21th of April, the Grand Opening of Studio Ragnile in FB-stream. Welcome on line! -Tuomo
The summer exhibition of Haihatus Arts residency in Central Finland, this year is AVANTGARDEVEKKULA! I’m super happy to announce, that I will be curating the show. But now, unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the date of the opening remains unsettled. We will operate acccording to official recommendations. However, hopefully we will have the opening: there is vast amount of super art upcoming on site! Visit Haihatus site for more info (finnish).
Ragnile exhibition consists of three divisions: Bisnonna is a kinetic sculpture – the ancient origin of all weaving. Whilst constructing it, I have caught the forms and the abstract ideas for the actual Ragnile -sculptures. The third part is a video, which scrutinises sculpture as an form of art, merchandise and an object in our environment.
My studio is situated in an concrete cellar where my colleagues are mainly spiders. They are trying try to hang on to the world by knitting theis nets in some might say pretty hostile environment. In this way they are adapting to the situation and perceive their reality and hopefully sometimes manage to catch a fruitfly got lost in the basement. As a comparison, an artist is using her hands, knowledge and expertise, when commencing glueing, welding and sewing together seemingly incompactible elements of the piece of art. In this way, with any luck, the net of new consciousness might catch perhaps suprising intepretations of surrounding reality.
In this solo exhibition, I use a spider and it’s knitting labour as a metaphor for my artistic creative process. I have a strong sensation that using hands creatively expands greatly the probability of inventing a out of the box, surprising solution for respective dilemma.
I hereby claim, that handicraft is expanding the cosciousness.
As basic material for my Mixed Waste Method, I exploit reclaimed junk. In this particular exhibition, the nuclear parts are three sets of dining chairs. These sets I have already used for installations and also as funtional construction in my garden. The process got started immediately as I saw the furniture thrown away, I was inspired in a way of building own hut as a little boy. Apparently the repeating forms and architectural mood were tickling my aesthetic instinct, and the temporary finishing line for this process is accomplished in this exhibition: Ragnile.
I’m organizing a happening in an artist residence in Sicily on Saturday 25. of January. There will be an opening performance and an otherwordly istallation. Welcome all!
It’s been a while since the last group exhibition in Oranssi, so here’s a small reminder how things were then… enjoy! -Tunkki
Kurkunleikkaajien antigravitaatiokenttä / Cutthroat Field of Antigravity 2019, mixed waste technique. I have been experimenting a lot with belts and bands and tried plentitude of methods, and in the end – well – the best performance is the (snare roll) the special bands for industrial machines. Happy to experiment though! Here’s a small video from the case….
The third exhibition of it’s kind was held on 28th of August – 8th of September. The show was held in association of the Finnish Comic Festival in the area. You can see some fotos HERE.
Two of performative sculptures have been this summer in Stockfors Art Fair at Pyhtää, Finland. Huge thanks go to the curators Aarno Rankka and Jyrki Riekki!
Avantgarde Vekkula took place from 8th of May until 7th of June in Kanneltalo, Helsinki.
The event was fun and many people saw it. As Kannelmäki might be seen as a common suburb, maybe it’s beginning to be the hot knot of fun art, who knows?! Anyways here is some collection of images throughout the exhibition. Here for some past A. Vekkulas