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Fotograf Johan Töpel, Retro-Metro, 2007
Retro-Metro, 2007, 70x95cm, 1/15
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Sommarmorgon, 2006
Sommarmorgon, 2006, 50x67cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Luddigt, 2011
Luddigt, 2011, 70x88cm, 1/15
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Bärande, 2011
Bärande, 2011, 70x100cm, 1/15
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Gärdet I, 2016
Gärdet I, 2016, 50x75cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Gärdet II, 2016
Gärdet II, 2016, 50x75cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Nattskift
Nattskift, 50x74cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Nästan I, 2013
Nästan I, 2013, 70x100cm, 1/15
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Loundry, 2006
Loundry, 2006, 50x69cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Rondell, 2010
Rondell, 2010, 50x64cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Brytning, 2015
Brytning, 2015, 70x94cm, 1/15
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Övergå, 2014
Övergå, 2014, 70x88cm, 1/15
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Snooze I, 2006
Snooze I, 2006, 50x67cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Snooze II, 2006
Snooze II, 2006, 50x67cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Rotavdrag I
Rotavdrag I, 2013, 50x58cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Rotavdrag II
Rotavdrag II, 2013, 50x58cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Rotavdrag III
Rotavdrag III, 2013, 50x58cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Reset, 2013
Reset, 2013, 70x88cm, 1/15
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Väntan, 2015
Väntan, 2015, 70x100cm, 1/15
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Grannsämja, 2010
Grannsämja, 2010, 70x90cm, 1/15
Fotograf Johan Töpel, No Name, 2013
No Name, 2013, 70x90cm, 1/15
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Tjälig, 2015
Tjälig, 2015, 70x90cm, 1/15
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Colgate, 2002
Colgate, 2002, 50x75cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Atlas, 2010
Atlas, 2010, 70x89cm, 1/15
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Helmatt, 2013
Helmatt, 2013, 70x87.5cm
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Sad French Girl On A Swim, 2005
Sad French Girl On A Swim I, 2005, 50x67cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Sad French Girl On A Swim, 2005
Sad French Girl On A Swim II, 2005, 50x67cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Värme I, 2015
Värme I, 2015, 50x74cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Värme II, 2015
Värme II, 2015, 50x74cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Värme III, 2015
Värme III, 2015, 50x74cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Värme IV, 2015
Värme IV, 2015, 50x74cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Värme V, 2015
Värme V, 2015, 50x74cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Värme VI, 2015
Värme VI, 2015, 50x74cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Dalagatan, 2007
Dalagatan, 2007, 50x62cm, 1/30
Fotograf Johan Töpel, Landsting, 2007
Landsting, 2007, 50x68cm, 1/30
In Between Reality
In Between Reality is a solo exhibition by photographer Johan Töpel

Curated by Kristina Lindemann, Location: Buco Nero, Roslagsgatan 4, Stockholm, Exhibition dates Oct 9 – Nov 16, 2015

Johan Töpel creates open, stripped, and slightly wistful portraits of Stockholm. They confront us with the duality of the city; catching moments of passages and places of recreation in our midst which we hurry past in our daily commute. These images raise the question, how blind we are to our surroundings as we move through our everyday life.

The exhibition In Between Reality plays with our ideas on reality and truth. The images give us a feeling of documentation and capture the city in a given moment but they only tell one side of the story while many more sides to the true experience of a place exist. Are the images realistic or romantic, simple or complex, welcoming or distancing, calm or intense? Or can we overcome this kind of dual thinking, that either-or and neither-nor judging?

Johan Töpel, who used to be an assistant to Johan Fowelin, often chooses a perspective which highlights a place in an unusual manner thereby giving it an air of intermediacy.

In his work he is also inspired by Stephen Shore, Andreas Gursky and Candida Höfer. Their images often are dominated by a cool, stiff and diplomatic aesthetic that keeps the viewer at a distance. His own images, however, are comparatively characterised by a sympathetic closeness. In some of his works, the perspective he chooses gives a feeling of a cul-de-sac, as if there was no horizon. This often has the effect of making the viewer gain a more bodily sensation, rather than a mere visual experience.

With a strong sense for the interaction between materials, light and form, he creates intricate scenes that draw in the viewer, generating a resonate experience of scent, sound and movement in these places. The viewer is encouraged to engage with the seemingly dull, empty spaces in a more conscious way; to contemplate the traces of human presence and consumer society as well as the relationship between nature and cityscape. Instead of merely being a witness, the viewer is invited to partake, as both an observer and philosopher, to step between the depicted scene and the camera.

The various elements of the image open up a multilayered story and ask us, in a subtle manner: How do we live? How conscious are we of each other and the places we frequent? How do we recognize a place and its changeability? What do daily routines mean for the city and what does the city’s rhythm mean to us? How real, how true is the representation of a place when it simultaneously changes under our gaze? How is the place affected by this?

In Between Reality is Johan Töpel‘s first art exhibition. He further works as a photographer in the realm of advertisment, portrait and architecture, as well as with film. He also has a previous background as a computer engineer. Many of the images are taken with an analogue 4x5" camera with the images processed digitally afterwards.

Johan Töpel, No Name, 2013No Name, 2013, Lambda, Plexi, Dibond, 70x90cm, 1/15
Johan Töpel, Reset, 2013Reset, 2013, Lambda, Plexi, Dibond, 70x88cm, 1/15
Johan Töpel, Övergå, 2014Övergå, 2014, Lambda, Plexi, Dibond, 70x88cm, 1/15
Johan Töpel, Tjälig, 2015Tjälig, 2015, Lambda, Plexi, Dibond, 70x90cm, 1/15
Johan Töpel, Väntan, 2015Väntan, 2015, Lambda, Plexi, Dibond, 70x100cm, 1/15
Johan Töpel, Nästan I, 2013Nästan I, 2013, Lambda, Plexi, Dibond, 70x100cm, 1/15
Johan Töpel, Bärande, 2011Bärande, 2011, Lambda, Plexi, Dibond, 70x100cm, 1/15
Johan Töpel, Diagonalt, 2011Diagonalt, 2011, Lambda, Plexi, Dibond, 70x88cm, 1/15
Johan Töpel, Icke-Plats, 2011Icke-Plats, 2011, Lambda, Plexi, Dibond, 70x100cm, 1/15
Johan Töpel, Närvaro, 2011Närvaro, 2011, Lambda, Plexi, Dibond, 70x88cm, 1/15
Johan Töpel, Luddigt, 2011Luddigt, 2011, Lambda, Plexi, Dibond, 70x88cm, 1/15
Johan Töpel, Retro-MetroRetro-Metro, 2007, Lambda, Plexi, Dibond, 70x95cm, 1/15
Johan Töpel, Grannsämja, 2010Grannsämja, 2010, Lambda, Plexi, Dibond, 70x90cm, 1/15
Johan Töpel, Brytning, 2015Brytning, 2015, Lambda, Plexi, Dibond, 70x94cm, 1/15
Johan Töpel, Nästan II, 2010Nästan II, 2010, Lambda, Plexi, Dibond, 88x70cm, 1/15
Johan Töpel, Äntligen, 2011Äntligen, 2011, Lambda, Plexi, Dibond, 88x70cm, 1/15