Ilkka Pitkänen

17th July – 9th August 2015


Ilkka Pitkänen: detail from the serie Abstraction I-V (2015), glass works.

Ilkka Pitkänen: detail from the serie Abstraction I-V (2015), glass works.

The exhibition consists of two separate spaces. In the room upstairs there are five glass works broken with an emergency hammer (Abstraction I – V), in which random fractal-like patterns are formed. The works raise a question of the potential aesthetic experiences provided by acts of vandalism.

In the room downstairs there is an installation called Zen-stones, which consists of cobblestones and a video projection with sound. The idea of an installation with cobblestones was born in Prague on Petřín hill – Kinsky Garden (Kinského zahrada), where a lonely worker was building a pavement, stone by stone, on the roads leading to the garden. This very focused laborer gave the impression that he was building the whole pavement for the length of several miles by himself. The very same stones are used as weapons or tools of self-defense in demonstrations against police and the army – who are armed with much deadlier instruments in order to keep people under control.

Ilkka Pitkänen (b. 1981) is a Helsinki based artist working multidisciplinary with various media including moving image, photography, installation and performance. Thematically his artworks are dealing with personal space and integrity as well as perception of reality.

The exhibition is supported by AVEK and Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse.

Ilkka Pitkänen: Zen-stones, 2015, installation

Ilkka Pitkänen: Zen-stones, 2015, installation



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