Untitled (Lock Picking is Key) II
- 63 x 90 cm
- Inkjetprint, scratched ar-glass, artist made frame
The work was part of a solo presentation with the gallery at Enter Art Fair, Copenhagen 2019.
The series Untitled (Lock Picking is Key) draws on Tallerås’ interest in various languages and layers of information within a city. Its point of departure is Tallerås’ movement through spaces outside our normal routes of navigation. Some of the images depict views from different rooftops, accessible via scaffoldings or drainpipes - views often reserved for those with a top floor apartment. Another image shows a route down under the city via a ladder going down a drain. The works are exploring other possibilities for movement and looking for different forms of value within the city. Tallerås has been photographing and navigating through, thus activating, these secluded spaces with his camera and physical presence. In the finished works, the glasses are scratched and engraved with imagery depicting different lock picks and bump keys. Tallerås interest in lock picking is a metaphorical one, with the lock pick symbolizing an unlimited access to the city. The technique of scratching glass is borrowed from the language of vandalism and graffiti, and is something one would often see on train and subway windows.
Jon Benjamin Tallerås (b. 1984, Oslo) investigates the relationship between the individual and the urban environment. His work questions ownership through exploring different ways of navigating, seeing and exploring the ever-changing landscape of the city. In his works, Tallerås performs social readings of the city—questioning what is private versus what is public domain. Tallerås’ interpretations of the changing urban language can be applied to many rapidly growing cities in Europe and the world.
Tallerås has exhibited his work in institutions such as The Munch Museum’s Munchmuseet on the Move, Kunsthall Oslo, Kunstnernes Hus, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Norway, the Liaf Biennale and Contemporary Art Museum Estonia.