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Holding​ ​Ground​

Matilda Enegren
Holding Ground
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

Gallery is open on Independence Day 6th December, and the artist is present!

“Holding ground: an area of seabed where an anchor will hold.”

I work with figurative paintings. The Holding Ground exhibition features oil paintings – a series of portraits, a self-portrait and a few landscape motifs.

A slender rowan tree with large leaves swaying on the edge of a forest and an old fallen tree illuminated by the spring sun are views in which I have anchored my thoughts through painting. The leaves and branches of the trees have served as mental fasteners.

The people in the portraits are friends and acquaintances who I asked to come to my studio to be my models. I have been interested in reacting to the person present and the characteristics of daylight. I have in part painted blindly – building a face one surface at a time and trusting some kind of spontaneous logic.

Matilda Enegren (b. 1989) lives and works in Helsinki. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Valand Academy at the University of Gothenburg in 2015 and she also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Novia University of Applied Sciences (2012). She has had solo exhibitions in Sweden (Galleri Lars Hjelm, Karlstad and Vasagatan 13, Gothenburg) and Finland (Varikkogalleria, Seinäjoki) and she has taken part in group exhibitions in, for example, Sweden, Finland, the United States and Switzerland. In 2014, she was included in the book “100 Painters of Tomorrow” published by Thames & Hudson, London.

The exhibition has been supported by Svenska kulturfonden and Konstsamfundet.

Further information:
Tel. +358 50 512 4959


Leena Ylä-Lyly
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu
15 November – 3 December 2017

The November exhibition deals with the themes of death, silence and emptiness and the meditative aspect of photography. The works have been influenced by Zen Buddhism, traditional Japanese visual art subjects and ikebana.

In 2013, I met a Buddhist man, a Zen practitioner, who had an incurable illness. I began to photograph him and familiarize myself with Zen meditation. We often discussed what was coming. His peaceful attitude towards the situation had a profound impact on me. November deals with the shadow of death in the light of Zen. Death as a theme cannot be ignored or over-discussed. It is eternal and always relevant. Silence, emptiness and stopping before the essential are part of the same entity.

November is dedicated to the memory of Juhani Keskinen (1977-2017).

Leena Ylä-Lyly (b. 1979) lives and works in Helsinki. She earned her Master of Arts degree at the Aalto University. November is her third solo exhibition.

The artist will be at the gallery on weekends.

The exhibition has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

+358 40 701 1221


Joonas Jokiranta
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

Open as usual on All Saints Day 4.11.2017 at 12-5 pm.

Saying it all out loud when you’ve got absolutely nothing left to say. Sticking to the method by turning materials into dark matter. Finding a meaning and purpose only to lose it again. Studying any topic by beating it up with a sophisticated yet steely hammer.

The exhibition plods along, guided by snow, plastic and paint, looking for contact, purpose and a lost meaning. Absence gives orders to presence which is only conjured up by a viewer. The purpose of the work and presenting its mark, the material, the message and the impossibility of conveying it dive into a bubble and come out of there.

The starting point is, of course, a human mystery – an impulse that generates a compelling need to announce one’s existence, even if it is in an empty forest. The surrounding reality is at the same time a noisy and mute chaotic structure that absorbs all messages and mixes them into a chunk of signals. One can try to scratch a mark on the surface with concentration, confidence and uncertainty. It cannot be seen or heard but it can be felt.

The works are not parodies, irony, borrowed pieces of culture or esthetically pleasing to the eye. The jungle of emptiness created by the post-industrial marching order is waiting for an explorer.

More information:
Joonas Jokiranta
+358 407696819


Vilma Pimenoff
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu
04.10. – 22.10.

Quoting the 90s eurodance star Haddaway, Vilma Pimenoff’s exhibition asks “What is love?” Instead of just romantic love, the exhibition reflects on how the images, stories and examples of love around us affect our behavior, how we treat each other and what we believe is right or wrong.

The exhibition suggests that human beings are equally capable of doing good and bad things. What is interesting is that our cultural imagery with angels and devils usually portrays good and evil as clearly separate things, as opposites to each other. Life, however, seems much more complicated than this, sometimes the most pious turns out to be the most sinful, and vice versa. What happens ‘in the name of love’ is sometimes contradictory. This makes one question whether the end really justifies the means?

The exhibition featuring photographs and installations utilizes everyday imagery and symbols that are related to love, innocence and evil. By presenting familiar things in a different way, the artist questions the existing myths of love created and reinforced by our visual culture.

“So what is right and what is wrong? Gimme a sign…” Haddaway sings. In her works, Pimenoff deals with cultural meanings and the forming of meanings, in other words the semantics of signs. She often uses an object or a picture as a starting point for her works.

What about Haddaway? Because love is also characterized by the fact that it is hard to define, we all pick meanings from where we find them. Sometimes something light and entertaining may appear meaningful and serious and, on the other hand, serious may appear light-hearted.

Vilma Pimenoff’s works have been exhibitied at The Photographers’ Gallery in London, at the Circulation(s) photography festival at Centre CentQuatre in Paris and as giant blow-ups in Paris metro stations, at the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum in Russia and at galleries in Sweden, Italy, France and the UK. In 2017 Pimenoff received the Edit -Editorial Photographer of the Year –price in Finland for her photos in Image magazine and she was also rewarded as part of the Celeste Prize competition in Florence, Italy.

Pimenoff has a Master of Arts degree in photography (LCC / University of the Arts London). She currently lives and works in Helsinki.

tel: 0509118999


Noora Nio-Juss
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

The exhibition consists of two series. The Divided series is based on a photograph I took of my son. The big goalkeeper gloves cover his little face. I was fascinated by the thought that by protecting your face you can hide from everything unpleasant around you. On one side of the covering gloves is you and the entire world is on the other side. Through repetition the works gradually took almost an abstract form. The hands painted last perhaps mainly resemble flippers, flowers or palm trees. I began painting in detail and with bright colors but always the works ended up being dark. The works in the Dream series were created after the Divided series. I tried to imagine what I would see through my fingers. What kind of light and color would I let through them.

During the past few years, I have been working with printmaking. Especially woodcuts and monotyping have had a major impact on the works in this exhibition. I have taken a break from painting and have since noticed how the creation of an image and surface has changed. When working with printmaking I love the even, large, clean color surfaces and colors. When painting, I enjoy the immediate results and intuitiveness.

Helsinki-based artist Noora Nio-Juss (b. 1976) earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts (University of the Arts Helsinki). She has had several solo exhibitions and taken part in group exhibitions in Finland and abroad, including solo exhibitions at TM-Galleria, Galleria Huuto, Porvoo Art Hall, ARTag Gallery, Project Room, Draakon Gallery and Galleria Katariina and group exhibitions at Galerie Toolbox, Katajainen kansa – Taidetta purkutalossa, XIX Mänttä Art Festival, Young Artists 2009 and Young Artists 2006. The artist’s works are included in the collections of many art museums and foundations, including the Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki Art Museum, Paulo Foundation, Town of Mänttä and Tampere Art Museum. She is a member of the Finnish Painters’ Union.

The exhibition has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Further information:
Noora Nio-Juss
Tel. +358 50 303 1968

Uppbrott – Lähtö – Departure

Jenny Renlund
Uppbrott – Lähtö – Departure
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

The paintings in my exhibition deal with feelings of loneliness and isolation. I have painted spaces and landscapes through which I want to express an atmosphere of oppressive silence and emptiness, but also a feeling of liberation from a restricted life. While painting, I have told myself a story about a person willfully confined in their home, waiting for something, and who then finally has stepped out and left. This person is not visible in the paintings, but traces of them can be seen in the painted spaces. The paintings also tell us about how the environment we build remains and about how it reveals the life we have lived. I am fascinated by people’s relationships with their environments, and questions related to this theme are often visible in my works.

The exhibition has been supported by Svenska kulturfonden.

Welcome to Gallery Huuto Uudenmaankatu on Thursday 24th of August during Night of the Arts! Artist Jenny Renlund will be present from 5 – 8 pm in her newly opened exhibition “Uppbrott – Lähtö – Departure”.

More information:
+358 40 310 0006

Whirls, Whispers and Fountains

Katri Mononen
Whirls, Whispers and Fountains
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu
2.8.- 20.8.2017

The Whirls, Whispers and Fountains exhibition features my paintings created in 2016 and 2017 using a combination of acrylic and spray techniques. My paintings are made up of thin translucent layers and thick heavy masses of color. I combine different painting styles from precise lines to abundantly flowing paint.

When I started to work on the exhibition, I became interested in photographs of space, illustrative images representing space as well as theatre stages. I examined the photographs I found, taken with the help of radio telescopes, and illustrative images with the text “an artist’s view” as well as various stage lights and sets. In my mind, the light-absorbing matt black on the edge of theatre stages and the bright spotlights began, in a strange way, to intertwine with the infinite darkness of space and the stars occasionally lighting it up.

As laymen, our perceptions of space rely on the representations: photographs, videos and images produced by artists. We receive information from the universe where we live, one little piece at a time, as if limited by the narrow beam of stage lights.

When we look up into the starry sky, we look into the past. On the scale of space, even the speed of light is slow. Radio telescopes make it possible to see faraway galaxies as they were billions of years ago. The majority of the universe is believed to be dark matter. Even though it cannot be seen, there is evidence of its existence. In other words, our view of reality based on observations is very limited. I am very fascinated by the thought of seeing into the past and matter imperceptible to human senses.

