Vesa Aaltonen

19 August – 11 September 2016


Vesa Aaltonen: Metsämaisema (2015, Fotosec pigment print on acryl, 130 x 110 cm)

Vesa Aaltonen: Metsämaisema
(2015, Fotosec pigment print on acryl, 130 x 110 cm)

“The basis for my exhibition is the Finnish landscape. The motives of my work lie somewhere between what is real and what is imaginary as if trying to reveal another dimension that is hidden from our eyes. I am intuitive towards my subject and my work is not always planned. I often work spontaneously, experimenting a lot.

Nature and landscape act as a playground for my work, which is often influenced by impressionism. I have been trying to move away from realistic expression in order to capture the true essence of landscape.

Instead of pedantic documentation I paint by shifting my camera during variable exposure times. The result does not necessarily correspond to what you are actually seeing – equivalence is not important. This gives me freedom, a chance for more creativity.

Observing the changes of the landscape is essential for my work. I am trying to capture the magical feeling, and here light plays the biggest part: it creates form and makes the atmosphere right. The optimal light does not exist, the right moment can be very sudden. Sunlight makes the forest shimmer with light, however, the light never stops moving. It only lingers for a while, then continues on its way. It does not wait to be photographed so one needs to be fast.

Unlike human eyes, the camera does not focus on single details, the quantity of which is often too much for our visual memory to process. Memory is selective. In our memories the physical place becomes secondary and details disappear. What remains is the essential: light, form, and vision. A mental image of the landscape – a mindscape.”

Welcome to the exhibition opening on Thursday 18 August 6-8 pm! Meet the artist 3.9. and 4.9. at 12-4 pm.

My inspiration is the passing of time. I am interested in places where human presence can be felt. I am looking for symbolic meanings in surroundings. The starting point for my work can often be found in cultural landscape, the history of art, and architecture – places or things, which have had a deep and lasting influence on people. While the targets of my photography usually turn up naturally, sketching wakes my appetite and determines the direction. Experimenting with subjects is important and a condition for my work. First impression is important. Episodes of the past or the history of a place can play a remarkable role. Sometimes, simply light, colour, form, an old object, or a detail of the nature is enough to spark my interest.

My work changes repeatedly from an abstract landscape to a very archtitectonic infocus presentation. I enjoy experimenting and do not want to repeat myself. My works might seem beautifully presented and polished, but the unstable global situation makes me worry. Time after time, I am faced with my own humanity, questioning the meaning of my artistic work. It is important to be awake, to reflect on happiness, achievement, loss, fear, and disappointement, but also hope and life itself. What is truly relevant is the observation of ones surroundings, to look back every now and then, and to move on.