Panos Balomenos (b. 1976, Athens) lives and works in Helsinki. He has studied at the Milan Academy of Fine Arts, the Frankfurt School of Fine Arts and the Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts, of which he graduated with a Master’s degree in 2005. In his exposition, Balomenos presents a series of nine paintings, where he studies the diversity of sex and sexuality, and the interface of porn and documentation.
The exhibition will be open at the ARTag Gallery´s Studio side from the 6th till the 29th of April. Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, April 5th at 5 p.m.
Kalle Hamm (b. 1969) draws the spectator deep into a carefully constructed reality. Hamm has created a spectacular visual world by drawing, and has complemented it with texts. The letter format accentuates the artwork’s readiness for a dialogue. As part of this exhibitions there is also the sound art project, Band of Weeds, where a mugwort, a creeping thistle and a northern dock have formed a band together.
Exhibition open from the 6th till 29th of April. Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, the 5th of April at 5 p.m.!
The Invisible Sex project makes transgender people visible. They don’t identify themselves as male or female. Binary gender identities are now defining the general image of a human being. This project tells us about those growth experiences, run-ins with the authorities, and finding your own space. This exposition’s portraits have been photographed by Jenni Holma. In addition to her, the project team includes comic artist Apila Pepita Miettinen and journalists Veera Järvenpää and Kaisu Tervonen. Together with the exposition, a book called The Invisible Sex will be published.
Emmi Kallio (b. 1981) unashamedly carnivalizes the tradition of abstract painting, and especially action painting. However, the funny names of the paintings, the use of glitter and the playful and pastel toned colour scheme all include a more somber theme. Kallio’s paintings are like portraits from the life of generation Y.
The exhibition will be open from the 9th of March till April 1st.
Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, 8th of March at 5 p.m.!
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.