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30-year-old Swedish artist Henrik Isaksson Garnell takes
scientific photographs with the aim of giving life to inanimate
objects. Through this, his work takes on a abstract form as it
places an ordinary subject within a surreal and complex narrative. 
As he tells us, his photography involves the “exploration of
deterioration”, and he has taken to “recording, enhancing or
distorting reality” through his work. A visionary with a keen eye 
for detail, a penchant for rich textures and hues and a particular 
attraction to photographic exposure, Henrik enjoys the element of 
surprise that lies in the act of taking a photo: to him, there is a sort 
of enigmatic energy contained within “that brief moment, when 
you think you have control [but] when the result exceeds your 
expectations.” • AC
The Painter’s Skin

A controlled and approved piece of meat gets a stamp in blue ink. Is it before the chopping or after? Self-harm behaviour is the opposite, harming is a sign of non-approval. Self-harm refers to a spectrum of behaviours where demonstrable injury is self-inflicted. The behaviour involves deliberate tissue damage that is usually performed without suicidal intent. The most common form of self-harm involves cutting of the skin using a sharp object, like a knife or razor blade. The locations of self-harm are often areas of the body that are easily hidden and concealed from the detection of others. As well as defining self-harm in terms of the act of damaging the body, it may be more accurate to define self-harm in terms of the intent, and the emotional distress that the person is attempting to deal with.

The skin is the covering that provides the body with its shape. It is through the skins function as a sensory organ that we receive stimulation from the outside, and make contact with the world. Skin, therefore, plays an undeniably important role in our lives. The skin is the boarder between inside and outside, separates function from décor and also me from you. The skin is also separating sane from insanity. The skin is a shield. To cross that boarder is to break the contract we have with our selves. The skin is the most extensive organ of the human body and forms at the same time its exterior.

Skin in art has been considered an exceptional object of representation already in antique art treatises. It has gained a particular significance in art theory since the Renaissance, as the convincing depiction of skin was associated with the creation of life on canvas. An ancient method is the tattoos, which maybe are a way to approve the body by making an approval stamp meaning ready to be watched at.

In contemporary art, countless artists have approached "skin" in a variety of ways, including the French artist Orlan, whose performances are based on altering her own body with plastic surgery. Hayashi Tomoko, Japan, whose series i wear you…u wear me deals with physical contact between lovers who are separated by great distances. These artists focus on the delicacy of the "skin" and the nature of human existence through our relationship with the world. Henrik Isaksson Garnell is a Swedish artist who has personal experiences of self-harm behaviour. His series The Painter’s Skin has to be seen in that aspect and also in respect of it.


Nina Grundemark



I have never liked the positive color-scale. I do like the inverted one. Almost every photographer talks about the magic when they see their first photograph appearing in the darkroom on a pice of paper. My fascination is of the color negative.
Filters of colors change how we perceive the world around us. I think the largest example being the sunset, everything changes for a brief moment. Or perhaps on a smaller scale behind some tinted sunglasses. Try whatever is closest to you.
Walking around with good music in your head, feels the same to me.
People have been staring into the sunset since the beginning of time. We try to make pictures of it. I like to make my landscape images about the feeling of the sunset, hold on to the brief moment when you think all life on earth will end.
The sunset is a bittersweet twilight, a void.
With music the trans-feeling, gives me a chance to stay there.
Music like time is linear,  however with music you can always hit I<< or >>I, time travel in you feelings and memories just like looking at old photographs.
Able to repeated idiocracy, like a fly trying to get thru a glass window and getting a kick out of it.
Right now I'm working with the concept to harness the color of the surroundings, on seemingly white, neutral and/or colorless objects, surfaces ect. 
Or using the vacuum of black & white.
Recording, enhancing / destortnig reality.

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