Unelma kaupungista – Vision of a City is open at Galleria Aarni until 9.9.2012.
All epochs of time have had their ideal of dwelling – the perfect city. It´s a solution to each period`s particular problems, which have often been concentrated in the notion of the hectic pace of life of the perpetual now. During Antiquity, the dream city was Priene, where the idea of the philosopher Aristotle, that politics and culture had to take up the central position, was realized. After the Second World War, the ideal was a garden city, that was created with family life and man`s relations with nature as its basis. Today, it could be for example the World Design Capital, where design and the needs of the corporate world come up to assume the principal part.
Based on the post-war ideology of the garden city, the city district of Tapiola, where this exhibition and this gallery are situated, was born. The dream city that I have built in the gallery is glinting as unapproachable afterimages and shades. It means different things to each person, and is in a state of constant transition.
The works in the exhibition have been made by cutting and gluing, by brushing and spraying paint, and by pouring epoxy varnish. The inspiration for the works has come from the pictures of Tapiola in the photo collection of the Espoo City Museum.
Tatu Tuominen (born in 1975) is an artist from Helsinki, whose works have been shown, in the past few years, for example at Mänttä Art Festival, at the Art Museum of Meilahti, at the gallery Art + Shanghai in Shanghai, at Pori Art Museum and at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. In his wall paintings, cut-paper collages and mixed media works, Tuominen deals with how memory works, with the structure of individual memories, and with built-up environment. Tuominen is teaching at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, and his works are in the art collections of the Finnish State, and the Art Museums of Helsinki and Jyväskylä, among others.
Here’s the painting I did for Mänttä Art Festivalcurated by Ilona Valkonen with a clear vision. The show is called Löytäjä saa pitää (Finder’s Keepers) and it’s definitely worth visiting. It’s on until 31.8.2012. Click on the images to see the whole piece.
Welcome to my show Vierain silmin – With Strange Eyes in the Studio of The Lönnström Art Museum in Rauma, Finland. The show is running from November 16th until December 11th 2011. There you can find a large collection of my recent works.
Right now I’m preparing for a duo exhibition entitled Castles of Memory – Muistin linnakkeet with Shoji Kato at GalleriaKONE in Hämeenlinna. The show will feature our new body of works from October 1st to October 23rd, 2011. You are all most welcome to the opening reception with the presence of the artists on 30th of September from 6-8pm.
Museum of Oblivion is a group exhibition with new work from Finnish artists, Tatu Tuominen and Tuomas Laitinen. The show presents adiscussion on the position of humans in their present environment. The artworks cover various medias and installations that escape from the realm of art to approach life.
We belong to a time where the frequency and intensity of natural disasters seems to have significantly increased during the past few decades. Massive flooding, prolonged droughts, enormous hurricanes, super tsunamis and giant earthquakes have all have become familiar headlines. But as these events intensify so does our capacity to recuperate and move on. It is not so much an apathetic insensitivity but rather a normal and necessary requirement of living in present reality, which allows us to desensitize tragedy. What is shocking is our increasing ability to benefit from it.
New works from the artists will include light-boxes made from surveillance images from North American border crossings; random moments and non- descript landscapes recreated from handmade mixed-media paintings and a series of dioramas of post-disaster sites.
Museum of Oblivion stands somewhere between an anthropological study of our immediate history and a humorous (albeit dark) interpretation of the present human condition. What we observe in these works is something immutable, which ultimately moves us towards a daze, sealed under a thin layer of illusion, and waiting to explode.
Join us for the exhibition opening on January 11th at 7pm with an after-party and electronic music performance by Moby Dictator to follow at 10pm. Location to be announced.
Born 1976 in Helsinki, Tuomas Laitinen is a visual artist who works with various media including light boxes, light installations, video, printmaking, and is also a well-known electronic musician in Europe. His artwork is connected to pre-cinema devices and various narrative structures. Tuomas holds an MA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Recently he has exhibited at the Paulo Foundation, Gothenburg Art Hall, Helsinki City Art Museum, Riga Art Space, MoCA Shanghai and in Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, Helsinki.
Born 1975 in Helsinki, Tatu is a visual artist whose works mix painting, photography, and graphic arts and explore the issues of memory in random moments. His working process resembles the structure of the memory: something remembered changes when reminiscing, and a part of it is lost beyond recall. What remains are the imprints outlined in nostalgia. Tatu received his Master’s Degree from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2006. Most recently he exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; MoCA Shanghai; the Kluuvi Gallery of the Helsinki Art Museum; the Pori Art Museum; and the Finnish Institute in Stockholm.
Exhibition Duration: January 8thto March 6th, 2011 / 2011 01/08-03/06
Opening Reception: 6pm January 11th, 2011 / 2011/01/11 6:00
Participating Artists: Tatu Tuominen and Tuomas Laitinen