Cecilia Edefalk: CU, 1988 oil on linen 192 x 96 cm Private Collection Courtesy Cecilia Edefalk Photo Carl Henrik Tillberg

23 November 2011 to 12 February 2012 – Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
Parasol unit presents a major exhibition of works by two of Sweden’s leading contemporary artists, Cecilia Edefalk and Gunnel Wåhlstrand from 23 November 2011 to 12 February 2012.
Cecilia Edefalk uses traditional methods of oil and tempera in her paintings, which are executed on small canvases. She often places her work in carefully choreographed arrangements, using mirror effects, displaying paintings at 90-degree angles or turning canvasses upside-down, which lends a quality of performance to her shows.
Gunnel Wåhlstrand uses a meticulous technique, painting with only black ink and water to create photo-realistic drawings on large sheets of paper. Her work is based on photographs found in her family album of her father’s early childhood in Sweden.

Gunnel Wåhlstrand: By the Window, 2003–2004 ink-wash on paper 151 x 198 cm The Michael Storåkers Collection Courtesy Gunnel Wåhlstrand


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hese images present deeply personal scenes of family life, given a haunting resonance as imposing, monochromatic drawings of an era frozen in time. The precise and demanding work of depicting this archive allows Wåhlstrand to physically and psychologically connect to her father who died when she was one year old.
Cecilia Edefalk (1954–) lives and works in Stockholm. Among her solo exhibitions are: Cecilia Edefalk, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, 1999; and Focus: Cecilia Edefalk, Art Institute, Chicago, USA, 2006.
Gunnel Wåhlstrand (1974–) lives and works in Stockholm. Following her 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: Double White Venus, 2004 tempera on linen 240 x 175 cm Private Collection, London Courtesy Cecilia Edefalk Photo Carl Henrik Tillberg


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ecent shows include: Nordic-by-New York, ASF Scandinavia House, New York, USA, 2011; Gunnel Wåhlstrand, Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden, 2009; and Gunnel Wåhlstrand: Paintings from the Collection, Magasin 3, Stockholm, Sweden, 2006.

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