Biography

 

Gerd Aurell
Born 1965, lives and works in Umeå, Sweden

EDUCATION

1988-94Umeå Art Academy, Umeå, MA in Fine Arts
2004-09Aesthetics I-III, Umeå University

Solo exhibitions and Projects

2015 ”Kadens” with Helena Wikström, Galleri Rostrum, Malmö
2015 ”Stigi/Stairs” performance with Karin Aurell, Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Seydisfjördur, Iceland
2013 ”Searching for a Colour” Lilla Galleriet, Umeå, Sweden
2013 ”Good Breathing”, performance with Karin Aurell, Bildmuseet, Umeå
2013 ”Equinox”, with Karin Aurell, performance for overhead projector and flute on tour in Eastern Canada (Halifax, Saint John, Moncton and Sackville)
2004-11 ”Portrait in a Painted Landscape”, with Helena Wikström, Kramfors konsthall, Vilhelmina Folkets hus, Silvermuseet (Arjeplog), Västerbottens museum (Umeå)
2009 ”Waypoints”, Silvénska galleriet, Säffle, Sweden
2008 ”En annan stad är möjlig (Another City is Possible)”, with Helena Wikström, MADE-festivalen, Umeå
2007 “Inifrån (From the Inside)” Alva kultur, Norrlands Universitetssjukhus, Umeå
2007 ”From Bolombolo to Korpilombolo”, with Helena Wikström, Nattfestivalen, Korpilombolo
2005 ”Observation XVI”, Halmstadsgruppens Museum, Halmstad
2005 ”Kafé Stalin”, performance with Helena Wikström and Karin Frennesson Westblad, Verkligheten, Umeå
2003 “Montana is a Harsh Mistress”, Art Museum of Missoula, MT, USA
2001 “The Tattooed Room”, with Anneli Furmark, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
2001 “Det tatuerade rummet”, with Anneli Furmark, Galleri 54, Gothenburg
2001 “Observation XVI”, Stefan Andersson Gallery, Umeå
2000 “Against Time”, BildMuseet, Umeå
1998 “Project 2”, film- and soundinstallation with Anna Erlandson, Stockholm
1997 “Tecken och system (Signs and Systems)”, Stefan Andersson Gallery, Umeå
1995 “Flora , fågelbok, fiskbok”, performance in Olofsfors
1994 “Ett skepp kommer lastat – en vecka samtal”, performance with Anna Erlandson, Galleri 60, Umeå and Bror Hjorts Hus, Uppsala
1994 KiFiN, Norrkoping
1994 Silvénska Galleriet, Säffle

Selected Juried Group Exhibitions

2015 ”Non Serviam”, with Per Nilsson, performance at the seminar “Translate, Intertwine, Transgress” at Moderna Museet and MDT, Stockholm
2013 ”The Contract”, Verkligheten at Norrbyskärs Museum, Sweden
2013 ”Serier från norr”, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden
2012 ”Latent”, Säters Hospital, Säter, Sweden
2011 "Survival Kit", Riga, Latvia
2011 ”Spare Time: Utopias on the Verge of Commonness”, National Gallery, Prague
2011 ”Spare Time”, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden
2011 ”MAM Collections: Video Artists”, Missoula Art Museum, USA
2011 ”Stora frågor för små barn”, Sandvikens konsthall
2010 ”Taking down Heaven”, Alma Löv Museum, Sunne, Sweden
2009 ”Höstljus” (Autumn Light Festival), Umeå, Sweden
2009 ”Swedish Family”, Moscow museum of Modern Art (Mmoma), Moscow, Russia
2009 OK.Quoi? Arts Festival, Sackville, N.B., Canada
2009 ”Konsten seglar in”, Holmöns båtmuseum, Holmön, Sweden
2009 Seoul Photo 2009, Seoul, South Korea
2008 ”Nomad by Heart”, BildMuseet, Umeå, Sweden
2007 ”Into the Garden of my Mind” Gana Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2007 “International Language”, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT, USA
2005 “Tack till Monica Sparby”, Byside Sidewalk, Umeå
2005 “Pleasures from Sweden”, Arsenal Gallery, Poznan, Poland
2004 “Haka & co”, Haka, Uppsala, Sweden
2004 “Open”, the Hanoi Academy of Fine Arts’ Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam
2004 “Verkligheten + Catalyst”, Generator, Dundee, Scotland
2004 “Text + Drawings”, Vasterbottens Museum, Umeå, Sweden
2003 “Verkligheten at Platform”, Platform, Vasa, Finland
2003 “Portraits in a Painted Landscape” Silvermuseet, Arjeplog, Sweden
2003 “Variabel Box”, Box Kraftverk, Bjärtrå, Sweden
2002 Movement to Performance, Vasa, Finland
2001 Konstens Hus, Luleå, Sweden
1999 Kyoto International Art Exchange Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan
1997 ESPLANAD 97, Umeå, Sweden

Books

Non Serviam – Philosophical Essays on the Art of Living, text Per Nilsson, images Gerd Aurell, H:ströms förlag, Umeå, 2015
Delta – betraktelser över ett älvlandskap, Gerd Aurell and Helena Wikström, H:ströms förlag, Umeå, 2014
Porträtt i ett målat landskap, Gerd Aurell and Helena Wikström, (texts by Elisabeth Rynell, Kristi Burman and Linnéa Axelsson), H:ströms förlag, Umeå, 2009
Med landskapet bakom: om Porträtt i ett målat landskap, red. Kristi Burman and Roland Spolander (Gerd Aurell and Helena Wikström with texts by Elisabeth Rynell, Kristi Burman och Linnéa Axelsson), Essay 10, Umeå, 2007
Jag reser en mila i parken, poems by Ingegerd Aurell, images Gerd Aurell, Ord och visor förlag, Skellefteå, 2007
Söndagsturen, text Lisa Henriksson, images Gerd Aurell, Rabén & Sjögren, Stockholm, 1996

Selected Grants and Awards

2014 Bildkonstnärsfonden project grant
2012 KC Nord
2011 Kulturbryggan
2006 IASPIS Cultural Exchange
2005 Swedish Artists Fund’s 2-Year Grant
2003 KC Nord
2000 Umeå City Art Grant
2000 Swedish Artists Fund’s 2-Year Grant
1999 BUF
1997 County of Västerbotten’s Grant
1995 Getfotsfonden’s Grant for Young Printmaker
1994 The Kempe Foundation Grant
1993 Anna-Lisa Thompson

Grants for Public Art

2013 Storsjö School, Holmsund
2009 Umeå University Hospital
1999 Chemical/Biological Centre, University of Umeå
1995 Kungsgärdets Hospital, Uppsala

In Collection

Gothenborg Art Museum
Norrköping Art Museum
Uppsala Art Museum
Sundsvalls Museum
Södermanlands Museum
Missoula Art Museum
The Swedish Arts Council

Other

2014-ff Director of studies and Lecturer in Fine Art and Aesthetics, Umeå Art Academy
2010-ff Supervisor of the Aesthetics course, Umeå Art Academy
2008-12 Member of board, Swedish National Artist Fund (Bildkonstnärsfonden)
2001-ff Board member and founder of the artist-run gallery space Verkligheten
  Comics published in Galago, Bang and Fukt.