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Born into color (Photography, 2013)

Watch this space! This is the first image of a new project initiated in the autumn of 2013. The theme is inspired by the poem "Quitness" by sufi poet Rumi: "Inside this new love, die / Your way begins on the other side / Become the sky / Take an axe to the prison wall / Escape / Walk out like someone suddenly born into color / Do it now / You're covered with thick cloud / Slide out the side / Die, and be quiet / Quietness is the surest sign that you've died / Your old life was a frantic running from silence / The speechless full moon comes out now." Double-exposed diptychs created with a Holga camera. Contact info (at) vendelagrundell (dot) com if you wish to use any image. All content is copyrighted to Vendela Grundell.
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Barcelona (Photography, 2012)

This portfolio presents a collection of impressions from a trip to Barcelona, Spain in July 2012. While capturing the manifest shape and spirit of the city, these images share a characteristic eye for all things contradictory, unexpected, tiny and hidden found walking through the neighborhoods of Gracia, Eixample, Raval and Barri Gotic. Contact info (at) vendelagrundell (dot) com if you wish to use any image. All content is copyrighted to Vendela Grundell.
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Perimeter (Photography, 2011)

In Perimeter, attention is directed towards a meeting point of human and machine. Sidewalks reflected in car paint reflect my walking across Manhattan in April and May of 2011. A convergence of bodies, streets and images bring a sense of walking what I see. Seeing becomes touching. Elements like garbage, passers-by, a scratch, flowers, construction and a mailbox make up a visual and social theatre. From the line of the street to the corner of my eye, the images map an edge of infrastructure and of vision. Fifteen fragments tell a story back to the street, layered and cut to build new perimeters. Viewer and walker are simultaneous identities, responding to a random yet compelling encounter. Moving along a perimeter – at once place and direction – the sidewalk becomes a trace of time at work on a space. My walk is drawing and redrawing the line, keeping it alive. Vision extends my body into the image as well as into the city. The Perimeter project is in progress of becoming a book. Image #12 was exhibited at the Photography Centre Salon in 2011. Contact info (at) vendelagrundell (dot) com if you wish to use any image. All content is copyrighted to Vendela Grundell.
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Grey Field (Drawings, 2011)

Grey Field is a series of 30 drawings created on an invitation to participate in the book art project Ilustrajxo 30 initiated by American artist Danielle Myers in 2011. Four artists were sent 30 sheets of the same 7x7" paper to be filled with an independent yet consistent theme, to be crafted into individual artist books by Myers. These books were completed in 2012 and collected in a handmade box, where Grey Field takes place alongside Bird Brains by Julia Davis, In (and out) of Mind by Eric Mowery, (untitled) by Danielle Myers and Untitled (with Dürer) by Brett Schieszer. The title Grey Field refers to the content and color scheme of the drawings, with organic forms growing out across the sheets in shades of grey. It also relates to the concept of a grey field, denoting the sea of empty asphalt that often spreads through an expanse of land that is obsolescent, outdated and outclassed, failing, moribund and/or underused. Such land can be found as urban infill or deserted industrial, residential, retail and commercial sites and other real estate assets in disrepair - any kind of sprawl. In this context, the infrastructure underlying the area represents a hidden value that enables it to become a new and somewhat different resource in the future. Here, this kind of space is transferred to the empty expanse of paper, filled in with pen strokes as a slow unearthing and bringing forth of a hidden and forgotten resource that is about to make the asphalt blossom. Contact info (at) vendelagrundell (dot) com if you wish to use any image. All content is copyrighted to Vendela Grundell.
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Rome (Photography, 2011)

A selection of photographs from a stay in Rome between September and December of 2011, taken during a ten week scholarship course in Art History at the Swedish Institute. While historically significant works of art and architecture serve as a clear frame for this collection, a distinct interest is also directed towards the trivial, fragmented, unexpected and profoundly inspiring sensibility of the everyday. Contact info (at) vendelagrundell (dot) com if you wish to use any image. All content is copyrighted to Vendela Grundell.
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Florence & Siena (Photography, 2011)

A selection of photographs from a short visit to Florence and Siena in October 2011. These excursions were made as part of a ten week scholarship course in Art History at the Swedish Institute in Rome from September to December 2011. While historically significant works of art and architecture serve as a clear frame for this collection, a distinct interest is also directed towards the trivial, fragmented, unexpected and profoundly inspiring sensibility of the everyday. The first 18 images are from Florence, the suite ending with a candy version of Michelangelo's David followed by the baby angel signifying the classic Sienese pastry and another 16 photographs from there. Contact info (at) vendelagrundell (dot) com if you wish to use any image. All content is copyrighted to Vendela Grundell.
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Playing Being (Photography, 2010)

