Galleria Huuto » Current Jätkä 1
Downs and Ups

Anna-Kaisa Ant-Wuorinen
Downs and Ups
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Jätkä 1 ja Pikkujätkä

1–17 December, ARTag Gallery
9–29 December, Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Jätkä 1 & Pikkujätkä

Anna-Kaisa Ant-Wuorinen (b. 1957) has created a two-part exhibition and both parts can be seen in Helsinki in December 2017. The name of the exhibition is Downs and Ups and the first part will be open to the public as of 1 December at ARTag Gallery in Hietalahti and the second part as of 9 December at Galleria Huuto in Jätkäsaari.

The exhibition was developed after the artist’s wooden house, which was built for her family and in which she lived for decades, burned down a few years ago. Ant-Wuorinen defines the exhibition as a sort of retrospective. After everything was destroyed, she was forced to consider what was left.

Four years before the fire, Ant-Wuorinen was widowed and paralyzed by grief. The fire changed everything. Everything that she had lived amidst for half of her life was gone. The fire destroyed all her belongings including books and art, also her own sculptures. Their traces were, however, left in the house.

“Books have always been very important to my family. Some 5,000 books were destroyed in the fire. I remember which books were on which shelves. When photographing the traces of the books, I realized how much they have influenced all of us,” Ant-Wuorinen says.

The fire brought back Ant-Wuorinen’s passion for her work. She is a material-oriented sculptor who has worked with, for example, plastic and steel. In her works, the material is part of the content and the working methods add a narrative element. Now her burnt home has served as a starting point for her work. The means of documentation have been varied as, due to the tragic event, charcoal, tar and soot replaced the previously used materials.

“After the initial shock, I forced myself to look at the devastation with new eyes. I forced myself to go through about half of my life. I also rediscovered great moments of happiness,” Ant-Wuorinen summarizes.

Anna-Kaisa Ant-Wuorinen earned a Master of Science (Tech.) degree from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1983 and completed her visual arts studies at Art School MAA in 1990. She has had several solo exhibitions, for example at Galleria Sculptor and Galleria Kari Kenetti in Helsinki. Her works are included in the collection of the Helsinki Art Museum and in the Finnish state art collection.

The exhibition has been supported by:
Arts Promotion Centre Finland | Arts Council of Uusimaa

Further information:
Anna-Kaisa Ant-Wuorinen, tel. +358 50 363 2257
ARTag Gallery / Veikko Halmetoja, tel. +358 44 215 3005
Galleria Huuto / Henni Oksman, tel. +358 400 653 461

Spirit and Emptiness

Tuomo Laakso
Spirit and Emptiness
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Jätkä 1
18.11. – 3.12.2017

The most soothing is a surface with a broken color, so dark that it is almost black. It is like silence or emptiness. I want to cover everything with it. I repeat the ritual in all my paintings. I cover and sweep away soft and hot colors, joys, hopes and passions. What remains is a fragile and quivering peace. Then, new colors and spaces begin to appear. Where there seemed to be nothing, it is where the most essential is.

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

Tuomo Laakso
tel. +35844 0805805

Holographic Realms

Lora Dimova
Holographic Realms
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Jätkä 1

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

Beyond vision

Under the current of a lost circle

Into the holographic realms

Of chimerically entangled dimensions

Silent shouts of exploding stars

Shattered crystalline structures

I see myself in a mirror of quartz

Hello Kitty!

Entering into the holographic realms is a way to see within. It is a connection to subtle level of perception, to alien realms and parallel worlds, to mystical experiences, to unexplained phenomena, to me, to you.

The exhibition includes works in various media from the past two years. The works gravitate towards each other, forming a constellation of sensations, experiences and momentums. Simulated visions of other worlds, generated patterns, hybrid humans, princesses and angels appear as holograms from otherworldly realms.

Lora Dimova (Bulgaria, 1981) is a visual artist, living and working in Helsinki. She uses photography, sculpture, collage, drawing, moving image, sound and writing to build subtle realities and experiences. She is interested in establishing a connection between the realms of the physical and the transcendental.

Dimova holds master degrees in Porcelain and Glass from the National Academy of Art, Bulgaria (2007) and in Fine Art from Aalto University, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Finland (2015). Her works have been presented internationally at exhibitions, festivals and biennials for contemporary art, such as the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Russia; Casablanca Biennale, Morocco; World Ceramic Biennale, South Korea, etc. In 2009 she was one of the recipients of the Young Artist Award in Bulgaria.

For more information:

Lora Dimova