Unski Immonen: Dark Clouds

Animations and photograph-based paintings
MUU Gallery

Opening ceremony on Friday, 16 October 2020, at 17:00–19:00. Welcome!

“The key role played by the body in human life is best understood through the bodies that are alive in this world. When our body recedes, our well-defined existence disappears, and even Its outlines can no longer be drawn. The presence of the body continues to be felt, through distance, memories and sensations."

Immonen uses both the traditional tools of painting as well as new techniques in his work. Similarly, his digital paintings include both real and unrealistic things, just as the real world does. His focus in this exhibition is visual; the stories and events are hidden. Immonen concentrates on common experiences of anxiety, loss, hope and rejection. He investigates events in different eras and the anxiety and shame caused by them. The works in the exhibition can be understood as an attempt to seize upon the fact that we live in a world where images are everywhere and thereby lending a ghostly sense to our existence. What is reality for us is in fact a process mediated by images.

Antti (Unski) Immonen (b.1981, Varkaus) is a visual artist who lives and works in Varkaus. He graduated with an MFA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2015, and he has also studied in Art School MAA. In his cross-disciplinary practice Immonen combines painting and photography with painted animation, investigating identity, memory and shame and the disjointed relationship between nature and humanity. His working method combines painting by hand, computer manipulation, and digital printing. Immonen works with visual materials found on the Internet, in magazines and films, and his own performative photographs. He has enjoyed solo exhibitions at A2 Gallery in 2019, in Photographic Centre Nykyaika in 2017, and in Gallery Huuto in 2016.

Immonen is a candidate member of the Finnish Painters’ Union and a member of the Helsinki Artists’ Association.

The exhibition is supported by The Arts Promotion Centre Finland / The Arts Council of North Savo.