The conflicting situations that are the starting point of my work are communicated using different media, mainly photographs, videos and objects. I use these elements so as to create discrete levels or planes behind or in front of the pictorial surface. The aim is to infuse the image with depth, liveliness and three-dimensionality so as to make it seem more real both to me and its eventual viewers; another aim is that it would enable me to share the original conflicting situations with the viewer. My term for the final works installed in a gallery or some other venue is ‘situation sculpture’.

Recent Exhibitions


Excavations-exhibition, at the Gallery Saariaho Järvenpää, Opening of the exhibition 24.5.2017, Wellcome!

The exhibition features work by three artists who reflect on the urban space around the Viiskulma intersection in Helsinki. This landmark site, where five streets cross, demarcates the border between two historically opposing neighbourhoods; inner city development has resulted in a shifting of the economic specificities of the area where a once working class neighbourhood buttressed an affluent one.

The unique layout of the five-corner intersection is referred to in the works in the exhibition. Shoji Kato’s sculpture invoking a miniature landscape suggests a prehistoric geography of hills and passes that led to the unorthodox tracing of the city streets. Marjatta Oja’s video installation or situation sculpture, as she calls her works, uses five channels to present multiple viewpoints on the intersection as told first-hand in interviews with its residents. The ongoing history of the neighbourhood is a background for these accounts suggesting that the urban transformations are outlived and superseded by the everyday lives of those inhabiting it. Kato’s geographical tracings, the rubbings of cobblestones and and a photograph of an abandoned quarry, suggest the passage of time and the passing of inhabitants moulding the landscape and shifting the urban setting. Urban transformation is likewise evoked by Paul Landon’s cardboard and wood reliefs of cinema interiors; the disappearance of local cinemas, characterised by the marquee sign of the Merano, a cinema closed over a decade ago, that remains an architectural feature of the intersection, is a symptom of the changing social functions that built space undergoes in the city.

 

While drawing no conclusions as to the possible futures for the Viiskulma neighbourhoods, Kato, Landon and Oja look to its complex presences and pasts to reflect on its potential.

 

Rethinking Digitalization

Rethinking Digitalization 24.3 - 9.4.2017

Exhibition Laboratory, Merimiehenkatu 36

Avoinna ti-su 11-18 / Open thu-sun 11-18

In order to be precise, to start with, we did not rethink digitalization. Rethinking would imply that one would think again a concept that already is manifested, and took major role in art practise. In this sense we’re developing the thought more than rethinking it. 

 

“Digitalization” is an historical process proceeding in phases of development, success and failure. These phases, repeating it-selves so far, have been producing more knowledge on theory, science and so technology. Simultaneously, economical and socio-political fields absorbed and applied new possibilities to transform our everyday life. Following this approach, we did not find anything new. Instead our work was to define what is our own position; our distance to object “Digitalization” in term of materiality, memory, body, history, communication, economy… 

 

The exhibition proposal by artist Marjatta Oja and professor Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger happened in a spontaneous manner. The works were not curated in a hierarchical model, but based on exchange of individual thoughts as one of them was even to cancel the whole exhibition. 

 

Along the meetings, the shared interest in each other position actually operated as the catalyst for the process establishing the work plan. The multiple discussions among participants developed this will to understand how “Digitalization” relates to own work. This over all approach, possible in art academy and especially in a laboratory, produced an open framework which resulted in the various forms of artwork present in the exhibition. Some works were ready, some were already in the process of making, and others were produced specifically for the exhibition. 

 

Including works by:

 

Arja Kärkkäinen & Milja Moilanen 

Gregoire Rousseau 

Iiris Kaarlehto & Inka Kynkäänniemi 

Bogna Luiza Wisniewska 

LM Salling 

Fredrik Enges

Felicia Jansson 

Olga Benedicte

Matti Harju 

Inma Herrera 

Johannes Paahto & Harriina Räinä & Jari Vahtola

 

as well as an open booth curated by Andrey Bogush with the works by:

 

Bogdan Vladimir Ablozhnyy

Andrey Bogush

Océane Bruel

Monika Czyżyk

Vendula Knopová

Oskari Ruuska

Kristina Sedlerova

 

On the 29th of March:

Skype talk event with Aria Dean and Shawné Michaelain Holloway. Organized by Otto Byström.

