"Basically I always wanted to make art about my surroundings." Meet Danish artist Tal R in his studio for a talk about a new series of paintings featuring his hometown Copenhagen.

Tal Rosenzweig was born in Israel in 1967, but grew up in Copenhagen. In this video he presents a series of pictures about places in Copenhagen, that he "rhymes on" - places, that are familiar to him and that in a way only exist, because he personally relates to them.

Painting something so close to you is on the one hand too simple, on the other hand completely impossible, Tal R states in this interview. "But there is also something magical about, that people can take their bike and look at the places, I have painted". In the video, Tal R talks about four paintings which are especially close to him, starting with the picture "Sortedam", that gave the Copenhagen-series it's title. All motives capture a special moment, which sometimes only exists for a second, Tal R states. "I look at all these places, as though they will disappear at any second." In that sense the series also becomes a dialogue between the living inhabitants of Copenhagen and the dead, whose lives and shadows are still a part of the city.

Tal R was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner.

Camera: Jakob Solbakken

Edited: Jakob Solbakken

Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner, 2013

Music: EKKO and Leonard Cohen

Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

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