cross open to the sky in the ruined church), the beautiful (the evocation of the Bach violin sonata), and the good (the encounter with the old man portrayed by Robert Duvall, the final shot), which made life humanly liveable.

Viggo Mortensen constructs a monumental figure of a father confronted with the anguish of keeping his son alive in a world into which he has brought him against all reason. His anguish is the measure of his desperation, and his desperation the measure of his love. John Hillcoat has constructed a masterpiece - an extremely difficult one to watch - from the novel of the pessimist Cormac McCarthy, whose disturbing No Country for Old Men was adapted by the Coen brothers. And he has achieved what is perhaps the best science-fiction movie since 2001 and Tarkovski's Stalker, Solaris and Sacrifice trilogy. Everything rings true in it. The hunger, the loneliness, the fear, the desperation, the sobs of the child - what exceptional acting from the little Kodi Smit-McPhee! - the tearing apart of the father... The Academy has covered itself in shame by preferring Cameron's three-dimensional puppets.

© Diario de Sevilla. Images © 2929/Dimension Films.

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New Scans from Spain

Source: El Pais & Pantalla Seminal.
Found By: Viggo Mortensen y alrededores forum
Once again, our mega thanks to the Viggo Mortensen y alrededores forum for graciously sharing these scans with all of us.

Click on scans to enlarge.

El Pais


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Viggo Mortensen: "In some scenes, I felt like I could die."

Translation by Zooey and Ollie
Source: Las Provincias
Many thanks to Zooey and Ollie for translating the Viggo interview at Las Provincias.
Image Macall Polay.
© 2929/Dimension Films.
In the world of North American literature and modern cinema, the name of Cormac McCarthy is synonymous with quality. This brilliant author has penned novels that translate into Oscar-winning films like No Country for Old Men and premiering this week in Spain, The Road. The film, directed by John Hillcoat and starring Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron and Robert Duvall, centers on the dangerous journey to the coast of a father (Mortensen) and his twelve year old son. The Road takes place in an apocalyptic world filled with threats for its lead characters.

What attracted you to this film?

It's a love story as well as an endurance contest. Father and son dare to set out on a very difficult journey and it is the father who learns more from the son and not the reverse. I like that lesson because it's not important how badly things are going if, in the end, something good happens. The story that the film presents is noble, simple and very clear. I believe that one has to see the film to understand it and that each person will come to his own conclusion.

Your character tries to teach his son how he should act as a person. Have you been in that situation?

In simple things. Children tend to be shy and many times don't ask questions. As for my son, I have tried to instill in him that he should be frank and direct, to look in the eyes of the person he's speaking to even when he's giving his order for a pizza in the restaurant. Once you learn to be a good person, you want your father to be one too and if your father betrays you, you get angry and it is that transition that is very well represented in this film.

This film seems strenuous. Did you end up tired?

Yes. To be honest, that was the most difficult thing, the physical part. I want to say that I have participated in films that have been filmed in locations with extreme temperatures of cold and heat, but nothing like this film, where the environment is a consistent character. In some scenes, I felt like I could die, but that helped me create the character.

What was it that bothered you the most?

The intensity. From the trees to the waterfalls. The weather turned into a character because as the director said so well, we had no need for special effects. What the audience sees is what we saw.

What's the purpose of almost losing your life for a film?

It shouldn't be exaggerated. It was an exhausting physical exercise and we made it that way because we wanted to be true to the book on which the film is based.

Is it true that you are thinking of retiring?

No, not all. I don't know where the press gets those ideas. I have no plans to retire because I like acting and telling stories. It is true that I have other interests like my family, my photography exhibitions and my publishing company.

How do you deal with your status as a Hollywood star?

It's strange. For 22 years, I was making films that didn't pay me enough to live on and I couldn't make it to the end of the month, but I enjoyed the acting as much as I do now.

Do you mean that fame has its inconveniences?

On the one hand, it's an honor, because people really admire your work and appreciate what you do, but obviously it's an invasion of your privacy. If I sit down with you having a beer and someone comes up and says to me "Excuse me for bothering you, but" - and they bother you, that seems at the very least strange to me. Does that make sense? Your first reaction as a human being would be to get annoyed, but then you adapt to a new situation and you deal with it diplomatically. Let's say, you get used to it. I'm not going to hit anyone who comes to ask me for an autograph.

What is it that annoys you?

Injustice annoys me, when it's done to me or done to others. It's something that makes me mad, whether as an individual or part of society.

I don't tolerate lack of honesty either, or truths that are used for manipulation. Selfish people or those who don't care about the environment annoy me.

And politicians?

Politicians annoy me with great frequency.

Your son is an adult. As a father, has your relationship changed with him?

I get along really well with my son. He doesn't get irritated about anything and is very reasonable. Sometimes I ask myself how he can be so calm, so sure of himself. My son is a great guy that I feel very proud of.

You are not very conventional, the kind of artist who is known to be different, even walking barefoot through the city. It seems that it's not important to you what people think of you?

Today I am wearing shoes and I've gotten dressed for the interview.

Yes, I worry about what other people say, but it's true that I keep a lot to myself. I walk without shoes because it's more comfortable. People, sometimes, indulge their passions and take them to extremes.

While others exploit their movie star image making one film after another, making the most of the moment, you are thinking of taking time off.

I suppose I have a different point of view about my career. I am not very conventional in that sense. If I wanted to make the most of the moment, I would have made six films in the last two years, but I didn't want to take advantage of that situation. If it's about attention, I've already had more than enough of that. If it's about money to live on, I've done enough that I can even give so that my family and friends live well. I am more than happy with what I have.

