Author Archives: Man Yau

2019||
Gallery view at Kämp Garden, Garden Room||Photography by Sakari Tervo.

Gallery view at Kämp Garden, Garden Room||Photography by Sakari Tervo.

MY-7|
32 x 38 x 3 cm|
Ceramic, underglaze, glaze||Photography by Sakari Tervo.

MY-4|
44 x 32 x 3 cm|
Ceramic, underglaze, glaze||Photography by Sakari Tervo.

MY-3|
39 x 43 x 4 cm|
Ceramic, underglaze, glaze||Photography by Sakari Tervo.

MY-2|
45 x 41 x 4 cm|
Ceramic, underglaze, glaze||Photography by Sakari Tervo.

MY-5|
36 x 32 x 4 cm|
Ceramic, underglaze, glaze||Photography by Sakari Tervo.

MY-6|
47 x 39 x 3 cm|
Ceramic, underglaze, glaze||Photography by Sakari Tervo.

MY-1|
41 x 43 x 3 cm|
Ceramic, underglaze, glaze||Photography by Sakari Tervo.

MY-8|
23 x 61 x 26 cm|
Ceramic, underglaze, glaze||Photography by Sakari Tervo.

Gallery view at Kämp Garden, Garden Room||Photography by Sakari Tervo.

Gallery view at Kämp Garden, Garden Room||Photography by Sakari Tervo.

 

 

The ceramic sculptures Shiga-Love series were created at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan where I was selected as a resident artist by SCCP in cooperation with Finnish Institute in Japan in 2018. During the residency I focused on the glazing techniques as an attempt to develop new ways of coloring by using only ceramic methods, yet in a way that the ceramic as a material begins to resemble another occurrence. The sculptures remain like illustrated layers which have been cut out of the canvas and hanged on the wall, and a layer glazed blue or a sentence engraved on a surface refer to an excerpt from a significant turning point in a prolonged process within my ceramic practice in general. 

In the joint exhibition Shiga-Love and Magic Carpets shows the results from the residency alongside a collection of paintings by Jussi Niskanen. It’s a collection of ceramic sculptures and oil paintings which are connected in the portrayal of time through the usage of different layers which both hide something underneath them and on the other hand expose new perspectives.

The exhibition Shiga-Love and Magic Carpets was exhibited at Kämp Garden, Garden Room in Helsinki, 2019. Shiga-Love series are exhibited with travelling group exhibition “Finnish Season” organised by Finnish Institute Benelux and Spazio Nobile Gallery in Paris and Brussels during 2019-2020.

2017||
Gallery view at Gallery Huuto||Photography by Emma Sarpaniemi.

MOONY|
Wood, spray paint, acrylic|
85 x 45 x 20 cm||Photography by Emma Sarpaniemi.

Detail of the work||Photography by Emma Sarpaniemi.

SUN|
Wood, spray paint, acrylic, steel|
85 x 90 x 6 cm||Photography by Emma Sarpaniemi.

Detail of the work||Photography by Emma Sarpaniemi.

AIR|
Colored concrete, wood, spray paint, marble, steel|
90 x 55 x 21 cm||Photography by Emma Sarpaniemi.

DELFU|
Wood, spray paint, varnish|
125 x 40 x 35 cm||Photography by Emma Sarpaniemi.

Detail of the work||Photography by Emma Sarpaniemi.

SEA | (installation consisting of six sculptures) |
Paper clay, glaze, steel, paracord|
340 x 270 x 85 cm||Photography by Emma Sarpaniemi.

Detail of the work||Photography by Emma Sarpaniemi.

Detail of the work||Photography by Emma Sarpaniemi.

Gallery view at Gallery Huuto||Photography by Emma Sarpaniemi.

 

 

In the beginning of the process I started to sculpt “something” out of wood with my chainsaw in the forest, without really knowing what it would become. Learning the nature of the new material seemed liberating. As I worked in an isolated environment and without a clear plan, it gave me the opportunity to focus entirely on the creating and constructing in its entirety, but also forced me to deal with the relationship with my own artistic identity. Sculpting became a method to produce something that I can hardly describe in words, and after a while, all of this absurdity started to make sense – at least in my head. I started to dream about Delfu’s world, I imagined her swimming in the sea, surrounded by glossy and colorful surfaces, and in order to make it actually happen, I needed to work on each sculpture to look like there’s no human touch. So all the countless hours spent on those sculptures needed to be hidden so that Delfu and her world would become independent.

The exhibition Delfu is about an illusion of the rational world and the paradox of the artistic work. In the exhibition text, written by Lauri Alaviitala, referred to Albert Camus’ essay dealing the Myth of Sisyphus (Albert Camus: The Myth of Sisyphus [Le Mythe de Sisyphe, 1942], English translation Justin O’Brien, 1955 ). In Camus’ essay, he concludes that “One must imagine Sisyphus happy”, and in Lauri’s text the work of Sisyphus is compared to the artistic work. “A perfect sculpture does not show the hours worked, the versions created, the learning of the nature of the material, the experiments that have been rejected – the fallen boulders. Being sharp-eyed can be torturous, but only continuing one’s work will make one’s victory complete. Every time Sisyphus follows his boulder down into the plain, he becomes more powerful than the boulder.”

The paradox comes when the reality steps in, and I once again realise the absurdity of my own work. One could say that Sisyphus’ fate is everyone’s fate: the workman of today works every day of his life at the same tasks, and this fate is no less absurd.

The exhibition Delfu was exhibited at Gallery Huuto, Jätkä 1. in August 2017.

2017||Porcelain, glaze, rubber carpet|140 x 140 x 41|| Photography by Emma Sarpaniemi.

Detail of the work|| Photography by Emma Sarpaniemi.

Detail of the work|| Photography by Jussi Kantonen.

This installation explores the purity of shape and form through the surface: Planet HER-BB is a picture-perfect installation that feels like plastic. It gives a glimpse into the planet’s vegetation. The exaggerated smoothness of the plants and flora are bulbous and colourful, practically perfect in their shine. I strived to remove every trace that could reveal the process behind the piece. What is essential is the surface, repetition and a rootless state of being that depicts the problematics of productivity.

Planet HER-BB installation has been exhibited in group exhibitions “Käännekohta” at Gallery Sculptor and FemF (Feminist Forum) exhibition in 2017, and at the exhibition “A Passing Permanence” at Space for Free Arts in Helsinki, 2018.