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Holding​ ​Ground​

Matilda Enegren
Holding Ground
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu
6.12.-22.12.2017

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:
matilda.enegren(at)gmail.com
Tel. +358 50 512 4959
www.matildaenegren.com

November

Leena Ylä-Lyly
November
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.

leena.yla.lyly(at)gmail.com
+358 40 701 1221

艺术品
I WILL ATTACH THESE TUBES TO MY BOTTOM AND
PRETEND TO BE A BIRD WITH AN UGLY TAIL.
KUVATAITEILIJAN TEOS VUODELTA 2014, PURETTU OSIIN.
UN TAS DE PLASTIQUE SANS UNE RAISON D’ÊTRE.
DER STAPEL WARTET AUF ENTSORGUNG.

Joonas Jokiranta
艺术品
I WILL ATTACH THESE TUBES TO MY BOTTOM AND PRETEND TO BE A BIRD WITH AN UGLY TAIL.
KUVATAITEILIJAN TEOS VUODELTA 2014, PURETTU OSIIN.
UN TAS DE PLASTIQUE SANS UNE RAISON D’ÊTRE.
DER STAPEL WARTET AUF ENTSORGUNG.
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu
25.10.-12.11.2017

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
joonas.jokiranta(at)gmail.com
+358 407696819