Thoughts of space and stages affect me in the background but my paintings are created on the terms of painting, freely and intuitively. The content of my paintings is ultimately linked to the painting process. The visual language and material nature of my paintings is important.
For me, a painting is a bit like a photograph of space on a microscopic scale. In a complete painting one can see a small piece of the past – the events at certain moments, captured motion and presence. Painting is also a way to imagine an invisible world.

I wish to thank the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Pirkanmaa Regional Fund and the Arts Council of Pirkanmaa (Arts Promotion Centre Finland) for supporting my exhibition.

Katri Mononen (b. 1981) lives and works in Nokia. Her works have been on display, for example, at solo exhibitions at the Porvoo Art Hall in 2015 and tm-Galleria in 2012 and at the Young Artists 2015 exhibition at Kunsthalle Helsinki and at the Fin(n)ish group exhibition at RARE Gallery in New York in 2014.

Further information:

A Little Shame

Hannah Hamberg
A Little Shame
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu
12-30 July 2017

I am now tall enough to reach the fourth shelf in the kitchen cupboard and able to grab the meringue bag. Meringue is delicious, crunchy and full of vanilla flavor, but the crumbs on the floor stick to the bottom of my socks. I always wear three pairs of fluffy socks at the same time. Cold toes, small toenails, thick ankles and a wart. I wasn’t invited to Sirpa’s birthday party. She lives next door. The neighborhood girls always end their stories when I join them and no one wants to swap stickers with me. I just have to get used to staring at their backs, the backs of their heads and their buttocks. Sirpa Vatanen has a flat head and googly eyes. She constantly cracks her short fingers. Snap and pop – the googly eye’s neck and face swell up. Sirpa is ugly but she still has friends. I will have my own party. There is a bag of mixed vegetables in the freezer, dry marshmallows in the chest of drawers and olives in the fridge. After swallowing one of these treats, I will already have the next one on my tongue. Sirpa can keep her birthday party! I will shovel savory and sweet, sweet and savory things into my mouth. I will take one bite after another until a piece of sausage sticks to my palate and I forget about Sirpa.

I have created the works in the exhibition using materials I liked as a child. Strict rules and principles guide my work.

– The color may not spread over the lines.

– Each element must be painted from beginning to end before I can move on to the next element. Thus, the details will lead to new ones and ultimately take over the entire surface.

– Brush strokes cannot be left visible and the entire surface must be worked with equal precision.

– The image has to be regularly painted upside down to prevent my eyes from getting used to it. Getting used to something too much makes me lose my concentration.

– Each piece of polymer clay must be sanded down with five different sandpapers after baking to remove dust particles. Fingerprints, air bubbles and cracks (imperfections) must be sanded down until no longer visible. The final sculpture must be handled with rubber gloves on so that the grease on my hands doesn’t stick to the surface.

– The starting point for each shape and color is to achieve pleasure. The soft clay must be worked by hand until the shape feels just right. If the baked and sanded sculpture no longer gives a feeling of pleasure when I look at it, it must be rejected.

Further information:
Hannah Hamberg
tel. 040 580 2566

Mökki / \ Дача

Anastasia Artemeva & Liisa Ahlfors
Mökki / \ Дача
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu
21 June – 9 July 2017

Mökki / \ Дача

“And it has become incredibly important, also with regard to my roots and stuff. Just the other day I was thinking that I can’t wait to go there again, but what if the cottage burns down or something? Or if something else happens and it’s no longer there, what would I do?”

A Finnish mökki and a Russian dacha usually refer to a seasonal holiday home in the countryside. Anastasia Artemeva and Liisa Ahlfors’ Russian-Finnish collaboration project Mökki / \ Дача at Galleria Huuto on Uudenmaankatu is an artistic depiction of the exploration into the similarities and differences between holiday homes in these two countries and cultures.

The starting points for our collaboration are both personal and political. Our families did not have a mökki or a dacha when we were young, even though they are very common in both cultures. We have also approached a phenomenon that has been discussed in the Finnish media in recent years, that of Russians buying land and holiday homes in lake areas that are considered a Finnish national landscape. With our exhibition we wanted to examine the Finnish and Russian idea of a mökki or a dacha as an institution that expresses the national identity and questions it by giving a voice to individual experiences and views of a mökki and dacha on both sides.

Using the material, interviews, personal photographs, memories and stories collected from Finnish mökki people as well as Russian dachniks who have moved to Finland, we have created an installation that will serve as a shared summer house in the middle of the city. Mökki / \ Дача is an attempt to create a space for cultural exchange with the aim of narrowing the gap between the two neighboring countries, Finland and Russia.

Finnish summer has yet to begin but our Mökki / \ Дача is open for only a few more days. We are happy to invite you to our closing event on Saturday July 8th, where we will celebrate summer cottage lifestyle with a day of workshops and lectures.

Susanna Pakula from Käymäläseura Huussi ry will give a lecture on outdoor lavatories and utilisation of human waste from outdoor lavatories.

In a textile repair workshop by Saša Nemec, we will explore the techniques of darning clothes and mending embroidery. Come by with clean clothing in need of small repairs, not more than 2-3 per person. Saša will help you choose the design and technique of mending most appropriate for your garment and help you with the execution.

Susanna Pakula/Käymäläseura Huussi ry at 1.15 pm – 2 pm.

Saša Nemec/Fashion Revolution at 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm.

The exhibition is open as usual from noon till 5pm! It continues until 9th of July with the same hours.

Liisa Ahlfors (b. 1985) is an artist based in Tampere. She earned a Master of Arts degree from Aalto University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tampere University of Applied Sciences. Her work is fed by the challenge of a new environment through encounters with sites, situations or objects. Her works usually take the shape of a temporary installation built directly in the space.

Anastasia Artemeva (b. 1989, Moscow, Russia) works and lives in Helsinki. She earned a Master of Arts degree from Aalto University as well as a BA degree from Limerick School of Art and Design in Ireland. Artemeva studies interaction and creates a setting for it. She is interested in the codes of social norms and accepted truths, questioning transparency and exclusivity affected by socio-political, cultural and personal restrictions.

On Saturday July 8th there will be a day of summer cottage related workshops, taking place during the gallery opening hours 12 – 5pm. More info coming soon!

The exhibition has been supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Further information:
Anastasia Artemeva
+358 44 237 6564

Liisa Ahlfors
+358 50 348 6725

Paintings 2017

Arto Korhonen
Paintings 2017
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

My exhibition features two and three-dimensional watercolor paintings.
The exhibition is based on the two great challenges in my life and dealing with them.

My first challenge was my father, Aarne Ilmari. He was born in July 1917 in the Grand Duchy of Finland. Finland declared independence later that year. My father would have his 100th birthday this summer. During the war he served in the anti-aircraft defense unit in Taivaskallio, Helsinki. During one attack, a fragment from a shell that hit the bunker caused a serious injury to his right arm. His arm was amputated between his wrist and elbow. I believe that this had a strong impact on my childhood home.

My father suffered from mental health issues and was violent. By the time I was in seventh grade, the situation at home had become so chaotic that every day I was scared to go home after school. Not knowing if my mother was still alive caused anxiety and depression. I was ashamed of the situation at home. When I moved to a new school, I no longer wanted to get to know the other kids and I stopped communicating. I became an outcast.

At the same time I was tackling another challenge, my own sexual awakening. My interest in the same sex was confusing. We lived in the countryside and I didn’t have anyone to talk to about these things. The confusion caused by my personal situation triggered panic attacks. They were another thing that was not talked about back then. I was afraid that I was going crazy. All this naturally had a major impact on my performance at school. I had to abandon my long-time dream of an art-oriented upper secondary school. The thought of starting military service also caused distress.

For a long time I had planned to visit Taivaskallio where my father was wounded. I was only able to go there last summer (2016). Once there, I realized how the soldiers had been like on a plate up there with the horizon opening in every direction. They were in tough conditions defending the city center from bombings. Beforehand I didn’t believe that visiting the site would have an impact on me, but it did help me understand my father’s behavior.

Later I found a surprising link between my own growing pains and my father’s experiences, as Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland) also served in the anti-aircraft defense unit in Helsinki. I combine these events and coincidences in my works. They are based on my own photographs and the Military Museum’s photograph archive material from Taivaskallio as well as past and present peace movement events and symbols.

In addition to the personal cleansing process, the works also pay homage to all those individuals from sexual minorities who have not always had the right to be themselves but who still did their share in fighting for this country’s independence.

Arto Korhonen (b. 1963 Rantasalmi, lives in Helsinki)
Korhonen graduated from the Lahti Institute of Fine Arts in 1989. His works have been displayed at many exhibitions, including solo exhibitions at the Turku Art Museum’s Studio, Nordic Watercolor Museum, Kluuvi Gallery, Ama Gallery, Muu Gallery and Forum Box. His works are included in the national art collection as well as in the collections of the Sara Hildén Art Museum, Kiasma, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Wihuri Foundation and many other art museums and foundations.

The exhibition has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Further information:
Arto Korhonen
Tel. +358 45 131 9043
Email: art(a)

Metallinaisia [Metal Women]

Mirja Kurri, Jaakko Vastapuu & Leena Vastapuu
Metallinaisia [Metal Women]

Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

All Galleria Huuto’s exhibitions are open also on Ascension Day Thursday 25th May 2017, welcome!