This series of collages are made from images photographed at a concert with American band High Life in Baltimore, January 2010. Jason Ajemian (bass/vox), Jacob Wick (trumpet/vox), Peter Hanson (saxophone/vox), Marc Riordan (drums/vox), Owen Stewart-Robertson (guitar/vox). The title and aesthetics of this series is inspired by the theme of the band's first album Monsters & Animals, the names of two of the songs they are performing here. The collage form also relates to how this music is composed, with scores created in the architectural drafting program AutoCAD which structure the flow through the musical spaces. Contact info (at) vendelagrundell (dot) com if you wish to use any image. All content is copyrighted to Vendela Grundell.
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Blinds (Photography, 2010)

These two collages form part of a larger work in progress, emerging from a collection of photographs taken from inside a house in Bushwick, Brooklyn NYC in January 2010. Originally the series was named Willoughby/Evergreen, after the location of this house on the corner of those streets. As work progressed however, a thematic surfaced which brought these collages toward the subject of the earlier work Periscope - and pointed ahead to the later series of Perimeter. These three series' form the ongoing project Likely Landscapes which explore an interplay between visual order and precarious experience brought about by photographic eyes. In Blinds, the collages are made out of strips of photographs all recording various viewpoints from the windows of the house. These images have then been reworked to form new views onto the outside environment, the shades merged to form a gridlike structure through which disparate perspectives are shaped into a consistent though ambivalent surface - a window constructed to disinform viewers while inspiring a look at their participation in constructing windows onto the world on the other side of the frame. The blinds refer to the material strips making up what enables as well as limits such experience - visually protecting, performing, exposing - and to the thought that these strips, the actual photographic recordings, could be pulled apart to reveal an alternative view. Contact info (at) vendelagrundell (dot) com if you wish to use any image. All content is copyrighted to Vendela Grundell.
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Periscope (Photography, 2009)

Periscope is a film consisting of twenty collages made from two handfuls of photographs, captured on impulse with a low-resolution cell phone camera through a broken window on the express train to Arlanda airport. Moving through an everyday place such as the non-descript edges of the city, only now subtly illuminated and somewhat displaced by the cracks in the glass, moved my eye inwards and then outwards anew between landscape and innerscape. Twenty collages piece together place and vision through the theme of the periscope, a tool to organize what you see and where you are going. Looking out into this, the viewer is invited to follow my everyday journey but end up somewhere else. The film covers the same journey, across the same time and place, yet is now given a new configuration through the in-between images generated by the cross-fade merge. This film was made in 2014, completed with a soundtrack developed and performed by artist/composer Jason Ajemian improvising his interpretation of the Bill Evans/Miles Davis song “Blue In Green”. Periscope is part of my ongoing project Likely Landscapes, about how seeing and place are embodied in their interaction and shape one another. Likely Landscapes is a project and, at the same time, it is a perspective - an exploration of the connection between the photographic eye/I and the infrastructure of an everyday urban landscape. My point of departure is a recurrent interest in how photographic eyes can at once mirror and reshape the seen, and how that shift may reshape seeing itself. A photograph organizes the eye, the eye organizes the outer and inner landscape where the photograph is brought about – and yet, the slightest shift in this landscape or in the medium capturing it (like a cracking glass) lets the eye see something different, see differently. Layers of likely landscapes exist over and inside one another, depending on what and how they are seen. "Periscope" is available for screening, and its images are available as a book and as individual prints. Browse through the book at http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1216218 and watch the film at http://vimeo.com/93769246. Collage #12 was exhibited at the Photography Centre Salon 2010, and the film at the 6 hour show Det Okända on May 15 2014. Contact info (at) vendelagrundell (dot) com if you wish to use any image. All content is copyrighted to Vendela Grundell.
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House & Garden (Drawings, 2009)

House & Garden consists of ten drawings on millimeter grid sheets, created in 2009. They are part of an artist book initiated in 2011, a collaboration with American poet Mike Klepfer. In response to the drawings, he has written a ten part poem entitled "Advancing Home" which will also be the title of the finished collaborative work. Contact info (at) vendelagrundell (dot) com if you wish to use any image. All content is copyrighted to Vendela Grundell.
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Helado Negro Tour (Photography, 2009)

This collection of collaged images were photographed and assembled as a travel diary during a tour with American band Helado Negro, aka Roberto Carlos Lange here with Jason Ajemian, Isaac Lekach, Jason Trammell and Shannon Fields. In September of 2009 the tour reached around a loop from New York City through the south to Jacksonville Florida and westward through Nashville Tennessee to end up back in Brooklyn. Contact info (at) vendelagrundell (dot) com if you wish to use any image. All content is copyrighted to Vendela Grundell.
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Port of Call (Photography, 2002/2008)

