5-20 Dec 2015
The opening ceremony in both galleries is on Friday, 4 December from 5 to 7 pm. Welcome!
The featured artists are Dave Berg, Risto-Pekka Blom, Suvi Nurmi and Marko Saarelainen (in MUU Gallery ) and Leena Kangaskoski, Laura Laukkanen and Eero Tiittula (in MUU Cable at the Cable Factory).
NEW MUU, the annual exhibition showcasing new members of the association, opens for the public on 5 December in two galleries run by MUU – MUU Gallery in Lönnrotinkatu and MUU Cable at the Cable Factory in Helsinki.
Among the works by the featured seven new members of the association are Suvi Nurmi’s text installation that analyses the association’s exhibitions and a graffiti piece by Marko Saarelainen. Both are on view in MUU Gallery’s windows around the clock, so they also function as art works in the public space. Other works in the exhibition include experimental video works, virtual reality and animation. The works on show in MUU Cable are installations. The inspiration behind them include nightmares, and the subject matter ranged from reflections on the practicality of recycling to studies of mental activity and visuality.
NEW MUU is now held for the fourth time. The featured artists were selected from among the nearly hundred artists who joined the organisation in 2014 and 2015. The selection was made by the MUU exhibition team: Panos Balomenos, Liisa Kanerva, Mikael Kinanen, Pasi Rauhala and Timo Soppela.
So now then part 1-3 (2015)
Animation, virtual reality animation and 3D-animation.
Dave Berg is a visual artist living and working in Helsinki. His works have been seen in exhibitions and at art- and film festivals in Finland and abroad, most recently in Egypt, Turkey, Russia, France, Germany, Mexico and Finland. Dave Berg has graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts programme of Time and Space Arts in 2013.
Theme park. Video. 4’55’’. 2015
You will learn how to own. You do not owe anyone. You’ll get it all.
A video about an air-filled figure at the shopping centre.
Let’s curate! 1&2. Video. 6’. 2005/2015
What is the real meaning of curating? Can everyone do it?
Risto-Pekka Blom (1970) graduated from Tampere Polytechnic / Art and Media school in 2005. After graduating, he has done several pieces of video art and experimental short films. His works have been displayed at different festivals in over 20 countries.
Text installation 2015
Analytical text installation that explores the words used in context of the previous MUU Gallery exhibitions.
Suvi Nurmi is a Helsinki-based artist who uses words and images in her artworks. Keywords to her working methods are localization, dialogue and text. Her works are situated often in public places and consist of sound art, text installations and poetry workshops. Recurring themes in her work include the dialog between public and private space, where is the line between them and in the meaning of words in relation to different contexts.
Marko Saarelainen (Acton)
Art Graffiti 2015
“Acton” came to life in the nightly streets of Espoo in 1990. The name spread around Länsiväylä highway and nearby suburbs at a pace of nearly two hundred paintings per year. Since those years graffiti artist Marko Saarelainen (b. 1975) has maintained his alter ego by drawing influences from metal music as well as remaining loyal to the roots of his hometown, Espoo.
Acton’s art feeds off contemporary popular culture by mixing typography, performance, advertisement and cartoons – by imagery and equipment familiar to street art. To him graffiti is a way of life, but also a way to study and find new angles for representing letters and enhancing the way they are portrayed. What fascinates him in graffiti is its unforgiving nature: the painting is created and finished at once. Mistakes, if present, become part of the painting and its final character.
Marko is the co-owner of street art space Leiskuva, a company which focuses on graffiti and street art courses, workshops and commissioned paintings. Prior to his career as an entrepreneur he worked as a graphic designer as well as a web designer. He’s been living in Helsinki, Finland, for the last eleven years.
The work draws on material from interviews with four experts: a meditation teacher, a general practitioner who is also an hypnotist, a neuroscientist, and a lucid dreaming specialist.
Leena Kangaskoski (b. 1982) has studied in Finland and in the UK, and holds a masters degree from the Royal College of Art London. Her work has been shown in galleries, theatres, festivals and museums, in such diverse places as the Barbican London and a nomadic gallery in Vancouver BC. Kangaskoski is the other half of artist duo ”A Few Pointers” and she is a member of Artists’ Association MUU.
2015 Installation (sofas, sisal rope, carabiner, metal rings)
This classic three set sofa consists of: Cardboard, plywood, polyester, polypropylene, polyurethane, PVC, nylon, wood veneer.
Three-piece Suite is an installation about life-long partners turning into bulky household waste.
“In my artistic work I aim to recognize change in mundane situations. I try my best to recollect the specific moment when solid turns into liquid or useful to useless. I am constantly paying attention to the act of change no matter whether it is physical, mental or illusory. My installations, sculptures and performances aim to delay change so that we can contemplate it more.”
Laura Laukkanen graduated in 2013 (BA) from Tampere University of Applied Sciences. In addition to her solo works Laukkanen ( b. 1984) is a collaboration enthusiastic. She is interested in how the creative process as well the working methods evolve in collectives. At the moment she works in two different art groups: Tehonrakentajat collective and Tesoma Kunsthalle.
“As a child I had the same nightmare three times. I cannot remember whether I was more shocked by its macabre imagery or the recurrence. The repetition seemed to lend depth to the dream, inviting a child’s mind to conjure up superstitious explanations. Later on I have wondered what the nightmare revealed of that mind of a child. It is impossible to get hold of the psyche of the child, who dreamed decades ago. But the manner in which the childhood with its nightmares is interpreted speaks about the interpreter and the present: the relationship with the past, which one repeats or not.
When Russia invaded Crimea in 2014, one more nightmare seemed to recur. The politics of violence that was supposed to pass with the turn of the century tried to present itself again as a legitimate course of action. At once a concrete, collective nightmare of my childhood, the nuclear arms race, was revived. Like personal nightmares, also the social ones refer to an origin that is already lost: a collective experience or psyche that can no longer be reached, but through which the present is explained and the past repeated.
The compulsive repetition points towards the suppressed depths of the psyche. The repudiated resurfaces through the repetition. A recurring nightmare is its own differentiated universe that conflicts with the conscious, rational reality. A nightmare is rooted in what we do not understand, recognize or accept in ourselves. Nevertheless, as distressing as a nightmare is, it provides us with an opportunity: a view into the mechanisms of a mind and a path to the self knowledge. It is a chance to free oneself from the compulsive repetition and to look for change.”
Eero Tiittula completed BA(Hons) degree in fine arts at Glasgow School of Art in 2010 and MA degree in stage design at Aalto University in 2012. The body of his work consists of paintings, prints, textiles, sculptural objects, stage design, installations and performances. His recent works combine elements from various disciplines to form concept-driven entities. Individual pieces are assigned a history, either real or fictional one, and they become props or documents of a past, on-going or potential action. Some themes recurring in Tiittula’s work include the mirage-like gravity and transience of utopias, social identification and marginalisation, and humanity which manifests itself in failure and imperfection.