Ilona Valkonen´s (b. 1980) paintings are concretely three-dimensional. Their base have been deliberately cut through in a way that it still allows them to stay together. In the final piece the wholes cut into the fabric and the fabric escaping from those wholes, together form a surface that is light and lively. Hanging threads of fabric twist into rolls, some of them hang behind the base, some of them in the front like scaling paint on a wall. The painting is a playful combination of linen, colourful surfaces, the empty and the full. Valkonen´s actual brush work is small gestured. She uses colours scarcely and trusts in subtle variations of tone.
Exhibition open from August 11th till September 3rd.
Opening party on Tursday, August 10th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Lightness and finite are combined in Vappu Rossi’s (b. 1976) drawings. They are quick sketches and detailed, finished works of art at the same time. The drawings deal with the representation sex in different eras within the context of art history.
Welcome to the opening party on Tuesday, 20th of June from 17h00 to 19h00! We will also be celebrating in advance the Helsinki Pride event that will be starting on the 26th of June.
The exhibition will be open at ARTag Gallery Studio from June 21st till the 2nd of July.
Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16.
Please note that ARTag Gallery will be closed for Midsummer, from the 23rd till 25th of June.
Tapani Kokko has carnivalised the Finnish wood carving art. He has thrown away any expectations of elegance for wood as a material, and simply has fun with it. He doesn’t leave a trace of beautiful wooden surface, but a rough carving trace that he colours when needed. His themes are inspired by the boy culture. He presents the boys’ games right from the sexual awakening to the questioning of the requirements of different roles. He exposes the vulnerability behind the games while laughing at the seriousness with which adulthood is approached.
The exhibition is open from the 2nd of June till the 2nd of July, 2017. Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16.
Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, 1st of June from 17:00 to 19:00!
Maarit Murka (b. 1981) is one of Estonia’s most international artists. She has graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and has had three private exhibitions at the Korjaamo Gallery in Helsinki. Nowadays she works in Tallinn. Murka is a strong and original doer. Even though we will now see paintings in her exhibition, she is easiest described as a conceptual artist. The use of different techniques is subject to the content.
The exhibition will be open from the 5th till the 28th of May. Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16.
Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, May 4th, from 18h00 to 20h00!
Anni Kinnunen is an artist who’s main medium is photography. Her photos have raised interest internationally, for instance in Japan, China, and the USA. Nationally, she has been in various important exhibitions such as the Nuoret-exhibition at Kunsthalle Helsinki or the Mänttä Art Festival. Her works are included for example in the collections of the Oulu Museum of Art and the state art collection.
Kinnunen has worked on a number of her artworks abroad. She appears to adapt herself to the atmosphere of the new cultural and working environment, but at the same time she comments and modifies it through her pictures, sometimes even with quite a critical tone. The premiere of the work series “Odd Familiar” was in Tokyo in March, 2015.
“I seek to work in cultures, where the ties to family, religion, food, customs and traditions are pronounced. The residency trips to countries with strong cultures raise thoughts about the feeling of being an outsider: A human being’s strong need to be a part of a community and to blend in while still standing out as an individual. In February-March of 2015 I was working in Tokyo, where I also showed the Japan-entity of the “Odd Familiar” series, which was done during the trip.
In the work series Odd Familiar, which is composed of residency works, I work under the guidance and direction of the feelings brought by getting settled into a new culture, creating stories out of materials from a grocery store and by using my own body.”
The exhibition will be open from April 26th till May 21st at the ARTag Gallery Studio, Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16.
Welcome to the opening party on Tuesday, 25th of April from 17h00 to 19h00!
Petteri Cederberg (b. 1976) graduated as Master of Arts from the Painting department of the Academy of Fine Arts in 2011. He has made a number of acclaimed animations. The ARTag Gallery exhibition is composed of new paintings. The paintings are small and acute observations of everyday life and the human relationships. The line in Cederberg´s paintings is uniquely beautiful in its sensitivity.
The exhibition will be open from April 7th till April 30th. Wed-Fri 12h00 to 18h00, Sat-Sun 12h00-16h00.
Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, April 6th from 17h00 to 19h00!
The exhibition will be closed on Good Friday, but remains open on Saturday and Sunday on Easter Week.
Einari Hyvönen (b. 1989) is an artist studying in Kankaanpää, and who has already participated in a number of collective expositions all around Finland. This is what he says about his exposition:
“The name of the exposition comes from a video game I played in the mid-90´s. By using different parts, the player was supposed the build working piece of machinery. The way I worked on the artworks in this exhibition is reminiscent of this: I have combined painting and given new use to such things as junk electronics and prints of graphics making them into relief like collages. The ensemble develops into a pseudo machine that works aesthetically.“
The exhibition will be open at the ARTag Gallery Studio from March 22nd till April 23rd.
Wed-Fri 12h00 to 18h00, Sat-Sun 12h00-16h00.
Welcome to the opening party on Tuesday, May 21st from 17h00 to 19h00!
Ville Räty (b. 1980) is an artist who´s at home at the limits of the urban landscape. He paints in strong colours sceneries that are set on construction sites and abandoned, torn down buildings. The ensemble is dominated by a surface that is bordering on abstract, where his trace is accentuated by repetition that has been done with the aid of a stencil or the monotype method. The inspirations drawn from apocalyptic comics and films are enjoyably visual.
The exhibition will be open from March 3rd till April 2nd.
Wed-Fri 12h00 to 18h00, Sat-Sun 12h00-16h00.
Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, March 2nd from 17h00 to 19h00!