The exhibition People in Focus highlights the range of contemporary art by presenting works by prominent Finnish artists. The emphasis is on the immediate emotional effect of art, and viewers are given an opportunity to identify with the countless ways in which people are depicted in contemporary art. The exhibition presents over 70 works by 45 prominent visual artists.
The exhibition seeks to reveal what it is like to live in the present time: the relationship of man to the environment, spiritual experiences, self-reflection and relationships to other people. Silent studies, as well as social commentaries, are included. The exhibition emphasises the power of art – through one collection, by presenting pearls of both contemporary art and modernism.
The curator of the exhibition is former acting Museum Director Selma Green. The exhibition is produced by Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with the Heino Art Foundation. The exhibition is part of a series of exhibitions at Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art which aims to shed light on art collecting by presenting collectors of art.
Triumph Gallery presents sixth exhibition in the frameworks of the EXTENSION project, which is dedicated to the current art scene of different countries. In 2017—2018 the project is focused on art from the countries of Northern Europe. The exhibitions will be dedicated to Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
Axel Antas, Petri Ala-Maunus, Kari Caven, Pekka Jylhä, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Mika Karhu, Jouna Karsi , Tuomas A. Laitinen, Samu Raatikainen, Anna Tuori, Miikka Vaskola, IC-98 / Curated by Yana Tibben
The exhibition «Extension.fi: End of the World in the Mysterious Forest» addresses to the current art scene of Finland. Two-thirds of Finland’s territory is overgrown with forest and although urbanism has not circumvented the country, and it is hard to call this gift of nature completely chaste the relations between Finns and nature could be termed complex, but are at the same inseparable and even sentimental. The forest, simultaneously a threat, refuge, helper, and guardian of sacred knowledge and strength, is faithfully represented in the famous Karelian-Finnish epic poem Kalevala by Elias Lönnrot, where there are no boundaries between mankind, nature and mysticism. It is highly unlikely that this story described in runes is a coffee table book for contemporary Finns. At the same time, however, the sensation of a forest bestowing a feeling of freedom, secrecy and adventure lives on to this day.
Visual language in Finnish contemporary is as in the past metaphorical and oriented to perception first and foremost at an emotional and sensory level. The issues that to a large extent preoccupy artists today could be packed up together in one unsophisticated system consisting of the following key components: migration processes and the problems of identity, social stratification, the rights of sexual minorities, criticism of consumer society, and the impact of the Internet and technologies. Globalism transforms them into common issues, increasing their scale and the extent of perception to the level of an impending world apocalypse. As part of a more European whole, Finland is bound to experience them itself, albeit to a lesser degree. However, such interest is more expressive in nature, or to be more accurate is reflected in a visual language through which one can discern the roots of Finnish identity and which articulates the ability of Finns to be global and at the same time remain true to themselves: an ability to approach the most complex and harshest existentialist issues always with philosophical perspicacity, figurativeness and through the prism of man and nature: animals and plants are often accorded the images and social roles of people, while modern man seeks harmony and his own self in the surrounding nature.
Participants: Axel Antas, Petri Ala-Maunus, Mika Karhu, Sam Raatikainen, Anna Tuori, Kari Kaven, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Tuomas A. Laitinen, Miikka Vaskola, Youna Karsi. Curator – Yana Tibben.
EXTENSION.FI exhibition introduces the viewer to the art scene of Finland, expanding our understanding of the current processes in the world art. The exposition presents works by modern Finnish artists.
Jan-Erik Andersson | Axel Antas | Michiko Erkola | Ernst Haeckel | Ilkka Halso | Merja Heino | Hanna Husberg | Kati Immonen | Aino Kajaniemi | Jouna Karsi | Ritva Kovalainen | Kristiina Nyrhinen | Eggert Pétursson | Raimo Saarinen | Pia Sirén | Sanni Seppo | Jennifer Steinkamp | Salla Tykkä | Marjukka Vainio | Suvi Ylinen
The exhibition includes plant installations, photographs, 3D-animation, moss walls and air purifying green design elements. In addition to top names in Finnish art, the exhibition includes part of, the Los Angelean artist, Jennifer Steinkamp’s dazzling Botanic-installation, which was seen spreading through the New York cityscape last spring. As the clock neared midnight in May 2016, all of the digital screens, in Times Square New York, were transformed into a pulsating sea of flowers.
For his solo exhibition, Finnish artist Axel Antas brings together new C-type photographs and video with pencil drawings to explore our physical relationship to the natural world, and our alienation from it.
Travelling through the remote forests in the north of Finland, Antas sought out an unfamiliar landscape distanced from his everyday surroundings. Interacting with the trees themselves – silver birch, aspen, spruce – he climbed their trunks, observing how they were affected by his weight. In the Pathetic Fallacy series of C-type photographs (all 2016), circular concrete masses equivalent to the artist´s own weight are distributed within and hung from the trees. In one, the branches arch and droop under this pressure, reaching down for the earth amid a hazy white fog that consumes the surrounding environment. Another sees golden leaves shimmering against silvery bark as the concrete globes hang. These weights animate and anthropomorphise the otherwise still trees; arms, leaves and branches appear heavy and sad, seemingly burdened by an emotional strain. Influenced by a reading of The Tears of Things (Melancholy and Physical Objects) by writer Peter Schwenger, these works speak of how physical objects can situate and define us, personifying our feelings, whilst also remaining autonomous and indifferent.