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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.

 

Ceramic, engobe, white gold luster, paracord|
56 x 5 x 5 cm||
Photography by Örnsbergsauktionen.

Nunzugu Part 1 Editorial|
Stylist and AD: Anna Pesonen|
Model: Luke Clayton Thompson

Nunzugu Part 1 Editorial|
Stylist and AD: Anna Pesonen|
Model: Luke Clayton Thompson

Nunzugu Part 1 Editorial|
Stylist and AD: Anna Pesonen|
Model: Luke Clayton Thompson

Nunzugu Part 1 Editorial|
Stylist and AD: Anna Pesonen|
Model: Luke Clayton Thompson

Nunzugu Part 1 takes a look at how the seemingly meaningless flow of online content, so-called  “visual porn”, stimulates the viewer’s brain despite a lack of clear message or a coherent outcome. The film flashes the sculptures, the “Nunzugu“ objects which are spun in elegant suspension set to calming music. The viewer is lead to focus on the skill and grace of the person who wields them rather than the pieces themselves. The film comprises of visual tidbits and pleasing imaginary, it aims to fill this void by means of music and visual effects and a distinctively non-existent narrative in the traditional sense. It has implications of battle on account of the true purpose of the objects, but these implications never realize, they remain as hollow as the gaze of the person carrying the objects, which is suggested to belong to “somebody” while remaining clearly anonymous. The film is a fusion of elements from contemporary short-term phenomena which purportedly mask , and thus emphasize its true nature, a hollow soul.

Nunzugu is a continuous project that explores the dynamic between fine art and popular culture. The next step, XXX Nunzugu Part 2 is in process.
Nunzugu Part 1 sculptures have been exhibited at “We Live Here” at Stockholm Design Week 2015, “Superstore” exhibition at Galleria Esplanad in Helsinki in 2015 and Örnsbergsauktionen during Stockholm Design Week in 2016.

2015

Duration: 01:44
DOP: Max Smeds
Directed by: Man Yau and Max Smeds
Post production: Taito Kawata (Cocoa Helsinki)
3D animation: Antti Hietaniemi
Styling: Juho Pihlajaoja
Cast: Tatu Kalliomäki
Typography: Jaakko Suomalainen
Music by: “Aaron” Dan Bodan (DFA records)

2014||
Gallery view at The Hole Gallery||
Exhibition photography by Megan Cullen.

 

KING |
Copper, Brass, steel, wood structure|
23 x 19 x 19 cm||
Photography by Paavo Lehtonen.

KNIGHT |
Marble, ash wood|
30 x 19 x 19 cm||
Photography by Paavo Lehtonen.

PAWN |
Concrete|
25 x 12 x 12 cm||
Photography by Paavo Lehtonen.

QUEEN |
Porcelain, glaze, white gold luster|
24 x 19 x 19 cm||
Photography by Paavo Lehtonen.

ROOK |
Steel, leather |
26 x 12 x 12 cm||
Photography by Paavo Lehtonen.

BISHOP |
Glass, gold sprayed rose|
38 x 14 x 14 cm||
Photography by Paavo Lehtonen.

Checkmate is part of Dislocation, a collaborative project together with an illustrator Jesse Auersalo and a photographer Nina Merikallio. It brings together sculpture and two-dimensional prints using traditional methods to produce avant-garde works on the borderland of art and design. The exhibited pieces in Checkmate fall into two categories of adult playthings: chess equipment and sex toys. Chess is essentially a game of strategy and intelligence while sex is instinctual. Checkmate explores the mutual connections and associations between the two games in relation to each other. What constitutes as a game? Can games be played without rules? How do the categories of form and function apply to playthings? Utterly unusable, displayed as unfinished game of chess in the gallery space, the Checkmate chess pieces consist of six sculptures reminiscent of dildos and butt plugs handcrafted in sophisticated materials. A numbered edition of photographic prints accompanies the sculptures. Taken by photographer Paavo Lehtonen, they embody the King, the Queen, the Rook, the Knight, the Bishop, and the Pawn.

The exhibition Dislocation explores different interpretations of the body ranging from over proportionate sex toys to platonic nudes. The exhibited pieces work on intellectual and primitive levels verging on the orgasmic. Introducing new ways of seeing the corporeal experience they question everyday design and fashion photography.

