Leaving Norway in 1969 at sixteen for New York – as with thousands of immigrants, all looking for new rooms in their heads. Ending up on the lonely prairie of South Dakota with an old bachelor herdsman as my company. Our silence together in this enormous landscape and the knowledge from his eyes that slowly led to my understanding of this life – to balance – that brought the wish of my first pictures.
Pictures from my early crisis, pictures arrived from the processes of construction/deconstruction in my art. My installations (rooms) of rubber, electric light, shards of mirrors, steel and glass. Back and forth I go in the rooms in my head. Looking for the energy to my life and thoughts.
This series, Heads from Balance, comes out of the close friendship and support of Kenneth Tyler. With him I found new understanding. This first made me work the Heads from Balance out, which again released a series of paintings.
Knowing art is a way of thinking – and we are all full of pictures to be sorted out. I question. My doubt and searching is in these works. I know there are deeper rooms to be reached.
To read more about Bjørlo and see more of his prints, visit: http://nga.gov.au/InternationalPrints/Tyler/DEFAULT.cfm?MnuID=2&ArtistIRN=10272&List=True
Photographs of Bjørlo and Tyler at work on Heads from balance and other projects can be seen here: http://nga.gov.au/InternationalPrints/Tyler/Default.cfm?MnuID=11