In her work, Anna Pekkala (b. 1989) deals with the differences between animals and human beings. Her pieces often have an ecological ethos and their tone is controversial. In this exposition we will be seeing small sculptures that are made of everyday materials that we all know. Last summer Pekkala’s sculptures raised interest at the Mäntyharju demolition building exposition, and next summer we will get to see them at the Mänttä Art Festival.
The exposition will be open at ARTag Gallery Studio from February 9th till March 4th. Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, 8th of February, at 5 p.m.!
At the same time there will be the opening of Teemu Mäenpää’s exposition on the gallery side of ARTag.
Teemu Mäenpää (b. 1977) is an artist who has graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, and whose primary technique is painting. He has a superb dominance of different painting styles, and even a single painting can include many different ways of painting. However, the technical mastery and strong compositions often combine into a form of expression that conveys a strong emotion.
Exhibition open from February 9th till March 4th. Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, February 8th at 5 p.m.
Markus Jäntti (b. 1994) is studying for his fourth year in Berlin, at the Universität der Künste. His previous private exhibition, IMMJ – It’s the Most Marvellous Joy, was seen at Copenhagen’s VAERKstedet gallery earlier this year. Before his art studies Jäntti has worked and held joint exhibitions with Outi Heiskanen. This coming spring he will be studying in New York.
The exhibition will be open at ARTag Gallery Studio from January 5th till February 2nd, 2018. Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, 4th of January at 5 p.m. At the same time, on the other side of the gallery, there will be the opening of Hanna Saarikoski’s exhibition.
Hanna Saarikoski (b. 1978) has graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, and she works with both paintings and video art. Her watercolour paintings are lucid, and often they represent people on a personal level, through memories and the subconsciousness. The atmosphere in the paintings is gentle, although the viewer has the opportunity to see the theme exposed in a way that is both bald and honest.
The exposition will be open from January 5th till February 4th, 2018. Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, 4th of January from 5 to 7 p.m.!
On December 7th at ARTag Gallery Studio we will be opening an exhibition about the violent beginnings of Finland´s independence.
Ismo Kajanderi´s work, The Wedding March, is composed of his mother´s old watercolour painting, a text that is the artist´s personal manifesto, and an ensemble of sculptures.
Ismo Kajander (b. 1939) is an artist, a photographer, a writer and a teacher, whose career has lasted for over seven decades. There was a large retrospective on him in Kiasma in 2015.
Making art has meant to me almost sixty years of constant celebration. Sometimes I have persuaded my art to deal even with sociological themes. Therefore, no wonder if the centenary brought to life an artwork, a Finland 100 celebratory piece, that certainly doesn’t form part of the official program. An artwork that was inspired by a young girls´s, my mother´s, memory right from the first moments of our independence, says Kajander.
His mother’s childhood home was at Marjasmäki of Lempäälä’s Kuivaspää, where in the spring of 1918 his mother had to witness an event where the villagers brought out a few “desants” that had been kept in the neighbour’s barn, and executed them. Later, in the 1980’s, his mother painted about this incident a watercolour painting, that will now be seen as part of this exhibition.
Exhibition open at ARTag Gallery Studio from the 7th till the 17th of December.
Liisa Steffa´s unique pieces of jewellery combine her passion as a designer, and her knowledge of cultural history. The themes and materials of her jewellery are found from her travels around the world: from markets, antique stores and flea markets. She uses both raw as well as more elaborate natural materials and miniature objects made of them. The aesthetic combinations are fascinating and the pieces of jewellery can be worn like pieces of art.
Liisa Steffa has studied history, art history and archeology in the University of Helsinki, and art in the Academy of Fine Arts. She moved to the United States in 1968 and focused there in textile art. When she returned to Finland in 1971 her patchwork exposition in the Helsinki Design Center was first of its kind here. Stuff has made her professional career at Otava as a nonfiction publisher.
Anna-Kaisa Ant-Wuorinen (b. 1957) is a material centred sculptor, and the way she manipulates the material brings along an element of storytelling. A few years ago her house burned down and with it all the books and art, including some of her own works. This exposition in two volumes, one in ARTag Gallery and the other in Galleria Huuto, tells a story of what happened next.
Exposition open from the 1st till the 17th of December. Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, November 30th 2017 from 5 pm to 7 pm. Avec!
The second part of the exposition can be seen in Galleria Huuto in Jätkäsaari from th 9th till the 29th of December. Welcome to the opening party on Friday, December 8th from 6 pm to 8 pm!
Marikka Kiirikoff (b. 1974) is a profound painter, who can make her beautiful brush strokes reach honest, even puritan levels without being overbearingly explicit. In her artworks, history is not only a story, but reality that we cannot dismiss.
Exhibition open from 3.11. till 26.11.
Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, November 2nd from 5 to 7 p.m.
Helena Kauppila (b. 1982, London) is an artist living in Berlin.When she was young, Kauppila studied physics and mathematics a the California Institute of Technology. She got her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Columbia University in New York in 2010.
After finishing her thesis, Kauppila has concentrated on her profession as an artist. She is specially fascinated by the philosophical side of mathematics, and she says she analyses her works with the tools and means she acquired from mathematics.
In this ARTag Gallery exhibitions we will be seeing Kauppila´s drawings from the Body-Mind series. The artworks have bee made by drawing with marker pens on stone paper. They are based on a line that respects the form of the human body. In these ethereal drawings the different coloured lines form transparent surfaces that by overlapping and interlocking map the human being in a way that resembles the old medical body maps. However, Kauppila´s line is light and playful.
Helena Kauppila has held a number of private exhibitions in New York, and has partaken in collective exhibitions both in New York and in Berlin. Some of her artworks have been acquired by the Timo Miettinen Collection. This is her first solo exhibition in Finland.
ARTag Galleryn Studio 11.10.-5.11. 2017
Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16.
Welcome to the opening party on Wednesday, October 11th from 5 to 7 p.m.
The artist will be also be at the gallery on October 14th from 2 to 4 p.m.
Erik Creutziger (b. 1982) is an artist who paints themes that casually fall somewhere between fantasy world and reality. His genuine expression uses an expressive style of painting as a means to achieve an effect, but every time the paintings have more and more naturalistic details. Creutziger, who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts a few years ago, held his last solo exhibition at Forum Box. His artworks can be found for example in the collections of the Saastamoinen Foundation, the State Art Collection, Helsinki Art Museum and Pro Artibus.
Exhibition open from the 6th till the 29th of October.
Opening party on Thursday, October 5th, from 17:00 to 19:00