„Ich habe den schwarzen Gürtel im Zweifeln“
Jacob Felländer wollte erst Golf-Profi werden. Aber nur als Fotograf kann der Schwede seine Gedanken abschalten
Oct 14, 2014
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.
No 1, 2012
FOTOKONST – Internationellt erkände Jacob Felländer arbetar med världens städer som motiv
June 9, 2012
Den tillfällige fotografen
Exhibitions by Martin Wickström, Jacob Felländer, Tris Vonna-Michell and Håkan Rehnberg
Håkan Nilsson, Senior Art Reviewer
Dagens Nyheter, one of Sweden’s leading daily newspapers
October 13, 2007
“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
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…
Published October 13, 2007
Felländer’s Moments Sell in New York
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.
Helagotland, Swedish newspaper
June 10, 2010
Kristofer Ahlström, Arts Editor
September 28, 2007
“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
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.
Gotlands Allehanda, Local paper in Gotland
Published June 11, 2010