 

Aria Dean is an artist, writer, and curator based in Los Angeles, CA. She currently holds the position of assistant curator of net art & digital culture at Rhizome. Her writing has been featured in Artforum, The New Inquiry, Real Life Magazine, Topical Cream Magazine, and X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly. She has exhibited at Arcadia Missa (London), Club Pro (LA), and AALA (LA). She also co-directs Los Angeles gallery and project space As It Stands LA. Currently, Dean’s research, writing and visual work explores the relationship and resonances between blackness, media, and communication and information technologies. She works primarily through text and sculpture to hypothesize an apocalyptic blackness.

 

 

Shawné Michaelain Holloway is an internet artist using sound, video, and performance to re-stage personal narratives through materials appropriated from the web. her work shapes the rhetorics of technology and sexuality into tools for exposing structures of power. her work has been exhibited internationally in spaces like the Festspielhaus Hellerau (Dresden, DE), Lafayette Anticipation (Paris, FR), and on NTS Radio.

 

Näyttelyn avajaiset torstaina 23.3.2017 klo 17-19. Tervetuloa!

 

Jos olemme aivan tarkkoja, emme ole ryhtyneet määrittelemään digitalisaation käsitettä uudelleen. Käsitteen uudelleen määrittelyssä on aina kyse siitä, että käsite on jo olemassa ja että sillä on merkittävä rooli taiteen alalla. Olemme siis oikeastaan kehittämässä käsitettä, emme määrittelemässä sitä uudelleen.

 

”Digitalisaatio” viittaa historialliseen prosessiin, joka koostuu kehitystyöstä, onnistumisista ja epäonnistumisista. Nämä vaiheet ovat kerta toisensa jälkeen toistuneet. Ne ovat tuottaneet lisää teoreettista, tieteellistä ja teknologista tietoa. Samalla taloudelliset, yhteiskunnalliset ja poliittiset alat ovat tarjonneet meille uusia mahdollisuuksia muuttaa arkielämäämme. Tästä näkökulmasta emme kuitenkaan löytäneet mitään uutta. Työmme tarkoituksena olikin asemoida itsemme, määrittää sijaintimme suhteessa ”digitalisaatioon” esimerkiksi materiaalisuuden, muistin, kehon, historian, viestinnän ja talouden näkökulmista.

 

Taiteilija Marjatta Oja ja professori Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger saivat ajatuksen näyttelystä spontaanisti. Näyttelyssä esiteltäviä töitä ei kuratoitu hierarkkisen mallin mukaisesti, vaan toiminta perustui ajatustenvaihtoon – jopa siinä määrin, että näyttelyn peruuntumista pidettiin yhtenä vaihtoehtona.

 

Tapaamisten myötä taiteilijat alkoivat kiinnostua toistensa näkemyksistä, ja näyttelyn työsuunnitelma muotoutui. Projektin osallistujat kävivät keskenään keskusteluja, joissa nousi esiin tarve ymmärtää, millä tavoin ”digitalisaatio” vaikuttaa kunkin taiteilijan omaan työskentelyyn. Tämä lähestymistapa on mahdollinen taidekorkeakoulun puitteissa ja erityisesti laboratorio-olosuhteissa. Se avoimeen viitekehykseen, joka mahdollisti näyttelyssä esiteltävien taideteosten moninaisuuden. Jotkin töistä olivat jo valmiita, jotkin vielä työn alla, kun taas osa teoksista tehtiin nimenomaan tätä näyttelyä varten.

