My first show of the year is opening next week in Gallery Oksasenkatu11 in Helsinki! OK11 Open Call -exhibition will have artworks in which an act of performance has been a vital part of the working process, and works that have been inspired by a performance, resulting in a new piece of art.
Open Call 1 artists: Liisa Ahlfors / Outimaija Hakala / Meri Hietala & Antti Ahonen / Katri Kainulainen & Antti Ahonen / Karolina Kucia / Maximilian Latva / Pia Männikkö / Tuomo Rainio.
Open 18.2.-1.3.2015. Tue-Fri at 3-7pm, sat-sun at 1-5pm. Welcome!
Stratum, unfired clay and wood. (Image from previous version, new sculpture will be made at Oksasenkatu11 gallery.)
Published by Highlike.org in the end of 2014, this hard cover book is a compilation of many contemporary artists working in unique ways and with atypical materials. I am pleased to have my work Déjà Vu included in this book.
“FILE – Electronic Language International Festival and SESI publishing house launch the “highlike book”. This is a yearbook on global contemporary ART and CULTURE. Its first edition has 584 pages with 577 artists from 35 countries. The “highlike book” encompasses several aspects of contemporary culture, providing the user a new form of appreciation of an art book. This is a book connected to the cloud. All information, images, videos and texts, is connected to their on-line counterparts in several languages, in a hybrid book which maintains its physical aspects and the virtual simultaneity of multimedia information. Its main purpose is to provide users with a new way of access culture in a global diversified view on the contemporary creativity in its transversal and heuristic aspect, by means of technologies currently available.”
Mänttä Art Festival is the largest annual contemporary art exhibition in Finland. It was first arranged in 1993. The main venue is Pekilo, a former industrial building, with all of its four floors renovated into an art space. This year the curator was Minna Joenniemi, who invited 60 artists to the exhibition.
I had two works in Pekilo, a 4,5 meters long photograph Tenses, and a new version of masking tape sculpture Some people knit, pictured below.
Today I was installing my work in the attic of beautiful Villa Roosa in Orimattila. The exhibition title is Melancholy – apparently the planning for the exhibition had started in the darkest time of the year:).
I have my works in four summer exhibitions, maybe we´ll meet there:
Valon aika, Jämsä, Finland
8.6 – 6.7. 2014, Pikku Galleria, Mottilantie 2 (satama), 42100 Jämsä
Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä, Finland
Melancholy, Orimattila, Finland
28.6. – 10.8. http://www.villaroosa.fi
DARNED STITCH UP – THE CASE WITTENBERGE. AN APPROACH, Wittenberge, Germany
28.06. – 13.07.2014 http://www.endmoraene.de/de/aktuelles.html
Pop Up Art House is a feministic art festival at Diana Stage in Helsinki. We move in and out two times a year and create an open living room that will be torn down afterwards. Pop Up Art House includes an art exhibition, theater and music performances, workshops and other events. Each period has a specific theme, in April–May 2014 it is COMMUNICATION. The concept will be realized during 2013-2015, by Blaue Frau, Ágnes Kaszás and the Artistic Team, which I am a member of.
Lanterns made of clothes and bamboo skewers, and Big Bling, a large kinetic wall made of rescue blankets, are my contributions to the exhibition. Welcome to the exhibition and other events during the next four weeks, until 17th May!
Living Room Exhibition was organized in March 2014 in Helsinki. For two days contemporary art from different countries was exhibited in private apartments. Bedrooms, kitchen, cellars, fridges, living rooms, bathrooms, restrooms and elevators were filled with art. A new version of my installation Déjà Vu was located in a lobby of a shared flat in the city center.
Photos by Richard Harris