Metallinaisia [Metal Women] – Narratives on girl soldiering

Metal Women brings together science and art in the form of an art exhibition that sketches out the everyday lives of girl soldiers who took part in the Liberian civil wars. The exhibition includes a series of two-dimensional welded artwork and a multichannel sound composition.

Tens of thousands of child soldiers participated in the two civil wars of Liberia in 1989–1997 and 2000–2003. Of these children, some 35 to 45 % were girls. Girl soldiers undertook combat service support tasks and served as frontline fighters and even commanders. Metal Women draws from a research project that Leena Vastapuu carried out among former girl soldiers in Liberia.

Mirja Kurri’s art captures the everyday struggles of these veterans today, over ten years after the latest civil war. She works by using a technique of welding and torching to create two-dimensional paintings on sheet iron.

In addition to Kurri’s metal work, the gallery is flooded with sound from a 16-channel sound composition Metal Jungle by Jaakko Vastapuu. The composition is built upon the narratives of three veterans on their lives within the war, in its aftermath, and on their aspirations and dreams for tomorrow.

Metal Women exhibition is an organic collage inspired by more than 130 interviews with female veterans and thousands of photographs of their current lives. Dozens of destinies are entwined to tell one story. Since being a former girl soldier is highly stigmatised in the country, the identities of the veterans are hidden.

Although the project draws from the battlefields, the main theme of the exhibition is hope.

Exhibition is supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

On Wednesday, May 17th Politiikasta online magazine organizes an Art on Politics event Metallinaisia: Sodan kokemuksen tarkastelua tieteen ja taiteen keinoin. (Metal Women: The experience of war through science and art) The event is held in Finnish at Galleria Huuto from 5 p.m. onwards, and it is open for public.

More info:
Contact: mirja.kurri(a)

Star Boy and Rosy Mouths

Aino Jääskeläinen
Star Boy and Rosy Mouths
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

All Galleria Huuto’s exhibitions are open also on Sunday 30th April.

After being away for a couple of years, I was able to go back to my studio.
After the initial anxiety I said: “Mom is on fire!”
The blocks burst in a frenzy of happiness at being able to work.
Rosy mouths and golden eyes appeared. I think they are adorable creatures.
Treat them well.

The works are monotypes with some parts painted with ink. Monotyping could be characterized as a love child of printmaking and painting.

Aino Jääskeläinen is a Helsinki-based artist (MFA). Star Boy and Rosy Mouths is her seventh solo exhibition.

Aino Jääskeläinen
040 750 9623


Erkki Nampajärvi
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu
29 March – 16 April 2017

The exhibition is open as usual over the Easter holidays.

I work with drawings and collages, using ink and charcoal as my materials. The most fascinating aspect of working on paper is its straightforward and unforgiving nature – everything leaves a mark.

The process behind some of my drawings:

“I attach a paper to a board or wall. I smear the paper with charcoal, which is followed by a light wash or drawing. I don’t plan the subject matter in advance. The process continues until an interesting shape begins to form.

I try to surprise myself and move forward on the artwork’s terms, layer by layer. A surprise requires surrendering and letting go, destroying things that you take for granted.

If I’m lucky, after destruction I will find focal points with which I can move forward. This is the most enjoyable part of the process. By drawing I bring out essential details that can be highlighted, for example, through a collage. I reflect on the name and purpose. The subject matters come from life and its mysteries, the past, the present and the subconscious.”

The exhibition has been supported by City of Turku and The Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

More information:
Erkki Nampajärvi
Tel. +358 50 524 3373
Email: erkki.nampajarvi(a)
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Kira Leskinen
8th–26th March 2017
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

Kira Leskinen’s exhibition Sabroso consists of a series of works created using a flatbed scanner. The technique is known as scanography.

Colors dominate the works created through a collage-like work process. The strong red charges at you, the yellow is calm and the black withdraws. What is essential is the clarity of shapes. In terms of expression the series draws inspiration from, among others, Ellsworth Kelly and Carmen Herrera’s simple yet effective use of colors and shapes as well as Wassily Kandinsky’s thoughts regarding the connection between abstract art and music. How can the concepts of silence, repetition, rhythm and improvisation be expressed in a visual format?

Leskinen has used paper and cardboard of different colors as her materials and with the cut or torn shapes she has created the works directly on the glass plate of a scanner. In this respect the process resembles the creation of photograms on photographic paper using traditional darkroom methods. However, Leskinen’s works will only achieve their final shape and character through the movement during scanning. The movement enables the creation of digital distortions and deviations in an image.

A key element of the works is the mixing of visual and auditory experiences, in other words synesthesia. This occurs through the artwork titles that encourage not only to look but also to listen to what each work sounds like. The titles have been freely picked from different languages by browsing, for example, Turkish, Spanish and Estonian dictionaries. Instead of the meanings of the words, the crucial aspect is what the words sound like in one’s ears or feel like on one’s tongue. If a suitable word is not found, Leskinen combines words, syllables and sounds before each work has found its phonetic counterpart.

Live scanography meets Kauranne x Haapoja x illmari

On Saturday evening 25th of March Kira Leskine’s solo exhibition at
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu will be filled with live scanography, urban
folk music, spoken word and city soundscapes. Together with folkmusician
Amanda Kauranne and city soundscapes of Mikko H. Haapoja, The Routes of
Helsinki, Kira Leskinen will create new images with a flatbed scanner. Last
but not least, haapoja & illmari collective performs their old and brand
new folk rap songs.

18.00 Amanda Kauranne + Kira Leskinen live scanography
18.30 The Routes of Helsinki soundscapes feat. illmari
19.00 haapoja & illmari collective

Further information:
Kira Leskinen
+358 45 266 4228

F. D.

Jouni Kujansuu
15.2. – 5.3.2017
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

“Sitting down again, he began looking round, as though searching for something. This happened several times. At last his eyes were fastened intently on one point. Ivan smiled, but an angry flush suffused his face. He sat a long time in his place, his head propped on both arms, though he looked sideways at the same point, at the sofa that stood against the opposite wall. There was evidently something, some object, that irritated him there, worried him and tormented him.”

Fyodor Dostoyesvky: The Brothers Karamazov

The exhibition has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Jouni Kujansuu

Small Ones and Of Cardboard

Kirsi Jokelainen & Johannes Kangas
Small Ones and Of Cardboard
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu
25 January – 12 February 2017

small ones
For my exhibition, I have painted over one hundred small paintings that together form a sort of half-installation, a little excerpt of (my) life: images of the surrounding world – near and far, experienced and dreamed, memories of childhood, food pictures and, as always, small or even “insignificant” details, bystanders, yet so central, like now as an important part, plants, mainly weeds as well as a starry sky and skulls. People who are close to me, a key to my childhood home, Rome and a carrot. This is like a middle-aged person’s interim report of life, the past and the present, my paintings.

Kirsi Jokelainen

Of Cardboard
First my paintings turned into cardboard works. There was a matchbox and rolls as well as other cardboard works. Then paintings on cardboard. Holy ones, a mountain, industrial areas as well as the Red Phantom maintaining order in society. Together these form an entity of works in the space.

Johannes Kangas

Kirsi Jokelainen (b. 1970) and Johannes Kangas (b. 1967) are artists who graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 1996 and 1997 respectively.

We wish to thank the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Häme Regional Fund.

Further information:
Kirsi Jokelainen: kirsi.m.jokelainen(a)
Johannes Kangas: kangasjohannes(a)

Money Talks

Elissa Eriksson
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

The exhibition is open also on Epiphany 6.1. from 12 to 5 pm, the artist is present.

Money – a collective game which everyone is constantly playing even though the rules are hardly ever discussed.

I became interested in the concept of money a few years ago when a brokerage firm looking for new clients invited me to discuss financial matters. As we discussed different investment alternatives, I brought up ethical funds. The response I got was sketchy and it went something like this: “Sure there are some ethical funds but, honestly, the money is not exactly used for doing good.”

That discussion made me think about money. What is money? What is the role of money in our society? What are the underlying mechanisms? As the project has progressed, I have been astonished to find out what a blind spot the concept of money is for us. For example, in decision-making – in terms of both politics and one’s personal life – money is a very strong argument but very rarely do we pause to consider what it is we actually talk about when we talk about money.

In the works included in the Money Talks exhibition I examine the concept of money from both a material and immaterial perspective, I reflect on feelings related to money and discuss money with people working in the financial sector. The exhibition includes a coin installation, a money journal, bank transfer receipts, filmed discussions as well as people’s answers to the question “What is money?”.

The exhibition is part of Elissa Eriksson’s (b. 1982) thesis for the Time and Space Arts study program at the Academy of Fine Arts. Eriksson is also known for the bus stop advertising project I Want to See Something Else in downtown Helsinki (2011) as well as for the solo exhibition Creative Shopping at Galleria Huuto on Uudenmaankatu (2014).

The exhibition has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Further information:
Elissa Eriksson
+358 40 516 9943

They Didn’t Arrive

Aino Salmi
They Didn’t Arrive
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

Huuto Uudenmaankatu is closed on Independence Day 6th December 2016.

My works deal with how time sticks to and affects things such as people and houses as well as abstract concepts like memories and the intellectual heritage of generations. My paintings are colorful and uninhibited and examine things partly empathetically, partly mischievously and gravely.

