Photofusion Member: Paul Tecklenberg

Paul Tecklenberg is a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art and has exhibited in a number of critically acclaimed shows. In 2008 he was elected to be a life member of the London Group. As part of his residency at Swedenborg House, Paul made and set up the specifically adapted pinhole cameras around the building, to capture light and movement, from dawn to dusk.

In many photos, the image remains in negative, so that dark objects appear light and light objects appear dark. This is a direct reference to Swedenborg’s complex conceptions of light in Heaven and Hell: in the ‘true’ light of heaven, worldly light seems dark and gloomy; the sun is a black disc. Paul’s experimental technique also produced unexpected results; he explains in his interview, in reference to his photograph Heaven and Hell: Doors (pictured):

‘When I took the image I thought the black interior would come out as white but I had no idea the purples and blues could suggest a celestial hallway to ‘the other’ or a Tardis. In a way the Tardis is an interesting metaphor for heaven and hell.’

These images were integrated within Paul’s sound installation in the basement, Random Passages, which involved recordings of staff and members of the Society reading from Swedenborg’s Heaven and Hell.

© Paul Tecklenberg, Heaven and Hell – Chair

Paul Tecklenberg studied sculpture at Nottingham Trent University 1988-91 and then fine art media at the Slade 1997-1999. Awarded a British Academy bursary in 1997 and 1998. He has exhibited extensively in the UK but also USA, Italy, Germany, Holland and India and has work in private collections.

2000 he curated “DIY – 19 variations on a theme of wallpaper”, a critically acclaimed exhibition that was reviewed in the Metro, Time Out, Italian Vogue and made the Time Out end of year top ten list.

His 2006 solo exhibition “Bodies & Antibodies” was reviewed in the Guardian and made critics choice.

He is represented by Central Booking NYC and has shown in ‘Art & Science’, ‘Anatomical/Microbial/Microcosms’, ‘Chemical Reaction’, ‘Attract/Repel’, ‘Earth Works’ and ‘Now You See It… Color & The Mind’s Eye’.

2007, elected a life member of the long established London Group and regularly show with them including recent exhibitions at Cumberland Hotel, Pitzhanger Manor and Mottisfont Abbey.

2009, appointed first artist-in-residence at The Swedenborg Society.
Currently teaches photography at the University of East London.

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