Totemic17 is a collaborative project by artists operating in New York, and it focuses on woodcuts.
Many artists from the United States and all over the world have participated in this collaboration of Totemic. Totemic17 has been founded by Jeff White who himself is an artist and woodcutter. He also works at MoMa. A year ago in spring, he visited the artist and woodcutter, Tuukka Peltonen, at Virrat in Finland. The idea of the collective’s exhibition in Finland was born then. Alongside The Happiness Index exhibition, we will be seeing a separate ensemble of artworks by Tuukka Peltonen.
The following Finnish and American artists participate in the exhibition:
Robert Patierno, Pennsylvania
Tuukka Peltonen, Virrat
Eija Piironen, Lahti
Russ Spitkovsky, New York
Beth Sutherland, New York
Jettison White, New York
Meghan Brady, Maine
Christopher Coltzau, Wahlstedt
Enrique Figueredo, New York
Karen Kunc, Nebraska
Karen Lederer, New York
Noora Nio-Juss, Helsinki
The Happiness Index will be open from May 24th till the 16th of June. Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, 23rd of May from 5 to 7 pm!
Maisa Majakka (b. 1989) is an artist who is at the beginning of her career and is currently studying at the Academy of Fine Arts. Her main material is ceramics. Majakka’s artworks were loved at last year’s bachelor’s exhibition and this new ensemble continues on the same line. Ceramics turn into colourful tales that are deeply attached to the present.
The exhibition will be open from April 26th till May 19th. We-fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16.
Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, April 25th from 5 yo 7 pm!
For ten days ARTag Gallery’s Studio will convert into Kim Somervuori’s painting and drawing installation. The name of the ensemble is Drawings – diary of an old kid, and it extends in the studio space from floor to ceiling. However, the installation is composed of individual pieces.
The exhibition is a clear extension to Somervuori’s earlier installations, and its aesthetics are similar to the drawing installation we saw at the Mältinranta Artcenter in Tampere last autumn.
Sovervuori is a material romantic in whose artworks paper and fabric are never just the base, but time has left its marks on them. Cultural references are layered in the content of the artworks, and in this installation they form a web of references and meanings, reminiscent of the reality.
The exhibition will be open from the 11th til the 21st of April. Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16.
Sami Havia (b. 1982) is known for his paintings and drawings where different techniques are layered into an interesting ensemble bursting with details. In his new exhibition we will be seeing a series of paintings on paper, where the banal meets with the sublime and where the design language is in debt to the creases of baroque and the swirls of rococo.
The exhibition will be open from the 26th of April till May 19th. Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16.
Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, April 25 from 5 to 7 pm!
Mikko Paakkonen (b. 1990) will be graduating from the Turku Arts Academy this spring. His paintings are physical, and the influence of both action painting and informalism can be seen in them. Perhaps this is why their materialism comes across as aesthetically timeless.
The exhibition will be open from March 29th till the 21st of April. Closed on Good Friday.
Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16.
Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, March 28th from 5 to 7 pm!
Marke-Riitta Martsola is an artist living in Joensuu, and she makes wood engravings. In them, colour is layered into a lively surface, much like in monotype. In her new artworks, dogs play the leading role. A sort of an archetype of this loyal but unpredictable animal is on an adventure in this world of colour.
The exhibition will be open from the 1st until the 24th of March. Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16.
Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, 29th of February from 5 to 7 pm!
Päivi Allonen (b. 1972) doesn’t paint landscapes, but their reflections. Her landscapes are meta descriptions of the landscape, mental images of the landscape and its essence. It is indulging to immerse into the engulfing aesthetics that originate from experiences with nature, but in fact reflect states of mind.
The exhibition will be open from the 1st till the 24th of March. We-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-19.
Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, February 28th from 5 to 7 pm!
Jari Arffman (b. 1965) is a photographer from Tampere. In the field of photography, he moves in the margins. His differentiation from modern photography has a lot to do with his methodological and instrumental rigidity: Arffman is a sworn supporter of analog photography. The photographs have been taken on black and white film with a cinematography camera.
The exhibition will be open from the 1st till the 24th of February, Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16.
Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, 31st of January from 5 to 7 pm!
Kirsimaria E. Törönen (b. 1969) started her art studies at the Art Room of the University of Helsinki, and she has graduated from the Willen de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. In recent years, she has been well represented both at the Mäntyharju exhibition held at a demolition house (2017) as well as at the Mänttä Art Week (2018). Now we will se an entirely new series where Törönen make her own interpretations of art history’s popular poses.
The exhibition will be open from the 1st till the 24th of February. Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16.
Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, January 31st from 5 to 7 pm!
Laura Kärki (b. 1978) is a Finnish artist living in Berlin. She is known for her textile sculptures and reliefs. In them, a three-dimensional form is combined with a two-dimensional image transfer. Often the surface is completed with embroidery and textile elements that have been added like a collage. Kärki elevates the private to a general level. She does it in a way that resembles an absurd novel or a documentary film – feeling identified hurts.
The exhibition will be open from the 4th till the 27th of January. Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16.
Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, January 3rd, fro 5 to 7 pm!