Posts tagged Flowers

Exhibition in Malaysia
A few months ago a selection of prints from my Flower series were exhibited as part of the Open Salons South East Asia exhibition in Malaysia. I didn’t get to go myself there myself ;-( so here is someone else’s snaps of the installation. 

Exhibition in Malaysia

A few months ago a selection of prints from my Flower series were exhibited as part of the Open Salons South East Asia exhibition in Malaysia. I didn’t get to go myself there myself ;-( so here is someone else’s snaps of the installation. 

Tulips and Other Flowers in a Vase (Atrophy of Logic)
From my Flowers series, photographs of plastic flowers.

Tulips and Other Flowers in a Vase (Atrophy of Logic)

From my Flowers series, photographs of plastic flowers.

SIMULACRUM EXHIBITION - PRIVATE VIEW PICTURES

These shots were taken at the private view of Elysium Gallery’s open exhibition Simulacrum in Swansea last year. Two of my Flower images were exhibited and by sheer coincident the curator hung them next to a beautiful image by Lauren Winsor. It is a coincident because I work with Lauren at University for the Creative Arts, where we both lecture on the Photography degree. Check out her work here: laurenwinsor.co.uk

Photographs above © Elysium Gallery/Owen Martin (unfortunately I wasn’t able to go myself)

Consumed by Darkness
I made a series of new flower images for my soloshow in Whitstable. I am exceptionally proud that Dr Paul Taylor wrote the introduction.

Consumed by Darkness

I made a series of new flower images for my soloshow in Whitstable. I am exceptionally proud that Dr Paul Taylor wrote the introduction.

Installation view from Galerie Huit, Arles, France 
Two of my flower images are hanging to the right of the doorway.

Installation view from Galerie Huit, Arles, France 

Two of my flower images are hanging to the right of the doorway.

Simulacrum

Two of my pieces have been selected for Elysium Gallery’s photography show; Simulacrum. 

'Our era prefers the image to the thing, the copy to the original, the representation to the reality, appearance to being.’ Ludwig Feuerbach

Elysium gallery presents the work of 19 diverse photographers from the U.K., Europe, Australia and U.S.A selected by Turner prize nominated photographer Richard Billigham and Joni Karanka from Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff from over 120 submissions.

Click here for more information.

Flowers at Les Rencontres d’Arles 2011
Four images from Flowers have been selected to show at Galerie Huit’s Open Salon during the international photography festival in Arles; Les Rencontres d’Arles 2011! The private view is Friday 8th July - unfortunately I wont be able to make it since everywhere is fully booked, but I am hoping to visit the festival later in August. Galerie Huit is an amazing space and I think the Flowers will look right at home on their walls!
Click this link to see the images selected and to read my artist statement. 
For those of you who can’t travel to France, you can see the images in Whitstable until the 6th July! 
Image above - Rikard Österlund - Flowers in a Black Vase (Devoured Purity), 2010

Flowers at Les Rencontres d’Arles 2011

Four images from Flowers have been selected to show at Galerie Huit’s Open Salon during the international photography festival in Arles; Les Rencontres d’Arles 2011! The private view is Friday 8th July - unfortunately I wont be able to make it since everywhere is fully booked, but I am hoping to visit the festival later in August. Galerie Huit is an amazing space and I think the Flowers will look right at home on their walls!

Click this link to see the images selected and to read my artist statement. 

For those of you who can’t travel to France, you can see the images in Whitstable until the 6th July! 

Image above - Rikard Österlund - Flowers in a Black Vase (Devoured Purity), 2010

Introduction to my Flowers series written by Dr Paul Taylor to coincide with the exhibition at Gallery 3, Whitstable, 6 June-6 July 2011:
Three hundred years ago, people liked to toughen their souls with thoughts of death. Paying attention to the ever-approaching grave was a useful exercise no matter what your outlook on life. If you were very Christian, then it would remind you to examine your soul before you arrived at the throne of the Divine Judge, who would weigh your sins and virtues, and save you or damn you. If you had a more worldly approach to existence, thoughts of death might remind you to achieve whatever it was you wanted to achieve before your chance slipped away for ever.
One way of meditating on death was to buy a flower painting. Flowers have been metaphors for the brevity of life since ancient times, and the same idea can be found all over the world. Every gardener knows that a flower’s life is a short one, and that each year we have just a few days in which to enjoy the bloom of a peony or a rose. For people in the West, the idea was pushed home by passages from the Bible:
As for man, his days are as grass: 
as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; 
and the place thereof shall know it no more.
Psalm 103             
Some flower paintings contained skulls, or hourglasses, or mottoes calling on the viewer to count out the days until death: but even without these appendages, most people knew the transient connotations of flowers. Which doesn’t mean that they couldn’t enjoy the beauty of flowers too: in fact the beauty made the transience more poignant.
Rikard Österlund knows all about these old flower paintings, and his photographs are homages, parodies, and meditations on the art of his forebears. He reconstructs, with amazing accuracy, the lighting of the originals, and he arranges his bouquets to emulate the colours of the Old Masters. At a first glance, they look like paintings, they have been composed with so much knowledge and artistry. The gloomy, brooding tones of the originals are perfectly matched. But something has gone wrong; the flowers are fakes, made of silk and plastic, and the smooth detailed finish has been made not through patient months of skilful painting, but in a millisecond, by pressing the button on a camera. 
This inspired fakery captures more of the original spirit of those flower pieces than one could achieve by redoing the old style and skulls in paint. We are being asked to think and meditate, not only on death, but also on cultural change, on the way the stern morality of our ancestors has been replaced by consumerism, and on the shallow roots of our virtual culture, presented on a computer screen. And – as with those old flower paintings – the images are so beautiful, they make this message even more poignant.
Dr Paul Taylor, author of ‘Dutch Flower Painting, 1600-1720’

