The Magazine Vannbæreren
2 Cover Pages
1974 & 1975

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Early Illustrations


The Magazine Vannbæreren was published by the publisher Regnbuetrykk from 1974 to 1978. Location for Vannbæreren was Karlsøya, a smaller island west of Tromsø city in north of Norway (latitude, nearly 70 N). Editor in chief was Jan Bojer Vindheim, today known both for his writings as many years as a leading politician for the Green Party in Norway (MDG).

Karlsøya is still known because of young people from the alternative movement who settled there in the seventies, with a green dream, new political ideas and/or spiritual world view. Today there is still a good spirit on this small island, a community that every year produce one of the most interesting festivals in Norway. I was lucky to be part of those few who initiated what happened at Karlsøya. Still, that was not my original plan. From the west coast I had first travelled to the old norwegian capital Trondheim, where I should study art. Soon I became rather bored of parts of the milieu where many people unfortunately had become more interested in becoming 'an artist', rather than creating art. So I left the old capital and it's upcoming artists, and moved further north to explore the zeitgeist of the seventies. In Norway there was hardly any better place for that then Karlsøya, we later found out. Had some good years there, first we were just some few people, and then came Jan and Vannbæreren, and the community opened up to the outside world. After a few years I left the beautiful island, with a good experience in artic farming, milking goats - and some illustrations for Vannbæreren ...

Vannbæreren was during it's publishing time, the leading magazine for the alternative movement in Norway. Many leading norwegian writers contributed, and in addition Vannbæreren introduced thinkers as Ivan Illich, Murray Bookchin, E.F. Schumacher, among others, for an scandinavian audience. The cartoon - or rather the graphic story about Doktor Fantastisk (Doctor Fantastic), created by Axel Jensen, Tore Bernitz Pedersen and Pushwagner was first published in it's full length in Vannbæreren. This is the reason behind the cover above, as here Doktor Fantastic sail in his boat with Karlsøya behind, and on the sky there is both northern light and a rainbow (Reinbueforlaget is ''rainbow publishing'' in translation). The cover page below was made for the edition of Vannbæreren that focused on spiritual & material. I did a number of illustrations inside the magazine as well, but this story is just some main lines to sketch a history, along with some very early artworks/illustrations


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Front cover on the Magazine Vannbæreren, Karlsøya, Norway 1974 and 1975
Jane's painting - from the first One Man Show, Oslo, Norway 1984
Hanne - from the second One Man Show, Oslo, Norway 1985
Gesamtkunstwerk, Oslo, Norway 1989

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