The exhibition will open for public according to the gallery's regular opening hours on Thursday, February 3, at 12–18. Welcome!
To guarantee the safest possible visit for everyone, we will limit the number of visitors in our gallery space if needed. We kindly ask you to use a face mask. If you are feeling ill, please postpone your visit.
Helsinki Contemporary has the pleasure of presenting a second solo show of John Kørner in the gallery. In 2018 Kørner had two simultaneous solos shows in Finland, one at Helsinki Contemporary and the other at EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art. Now the artist returns to Helsinki with a new series of timely paintings.
John Kørner is one of the leading figures on the Danish contemporary art scene. Current political and social questions and especially the notion of the ‘problem’ is central for his work. In Kørner’s works beauty and making a statement meet organically.
In his February show at Helsinki Contemporary Kørner will focus on a series of new paintings in which he has explored light and liquid elements. Kørner finds it intriguing that light and water behave equally in openings, and bend if they have the opportunity. Change, the transformation of an element is at the core of his studies. In the new paintings he explores water especially in its frozen in-between form, as ice and glaciers to liquid and back again.
The paintings of glaciers are not all white, as one could assume, but bright and colourful. What in reality would be cold as ice, is in Kørner’s hands burning red. The vistas and views in the paintings look like a fantasy but still seem to be from our world. They seem to speak simultaneously of the ice age and climate crisis: glaciers formed over thousands of years are now being melted away by human action.
The visual trigger for the new works has been a series of photos of glaciers in South of Greenland in the 1980s, with pale blue and greyish colours. In reality ice contains the whole colour spectrum, we human only see it in certain lights. This colourful range is what the artist has explored in the new works.
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