The nine photographs of Port of Call stem from two years of documenting the view from my childhood apartment overlooking the industrial port of Stockholm. As this view seemed to disappear in its ever-presence, I set out to make it visible to myself. In the process it became clear that it was my own inner view being documented. The repetitive frames were charged with memories and dreams, which in turn gave me a new view. Port of Call was initially entitled Harbor and exhibited with the Photography School as a sculpture at Galleri Hagman in 2001 and as a film at Wasahallen in 2002. The 2008 multiple has been exhibited at Galleri Sjöhästen, the Photography Centre Salon and Hedengrens bookstore the same year. In a folded codex, the images are back to back with this text: ”between a home and a final destination, the port of call is where a ship collects fuel and supplies / one such mid-journey stop takes place at frihamnen, across from the rooms i grew up in / it's a restricted non-site / connecting me to a map outside of my own / opening up a world of cargo real and imagined / an interface of cityscape and seascape / a guessing game of where from and where to and why here / my everyday view / invisible in its evidence”. Contact info (at) vendelagrundell (dot) com if you wish to use any image. All content is copyrighted to Vendela Grundell.
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Untitled (Photography, 2004/2007)

These photographs were originally captured for a projection in a performance, Duet for Dancer and Pianist shown for instance at the Dance Museum in Stockholm in 2004 and Centre Culturel Suédois in Paris in 2005. In the interplay of the movement of choreographer Pontus Lidberg and Magnus Svensson's piano, the images became a visual score. Its documented reality shifted into the abstract and associative, initiating and echoing movements. This independent series, reworked and exhibited in 2007 at Dansportalen, Hedengrens bookstore and Turteatern, focuses on the persona of the dancer and his shaping of space. The core of this work is the inseparability of body and spirit, the connection between the individual and the space he takes, shares and transforms. The body set within deep shadows and stark light, connects the dancer to the place of movement but also replaces that context – floor, wall, light – with an inner reality. The edges of his space is now defined by the edges of his body, captured and challenged by the edges of the image. His choices interact with the choices of the photographer, making this a negotiation over physical as well as spiritual choices to articulate, define and express a self. There is a tension in the fact that the body is moving into and out of the darkness, merging with it yet resisting. The title of Untitled points to the process of articulating identity. By taking place, taking a place, you are defining your space and yourself as titled. Contact info (at) vendelagrundell (dot) com if you wish to use any image. All content is copyrighted to Vendela Grundell.
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Cover Space (Photography, 2006)

Covering space is a concept for defining movement. To push the body, extending motion so that it becomes all that it can be. To push the spirit, extending energy to fill an entire space with presence. Shifting boundaries, the dancer takes on different shapes of possible bodies. As an individual moves differently in different settings, covering space is also an everyday process. These images came out of an interest in workshop situations, and was photographed at the Ballet Academy in Stockholm in 2006. The workshop is characterized by improvisation and rehearsal. The everyday transition between the private and the public body is set against the lack of control experienced in the schooled body of the dancer. Both of these situations is about adapting to yet fighting against a set of movement rules. To cover space is to meet the pressure of these rules but also to own your movements. Each image consists of two negatives in their natural order separated by the black bar on the contact sheet. The dancers interact spatially and temporally with the photographic process, capturing both dancers and images. Contact info (at) vendelagrundell (dot) com if you wish to use any image. All content is copyrighted to Vendela Grundell.
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City Flux (Photography, 2001)

Complete portfolio will be added shortly! City Flux (Stadsflöde) is the title of my first solo exhibition, at the Italian Institute of Culture in 2001. A selection of prints was also shown at Lidingö City Library in 2002. The full portfolio contains 61 images from travels in Capri in 1999 and Sicily in 2000. This essentially documentary collection revolved around how you move in and through a city, turning a new place into your own. From the exhibition text: ”Flowing through a city, places of noise and motion, quiet and stillness, where lives are lived. This flow is the point of departure. Allowing for the unprepared encounters. Connecting to a new place, creating relations: colours, lights, shapes, individuals, buildings, objects. Traces of activity, life. Someone doing something, something taking place, that has taken place. Presence and absence. The passing things which constitute that first impression; immediate, instinctive, intimate, merciless. The things just existing, where you are not looking, where you are lost. The things you almost do not see because they disappear in their quantity. Details stuck in the corner of your eye, in the back of your head, in the moment. Suddenly important. No fixed pattern or given order. A flow through the city. A city flow." Contact info (at) vendelagrundell (dot) com if you wish to use any image. All content is copyrighted to Vendela Grundell.