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Marcus Lerviks: The Green Loop4–26 May 2013
MUU gallery


In my practice, I often work with video loops. These days the loop is a standard device in music, but it is not quite as developed in visual art, possibly because of the dominant position of cinematic tradition and its narrative structures we are used to. A loop, by contrast, is a sequence of images that automatically starts over from the first image when the last image in the series is reached, thus making the sequence continuous. The essential thing then is no longer the depiction of a story with a beginning and an end. It is more important to depict the moods and emotions created by the video loop.

This phenomenon has fascinated me for a long time. I have deliberately tried to use the loop as a device in video pieces so as to steep myself in the potential of the method. Let us take an example. In an earlier piece, I filmed in my studio every event (movement) that took place in the period of one year between the studio and the house where I lived. The video therefore showed only the events, not the eventless moments between. Naturally the work gave an impression of a much denser sequence of events than it was in actuality, because only situations in which something happened had been registered on the tape. On a more general level, the work demonstrated the susceptibility of time to interpretation, how our perception of time can be manipulated and altered. The work spurred me on to create works that encompass all the temporal steps of the depicted process.

In the present exhibition, time is a theme in all four of the works on display, but in different ways. A time span can be perceived as either long or short, as a whole or as consisting of discrete fragments of time, and so on. Moreover, the experience of time always depends on the person who experiences it, and is therefore always personal. The main piece in the exhibition, The Green Loop, depicts the growth of a species of grain both over and below ground. The work captures the entire process of growth. Nothing is omitted. The main work is complemented by three other pieces. The video From Lo to High presents in a more traditional way a concrete sequence of a plant growing to its obvious end. The central feature in both Still and Led Nerves is the experience of the moment. One might say they are about a bewitching or a magical moment. A moment that is virtually surrealistic. Still may mostly evoke associations of a calm and harmonious moment, whereas Led Nerves takes one’s thoughts to memories.

Marcus Lerviks (born 1969) studied at the University of Art and Design Helsinki (with a Master’s degree from the Pallas Fine Arts study programme) from 1998 to 2001. Marcus lives and works in Vaasa, Finland. He has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions since 1994 in both Finland and internationally, including Galleri Maskinen in Umeå (Sweden 2012), Galleri Elverket in Tammisaari (Finland 2009), Vaasa City Art Gallery (Finland 2004, 2006 and 2010), Kunsthalle Helsinki (Finland 2005), Gallery Sinne in Helsinki (Finland 2005), Helsinki Art Museum (Finland 2005), Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki (Finland 2004), as well as a public artwork entitled Once More! created for the Culture House of Korsholm (Finland 2007).

Alongside with his own projects, Marcus also works with an artist group called FinnFemFel, which has organised solo and group exhibitions since 1998 in both Finland and internationally, including Kuntsi, Vaasa (Finland 2011), Luftmuseum, Amberg (Germany 2010), Galerie der Künstler, Munich (Germany 2007), Situated self, Nordic Walking, Belgrade (Serbia and Montenegro), Helsinki (Finland 2005), Nordic Walking, Umeå (Sweden) and Budapest (Hungary 2003).