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03.12.19 – NIKO NENONEN: WATERCOLOURS

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Niko Nenonen (b. 1974) died of a stroke in August 2018. Before his death, he had been planning for a long time a watercolour exhibition, but always postponed it to paint just a little bit more. With the help of his mother, brother and sister I have gone through more than a thousand paintings and selected an ensemble that shows what a talented, self learned artist Nenonen was, and what a strong and exciting world he could create with his watercolours.

The exhibition will be open at ARTag Gallery from the 4th  till the 22nd of December. 

Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16

Welcome to the opening party on Tuesday, December 3rd from 5 to 7 pm!

26.11.19 – SAKARI KIURU: WINDOWS OF TIME

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Sakari Kiuru (b. 1961) is a photographer who won the Grand Prize for the first ever Fotofinlandia competition in 1988. His previous private exhibition was seen in Helsinki five years ago. Now we will be seeing in ARTag Gallery Studio a series of completely new pieces where Kiuru has given new life to old abandoned photos by turning then into independent pieces of art. Kiuru himself has also taken pictures of old buildings and then simplified them.  

The exhibition will be open at ARTag Gallery Studio from the 27th of November till December 22nd.

Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16

Welcome to the opening party on Tuesday, November 26th from 5 to 7 pm!

01.11.19 – EINARI HYVÖNEN: THE GREATEST HITS OF BREAKUP

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Einari Hyvönen graduated from the Kankaanpää Art School last spring, and he participated in The Picture Book exhibition at the Nastola Town Hall last summer. In his works, he combines elements from both graphics and paintings. The artworks represent innocent post internet painting, tightly knit compilations of different meanings. The theme of his new series of artworks is the separation process seen from different points of view, also a little bit in the style of an ironic self help guide. 

The exhibition will be open from the 1st till the 24th of November. Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16.

Welcome to the opening party on Thursday 31st of October from 5 to 7 pm!

01.11.19 – RIIKKA AHLFORS: UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS

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Riikka Ahlfors is a visual artist who has graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and did her Bachelors degree in Canada. She paints oil paintings where a realistic space is simplified to forms and colours. Her detached style gives an air of lightness to her artworks. The paintings are firmly grounded in the tradition of abstract painting, but they are playful and not too serious. 

The exhibition will be open from the 1st till the 24th of November. 

Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16.

Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, 31st of October from 5 to 7 pm!

04.10.19 – MOOSA MYLLYKANGAS: IN RIPTIDE

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Moosa Myllykangas (b. 1960) is a visual artist who mainly works as a scultor. Her artworks are sculptures, reliefs or spatial ensembles. Often, the scale of the artworks is large, and a single piece can take over the whole exhibition space. This ARTag Gallery exhibition focuses on reliefs that are a lot like sculptures and work as independent works of art. In them, surprising materials come together and create ensembles where a seeming abstraction hides within symbols and even tales within. 

The exhibition will be open at the ARTag Gallery Studio from the 4th till the 27th of October.

Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16.

Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, October 3rd from 5 to 7 pm!

04.10.19 – REIJO KÄRKKÄINEN: THE FRESHWATER EELS OF EUROPE

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Reijo Kärkkäinen (b. 1964) is a multidisciplinary visual artist who has previously displayed at ARTag Gallery paper-based artworks where drawing has played a leading role. He is also known as an expressionist of the contemporary cartoon. Now on display there are large scale paintings in which Kärkkäinen takes a step towards abstract expressionism. Strong paintwork and glowing colors create a woven texture that is present throughout the exhibition. 

The exhibition will be open from the 4th till the 27th of October.

Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16.

Welcome to the opening party on Thursday, October 3rd from 5 to 7 pm!

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!