Helsinki Contemporary is delighted to invite you to Ilari Hautamäki’s exhibition ’Flux’. The opening event will be held on Thursday, February 16 at 5–7pm in the presence of the artist. Welcome!
New Wave, Green Door, and Free Form – the names of Ilari Hautamäki’s (b. 1983) new paintings indicate his new direction. The artist’s solo exhibition, Flux, on display at Helsinki Contemporary from February to March, is full of life. It is a mental and physical breakaway, a liberation, a painting motif’s stir on the canvas, as only movement can lead to change.
Being in a state of constant flux – experiencing and accepting it – is one of Hautamäki’s premises behind the exhibition. In the new paintings, movement is present as energy, growth, and whirling compositions of various elements. Hautamäki has stepped back from working in a series, and the change happens from one work to another.
In the exhibition, wild nature is positioned inside a frame as part of an urban environment. The body of work is simultaneously rambling and clear-cut. Collage-like compositions, the contrast between organic and industrial, and flowing repetition of plant ornaments are still present in Hautamäki’s acrylic and oil paintings. He has approached the theme of spatiality with a new type of composition, creating a viewing experience and harmony that enable the viewers to immerse themselves in their subconsciousness.
The exhibition runs through March 26.
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Ilari Hautamäki, Flux (New Wave), 2023, oil on canvas, 180 x 145 cm
Photo: Ilari Hautamäki