 

Näyttelyyn osallistuvat taiteilijat:

 

Arja Kärkkäinen & Milja Moilanen 

Gregoire Rousseau 

Iiris Kaarlehto & Inka Kynkäänniemi 

Bogna Luiza Wisniewska 

LM Salling 

Fredrik Enges

Felicia Jansson 

Olga Benedicte

Matti Harju 

Inma Herrera 

Johannes Paahto & Harriina Räinä & Jari Vahtola

 

sekä Andrey Bogushin kuratoima kokonaisuus:

 

Bogdan Vladimir Ablozhnyy

Andrey Bogush

Océane Bruel

Monika Czyżyk

Vendula Knopová

Oskari Ruuska

Kristina Sedlerova

 

Maaliskuun 29. päivä:

 

Skype-keskustelutapahtuma Aria Deanin ja Shawné Michaelain Hollowayn kanssa. Keskustelun järjestäjänä Otto Byström.

 

Practical Masochism

in The Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki.

Practical Masochism 17.2.–12.3.2017

Exhibition Laboratory, Merimiehenkatu 36

 

Welcome to the opening on Thursday, February 16 at 5–7pm

 

It can be said that there is something intrinsically masochistic about art making. But what about works that take this further, works that deal with things too close, too private, too sticky? Practical Masochism is not a show about ‘pain work’ as such; instead of just flirting with the iconography of masochism, it approaches the topic from a more emotional perspective and asks what the possibilities and limitations of a masochistic mode of working are. What are the risks?

 

Including work by: Elisa Aaltonen, Aino Aksenja, Artor Jesus Inkerö, Okku Nuutilainen, Marjatta Oja, Jaana Ristola, Iona Roisin

 

Curated by Mariliis Rebane and Iona Roisin

 

Feel free to join us for an open critique / discussion from 11am on March 8th at Exhibition Laboratory 

Pattern at Erik Axl Sund Galleri

 

Välkommen på vernissage!

 

*Marjatta Oja, "Pattern" [Videoprojektioner]*

*+ Björn Axel Johansson visar bilder av bygdefotograf Carl E. Andersson –

småfolkets porträttör*

 

Fredag 27 januari kl 17-21

 

Galleri Erik Axl Sund, Folkungagatan 103, Stockholm

 

 

 

*Marjatta Oja *om "Pattern":

 

"I have started collecting video files of my situation sculptures, the earliest

made back in 1990. They are mostly everyday videos without any drama and

they are taken because I wanted to solve the specific situations of those

specific times. While collecting some of them now together at Galleri Erik

Axl Sund, they are there for the audience interpretation. I am waiting for

a pattern to appear. The Pattern consists of five to seven different

non-stop video projections. They are partly overlapping one another, and

they run independently different time periods creating a continuous change."

 

 

http://www.marjattaoja.com/

 

 

Bygdefotograf *Carl E. Andersson* i Hulterstad på sydöstra Öland var

verksam åren runt första världskriget. Han fotograferade bybor och cyklade

runt till folk i trakten, fick tillträde till deras hem och gårdar och

upprättade också en utomhusateljé. Han blev småfolkets porträttör och

efterlämnade närmare 800 glasnegativ i format 9x12 centimeter.

Fotohistoriker *Björn Axel Johansson* lyfter nu fram hans fotografiska arv.

Ett extrainsatt evenemang sker *lördagen den 4:e februari kl 17-19* då Björn

 presenterar historien och arbetet bakom bilderna.

 

http://www.svd.se/bygdefotografen-pa-vag-ut-ur-skuggan

*Utställningarna visas t o m 18 februari.*

Öppettider:

Tor-Fre 16-19

Lör 13-16

Övriga öppettider enligt överenskommelse

 

 

 

Galleri Erik Axl Sund

Folkungagatan 103

11630 Stockholm

 

Öppettider:

Tor-Fre 16-19

Lör 13-16

 

Övriga öppettider enligt överenskommelse