Maija Holma

6 – 29 April 2018

Vanitas

Maija Holma: Vanitas (100 milj. €), 2017, silver gelatin print on wastepaper, 33 x 49 cm

I’m interested in very common materials, materials that drown me in their omnipresence. The materials are waste when I start to use them. A moment ago they were useful objects, before that they were materials from which the objects were made, and before that, either ancient fossilized or fresh organic materials. As trash, matter is in a curious state in between; we want to get rid of it as soon and as easily as possible. Nowadays it is often recycled or burned for energy.

I observe the earthly journey of material objects with almost religious devotion. I make my decisions, above all, on esthetic grounds but esthetics is also intertwined with the history of the material object and the present of its journey. I hope that beauty would appear in my art in the form of depth which is not only about sensual pleasure or comfort, although partly it is. The materials and subject matters also offer views of grief and being in touch with the laws of the industrial world.

Freedom of thought, emotions, experiencing and seeing is the undercurrent in everything I do in the field of art. I wish that my works would create a feeling of presence of the unexpected, of a strange kind of beauty.


Vanitas

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?
I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 1.2– 3, 14

The Dutch masters painted Vanitas still lives in order to remind of mortality, shortness of life, perishability of worldly riches and equality of men in front of death.
In my version of the Vanitas theme there are, among skulls and wilted flowers, machines out of use, archival materials and envelopes representing vanities and symbols of power in our times, and my own useless notes.
Still lives from the garden of out-of-date machines, material for contemplating the circulation of matter. The left-overs of culture, removed from archives, objects that lost their significance are coming back in their matter-of-fact radiance.

Welcome to the Opening on Thursday 5th April at 18-20 pm!

Tuomas Hallivuo

6 – 29 April 2018

It is always spring II

Tuomas Hallivuo: Wolf at snow, 2018, mixed media painting on cardboard

The exhibition consists of my recent paintings featuring wolves, birds, walls, tying, covering, plants and something from the past. Paintings are made on paper, cardboard, canvas and on wood with mixed media. I will join my paintings together as an ensemble which covers the entire space, using partially overlapping suspension. Some of the pieces will be done in the gallery. “It is always spring II” is the second of my four solo exhibitions in 2018. Each of these exhibitions is slightly different.

I work mainly in Jyväskylä’s graphics workshop, where I primarily print gravure graphics, but also some hyphenographic work. Lately I’ve made sculptures as well, in addition to painting. In addition to my own art and exhibition activities I have implemented a few public pieces, as well as been involved in various art projects. I also work as a graphics teacher.

Welcome to the Opening on Thursday 5th April at 18-20 pm!