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Welcome to the opening on the 3th of February, 5pm - 7pm

Media Centre Lume

Aalto-university
School of Art and Design
Hämeentie 135 C, Helsinki

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INCOGNITO 22.7.-7.9.2013
Bar Rytmi
 

I use drawing as a way to observe my environment. Few years ago I moved to Helsinki from a small village and I noticed that unknown humanmass is effecting me in many ways. At the same time it`s both interesting and distracting. I feel peaceful when I attach my gaze in one target in the middle of the ground and start drawing. Because of a large number of people I can feel like I`m anonymous. I meet strangers, without being seen or heard, by pressing my pen against the paper. The name of the exhibition "Incognito" refers to this theme. People in my drawings have been picked out from urban humanmass.





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"Diving" drypoint and monotype 2013

  SWARMING
  Kaivopuisto, Helsinki, Finland 6.6. -30.8.2013
Last week I placed my artwork in Helsinki to little park nearby Café Ursula. This time I wanted to present groups instead of individual characters, so I made fish schools and hid them in the shelter of  trees. Basically, I was inspired by the idea that what could be revealed when the bark of the trunk is opened slightly, I wanted to build my own world underneath the bark. Also, last summer, the exhibition featured fish and human hybrids. I continued working with the same theme and the same ideas through the winter and spring.

"Swirl" drypoint and monotype 2013

 "Dream About Flying" drypoint 2013





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5.-30.6.2013
 Exhibition by Pia Parjanen-Aaltonen and Iida Kauppinen


GALLERIA RUUTIKELLARI
Roopertinkatu 11 (Hämeenlinna Bastioni)Hamina

 Phone number of the gallery: 05-749 4198

 A picture of the Ruutikellari Gallery




Opening times:

May 2013: Wed-Fri 9.30-15.30, Sat&Sun 12.00-18.00

June-August: Wed-Sun 12.00-18.00 (closed on 21.-22.6.)

Free entrance.



I’m currently working for the exhibition that starts in the next month. The exhibition goes by the name of The Red Elephant, since it was inspired by the old climbing frame called Red Elephant, which is located at the centre of Hamina. The exhibition will be done in collaboration with Pia Parjanen-Aaltonen, whose accomplishments can be seen in following link: http://mintblack.blogspot.fi/


Pia is from the city of Hamina, and my grandmother lived in Hamina during my childhood. We actually have been playing in the same areas for years without knowing each other. I met Pia in 2008 at The Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Pia also studied printmaking at the Academy of Visual Arts for the same time as I did. Today Pia is also interested about sculpture and bodily dimensions in art. Her latest output was a performance series "3x20", about which you can read more from here http://mintblack.blogspot.fi/p/live-model.html



Small teaser of Pia`s work in process



For the upcoming exhibition in Hamina, Pia is working on an installation. In the piece two historical storylines are combined: Pia’s own personal journey from Hamina to the current life in Helsinki, as well as the stories of adventurers generations ago. Her personal memories considering the elephant of the playground acts as one key element in her work.


Can be said that the red elephant is a significant part of both artist`s life story. I work by combining my roots to my mother’s family’s roots that are strongly located in Hamina. In my drypoint drawings I address the story of ten siblings.


The Wave 2013 Iida Kauppinen

The climbing frame that was mentioned earlier remains constantly in the background during my work. The elephant creates playfulness to the process. Games, that the elephant represents and the other strong memories of childhood create both direct and hiding atmosphere to the working process as well as to the final pieces.


I`m all ears 2013 Iida Kauppinen


A detail from one bigger print of mine




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Hydrophobia exhibition is finally over. Thank you for all the support and comments!
 “Strange Tide”

 “Strange Tide”           ”The Pond ”          "Undertone"


    ”Pikes spots”                        "Colorbath”

 ”Herring troop”

” Herring troop”
”Herring is shouting tadpole”
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle”





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"The Pond"

Drypoint and monotype

  





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Thursday, November 8, 2012


I was working in Helsinki Suvilahti for four weeks with group of students from academy of fine arts. This project was part of the course "From surface to space". Here I present some pictures about the work that I did during those four weeks. 
This was also my first attempt with three-dimensional printmaking.
                  
"Spring" Monotype and drypoint





 







The space had a strong impact on the scale and shape of the work and the floor became part of the image.









UNDER THE FAMILY TREE

I`m making a family tree for next summers park exhibition. Process got started while I was going through my late grandparents album. I don`t know much about my family history. For me that album was full of strangers. I started to look for familiar features from their faces, eyes and smiles. Based on this kind of way of looking I started to create imaginary family tree.


Drypoint and monotype


Why knowing family history is so important? How this type of information affects and defines our identity? These are questions that I´m interested during this process.






Peek into printing process (at Finnish Academy of Fine Arts)


Drypoint and monotype



Some drypoint lines

Floating girls




All printed with this old press. This old giant makes funny noises while printing, also gives you a good workout :)




View from the studio window at Tapanila


..And something I was printing today :)



RESTAURANT DAY

TEA, CHOCOLATE AND ART

HELSINKI RESTAURANT DAY 19th OF AUGUST 2012
KIVIPARINTIE 2 E 6 MYLLYPURO
WE ARE OPEN FROM 12:00 to 19:00

TAKE THE METRO TO MYLLYPURO STATION,
GO ACROSS MYLLYPURONTIE TOWARDS THE NEW APARTMENT BUILDINGS/ SHOPPING MALL AND FIND THE K-SUPERMARKET.
THE ENTRANCE TO STAIRCASE "E" IS AROUND THE CORNER.
PRESS THE DOORBELL OF APARTMENT E6 AND COME IN
 3´RD FLOOR:
WELCOME!

Iida Kauppinen, Pia Parjanen-Aaltonen, Patricia Hansen-Wagner, Bogna Wisniewska, Patrick Wagner











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The day that I was building my exhibition was rainy, but I smiled, because transition of my prints from water to land took place in the best possible weather!


The same way of life continues on land, a small fish is still hiding from a big fish. There is also those who prefer walking this journey alone etc. In our life alike roles exist. Water is the base of life, therefore we are strongly connected to it. It`s also seen as a scary and strange element, but there are a lot of familiar features.  It would also seem that man's short life includes a lot of currents. Those currents are unpredictable and strong. During the process I was also thinking of a lot of water level rise and how the two would merge into a single imaginary world.


Organized an exhibition in the park, because I wanted to take my work in a place where their appearance is not a foreseeable event. My purpose is to make art and people meet. How gets lost in the gallery space by chance? I believe that the park provides more room for such incidents. The place is also on the waterfront which is really essential because of my theme.


During the exhibition I found that the children were excited, especially the layout of the works, "Here! In the back of the tree is yet another one!" "I found one more!" The exhibition situation seemed formed a kind of play.


The works will remain in Kaivopuisto till 18th of August.



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