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

Vilkettä ja tajunnanvirtaa-the recent history of the electronic art,

Kerava Art Museum, Finland

 

'Table' was the first work made with a combination of video projection and spatial dimension, and publicly shown, at least in Finland. The spatial dimension is connected to the situation in the video -having coffee with friends. The experiments with sculptural forms and every day situations developed to an artwork, in which the objects and hands are in the middle of the view in the exhibition space. 

 

 

The Table (orig. 1989) work can get shown now by Vilke Collection. Thanks to FixC artists Co-operative. 

Vilke Collection is focused in Finnish media-video art, experimental film, and web-based art. The objective of the collection is to bring together various works that are topical in their times and where the idea, structure or action is essentially linked to the technology applied in them. Electronic and media art is transitory by nature, and even the most significant works do not often win the wider attention of the art world. The Vilke Collection reinstates many of these works of art that have fallen outside museum collections and the official canon of Finnish art history.

For more up-to-date news about events etc. at the Kerava Art Museum, check out Sinkka @ Facebook.

Song by You/Me Helsinki (Asko Keränen&MarjattaOja). Video edited by Marjatta Oja & Dave Berg. Images by Marjatta Oja & Dave Berg. 

Available in Av-arch Helsinki. Viewing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJuIN-AGuw4

 

The Solargenerator exhibition

The Solargenrator exhibition was opened in the Staffas manor and its park on Monday 1.7.2013. In the exhibition works relating to renewable energy, experimental technology and innovative ways of using these were shown.

The starting point for the exhibition was the observation that artists often use technology in an imaginative or wrong way. This means that they by mistake sometimes come upon new uses for appliances, which were originally meant for something completely different. Artists also create alongside the mainstream or in the margins ways of doing things and come up with technological, social and ecological suggestions.

 

More info and links in the following invitation from June 2013:

 

Art and Energy at the Staffas Gallery in Porvoo

Warmly welcome to the opening of the Solargenerator exhibition on Sunday 30.6.2013 at 14.00 and to the Solarpanel discussion on Sturday 29.6.2013 at 16.00-19:30!

The Solargenerator exhibition

The Solargenrator exhibition will open in the Staffas manor and its park on Monday 1.7. In the exhibition works relating to renewable energy, experimental technology and innovative ways of using these will be shown.

The starting point for the exhibition is our observation that artists often use technology in an imaginative or wrong way. This means that they by mistake sometimes come upon new uses for appliances, which were originally meant for something completely different. Artists also create alongside the mainstream or in the margins ways of doing things and come up with technological, social and ecological suggestions.

The core of the exihibiton is a large body of sun-related works by emeritus professor Lauri Anttila. These are shown on the upper floor of the Staffas Gallery. One of the starting points for Anttilas exhibition is Games with the Sun’s rays (Leikkejä Auringon säteillä) which was originally shown in the Jugendhall in Helsinki in 1991. For the Sungenerator exhibition Anttila has created a replica of this with variations. Also other conceptual works by Anttila related to the magic and physical power of the sun using different methods and media are shown. The earliest of these is the photo series The Power of the Sun (Auringon voima)from 1971, with pictures taken at the Helsinki Botanical Gardens. The newest work 9 Pictures of the Sun (9 kuvaa auringosta) is from this year.

The artists and designers of the exhibition are:

Lauri Anttila, Niran Baibulat, Anders Bergman, Petri Eskelinen, Päivi Jääskeläinen, Asko Keränen, Isa Kukkapuro & Henrik Enbom, Antti Maasalo, Tuula Närhinen, Marjatta Oja, Paula Salmela, Nestori Syrjälä and Marianna Uutinen.

The exhibition is open 1.-31.7.2013 tue-sun 11:00 – 18:00.

 

 

The Solarpanel discussion

Before the exhibition is opened there will be a discussion related to its themes on Saturday 29.6.2013 at 16:00. The purpose is to start a conversation on among others geological time, the technologies of seeing and possibilities of co-operation between alternative energy and art. The discussion will be started by the philosopher Antti Salminen, who will speak on the topic: Back to the Sun – the meaning of the end of oil and by the art historian and one of the curators of the exhibition Hanna Johansson, who will speak about heliofilic art. After these opening statements the discussion will continue as a panel.

On Sunday 7.7.2013 between 12:00 – 15:00 a workshop on Solar cookers will be organized in the Staffas Gallery. The workshop is lead by Taina Maikola, from Technology for life (Tekniikka elämää palvelemaan)(tep.kaapeli.fi)

 

Welcome!

More information from the curators and the websites:

Hanna Johansson (planning, curator)

Marjatta Oja (planning, curator)

Kirsi Reinola (production, documentation)

Paula Salmela (planning, curator)

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aurinkogeneraattori.weebly.com

facebook/Aurinkogeneraattori

Contacts to Staffas: www.staffas.info/

The texts, press pictures and CV’s of the artists can be found at: aurinkogeneraattori.weebly.com

 

more info about Trash Hotel concept:

http://www.marmbrandt.se/slideshow/InternationalTrashHotelPresentation.pdf