Aino Salmi graduated from the Free Art School in 2014. This is her second solo exhibition. Salmi is an aspirant member of the Finnish Painters’ Union.

Contact information:

Ad Infinitum

Ilkka Pitkänen
Ad Infinitum
Galleria Huuto, Uudenmaankatu

“Nameless here for evermore.” – Edgar Allan Poe

Ilkka Pitkänen (b. 1981) is a Helsinki-based multidisciplinary artist working with various media, including moving images, photography, installation and performance. Thematically his artworks deal with personal space and integrity as well as the perception of reality. His works have been presented publicly in many exhibitions in Finland and other countries.

Exhibition is supported by AVEK.

Ilkka Pitkänen: +358 (0)40 522 2770 – ilkka(at) –


Antti Ruuhela
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu
19.10. – 6.11.2016

A Slow Birth – On Antti Ruuhela’s Art

Antti Ruuhela’s exhibition at Galleria Huuto on Uudenmaankatu has the most simple and apt name – Paintings. Ruuhela is a painter whose works are related to the history, present day and practices of the art form. His paintings take shape as he works. Keeping this in mind, it is clear that Ruuhela does not have a complete and planned entity that he is going to create. Instead, he paints until the works are ready. He is a layered materialist who works his materials to conjure up things that did not exist before, things we call paintings. Following French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty, the artist brings up new meanings as he expresses them.

The artist has said the following about his work: “Even though the end result is relatively simple, I have spent quite a lot of time painting all of them, some of them for almost ten years. I don’t use any images as a model nor do I trace images using a projector or any other method. Thus, some kind of unique style has probably developed from the works. In a way they are rather organic.” Based on the above, it is clear that Ruuhela’s art is made by hand with great devotion. Each piece has stayed with the artist for some time and is completed when the time is right.

As Ruuhela points out, a slow working method makes it possible to create entirely different kinds of things than if one was to work quickly. Even the viewer becomes sensitive to the artist’s works because the lengthy, complex and purposefully aimless working method enables the creation of temporal compression. When looking at the paintings we are at the same time here and somewhere else because by nature the works are compressed time. We primarily see the latest look, but we sense the presence of all layers. Ruuhela’s paintings are philosophers because they are physical bodies, just like their human colleagues, and also contain a great deal of thoughts. This, like all philosophical and otherwise reflective talk, requires time and patience from the audience. If one does not want to look, they will not see anything either.

A constant, long-lasting working method is the way for an artist like Ruuhela. He spends time with his artworks, time passes and every once in a while a painting is completed. A quicker pace is represented by drawings which are about practicing artistic and also other visual thinking. When I look at Ruuhela’s works, I feel calm because they are like nature even though they have been made. They are both characterized by naturalness and peace – this is how they are meant to be. The creatures of his paintings are such that I could not have imagined them, but when I see them it feels like I have known them for a long time.

In Ruuhela’s art the visual is all there is. We are at the core of visual thinking and expression because ultimately everything comes down to what the end result looks like. His words are in his images and the paintings are only named once complete, once he sees what they look like. We are at the same time faced with both practical and theoretical philosophy. Practical work produces thoughts but at the same time it comments on our general theory about the nature of painting. In other words, practice creates theory. Ruuhela conjures up both abstract shapes and previously unknown creatures from the depths of the world and gives them visibility and at the same time existence. Thus he tells us how the world is more wonderful and full of more possibilities than what we otherwise could imagine.

Antti Ruuhela (b. 1980) earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki. Before the academy he studied painting at the Orivesi College of Arts. Ruuhela’s artworks are included in several museum and private collections in both Finland and abroad. He is a member of the Forum Box cooperative. The artist has held numerous solo exhibitions and taken part in group exhibitions since 2003.

Juha-Heikki Tihinen, PhD


Petra Koivisto
28.9. – 16.10.2016
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

It is interesting to observe a summer night through my studio window. The color of the sky and landscape turns from bright sunset shades to darker shades. Only a few dark moments until the soft morning light begins to appear accompanied by haze. At night my thoughts wander. Hours fly by and suddenly a new morning dawns. My thoughts wander to the previous day’s events and occasionally to my trips to different parts of the world. Memories and summer night moments are intertwined forming emotions and mental images.

For me the works included in the exhibition are a kind of a return to the beginning, to when I became interested in monotyping. My aim was to create an entirely different exhibition, but the boundaries I had set began to cause distress and made me question my work. I thus returned to the beginning and reminded myself why I originally became interested in monotyping. Freedom! I returned to the landscapes where only the horizon forms the interface guiding the image.

Mobiles and Paintings

Jenni Rope

Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

Jenni Rope’s solo exhibition Mobiles and Paintings will open at Galleria Huuto on Uudenmaankatu on 7 September 2016. A book depicting the movement of Rope’s mobiles will also be launched in connection with the exhibition.

In addition to her paintings, Rope is known for her animations and mobile sculptures. She combines a variety of techniques in her art ranging from acrylic painting to drawing and she is known for the playful imagery of her paintings. With her new works she is moving closer to abstract expression. The versatile artist’s new paintings are largely based on the collaboration between clear brush strokes and color fields balancing with each other. The works are a lot more simple and structural than the pieces Rope has previously produced. They highlight movement which allows the artist to create tension on the surface.

In addition to paintings, Jenni Rope creates mobiles which are like floating sculptures. In this exhibition her mobiles add to the visual nature of the paintings. The pieces floating in a space possess a certain delicacy; they are at the same time light, heavy, dainty and massive.

Jenni Rope lives and works in Helsinki and has studied at the Free Art School and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. She has held numerous exhibitions in Finland and abroad. In addition to her artwork, she has created picture books, illustrations and album covers and designed prints for companies such as Marimekko.

The MOBILE book has been supported by Frame Contemporary Art Finland

Further information:

This One’s For You, Andy

Laura Nissinen
This One’s For You, Andy
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

On the Night of the Arts the 25th of August, the artist keeps the exhibition open until 11 pm.

Photographs developed in urine: Ecological urine art at Galleria Huuto

Laura Nissinen’s exhibition “This One’s For You, Andy” opens at Galleria Huuto on Uudenmaankatu on 17 August. The artworks are an ecological statement and pay homage to Andy Warhol. The exhibition is part of Nissinen’s PhD project entitled “Abstraction in Finnish Art Photography”.

The idea of using urine as a developer was inspired by a study which showed that urine is a competitive and environmentally friendly alternative to commercial fertilizers. The artist was also fascinated by Andy Warhol’s series Oxidation Paintings which he created by asking his friends to urinate on his paintings coated with copper paint.

The patterns on Warhol’s paintings were formed as the paint changed its color where it was exposed to the acidic urine. Nissinen has used the same method with her images – the chemicals used on the recycled black and white photographic films and papers react with the urine acids, producing different colors depending on the urine quality and development time.

“Ecological aspects, experimentation and questioning the norms of photography are important in my work. Creating artworks with the help of the human body is against the traditional approach to photography where images are produced with the help of a camera and negatives are handled with white gloves on,” Nissinen says.

The exhibition has been supported by
Arts Promotion Centre Finland and The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.

Reverse Alchemy

Maija Holma
Käänteinen alkemia / Reverse Alchemy
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

Aine ylitti olemattomuuden kynnyksen,
niin se loi itsensä,
se on Jumala.
Ehdoton. Täysi.
Sen tahto ja voima on samaa,
sen olemassaolo niin täydellistä,
ettei se voi tehdä mitään.
Ei muuttaa maailmaa,

Tiina Kaila: Valon nälkä (WSOY, 1986)

My work has always been led by the nature of the material available. I have recently switched from peculiar pieces of plywood and concrete that I have found, which are beautiful in their own right, to using materials that are even more readily available, materials that one mainly feels like they are drowning in. In recent times I have worked with A4 pollution and polypropylene, plastic used for example as minced meat packaging.

My motifs come from bushes, from the interfaces between nature and culture, from built environments that are under construction or already falling into disrepair. A critical moment, the composition or the subject is not important in my pictures. They are absent-minded glances to the side of the road, material for the final image which will be created through the collaboration of the substance and photograph.

I observe the earthly journey of material objects with almost religious devotion. I make my decisions, above all, on esthetic grounds but esthetics is also intertwined with the history of the material object and the present of its journey. I hope that beauty would appear in my art in the form of depth which is not only about sensual pleasure or comfort, although partly it is. The materials and subject matters also offer views of grief and being in touch with the laws of the industrial world.

I am puzzled by the valuing of different substances, the value that is given to them in the human world. The substances that have been processed the most by people become worthless in the human world. Wood and clay are valuable natural materials, while plastic is despicable junk. If kitsch is the absolute denial of shit, as Milan Kundera claims in The Unbearable Lightness of Being, then the most high-end design is kitsch. It is continuous valuing: What is a valuable substance? What is a valuable shape and what is not? Minced meat packaging is shit because it symbolized everything that we should get rid of – industrial meat production, lack of interest in the production process of daily food and mountains of waste. However, it is also esthetic valuing to state that minced meat packaging is shit.

In reverse alchemy, substances make a long journey from an organic substance in prehistoric forests into fossils and further into oil and plastic through human processing. They become a threat to the entire living nature and from the human perspective they become the scum of the material world. My exhibition is a desperate attempt to reverse this process, an attempt to restore the value of the substance in question by bringing it into the sphere of art.