Checkmate sculptures and photographs were exhibited at The Hole Gallery, New York in 2014. Knight, from Checkmate series, has been exhibited at group exhibitions “A Cave for Play at Leikkiluola in 2018 and “How to Slow Rush” at Titanik Gallery, Turku in 2019.

2013 || 1/3 | BLUNTO | Marble, glass, gold plated copper | 54 x 49 x 49 cm ||Photography by Anna Niskanen.

Detail of the work||Photography by Anna Niskanen.

2/3|
BOYO|
Porcelain, glaze, white gold luster|
79 x 50 x 50cm||Photography by Anna Niskanen.

3/3|
PRIS|
Marble, diorite, glass, birch, acrylic, steel |
87 x 50 x 50cm||Photography by Anna Niskanen.

Detail of the work||Photography by Anna Niskanen.

The book is made in collaboration with
Jaakko Suomalainen (identity), Jukka Ovaskainen (photography)and Maria Tasula (journalist)||Photography by Anna Niskanen.

Semiprecious started as a journey to question the concept of value and presumptions of status within contemporary art. The three Semiprecious sculptures are made entirely using traditional and meticulous manual techniques such as sculpted marble and porcelain casts. They could essentially be used as water pipes, an object that has a rich history going back to 16th century Chinese nobility yet today seen as obscene. The illicit nature of the sculptures is deceived by the fine form that turns the audience’s response into positive, thus the underground camouflages itself to the auction house through valuable materials and craftsmanship.

Each sculpture is accompanied by an exhibition book that follows the challenges and joys of the work process throughout one year. Semiprecious is documented by photographer Jukka Ovaskainen and graphic designer Jaakko Suomalainen.

In collaboration with: Jaakko Suomalainen, Jukka Ovaskainen, Maria Tasula, Bukowskis, Shadi&Stephanie Productions, Cocoa Helsinki, Konstsamfundet, Fotoyks, Lasismi and Redfina. MODERN + CONTEMPORARY concept.

http://semiprecioussf.tumblr.com

Semiprecious was exhibited and auctioned at Bukowskis Helsinki in November 2013. Blunto, from Semiprecious series, has been exhibited at “We Live Here” show at Stockholm Design Week 2015 and Boyo at “Table Talks” exhibition at Design Museum Arabia, Helsinki in 2015.

2011 || Glass, silicon, plasticine| 120 x 100 x 45 cm||Photography by Sinikka Konttinen.

 

Glass, silicon, plasticine| 120 x 100 x 45 cm||Photography by Sinikka Konttinen.

 

Detail of the work||Photography by Sinikka Konttinen.

Detail of the work||Photography by Sinikka Konttinen.

Toystory takes specific shapes familiar from adult entertainment and merges them with innocent faces and colors inspired by children’s cartoons.

The Toystory installation was exhibited at Gallery Atski, Helsinki in 2011.

Porcelain Decks consists of ten porcelain decks and a short film made in collaboration with Cocoa Helsinki and Angel Films. The project combines the influences in surroundings including a clay and urban culture, in this case skateboarding. Clay known as a metaphor for malleable potential, a material which is meant to be shaped, works in a film as an imitation of transitory, a generalized shattering of wholeness: What was made has been un-made, and cannot be re-made. It is as if two worlds collide, one where the traditional handcrafting of brittle artifacts is valued partly because of the laborous and time-consuming manner of their production, and one of urban youth culture, where objects are not valued for their craftmanship but rather by their function. It is a thought-provoking artwork, where the rendezvous of these meticulously fabricated decks and the ardent nature of the sport for which they are supposedly prepared for is bound to end up in shattered pieces of porcelain.

The Porcelain Decks exhibition was held at CaliHelsinki, a skateboard concept store where the life size porcelain decks were in the same setting of their wooden counterparts.

In collaboration with: Taito Kawata (Cocoa Helsinki), Angel Films and Tomi Freeman (CTRL Clothing).

Porcelain Decks has been exhibited at CaliHelsinki and Helsinki Design Museum, both in 2012 and Clarion Hotel Sign Stockholm Design Week, in 2013. The Porcelain Decks short film has been exhibited at Arizona State University’s Art Museum Ceramics Research Center in 2015 and the exhibition “Recorded Matter: Ceramics in Motion” has been exhibited at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in Asheville in 2016 and American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, in 2017.

2012

Duration: 03:21
DOP and post production: Taito Kawata (Cocoa Helsinki)
Directed by: Man Yau
Cast: Mikko Kivikoski