Words about Jacob

„Ich habe den schwarzen Gürtel im Zweifeln“

Jacob Felländer wollte erst Golf-Profi werden. Aber nur als Fotograf kann der Schwede seine Gedanken abschalten

Nils Nordmann
Die Welt
Oct 14, 2014

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He has shaken hands with Bill Clinton and traveled the world with a cheap plastic camera held high. In his art, photographer Jacob Felländer is experimenting with new technologies and idioms.

Bo madestrand
Samsung Magazine
No 1, 2012

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FOTOKONST – Internationellt erkände Jacob Felländer arbetar med världens städer som motiv

Med 30 plastkameror som ressällskap åker han runt och dokumenterar vårt jordklot. Och på bara några år har Jacob Felländer flugit iväg och blivit en av landets mest efterfrågade fotografer. Hans storskaliga bildkonst tar plats både hos Bill Clinton och i den avskalade arbetslokalen i Stockholm…Lars Collin
SvD Accent
June 9, 2012

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Den tillfällige fotografen

I en vindsvåning på Söder i Stockholm brukar konstnären Jacob Felländer och hans familj mellanlanda. För honom och frun Eva Röse utspelar sig livet på resande fot. Konsten uppstår i glappet mellan slumpmässiga möten och 32 oberäkneliga kameror.Text: Caroline Hainer
Plaza Magazine

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Exhibitions by Martin Wickström, Jacob Felländer, Tris Vonna-Michell and Håkan Rehnberg

In the work of Jacob Felländer at Gallery Aronowitsch, geographical spaces are bound together by a medium, in this case by photography.  A brief text about the continental shifts and movements, about time and space, is the starting point of this exhibit.  I search intensively to see how this is shown in the pictures.I am drawn to the photographs; it is all about the technique. The layers of motives doubling on top of the images make it difficult to say if the photos are doubled-exposed, or if Felländer employs a long exposure.  This is also about poetry, in the prism, like photos, a picture of the world is portrayed, becoming more and more overcrowded and chaotic.  Felländer also strikes a melancholic note.

Håkan Nilsson, Senior Art Reviewer
Dagens Nyheter, one of Sweden’s leading daily newspapers
October 13, 2007

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“This is also about poetry, in the prism, like photos, a picture of the world is portrayed, becoming more and more overcrowded and chaotic. Felländer also strikes a melancholic note.”

Everything moves in the images of Felländer

“Stand Still, Drift Theories,” is the title of Jacob Felländer’s exhibition with photographs from places – preferably by the sea – in Asia, America and Europe.  Earlier this year, one could see his photos from the ocean at Big Sur, California, at restaurant East.Without going into detail about the constant continental drifts along the face of the earth, which Felländer alludes to, it is obvious that nothing stands still.  Everything floats, everything is set in motion. “Panta rhei,” as was established by Herakleitos circa 500 BC.

This, if anything, Jacob Felländer shows in his photos of wide, numerous double exposing sweeps along beaches and city neighborhoods.  He is sampling his motifs, building flickering sequences.  He creates a series of trundling crashing waves along a coastline where billowing mountains similar to a fading illusion continues everlastingly towards the distance.

It is about large scale colored c-prints behind unframed glass with sharpened edges, just the way it is supposed to be at the moment.  Ambitious, nice and exquisite…

Clemens Poellinger
Svenska Dagbladet
Published October 13, 2007

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Felländer’s Moments Sell in New York

He is married to actress Eva Röse and was supposed to have become a golf pro.  Now the artist and Jacob Felländer presents his work at the Fotogalleriet (Photo Gallery) in Visby.  While actress Eva Röse shoots ten new episodes as tv-cop Maria Wern in Gotland, her husband, Jacob Felländer, shows his photographs and collage at the photo gallery.Two of the pieces are included in the exhibition NOWNOWNOW, which portrays instants during different moments in time and from different perspectives. Through a series of exposures partly using the same film, photos are created spanning over time and space.

Old camera
The idea came when he started experimenting with an old camera, where he only partly pulled the film forward, before taking the next photo.  “It becomes like a still shot film. A picture can last for two hours or an entire life, says Jacob Felländer.

The photos were shown last at Nybrokajen in Stockholm and at the Maidstone Inn Art Garden in East Hampton, New York.  Two pieces were sold immediately at the exhibit opening, they are very large pieces and are quite expensive to produce, but Jacob Felländer says things are going very well now. “It has taken off during the past two, three years.”

Was not a given
But that it was art that Jacob Felländer would come to spend his time with was not a given. As an 18-year old and golf pro he was awarded a scholarship to study in the US.  “That it would be art, was not at all in the picture, but we were given priority to attend the different courses and I chose everything fun and entertaining,” he said.

After graduating in photography he made a living as a photo artist in New York for a few years, before he returned to Stockholm six years ago.  But, for Jacob, the USA is visible in both life and art.  “I visit New York probably once a month and I am fascinated by USA as a phenomenon,” says Jacob.

Anna Momcilovic
Helagotland, Swedish newspaper
June 10, 2010

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Un-synchronized Art

Let’s get abstract.  Let’s talk about time and space.  Let’s visit Jacob Felländer’s exhibit Stand Still at Gallery Aronowitsch, Sturegatan 24 in Stockholm.  By using the theory that time is not moving at a specific pace, Felländer has put together 10 images from five different continents, where time and space have been chopped up into un-synchronized optical illusions.  And they are hypnotizing and beautiful.All photos are sold in a limited edition of five signed copies.  In connection with the exhibition, the book, “Stand Still – Drift Theories,” by Jacob Felländer is released, also containing two of the photographer’s latest exhibitions, Big Sur and Choice.

Kristofer Ahlström, Arts Editor
Café Magazine
September 28, 2007

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“Felländer has put together 10 images from five different continents, where time and space have been chopped up into un-synchronized optical illusions. And they are hypnotizing and beautiful.”

Exhibits in Visby and New York – simultaneously

He has an exhibition at Fotogalleriet in Visby at the moment, and at the same time another one at The Maidstone in New York.The images are unique because they are totally analog and made in the camera. “The magic of doing something in the camera, a result on actions, light and time,” he explains.

Aware of the fact that people’s ability to view images has evolved only the last few years, he notes that more is demanded of the photographer to engage the viewer.  To be underscored is that this is not the artist trying to please and who makes photos that he believes people would want to see.  “If I had that viewpoint, I should probably start selling vacuum cleaners instead,” jokes Felländer.

No, according to him, this starting point is totally wrong; this is not the way it works. Instead it is about an ongoing process, a development coming from within and Jacob Felländer has really only to obey and surf on his own wave of energy.

Felländer only creates the images and then the viewer interprets. For sure the images would be different and completely uninteresting if he would try to please.  Felländer is a bit freer since he is very particular about not influencing the visitors’ perception in any direction, the person has the chance to interpret the photo in his own way.  For example, the photos have not been named since it would definitely create associations, which are then leading the thoughts in different directions.

The idea to put numbers on the photos making it into a whole series never happened. With numbers the development would have become clearer since it is the actual development that is of importance here.  The connecting thought is visible at all times in the photos.  This artistic development that is constantly ongoing for him has lasted for about 10 years now.  That it is about development will be clear from his exhibition in Visby.  At the same time, Jacob Felländer is creating new images all the time, replacing the original ones at the gallery wall – if you visit his exhibition twice, you are treated to two different exhibitions.

Ulf Glimfalk
Gotlands Allehanda, Local paper in Gotland
Published June 11, 2010

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