The exhibition has been supported by The Finnish Cultural Foundation and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Grave New World

Sebastian Lindberg
Grave New World
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu
6-24 July 2016

An important element in my work is the presence of chance and its impact on the structure of my art. The three-dimensional, relief-like shapes in my paintings have been created by working with masses of acrylic paint. I turn the work to make the paint run, thus allowing gravity to contribute its input into the paintings. The slow meditative process is just as important as the final painting.

The key theme throughout my paintings is water in different forms – the rippling of water, the flowing and whirling movement as well as surging waves whipping the building masses. The remains of wrecks resting deep in the water and the colorful biodiversity thriving on the surface of the wrecks have also left a memory trace in my works.

Tel. 040 5270653


Kazuko Kizawa
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

Galleria Huuto is closed during Midsummer 24-26 June.

The exhibition features a video installation based on the themes of colour and light using materials found in Finland. The installation consists of video works incorporating the physical phenomena of light. I hope that these works will inspire viewers to think about colour, light, the relationship between colour and light as well as time and space.

Kazuko Kizawa is a contemporary visual artist and photographer from Japan. She currently lives and works in Finland. She has been constantly pursuing the possibilities of colour and light. She began with two-dimensional artworks, moving into three-dimensional objects, installations and moving images, changing the form of expression as necessary. Her current challenge is focused on using physical phenomena, the nature of interference, to experiment with the possibilities of colour and light and to create contemporary art.

During the various artist-in-residencies she has attended since Banff, Canada in 2002, she has enjoyed the way that her work absorbs and is changed by the landscapes, materials and people that she has encountered along the way. She feels that working in residence is the most effective method for her and she hopes to continue on this path in the future. She graduated from the Tama University of Arts Graduate School (MFA, 1999) and was awarded the Made in Kawasaki Contemporary Art Award Judge Prize in Japan (2006). She has taken part in various events and exhibitions with the theme of “light” such as Lumière (2012, Canada), Porin juhlaviikot (2010, Finland), Polar Night Light (2007, Finland) and GLOW (2004, USA). Her works have been exhibited in Japan, North America, Europe and Oceania.


The Unknown

Hanneriina Moisseinen & Visa Knuuttila
The Unknown
Comic installation and video performance
25.5. – 12.6.2016
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

The Unkown is Hanneriina Moisseinen and Visa Knuuttila’s joint exhibition where the artists approach the events in the Karelian Isthmus during the Continuation War in the summer of 1944.

The techniques featured in the exhibition are comics, video and performance. The result of Moisseinen’s four years of work, the 240-page graphic novel Kannas, will also be launched at the exhibition opening. The novel approaches the events of the war from perspectives that differ from the general popular culture imagery and from the official historical descriptions, for example through the experiences of women, animals and an antihero devastated by the war. Instead of manly struggle, killing and suffering, Moisseinen depicts the mutual support and solidarity among people evacuated from their homes due to the war.

The original comic images displayed at the exhibition focus on the last moments of Private Auvo Oksala, a deserter who has gone mad. He is the only one who survived the enemy’s attack, but his mental state has been severely disturbed. Through the fictional character of Auvo Oksala the war appears an intermediate state where all normal rules have been revoked and nothing can be trusted. Auvo is also a loser in the selective writing of history as the conventions essentially ignore such fates of failed soldiers. Mental problems among soldiers are also still today avoided as a topic in Finnish war literature.

The video installation created in the gallery brings Auvo Oksala to life through Knuuttila’s physical interpretation. Wandering somewhere between life and death, Auvo has fallen outside of everything, in no man’s land, unable to find a solution to continuing his existence. Knuuttila’s performative work is largely based on the methods and aesthetics of butoh and, as is characteristic of butoh, the “unknown” of the video refers to the journey to Auvo’s inner world, to the darkness of his body and mind.

The Kannas book includes a scene in which Auvo is wandering among the graves of dead soldiers without knowing if he is alive or dead. The name of the exhibition also refers to the unknown aspects of war history and stories in a broader sense. The two artists represent the first generation whose fathers were not sent to the front, but indirectly the wartime traumas are still present in many families. It’s not so long ago that hundreds of thousands of Finns had to escape from war.

The exhibition has been supported by the Kone Foundation, the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Uusimaa Regional Fund and Karelian Cultural Association (Karjalan Sivistysseura).

Visa Knuuttila
tel. 044 973 1316
e-mail: wisa.knuuttila(at)gmail(dot)com

Hanneriina Moisseinen
tel. 044 343 2024
e-mail: hanneriina.moisseinen(at)kolumbus(dot)fi

The Streaming

Arto Nurro
The Streaming
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

The exhibition is open also on Ascencion Day the 5th of May.

My drawings are seismography of the human psyche and body, signs of human presence in this time. We lead a seemingly limitless electronic lifestyle. We are devices that receive an overload of information, but ultimately we have to analyze everything in our own heads, in our minds tied to the flesh. Knowledge does not increase one’s understanding, sometimes it only increases confusion. There are, however, two truths: the journey began at one point and will end at another point. Everything in between is interesting speculation.

My exhibition will showcase large drawings created using ink, graphite and paper cuttings.

Thank you:
Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Arts Promotion Centre Finland / Uusimaa

Arto Nurro
+358 (0) 445771539

The Boy in the Picture

Sampo Apajalahti
The Boy in the Picture
13 April – 1 May 2016
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

Gallery is open also on Mondays 12-17 until first of May!
The exhibition is open also on 30 April and 1 May!

My exhibition features paintings and photographic works from 2015-2016.

The artistic process of these works is based on old photographs from the early 1980s, showing me as a young child. I am so young in these pictures that I don’t really remember much from those times. My exhibition explores the relationship between adulthood and childhood with the old photographs of a child engaging in a discussion about the passing of time and things changing with and within a trained artist’s work.

When working somewhere between photography and painting, I look for a situation where the works engage in a dialogue not only through their themes but also through their technical implementation. My aim is to combine these two forms of visual arts into a coherent whole, while also developing my artistic expression within the context of each individual art form. When working, in my mind I also combine seemingly contrary aspects such as conceptual and visual approaches, substance and superficiality as well as being analytical and a craftsman.

The exhibition has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland / National Council for Visual Arts.

Sampo Apajalahti (b.1980) is currently finishing up his master degree in Academy of Fine Arts in University of the Art`s. Earlier he has studied visual and media arts in Pekka Halonen`s Academy. Apajalahti has participated in group exhibitions since 2008, and he had his previous solo exhibition in gallery Fafa in the year 2014.

050 434 9293

Coded Colours

Tuomas Tuomiranta
Coded Colours
Computer graphics and interactive video installation
23 March – 10 April 2016
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

During Easter the gallery has usual opening hours (closed on Monday as usual).

I want to create works that combine visual arts with mathematics through graphics programming. In addition to being interesting, this approach provides access to incredible and artistically unique visual worlds. In terms of technique, my works can be, for example, computer graphics prints, interactive video installations or computer animations. I believe that graphics programming can achieve the same artistic depth and sensitivity as more traditional techniques.

The computer graphics images of the Reflections series (2013-) are based on editing algorithms I have developed over a long period of time and I have programmed them using the Processing language. I use photographs, paintings, computer drawings and other images I have created as the basis for my images. My aim with the series is to achieve a spatial and flowing effect, rhythm as well as intensive and multi-dimensional colours. I want the images to be interesting when viewed from any distance, offering a variety of details and levels. The names of the images are wordplay-like quotations from the music that I have listened to while creating the images and that I have found inspiring, thus forming a sort of imaginary “playlist” for this silent exhibition.

My new interactive video installation Touch (2015) allows the users to paint on a projection surface using the outlines of their bodies. The installation has been programmed using the Processing language and it utilizes a Kinect sensor. The spreading of colours has been implemented using the discrete wave equation. The installation has changing colour schemes and the users’ colours change cyclically. When two users touch, something special happens.

Tuomas Tuomiranta
+358 50 310 7794


Unski Antti Immonen
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu
2–20 March 2016

We are not interested in the reasons, we look for those guilty to purge ourselves in their blood.
– Samuli Paronen

Unski Antti Immonen (b. 1981) earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2015. He also gained a diploma in visual arts from Art School Maa in 2011.

As an artist I see myself as an explorer of some sort. I explore different ways of constructing an artwork and understanding how a work is being created. As my works take shape, I also try to understand and analyze the world. The final work may be anything, but ultimately it is about a way to exist and perceive the world. I work with multiple mediums simultaneously. I find this approach productive, with the different techniques supporting each other. I also get a chance to be faced with something new and uncertain whenever working.

I wish to thank the Finnish Art Society for the grant!

Unski Antti Immonen
+358 40 415 5304

Waiting Room

John Grönberg
Waiting Room
10 – 28 February 2016
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

We have a body and mind and everything we experience with them is real. Touching is real. Hearing is real. Seeing is real. Smelling is real. Pain doesn’t need to be questioned because one feels it.

Thoughts are also real. When a thought is born, it is an image of a possible truth and as long as that thought exists the possibility cannot be denied.

What to do and what to choose if everything can be true?

This exhibition depicts the symptoms of change, the material and immaterial simultaneously squeezing through space and an individual’s attempt to control time.

+358 50 468 0797

The Marrakech of my images

Tuovi Eskola
The Marrakech of my images
20 January – 7 February 2016
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

When I paint, I imagine and illustrate places that I have never actually been to. I often have dreams of visiting places in different parts of the world. These dreams of different countries are the starting point for my paintings. For this exhibition I have selected paintings and drawings related to Morocco. I am fascinated by the country’s shameless colors, abundance and ornamentation.