Introduction to my Flowers series written by Dr Paul Taylor to coincide with the exhibition at Gallery 3, Whitstable, 6 June-6 July 2011:

Three hundred years ago, people liked to toughen their souls with thoughts of death. Paying attention to the ever-approaching grave was a useful exercise no matter what your outlook on life. If you were very Christian, then it would remind you to examine your soul before you arrived at the throne of the Divine Judge, who would weigh your sins and virtues, and save you or damn you. If you had a more worldly approach to existence, thoughts of death might remind you to achieve whatever it was you wanted to achieve before your chance slipped away for ever.

One way of meditating on death was to buy a flower painting. Flowers have been metaphors for the brevity of life since ancient times, and the same idea can be found all over the world. Every gardener knows that a flower’s life is a short one, and that each year we have just a few days in which to enjoy the bloom of a peony or a rose. For people in the West, the idea was pushed home by passages from the Bible:

As for man, his days are as grass: 

as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; 

and the place thereof shall know it no more.

Psalm 103             

Some flower paintings contained skulls, or hourglasses, or mottoes calling on the viewer to count out the days until death: but even without these appendages, most people knew the transient connotations of flowers. Which doesn’t mean that they couldn’t enjoy the beauty of flowers too: in fact the beauty made the transience more poignant.

Rikard Österlund knows all about these old flower paintings, and his photographs are homages, parodies, and meditations on the art of his forebears. He reconstructs, with amazing accuracy, the lighting of the originals, and he arranges his bouquets to emulate the colours of the Old Masters. At a first glance, they look like paintings, they have been composed with so much knowledge and artistry. The gloomy, brooding tones of the originals are perfectly matched. But something has gone wrong; the flowers are fakes, made of silk and plastic, and the smooth detailed finish has been made not through patient months of skilful painting, but in a millisecond, by pressing the button on a camera. 

This inspired fakery captures more of the original spirit of those flower pieces than one could achieve by redoing the old style and skulls in paint. We are being asked to think and meditate, not only on death, but also on cultural change, on the way the stern morality of our ancestors has been replaced by consumerism, and on the shallow roots of our virtual culture, presented on a computer screen. And – as with those old flower paintings – the images are so beautiful, they make this message even more poignant.

Dr Paul Taylor, author of ‘Dutch Flower Painting, 1600-1720’

Flowers - The Private View

Here are some images from my current exhibition in Gallery 3 at the Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable. Many thanks to everyone who came along to the private view last Sunday! For anyone who haven’t seen the show yet; it’s on until the 6 July!

(thanks Gaz for letting me use your black & white images above!)

AWARD-WINNING ‘Flowers’
A couple of weeks ago my ‘Flowers’ series received the bronze award in London Photographic Associations Still Life 5 competition! Perfect timing with the new exhibition opening in a few days.
There is an interview with me on the LPA website where I discuss the origins of the project, my fine-art practice and working as a commercial photographer.

AWARD-WINNING ‘Flowers’

A couple of weeks ago my ‘Flowers’ series received the bronze award in London Photographic Associations Still Life 5 competition! Perfect timing with the new exhibition opening in a few days.

There is an interview with me on the LPA website where I discuss the origins of the project, my fine-art practice and working as a commercial photographer.

Flowers the exhibition opens this Sunday! 
Please come along to the PRIVATE VIEW this Sunday 5th June, 11am-4pm! Put the date in your diary right now! 
Apart from several new works the exhibition will also feature a text by Dr Paul Taylor, author of several seminal books on Dutch Flower Painting.

Flowers the exhibition opens this Sunday! 

Please come along to the PRIVATE VIEW this Sunday 5th June, 11am-4pm! Put the date in your diary right now! 

Apart from several new works the exhibition will also feature a text by Dr Paul Taylor, author of several seminal books on Dutch Flower Painting.

Flowers an exhibition by Rikard Österlund in Gallery 3
My first proper solo-show since 2003 will be in Whitstable from the 6th June - 6th July 2011. I hope you can make it! Please check out the facebook page for more info leading up to the opening.
The show will feature a few new additions to the Flowers series!

Flowers an exhibition by Rikard Österlund in Gallery 3

My first proper solo-show since 2003 will be in Whitstable from the 6th June - 6th July 2011. I hope you can make it! Please check out the facebook page for more info leading up to the opening.

The show will feature a few new additions to the Flowers series!

Flowers in Medway

A selection of prints from the Flowers series have been exhibited around Medway in February. Two of the smaller images (‘Man’s Suffering’ and ‘Witchcraft’) were shown as part of the Nucleus Open exhibition, whilst two of the large pieces (‘Philosophy of Futility’ and ‘Devoured Purity’) are on display in The Deaf Cat, Rochester, until the end of next weekend (until 27th Feb).

I will be showing new work in a couple of Kent based exhibitions in March too - more info on these to follow shortly!