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06.09.19 – ALEKSIINA SALMI: DREAMING OF A GALLOPING HORSE

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Aleksiina Salmi (B. 1994) graduated as a visual artist from Kaarisilta in 2016. Salmi’s themes generate from reality, but she studies them through fantasy. Strong colors, rythmic work with the surface and brave positioning repeat themselves in her artwork. Mainly, Salmi paints animal themes, but she adds symbolic elements to them. Dark clouds, blood and strong backlight may modify the atmosphere in the paintings so, that the fun and lightness perceived at first look remain ostensible after all, and darker shades can be discovered beneath the surface.

The exhibition will be open from the 6th till the 29th of September. Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16.

Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, September 5th, from 5 to 7 pm!

06.09.19 – MELINA PAAKKONEN: THE FOLLOWERS

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Melina Paakkonen (b. 1989) graduated this spring from the Turku Art Academy. She paints, makes collages, and mixes these two techiques. The paintings are generously layered, combining decoration and expression in a sensual way. In the collages, on the other hand, rough material aesthetics and a steadily growing trace of drawing that grows out of it together build a surreal world.

The exhibition will be open from the 6th till the 29th of September. Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16.

Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, September 5th from 5 to 7 pm!

10.08.19 – MARJATTA HOLMA: RED

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Marjatta Holma (b. 1976) creates spatial paintings where she documents the surrounding reality. The documentation is symbolic, capturing shades and traces, and abstract by character. Holma’s ensemble of paintings will be exposed at ARTag Gallery’s both front rooms.

The exhibition will be open from August 10th to September 1st, Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16. Welcome to the opening parti on Friday, August 9th from 5 to 7 pm!

24.05.19 – TOTEMIC17: THE HAPPINESS INDEX

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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! 

26.04.19 – MAISA MAJAKKA: LITTLE SPOON

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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!

Closed on Fist of May

11.04.19 – KIM SOMERVUORI: DRAWINGS – DIARY OF AN OLD KID

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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.

Closed on Good Friday.

26.04.19 – SAMI HAVIA: PHANTASIA

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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!

The gallery will be closed on first of May.

29.03.19 – MIKKO PAAKKONEN: SMALL TOWN SYNDROME

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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!

01.03.19 – MARKE-RIITTA MARTSOLA: THE YEAR OF THE DOG

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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!

01.03.19 – PÄIVI ALLONEN: REFLECTION

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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!