The images in the paintings have been compiled from different sources – magazines and the internet, holiday pictures of strangers, trips I have made to faraway countries in my dreams as well as events, buildings and moments from the streets of my hometown, Helsinki. In my paintings, the flow of images from today’s world gets mixed up with personal experiences and memories.

My paintings consist of separate pieces, which allows me to break up the time, space and perspective within one frame. I depict the interior and exterior of buildings as well as various light and weather conditions at the same time.

I identify with Henri Matisse and his contemporaries who traveled all over the world and painted exotic images after being inspired by foreign cultures. I myself seek orientalism from the internet, eastern Helsinki or the ethnic grocery stores in the neighborhood of Kallio.

Picnic for the Sad

Heidi Elisabeth Hänninen
Picnic for the Sad
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

On the 1st of January the gallery is closed.
On Epiphany the 6th of January the gallery is open.
On Monday 11th January gallery is open.

Picnic for the Sad at Galleria Huuto will be the final exhibition on sculptor Heidi Elisabeth Hänninen’s Southern and Central Finland tour. The exhibition has previously visited Gallery Rajatila in Tampere (November 2014), Gallery Becker in Jyväskylä (February 2015) and the Raasepori Photography Center in Karjaa (July 2015). The first time something slightly related to this exhibition took place was in 2009 when Hänninen had her Mortus non multus exhibition (Latin for “Living Dead”) in Petrozavodsk, Russia, displaying videos and an online performance.

Hänninen wants to explore the themes she has been investigating thoroughly and devotedly and she has been working on this combination of works since 2008. It originates from Russia, from a Murmansk fell cemetery which has been reproduced in the form of the exhibition and its installations. The artist combines photography, video and other light materials with heavy concrete.
The exhibition has taken many forms during the tour. The artist has spent time in The Death Office to discuss death and grief as well as Russia and art in general with the visitors. Death and art-workshops have given the participants an opportunity to reflect on their views of death through works of art and the processes of creating art. The guests in the Death seminars have included local “death specialists”, including priests, a grief researcher, a poem reciter, a nurse who specializes in palliative care, undertakers and shamans. The guests at Galleria Huuto’s open seminar on 12 January will be researchers who have explored death as part of their work, media anthropologist Johanna Sumiala and the Ritual Museum’s researcher and anthropologist Maija Butters, linguist Janne Saarikivi as well as artist Teemu Mäki who has explored death in his art.

Through the exhibition tour the artist, together with all the visitors, has told a complex story about death which has always taken a new and different form in each city and gallery. According to Hänninen, the social events included in the exhibitions have taken shape surprisingly spontaneously – when death is being discussed and reflected on, the right people seem to show up almost automatically. Hänninen will also hold workshops at Galleria Huuto and she will receive visitors on weekends during the gallery’s opening hours.

During the tour, the exhibition has accumulated many new levels that can be seen both as the artist’s social, esthetic and materialistic attempts to reach out to the afterlife and as an artistic exploration of the final journey. Picnic for the Sad is a place where you are allowed to feel sad but it is also a place where you can rejoice over change and new beginnings. Picnic for the Sad challenges one to face time and the meanings or symbols that someone else has given to the ending of life. Is it even possible for us to understand how someone else grieves or feels about death?

Events at the exhibition Picnic for the Sad:

31.12. at 5 pm – Death Concert, live performance by Kuolema Duo (more: facebook/ youtube)
and Vodkaperformance (Heidi E. Hänninen)

12.1. at 6 – 8 pm. Death seminar. Guests: Death researchers Johanna Sumiala (media-anthropologist) and Maija Butters (researcher-anthropologist), linguist Janne Saarikivi and artist Teemu Mäki. Possibly surprise guests.

At the weekends (Sat 2. – Sun 3.1., Sat 9. – Mon 11.1. and Sat 16. – Sun 17.1.) conversation artwork Death Office. Artist on duty at the office for conversations about death, sorrow and art.

1 – 2 hour workshops for children at the gallery. At the workshop artist will discuss with children about the exhibition, death and sorrow. Children can also draw and sculpt. Contact by phone 0509104162 or by email xeugux(a), if you are interested about the workshops. Workshops are held during the weekdays 12 – 5 pm and bookings can be received anytime untill the end of the workshop.

For more information on the exhibition events, visit the artist’s website:

The exhibition has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.


Marina Ciglar & Tapio Tuominen
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

On Independence day Dec 6th Huuto Uudenmaankatu is closed.

Laskos, Veck, Fold consists of two independent installations which seek to establish a dialogue between each other. Both installations are based on a fold and its importance to the artist.

The word “fold” can be understood both as a concrete fold in a fabric and as a metaphor. Our installations’ metaphoric view of a fold is based on Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy. According to Merleau-Ponty, the seer and the visible are the same tissue. It is the intertwining of the world and the body. This tissue consists of differences and thus the flesh of the body forms a fold in the flesh of the world. The flesh fold does not merge into the world but stands out instead. In the fold the tissue turns towards itself and becomes visible because it consists of differences among itself. According to Merleau-Ponty, meaning is included in a physical object; matter is pregnant with its form. In the mute activity of perception, the living body encounters the world to which this encounter gives meaning. The meaning of an activity is thus tied to its material implementation and therefore it is impossible to replace with verbal explanations.

Marina Ciglar’s installation showcases her textile works in which reverse and right sides interpret the inside and outside of a fold – silk, wool, shadows and blind spots as the extensions of the body.

Tuominen’s installation consists of folds as well as drawings interpreting those folds.

Marina Ciglar
+358 40 541 4369

Tapio Tuominen
+358 50 305 2816

METROPOLIS – Collage City

Tatu Tuominen
METROPOLIS – Collage City
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

Visualization of architecture in a two-dimensional form is known to be challenging. There are photographers who specialize in architecture. Built environments have been used as themes in painting for just as long as natural landscapes. Today visualizations are created for commercial purposes primarily using computer programs.

Tatu Tuominen’s new collection of works entitled Studying Modern Architecture with a Knife is an ambitious documentation of the ideals of modern architecture. It abandons the straightforward realism which is typical of documentation, instead building an overall interpretation of the esthetics of design and scale. In spite of the two-dimensional nature, the works manage to convey a spatial experience, an interpretation of what the scale and rhythm of the space and the arrangement of masses might feel like when one is next to the building.

Tuominen builds his works using images from architectural books and magazines. He cuts the images carefully to create the desired architectural shapes and glues the pieces together to form a new entity. As the material used in the collage comes from books and magazines, it also includes occasional letters and layout-related details. This also links the works to the history of collage, to the modernists who composed their works of advertisements, wrapping paper and newspaper.

Tuominen’s collages are so carefully executed that one has to take another look to realize that they consist of pieces. The base used is a classic printmaking paper which also provides margin for the works.

Tuominen has dealt with the same theme in his video Standing in the Ruins. In the video the camera goes around the leftover pieces of paper generated in the process of Tuominen’s collage series. The music playing in the background makes the video feel nostalgic and futuristic at the same time. Tuominen has created the soundtrack by sampling, modifying and arranging tiny pieces of the music Gottfried Huppertz composed for the film Metropolis. The slow movement of the camera and the eerie buildings made of paper pieces make one think of video games and surrealistic future visions and the despair smoldering in them. This association is interesting because it was despair that fed modernism in architecture after the war. The new emergence meant a new mindset but also pomposity.

There is something surrealistic about the collages and the video. The layered built shapes lead the viewer to future cities where every surface is a basis for projection.

Tuominen does not describe the current state of architecture nor is the relationship between his works and the ideals of modernist architecture very descriptive. Instead his approach is explanatory. He tries to sort out why modernist architecture has ended up in its current form.

There is also some idealism behind his works. How could architecture be improved and developed on the basis of the old ideals?

Veikko Halmetoja

Tatu Tuominen (b. 1975) is a Helsinki-based visual artist whose art deals with architecture as well as the significance of print matter in the world following the digital revolution. Over the past ten years Tuominen has displayed his works at various solo and collective exhibitions in both Finland and abroad. In recent years his art has been on display, for example, at the Lahti Art Museum, TRI Kunsthalle in Tampere, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, the Mänttä Art Festival, Art + Shanghai Gallery in Shanghai as well as Gallery Aarni in Espoo.
Tuominen earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Finnish Academy of Fina Arts in 2006 and he now works there as the Lecturer of Printmaking.

The exhibition has been supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Tatu Tuominen
p. 0442631028


Frida Hultcrantz:
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu
21 October – 8 November 2015


“I would like to be unveiled, but not before I am loved the way I am.”

Anyone moving to a new country and culture will go through the building of identity. Frida Hultcrantz moved to Finland from Sweden 15 years ago, but the building of identity still continues.

In Hultcrantz’s paintings seduction meets covering, impressiveness meets modesty. It seems that the individuals depicted in the paintings seek attention by hiding themselves. “I want to show and give everything of myself,” says Hultcrantz, “but it happens through the eyes of others and their view is distorted.”

A reflective, beautifully draping fabric covers a female body in each of Hultcrantz’s works. It is, however, not a piece of clothing but rather like a cloak of invisibility. When wearing it, an individual can imagine that they will be seen and heard as they are.

