Sanna Kannisto’s solo exhibition, Observing Eye, on view at Helsinki Contemporary from April 5 to may 5, 2019, consists of photographic and video works created over the last three years. Kannisto’s trademark bird pictures are now accompanied by video works and photograph collages that shed new light on the background to her working process and, for example, on ecological issues.
Kannisto’s artistic approach is typified by the method she uses to separate the animal from its original context by constructing the shooting situation in a field studio and thus setting up the subject of the shoot for inspection in an artificial environment. Observation is central to the process and to the final works: Kannisto actively studies the bird and the bird simultaneously looks back. This interaction is repeated in the exhibition space, where the works bring viewers unusually close to birds that we perhaps ordinarily only hear through a distant song.
Olli Piippo’s solo exhibition Eight Notes on Oceanic Feeling will be held in Helsinki Contemporary on 4–27 May.
His new works approach the so-called oceanic feeling, which has been described as unity with the universe, and experiences of it through painting. A series of large, dark-coloured paintings bearing the name of the exhibition Eight Notes on Oceanic Feeling have been made with graphite on a black background.
“Rendered through the painting process, Oceanic Feeling is a moving state, a feeling that a wave is rolling over you, or merging into the background. In the same way the painting is either losing its form or the form is just rising to the surface.”
Artist Miikka Vaskola's solo exhibition Beyond at Helsinki Contemporary 9 Feb–4 March 2018.
Vaskola’s art questions the way that images are viewed and considers ways of depicting people more diversely through painting. The portrait series 'Oneself as Another' presents of the subject more than catches the eye. The nocturnal landscape paintings in the series 'Night Sky' reflect the inevitable inaccessibility of the sky. The paintings present everything and nothing at the same time, leading the viewer near and far.
"Perhaps I am trying to paint the answer,” Vaskola says.