What's your priority right now?

To be with my family more. I want to give myself time to get excited about something. I know that I have the ability to do several things at the same time but it's difficult to work and be at peace at the same time.

You are one of the sexiest men in the world. Do you like your reputation as a "playboy"?

If it mattered to me, maybe I wouldn't feel comfortable with the idea. There is not much to say with regard to that because I don't think about it. That people are interested in me for any reason seems fine to me, as long as I don't have to call the police.

Do you receive a lot of letters from your admirers?

There are people who are very diligent. They write to me a couple of times a year and have become part of my life. It's always flattering to hear what people think of you. For me, those letters connect me with the public and are a reason to continue working.

You are a photographer. Are you still exhibiting?

Yes. This year I exhibited first in Denmark and then in Iceland. [sic] I've also published a book of Spanish poetry with my company, Perceval Press.

What effect has Hollywood had on your life?

[Laughter] I don't know. But without doubt it is a place where even the smallest person can make a difference. What you do and what you say has a domino effect on your life and that of your family and friends. When you choose a character, you're never sure you are making the right decision but once you say yes, you succumb to the story, the characters, I never think of the negative things. I believe that the strength of this film is in the strength that all the characters express, something that's far removed from Hollywood.

© Las Provincias. Images © 2929/Dimension Films.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

I have a bit of a mixed bag of quotes this week. There have been some really great ones over the last few months that are just too good to hold onto until I can fit them into a theme. Some, of course, have come out of all The Road publicity, some are impressions from interviewers who have been well and truly Viggoed and some are just quirky, funny or profoundly revealing. Enjoy!

Actor and Artist

MJ: Do you think of yourself as an actor first?

VM: When I land in a country and they ask for "occupation," I always just put "artist." I think that covers all of it.

Viggo Mortensen, King of The Road
By Michael Mechanic
23 November 2009

Despite his quirkiness, or maybe because of it, Mortensen, a 50 year old who has stubbornly resisted the formula for modern movie stardom, finds himself one of the last great leading men standing.

A History of Defiance
Daniel Mirth
Men's Journal
October 2009

"Good luck talking someone into that: ' History of Violence , The Road - that guy? Forget it.'"

Viggo after the interviewer suggests a comedy
On the Road, signs of the apocalypse hit home
Johanna Schneller
Globe and Mail
27 November 2009


Viggo Mortensen doesn't talk with his hands so much as he batters the air.

On 'The Road' and off, Viggo Mortensen walks the walk
By Scott Bowles
USA Today
3 December 2009

Viggo Mortensen is, besides a great actor, an inexhaustible conversationalist, so full of curiosity that he doesn't hesitate to occasionally take the role of the interviewer.

The Dark Side Of The Hero
By Walder & Castro - translated by Graciela, Remolina and Zooey
Marie Claire (Spain)
June 2009

Viggo Mortensen isn't just a celebrity, as you're probably aware. He isn't even just a fine actor. He's also a painter, a poet and a photographer, and he makes records, too, often in collaboration with Buckethead, the masked wizard guitarist. In addition, he's also conversant in half a dozen languages -- yet another body blow to an interviewer's self-esteem. But I soldiered on.

Viggo Mortensen On 'The Road,'
By Kurt Loder
25 November 2009

The Road

Viggo Mortensen gives a three-dimensional performance in 'The Road' that needs no 3D glasses.

Nicholas Barber
The Independent
10 January 2010

Viggo Mortensen, wounded, vulnerable, tough and tender is a heartbreaking vision of walking life and death. He so fits into the wasteland (perfectly grim and strangely spectacular), that he feels an organic part of this ragged, twisted wilderness.

Kim Morgan
Huffington Post
29 December 2009

I've had a few leads in indies since I worked on "The Road," and it's become an adjective when you do something: to "Viggo up."

Garett Dillahunt
By Paul Gaita
The Envelope
17 December 2009

Reporter: You both had to go to some tough emotional places in this movie. How did you turn that off once the take was done?

Mortensen: He'd tell me I sucked.

Smit-McPhee: Then he went back to his room and had a cry.

Viggo and Kodi joking around at the Toronto Film Festival
Where 'Road' takes them
By Jen Chaney
The Washington Post
22 November 2009

There's a question here for every viewer: could you, under similar circumstances, continue to behave decently? "I find that to be a really interesting question," Mortensen says. "I don't know until I am in that situation. I tend to think I would because I am stubborn. I might not know how to live as I should, but I would know why I should try."

Viggo Mortensen
One for The Road
By Donald Clarke
The Irish Times
8 January 2010


What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

Not dying.

Q&A: Viggo Mortensen
by Rosanna Greenstreet
The Guardian
2 January 2010

With so many active interests, Mortensen admits he used to be impatient. "It felt unjust that we were given such a limited period on earth, but I don't feel that way any more. Maybe it's because I'm getting older, but I just figure, eh, what's your hurry?'"

A History of Defiance
Daniel Mirth
Men's Journal
October 2009

You're a painter, a musician, a photographer, an actor, a poet and you're a natural at swordplay. Is there anything you won't try at least once?

VM: You know what? I'm not so interested in skydiving. I'm not sure why anyone wants to jump out of a plane that's working perfectly well.

The Last Word : Viggo Mortensen
Canadiens Magazine
8 December 2009

Don't forget that you can enjoy all the previous Quotable Viggo's here on our webpages.

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