“I cover myself because I am afraid that I will be unveiled. I know that one day I will explode.”

Frida Hultcrantz’s paintings at Galleria Huuto, Uudenmaankatu 35, Helsinki
21 October – 8 November 2015
Tue-Sun 12 pm – 5 pm


Kirsti Tuokko
Tyttölapsia / Girls
30.9. – 18.10.2015
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

Kirsti Tuokko has painted the gallery full of girls.

Kirsti Tuokko’s deep and emotional portraits of children are stylized paintings. The images painted on Plexiglas are visually layered, created on both sides of the transparent base. Tuokko has scratched a thin drawing line on the surface of the Plexiglas and painted the color surfaces broadly. The images are based on memories, photographs and experiences. Even though they are recognizable and easy to identify with at a general level, they are based on something intimate. The esthetics of the paintings contain references to old photographs, but everything that is too obviously nostalgic and sweet has been effectively eliminated from these references. Tuokko paints with a straightforward and unpretentious approach.

This series of paintings have been created and have evolved over the past couple of years. Four of the paintings were on display in Mänttä as part of the Serlachius Museums’ exhibition The Sin, but most of them are entirely new. The series has been named after Ludmila Ulitskaya’s collection of stories entitled Devochki (“Girls”, in Finnish “Tyttölapsia”).

Tuokko does not paint live models, but her works are so accurately perceptive that one wants to believe in the people in them. It feels like the girls do exist. Even though the simplified faces do not cause a direct recognition reaction, they do lead one to think about the models’ fate. What is going to happen to these girls? What awaits them?

While the atmosphere in Tuokko’s earlier girl images was quiet and sunken into oblivion, the new ones have a different kind of strength. A new large piece shows girls playing musical chairs. The painting has a strong feeling of movement and competition. The loser does not want to stand out from the rest.

The general appearance of the four new peacefully arranged portraits is harsh. All romance has been eliminated from around the girls. Tuokko portrays them as people who are waiting for something. Some are bored, while others are scared. The girls are waiting for time to pass. Their waiting is often desperate.

With regard to Kirsti Tuokko’s paintings, one does not have to be frightened by the word “illustrate”. The vivid characters in her paintings are images of a western child’s growth and hopes in different decades. The works are simplified portraits, skillful summaries and fascinating beginnings of stories. Tuokko tells and illustrates. However, what is essential is the fact that she paints deep and fascinating pieces.

Veikko Halmetoja

Contact information:
Kirsti Tuokko, tuokko(at), tel. +358 (0)44-335 5181


Natalia Kopkina
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu
9 – 27 September 2015

“There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.” (Ecclesiastes, 1:11)

When I was young, I lived in a small two-room apartment in Leningrad with my sister, parents and grandparents. When the re-migration of Ingrians began in 1991, I moved to Turku with my parents. My grandparents and other relatives stayed in Russia. My childhood home was sold in 2006 as no one lived there anymore. I took photographs of the house for memory.

The next year I decided to continue photographing my country of birth and between 2006 and 2015 I made several photography trips to Russia and Estonia. In addition to the places I knew from my childhood, I also visited the hometowns of my parents and grandparents. I wanted to record at least something of the places from the past that could remind me of who I am.

The Russian culture, traditions and language have affected my inner self as well as my visual world. I am interested in the Russian soul – the feeling or identity that I have even though I left Russia a long time ago.

“Our souls as well as our bodies are composed of individual elements which were all already present in the ranks of our ancestors. The ‘newness’ in the individual psyche is an endlessly varied recombination of age-old components.” (Carl Jung)

Natalia Kopkina (b. 1984) will complete her master’s studies in photography at Aalto University this autumn. Motherland is Kopkina’s second solo exhibition. The exhibition has been supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Patricia Seppälä Foundation.

Further information:
040 760 1545

Tempora mutantur

Tempora mutantur
– 10th anniversary exhibition of Kutikuti
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu
20 August – 6 September 2015

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the contemporary comic art association Kutikuti. The Tempora mutantur anniversary exhibition showcases the latest comics by the current members of the association. The works have been created specifically for the 10th anniversary exhibition using a screen printing technique. The colorful combination of large comics reflects the diverse styles and narrative methods of Finnish comics.

The artists taking part in the exhibition are Sami Aho, Mari Ahokoivu, Benjamin Bergman, Heta Bilaletdin, Terhi Ekebom, Roope Eronen, Matti Hagelberg, Jyrki Heikkinen, Mikko Huusko, Ville Kallio, Jan Konsin, Leo Kuikka, Reijo Kärkkäinen, Jarno Latva-Nikkola, Tiina Lehikoinen, Mikko Luostarinen, Hanneriina Moisseinen, Eeva Meltio, Tommi Musturi, Lauri Mäkimurto, Pauliina Mäkelä, Reetta Niemensivu, Jyrki Nissinen, Aapo Rapi, Kati Rapia, Hannele Richert, Heikki Rönkkö, Anna Sailamaa, Kari Sihvonen, Katri Sipiläinen, Petteri Tikkanen, Tuomas Tiainen, Katja Tukiainen, Riitta Uusitalo, Jari Vaara, Emmi Valve, Amanda Vähämäki and Mikko Väyrynen.

Kutikuti was established in Helsinki in 2005. Over the years Kutikuti has grown from an artistic collective into an association, but it has always been a pioneer of contemporary Finnish comics. Kutikuti’s aim is to promote the status of new and high quality Finnish comics in Finland and abroad. The association publishes new comics in its quarterly comic tabloid Kuti and in its own series of publications. It also holds exhibitions and participates in a variety of relevant events. The association has a studio and a screen printing press in Helsinki. There are currently 39 comic artists as members in the association. Kutikuti is one of the internationally best-known phenomena in the Finnish comic scene.

Kutikuti’s 10th anniversary exhibition has been supported by Grafia ry, the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Uusimaa Regional Fund, the Finnish Comics Society and the Arts Promotion Center Finland.

Extended opening hours:
During the Night of the Arts, Thu 20 August, 12 pm – 9 pm
During the 30th Helsinki Comics Festival, Fri 28 August 12 pm – 9 pm, Sat-Sun 29-30 August 12 pm – 6 pm
Exhibiting artists present during the extra hours (after 17 pm).

Further information:
Petra Virtanen
Producer / Kutikuti ry
Tel. +358 400 461 557

Filling the cracks in the sidewalk

Heidi Lahtinen
Filling the cracks in the sidewalk
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu
29 July – 16 August 2015

I like crosswalks and road markings, open spaces and the wilderness. Soft, whipped cream-like sweet colors and all kinds of beams and symmetry. But I also like bold colors and strokes. Joy and play. Wildness. Mist and caramel. Let’s fill the cracks in the sidewalk with, for example, paint or love, even chewing gum would fit there.

Further information:
Heidi Lahtinen
Tel. +358 44 336 6746

Collected Pieces

Katariina Guthwert
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu
8-26 July 2015

Important situations / moments engraved in my memory / corrosive memories / pictorial stories / people and places with which we shared a certain thing / this is something I remember.

I explore significant moments that have stuck in my mind. They include moments filled with love, experiences of stopping, feelings of loneliness, intense moments. I compiled portraits of people with whom I have happened to experience these moments. The encounters may have included sorrow, anxiety, joy, a feeling of freedom, sensuality, empathy, friendship or a feeling of togetherness. Over time the experiences have turned into strong, mysterious memories.
My exhibition consists of mixed media reliefs. The figures cut out from a wood panel have been covered with ceramic mosaic and pieces of wood and painted over with gouache paint, ink and acrylic paint.

Katariina Guthwert is a Helsinki-based artist and designer. Guthwert is known for her jewellery, in particular the Medals of General Valour. Her works have been on display in solo and group exhibitions in Finland and abroad.


Hanna Räty

Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

17 June – 5 July 2015

I go to the forest hill,
talking to the trees of God,
chatting to the aspen leaves.
They will not tell anyone,
whisper my words to others.

In this exhibition the leading role is played by the forest – forest as something beautiful, as having intrinsic value, as a natural resource, as freedom, as something wild and sacred and as a source of peace of mind. I don `t only see a forest as a place but also as a state of mind. In addition to being a place, a forest includes physical presence, personal time and constant movement.

Hanna Räty ​(b. 1970) is an artist who lives and works in the middle of a forest in Juva.

The exhibition has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland / the Regional
Council of South Savo.

At Midsummer 19 June – 21 June closed!

Further information:
Hanna Räty
050 3026777
hanna.s.raty (at)


Gunzi Holmström

alleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

27. May–14 June 2015

Gunzi Holmström’s delicate watercolor paintings take the artist to a new level. The abstract thoughts suddenly began to appear on paper as colors and shapes that she does not try to explain. The exhibition includes Holmström’s latest works that she began to create during her artist-in- residence period in Paris during the spring of 2015 and continued working with since then.

The paintings as well as the installation included in the exhibition take the audience through abstraction to a timeless dimension where things always appear new and reformed, as if seen through the eyes of a child. When looking at Holmström’s works, one can sense that they have been inspired by the image worlds of different spiritual movements as they bring together universal structures as well as symbols through which she explores light and a visible and invisible world.

The exhibition offers the audience a reminder that at its best art is contemplation and it allows us to build a bridge towards spirituality.

– Visual artist Soili Mustapää

Visual artist Gunzi Holmström lives and works in Helsinki. She has had numerous exhibitions in Finland and abroad over the past twenty years.

