”Building to Implode”, 2013
From the series "Pentimento". Signed Jacob Felländer verso. Unique. Charcoal, pastel and paint on Archival Pigment Print, sheet 120 x 120 cm.
Hamiltons Gallery, London.
Camera Work, Berlin.
Hamiltons Gallery, London, "Pentimento", 21 September - 1 November 2013.
This series is the result of Felländer’s journeys to several cities around the globe focussing on architecture, shapes and distinctive buildings. With his special technique, real existing objects melt together in one abstract construction and provide the observer with new perspectives and fascinating views. As a consequence, an impression of disorder and a chaotic urban image arises in the viewer. Furthermore, in his later series Felländer adds the accentuating effect of writing, painting and drawing on his images. Through his individual method and his connection of the art forms of photography, painting and sculpture, Felländer shifts the limits and breaks the conventional definition of the term photography.
What is depth?
Pentimento is an Italian art term meaning ”underpainting”. For example, sketches or parts of a Renaissance painting that the artist has painted over can, with the help of X-ray or infrared light, be made visible. The many layers of Felländer’s images make certain forms appear only as vague outlines in the background. For this reason, Felländer enhances selected parts with coal, oil and pastel, teasing out the outlines from the background, like a pentimento made visible. When the outlines are brought to the foreground the image grows not only in time, perspective and space, but also in depth.”