Following an introduction from Paul Stolper, Dovecot invited Magne Furuholmen to visit in early 2013 to consider a tapestry project. Following a series of conversations with Dovecot’s weaving team, Magne returned in late April 2014 with a selection of design ideas derived from a series of ten large format woodcut prints collectively known as Norwegian Wood. Furuholmen created a new print titled Glass Onion, specifically as a design for the tapestry, using music as its main reference point. Furuholmen’s holistic approach to his practice as an artist, and interest in process, ensured that his involvement in the creation of Glass Onion was rewarding for all those who were involved. The tapestry was woven at Dovecot by Freya Sewell and Rudi Richardson and a major exhibition of Magne Furuholmen’s work in 2015 featured Glass Onion as its centrepiece.
Furuholmen’s design for Glass Onion, named after the 1968 Beatles song, marked a return for the artist to his first use of text and reference to musical terms featured in works he created for his first solo exhibition KUTT at the Henie Onstad Art Center in Oslo in 1995. The woodcut prints showcased in KUTT – Norwegian for ‘cut/s’ – related both to the motion of ‘cutting’ the wooden shapes to form the print impressions and the jazz improvisation terminology. Lyrical referencing and musical context underpin Furuholmen’s desire to bring together word, image, sound and installation to form his own type of visual language.