REIJO KÄRKKÄINEN “Omakuvia – Self-Portraits” 1.4.-21.4.2011 MUU gallery
Self-portrait without likeness
“The starting point is a self-portrait whitout likeness. The person in the pictures is an alter ego, a sign, a symbol. Memories and dreams, hopes and opinions. The words and pictures do not try to tell a story – pictures and utterances that fit the mood and trigger the situation. Uncertainty and wavering, the arc ends or the moment begins. What to dare to say and what to conceal.”
Reijo Kärkkäinen is a versatile artists whose repertoire covers painting, printmaking, installation, photography and comics. He is a member of the international artist group Le Dernier Cri (www.lederniercri.org), which published in spring 2009 Kärkkäinen’s fourth book, No One go Home. Kärkkäinen has also participated in the group’s exhibitions and in the production of the animation film, Savage Religion. Kärkkäinen’s comics have appeared in the Finnish Glömp anthologies and in the Kuti magazine as well as abroad in France, Russia and Canada.
Reijo Kärkkäinen has held numerous solo exhibitions and has participated in group exhibitions in Finland and abroad. His first solo exhibition was in Turku in 1990 and he next exhibited at the Young Artists Exhibition in Helsinki in 1991. He is a member of the Artists’ Association MUU, the Finnish Painters’ Union, and the Helsinki Artists’ Association.
Kärkkäinen graduated from the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 2000. He has previously worked also as a graphic designer. In addition to art, Kärkkäinen has run comics and art workshops for groups with special needs.
Currently Kärkkäinen works with a 3-year grant from the Arts Council of Finland.