Cecilia Edefalk and Gunnel Wahlstrand - Time and Memory / James Yamada - The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees. Often reflecting her own process-oriented practice, Edefalk's scenarios carve out haunting exchanges between past and present, in which unexpected connections unfold with sudden clarity. Wahlstrand continues to investigate other motifs from her family photograph albums. Yamada has created a dramatic installation.
Time and Memory
On 22 November 2011, Parasol unit will preview an exhibition dedicated to two contemporary Swedish artists, Cecilia Edefalk and Gunnel Wåhlstrand. Since the late 1980s, Cecilia Edefalk has been one of Sweden's leading and most sought-after artists both at home and abroad. Following Gunnel Wåhlstrand's acclaimed graduation exhibition at the Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm, in 2003, her work has featured in numerous exhibitions in Europe and overseas.
Cecilia Edefalk's paintings emerge as a network of repetitions, reproductions and historical memory. Often reflecting her own process-oriented practice, Edefalk's scenarios carve out haunting exchanges between past and present, in which unexpected connections unfold with sudden clarity.
Memory is at the core of Gunnel Wåhlstrand's work as well. The artist's photo-realistic black-ink drawings are a deeply private and meticulously reconstructed documentation of her personal history. Having shown a series of large-scale ink drawings that re-created photographs from her father's early childhood in her 2003 graduation exhibition at the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm, Wåhlstrand continues to investigate other motifs from her family photograph albums.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a new publication.
The exhibition is kindly supported by: Pontus Bonnier, Stockholm
Caroline and Per Landin
The Swedish Embassy
James Yamada - The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees
On 22 November 2011, Parasol unit will unveil the first artwork in its "Parasolstice - Winter Light" series of outdoor projects to be realised by various international artists, each of whom creates sculptural works that address the phenomenon of light. The works will be exhibited throughout the winter months in the foundation's outdoor space, which will be open to the public free of charge. When invited to collaborate on the first project, American artist James Yamada created a dramatic installation entitled The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees.
The aluminium structure of Yamada's installation both shelters visitors from bad weather and offers them some privacy. Integrated into its rooftop are various light elements at 10,000 lux, which is the sunlight-mimicking intensity referred to as ‘full spectrum light'. This is the light commonly used in light therapy to treat the symptoms of SAD (seasonal affective disorder). The focus of The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees is to involve visitors in an uplifting and insightful experience. During the darkest months of the year, they are encouraged to enjoy the benefits of exposure to bright light.
James Yamada has forged a reputation for making ingenious constructions that create encounters between nature and technology. In The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees the artist highlights how recent technology benefits mankind by helping to prevent illness.
The exhibition is generously supported by Arts Council England.
Image: Gunnel Wåhlstrand: By the Window, 2003-2004
ink-wash on paper, 151 x 198 cm
The Michael Storåkers Collection
Photograph Björn Larsson
For more information, please contact Anna Lehmbruck on 020 7490 7373 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening: 22 November 2011 - 18:30
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