The exhibition has been supported by Svenska kulturfonden and Konstsamfundet.

Further information:
Gunzi Holmström
040 7596851
gunholmstrom (at)



Enni Suominen

Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

6 – 24 May 2015

Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu is open normally 12–17 on Ascension day 14.5. Welcome!

A memory trace, a dent, wear, a stain, a fingerprint, an achievement, a coincidence or a planned action?

Some surfaces you just want to touch lightly, while others you want to scratch, rub, fade or handwash.

Come aboard an exploration!

For the Huuto gallery space on Uudenmaankatu, painter Enni Suominen will build an installation from objects that were created in every corner as well as the center of her studio. Individual items will form a larger entity, allowing the viewer to reflect on whether the end result is a consistent landscape, a map, a thought continuum, an absurd mess or perhaps something else.

Enni Suominen (b. 1982) graduated from the Free Art School in 2012. Her works are diverse paintings and drawings which also appear as sculptural elements and installations. Suominen works with a variety of surfaces and experiments with many different materials. Sometimes she works with more traditional painting surfaces, while other times she uses different objects. Just like an oil painting is wiped away and the marks disappear when in contact with a cloth soaked in turpentine, she may explore what appears when an ink painting becomes the victim of sandpaper or when a pile of books is placed under running water.

Meet the artist on sunday 17.5.2015 from 12.30pm until 15.30pm

Aftergrass, backwash, addition. How are these relevant to the exhibition of Enni Suominen called 1+1+1=AFTERMATH?

Which piece was found in the woods, forgotten into a plastic bag and climbed on to the gallery wall? Is there diamonds on the windowsill? Is there a scent of fresh paint in the room? Which artpiece was completed last?

Welcome to ask the artist about anything you want!

At Huuto Uudenmaankatu you can find objects born in artists studio, sometimes surprising their maker herself.

Enni Suominen invites exhibition visitors along with her on voyage of dicovery also to discuss, what kind of impression one can get from the exhibition as a whole.

Coffee offered at the event.

Further information:
Enni Suominen
ennisuominen (at)

The Forest Has Come in


Liina Mäki-Patola
The Forest Has Come in

Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu


Tree trunks are swaying furiously
Arms are swaying at the same pace
I walk forward backwards

I return to the room after twenty years
A mossy floor
Branches growing through the edges of the ceiling

The forest has come in

I dance (there) for a moment

I turn around
The landscape comes closer
The trees come closer

I step outside
I walk for a long time
Until the image disappears
Embraces me

(Liina Mäki-Patola)

Liina Mäki-Patola (b. 1985, Kangaslampi) earned her Bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the
Tampere University of Applied Sciences in 2009. She lives and works in Helsinki. Her exhibition
at Galleria Huuto features ink and watercolor paintings as well as a video. The video has been
influenced, for example, by butoh dance which Mäki-Patola has practiced under the guidance of
the Japanese butoh artist Ken Mai. The Beat poem included in the video has been written by
American singer-songwriter Mark Olson. The audio has been designed and created by musician
and songwriter Juha Mäki-Patola. The forest in the exhibition is both a physical place and a state.
The works deal with humans as part of nature, the nature in humans and the fear of nature.

Further information:
Liina Mäki-Patola
Tel. +358 40 770 6907

Lost World


Saara Piispa
Lost World
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu is open during Easter holidays 3.-5.4.2015 at 12-5 pm., except for monday 6.4. when the gallery is closed.
Meet the artist on Sunday 12.4.2015 at 12.30

My paintings depict the imaginary landscapes of lost worlds – forgotten green valleys, overgrown gardens and paths and primeval forests with trees growing up to the stars.

The residents of these worlds have their feet on the ground and eyes fixed on the movement of the celestial bodies. They feel at home in the middle of birds, trees and mountains, far away from cities. My works are explorations into timeless landscapes where the cycle of the year, the points of the compass and the balance between a human and their environment is important.

My paintings are created slowly. The actual painting process is preceded by calm observation, watching films and reading books, short trips and an attempt to understand the proportions of life and planets. My painting process is like reverse archeology on a blank canvas where stories are created, layer by layer, with the help of the translucent surfaces of water-soluble paint and sticky oil paint.

The exhibition has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland / National Council for Visual Arts. I also wish to thank Svenska Kulturfonden for supporting my work.

Saara Piispa’s (b. 1985) paintings have been on display in several collective exhibitions in both Finland and abroad, the latest being the Spring Exhibition 2015 at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen. She has also had several solo exhibitions in recent years, for example at the Porvoo Art Hall in 2014 and at the tm-galleria in 2013. Piispa earned her Bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Tampere University of Applied Sciences in 2008. She lives and works in Porvoo.

Further information:
Saara Piispa

LOSSLESS 1 (Surround System)

Salla Salin: LOSSLESS 1 ( Surround System)

Salla Salin
LOSSLESS 1 (Surround System)
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu
4.3.– 22.3.2015

“Reality is a sound, you have to tune in to it not just keep yelling.”
Anne Carson

Lossless is a series of works based on sound. They approach sound as an essential element of reality and as artistic material for expression, emphasizing the spatiality of sound. The series is based on the desire to explore the relationship between human perception and the reality surrounding us, which is characteristic of my artistic work.

The term “lossless” used in the digitization of sound refers to lossless data compression. While technology develops and the world around us becomes more and more digital, the question regarding the definition of reality becomes more topical. What is reality? Can it be compressed?

The first part of the series is a sound installation entitled Surround System. It explores the spatiality of sound from the perspective of movement, focusing on surround sound and its technical implementation in relation to perception and physical reality.

The creation of the installation has been supported by the Kone Foundation.


Salin earned her first Master of Arts degree in 2005 from the University of Art and Design Helsinki, (Department of Motion Picture, Television and Production Design) and her second in 2014 from Aalto ARTS. Her artistic works include installations, sculptures, performances and various projects combining different art forms.

The use of various mediums is characteristic of Salin’s work because, instead of a specific technique or material, the most important thing to her as an artist is the starting point for her work and presenting it through exploration and experimentation. Thus, the materials are always selected based on the theme, varying from the human body to light, sound and moving images. Salin’s works are often rather large in size. They are spaces and situations in which the viewer’s own physical presence and movement become part of the work.

Further information:
Salla Salin

Gallery at Sea


Satu Rautiainen
Gallery at Sea
11.2. – 1.3.2015

The micro and macro-worlds of my paintings depict societies as well as the survival and growth of the individuals living in them. The built environment and nature refer to the balancing and power struggle between and coexistence of an individual and society as well as humankind and nature. Nature is also a metaphor for the subconscious that may unexpectedly take over the human mind.

I began working on the Gallery at Sea exhibition by exploring the Galleria Huuto space on Uudenmaankatu. My paintings often include a limited space, such as a terrarium, that the viewer can look at from the outside. I saw the Uudenmaankatu gallery space as a terrarium with windows opening to another world or vice versa. As the proportions change from small to large and back to small, the viewer can become part of the painting.

The paintings have been painted on papers that have been attached to boards. Painting on paper using water-based paints is a new technique for me. I begin with water-based paints, such as ink, after which I isolate the layer of paint with glue and then continue painting with oil paints. In addition to using a brush I spread paint on the surface, for example, by pressing it on with paper and by spraying. The paintings have been completed during 2014 and 2015.

Just like with my earlier paintings, I have again thought about history and natural phenomena like the Ice Age, ancient kingdoms and colonial power while working on these paintings. The story of humankind occasionally seems unreal but it has still continued to this day. The narrative motifs in my paintings draw their inspiration from the imagery of history and the present, including some of the photographs I have taken. Ultimately the exhibition is an adventure story towards finding peace of mind, living with fears and emotions and being satisfied in this time of abundance.

I wish to thank the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Finnish Art Society for their support.

Satu Rautiainen (b. 1982) is an artist who lives and works in Helsinki. She graduated from the Department of Painting at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2008 and every year since then she has had solo exhibitions and taken part in group exhibitions in Finland and abroad. In addition to her personal work, she is involved in the activities of the artist-run Galleria Huuto as well as in the Unikuvia project with other artists. Her works are also currently on display as part of the Sirkus Pinnala exhibition at the Rauma Art Museum (until 1 March 2015).

Further information:

Satu Rautiainen



Laura Ukkonen
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu
21 January – 8 February 2015

The Letters exhibition features drawings. The artworks are semi-fictitious portraits, rooms and landscapes. They are based on documentary observations of the surroundings and moments when seemingly nothing happens. The works have been created over the past three years in Helsinki, Mynämäki, Prague and Florence with familiar and unfamiliar as well as private and public spaces such as homes, parks, cities and fields mixing together.

Laura Ukkonen (b. 1977) works with drawings. Her works vary from large charcoal, pencil and colored pencil drawings to small ink drawings. Ukkonen works in Helsinki and she completed her master’s degree in fine arts at Aalto University in 2012. She is currently undertaking MA studies in art education at Aalto University. Recently she has expanded her artistic repertoire to illustrations. Ukkonen illustrates the Yksityisasia pictorial story which has been published in the Voima magazine between 2013 and 2014.

The exhibition has been supported by the Kone Foundation. Some of the works included in the exhibition were created in the Saari Residence at the beginning of 2014 where the artist was surrounded by the peace of the manor and the darkness of the snowless winter.

Further information:
Laura Ukkonen
050 5894175