Galerie Anhava at ArtBrussels
GALERIE ANHAVA at ArtBrussels 2006
21. – 24. 4. 2006
Brussels Expo – Hall 12, Booth B09
Place de Belgique 1020 Brussels
Preview 20. 4. at 2 – 4 p.m.
Vernissage 20. 4. at 4 – 11 p.m.
Galerie Anhava is going to participate in ArtBrussels with the following artists:
Anne-Karin Furunes is a Norwegian painter known for her works employing perforation technique. Based on photographs, these pieces have a black or white canvas perforated by the artist in imitation of the screen of a photograph. On the one hand, Furunes’s works are paintings dwelling in light, while on the other hand they express the authenticity and intensity of early beautiful monochrome photographs.
Pertti Kekarainen’s photographs are characterized by the multi-interpretative nature of space. He combines his photographs with local elements of colour that sometimes appear to conform to the space presented in the piece and are sometimes contrary to it. These features create tension and a slightly surreal atmosphere. The light in the photographs is beautiful and specific to these works. Here, Joubert’s statement could be revered: “Without light there is no space”.
Elina Merenmies shows a series of works from the beginning of the1990´s which has only been showed once before, in her recent large show in Uppsala Art Museum. These early ink on paper works, called by the artist herself “mosquitos” are small, sensitive and fragile drawings. The drawing itself looks innocent, a bit clumsy in a nice way and reminds somehow of dry point.
In his most recent series of works titled ”Icy Prospects”, Jorma Puranen continues the painting theme of his previous series. This time he painted a piece of wooden board with black paint, varnished it and took it outdoors in winter and photographed the fragmentary reflection of nature on the surface of the board. The result was a series of extremely painterly works in which the brushstrokes and the uneven features of the board are mixed with the reflected subject. These photographs are breathtakingly beautiful, continuing the best traditions of romanticism.
Rannikko’s sculpture is distantly related to Stephan Balkenhol’s painted works in wood, but where Balkenhol paints the surface of his pieces, Rannikko sculpts colour in concrete terms. He constructs his works of especially hard plaster that is coloured throughout and the pieces look as if he had painted the air with a large brush. Both the technique and its related concept are unprecedented. The works are precise in their colours and the soft and juicy appearance of the plaster creates interesting tensions. Rannikko’s sculptures address their surrounding space in a forceful manner, challenging the viewer to consider the differences and shared aspects of various genres of art.
Andrei Roiter: Suitcase-exhibition
When Andrei Roiter in 1989 took the train in Moskow and left the Soviet Union his first stop in the west was Brussels. Now he is coming back to the city with a suitcase filled with paintings to have a show at ArtBrussels. This kind of an exhibition is based on a Russian tradition in which travelling artists packed up their art in a suitcase, left and held exhibitions at different spaces along the road. Andrei Roiter’s works often also deal with leaving, arriving in unknown places, being a stranger. He is an extremely skillful and sensitive painter who is able to create in his works an odd and dreamlike atmosphere.
Tom Sandberg’s works exhibit technical perfection with complete command of different techniques, including photogravure and palladium and silver gelatine prints. Depending on the work at hand, Sandberg may also vary the medium, printing for example on sheet aluminium, behind glass or on fabric. His subject matter ranges from portraits to heavenly bodies, or from nudes to aircraft or clouds. His photographs can just as well be extremely sharp or lyrically misty in appearance, but all his works share an inescapable monumentality and total correspondence of form and content.
Anna Tuori paints with acrylic on canvas, often employing thin layers of paint dimly shining through each other. In addition, she works in a drawing-like manner, accentuating parts of the painting in oils that can create thick accumulations of colour similar to reliefs. Her themes range from desolate urban scenes to idyllic rural landscapes, figures or torsos. They all share a kind of dreamlike quality – seen as through the surface of water and hyper-sharp memory. They are not naturalistic. Instead, they are something more, being constructed to express through painting something special, perhaps different states of mind and emotions and they appear to be lyrical and at times nostalgic in some way, which may be related to Tuori’s extremely charming but also agitated brushwork, her way of painting, like a caress and a quick shake of the head.
One man show:
Santeri Tuori: “Waterfall” and “Sea”
Santeri Tuori (b. 1970) will exhibit two video works: “Sea” from the Baltic Sea and ”Waterfall” made in Iceland. Where ”Sea” is horizontal, calmly swaying and its greatness and depth can only be guessed, ”Waterfall” is vertical with a definite, recurring and almost threatening movement – the sense of threat is enhanced by its audioscape of the din of a waterfall. We also see how the water strikes the ground and we sense its immense mass and power. But this piece is neither frightening nor fearsome. In keeping with the traditions of romantic painting, a powerful natural phenomenon distanced into art is ennobled and becomes poetic.
Looking forward to see you at ArtBrussels!
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