Touching Sculpture

The Most Touching Sculpture is a multisensory exhibition organized by the Finnish Deafblind Association in cooperation with the Association of Finnish Sculptors. The sculptures in the exhibition are of different sizes, shapes, materials and have different surface feel. Unlike in most art exhibitions visitors are invited to touch the works. The purpose is to remind that for the blind and deafblind the sense of touch allows aesthetic pleasure. Also for seeing visitor being able to touch the works offers more comprehensive art experience.

My masking tape sculpture Some people knit was chosen as the most touching sculpture by Santeri Grönlund, a 16-year-old deaf-blind since birth. Santeri was attracted by the work´s particular language of form and light weight.
“This sculpture is incredibly wonderful. It has fine round shapes and its meaning remains puzzling. Few people know how to do so especially light work, which, in addition to the round forms, has its own scent”, Santeri Grönlund explained his choice.

The exhibition is open in Helsinki city center 25.10.-20.11.2016, tue-fri 11-18, sat-sun 12-16. Gallery Kaarisilta, Sanomatalo, Elielinaukio 2, 00100 Helsinki.

Otso Kantokorpi´s writing about the exihibition (in Finnish)

pia_mannikko_some_people_knit__most_touching_sculptureImage by Tuija Wetterstrand / The Finnish Deafblind Association

Landscape Machine

Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Jätkä 2, Helsinki
22.10. – 6.11.2016.

The starting point for my work is often the movement and dimensions of the human body. I am interested in an individual’s personal space and how we observe our environment. Natural phenomena and varying scales also inspire me. Recording the passing of time as well as the growth and change of my works are core elements in my work process. Physical connections between the viewer and my works are also important to me.

The Landscape Machine is related to a horizontally rotating theater backdrop and early animation film backgrounds, with the same landscape repeated over and over. Constantly moving forward, the Landscape Machine pursues some kind of non-place, a space that could be anywhere in the world.

Thank you for support: The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike)

More info: Landscape Machine Facebook event


Chekhov Machine goes Beckett

The Chekhov Machine is a collective that comprises of artists from various disciplines. I work in the group as set designer. Each performance is a poetic improvisation on space and time – a site-specific live installation that deals with themes such as anxiety, ambivalence, sadness, longing, imprisonment and the feelings of being an outsider.

Chekhov Machine goes Beckett is a surrealist – avantgardist  dance theater piece, that draws inspiration from the worlds of Anton Chekhov´s and Samuel Beckett´s plays. The premiere is at Stoa theater in Helsinki on September 15th. Other performances on Fri 16th – 7pm, Sat 17th – 7pm & Sun 18th – 3pm. Welcome!

Chekhov Machine info in Facebook

Chekhov Machine goes Beckett

Back to Finland – recent exhibitions

TEOS 2016
It is time for the annual sale event of Associations of Finnish Sculptors and Finnish Printmakers: TEOS 2016 exhibition is open every day 25.2. – 6.3.2016 at Cable Factory, Helsinki. I will have there three small masking tape works that I made during my residency period in New York, after finding strong colored masking tape. These pieces will be hung on the wall, here below is one of them.

Some_people_knit_IX_sSome people knit IX, 2015, masking tape, size 38 x 21 x 17 cm

Finnish Academy of Fine Arts´ exhibition
Last Sunday ended the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts´ exhibition at the Exhibition Laboratory gallery. It had an interesting concept: everyone from the Academy, students, alumni and all of the staff could bring any work they wanted to be shown. You were not really able to tell, without reading the texts, who was a professional artist with long career, and who worked at the Academy´s office. The exhibition raised very fundamental discussions about what is art, what is good art, and how you can experience art in general.
In this exhibition I had a painting from a series I made in New York after working with a great professional dancer. This piece is named after her.

Myrrhia_Art_Academy_ExhibitionMyrrhia, 2015, acrylic and ink on canvas, size 76 x 101 cm.

Occupy space!
The Association of Finnish Sculptors had a vast exhibition, Occupy Space!, in Rovaniemi Art Museum Korundi in Lapland. Occupy Space! brought forward contemporary Finnish sculptors, from established to up-and-coming artists.
The exhibition opened during my residency period in New York, but I was able to visit Rovaniemi in the end of January during the last day of the exhibition, and finally see my  two works at the museum. I also joined the guided tour and got a lot of interesting comments from the visitors. Thank you everyone who were there!

Rovaniemi_Occupy Space_2016_sKorundi visitors examining Some people knit from 2014. In the background is a glimpse of my photo work Tenses (Rovaniemi), 2015

Building Bodies

Pia Männikkö & Lior Tamim: Building Bodies

Building Bodies: Pia Männikkö & Lior Tamim

Thursday December 3 from 6–9 pm

Triangle Arts Association, 20 Jay Street, Suite 318, Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Triangle artists-in-residence Pia Männikkö and Lior Tamim invite you into their studios to see works-in-progress that explore the limits of the human form. Männikkö constructs installations and photo collages that document and abstract the body as organic entity. Her practice explores the presence of the physical form as well as its interaction with the surrounding environment. Tamim transforms his studio into a vibrant red cube which serves as backdrop for an ongoing performance of the artist as body-builder. His collaborative and site-specific installation negotiates complex questions about masculinity and power. Realized during their residencies at Triangle, the works on view by these two artists ask us to ultimately consider the body as malleable material.

Pia Männikkö graduated from the Glasgow School of Art’s Sculpture and Environmental Art Department in 2010 and earned an MFA in Sculpture from the Finnish Art Academy in 2014. Her materials and methods are diverse—from everyday objects, textiles and clay to photography and video. Männikkö´s installations and sculptures have been presented in various exhibitions and art happenings, among others Mänttä Art Festival and Rovaniemi Art Museum in Finland, OpenART biennale in Örebro, Sweden, Armory Gallery in Sydney, Australia, Kraftwerk der Rathenau-Hallen, Berlin, Germany and The Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Männikkö is an artist-in-residence at Triangle Arts Association through the support of the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York.

Lior Tamim is a visual artist living and working in New York City whose projects are installation-based and site specific, as each dictate unique rules and methodologies. He incorporates a wide variety of media including photography, video, performance, painting, and sculpture. He studied art and photography at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem and at Parsons, The New School, New York. Tamim is currently training to be a body-builder while he is in residence at Triangle from November—December 2015.

Triangle Arts Association is a NYC based non-profit arts organization founded in 1982 to support international and U.S. artists. Triangle’s core initiatives: Residencies, Workshops and Public Programs are centered on dialogue, experimentation and the creation of community around art.

Image: Pia Männikkö and Lior Tamim, Building Bodies, 2015.

Residency in New York

My bag is packed ready for traveling to New York! The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York operates in the fields of contemporary art, design and architecture, creating dialogue between Finnish and American professionals and audiences. Organized by FCINY, I will be participating in the Triangle Residency located in Dumbo, Brooklyn, spending my 3-month residency period in New York in October–December 2015 as a part of Triangle’s international network of professional artists.

“For Pia Männikkö’s artistic practice the concepts of body and space are not only mere starting points, something from which something else may be found, experimented, and contested. They are the primary concepts that establish the ontology of her art, and through which all the decisions and details can be grounded and understood…”  Read the full artist introduction at FCINY´s site.

Pia Männi:kö, Tenses (Rovaniemi) One of my plans for the recidency is to continue working with photograph series Tenses.