Got to install my new work 'The Sound Between Trees' to an outdoor exhibition in Taarasti Art Center. It's finnish summer exhibition. Go and listen!
I do keep working and new stuff is coming soon. There is just so many projects at the same time going on...
This two-part work is called 'The Cave and The Find'. Together with Pasi Rauhala we did a permanent public work for the new school in city of Outokumpu. The work combines sculpture and video projection. It was a really interesting project and it was cool to catch some new technics from somebody working with a slightly different media. Here are some pictures from installing the work and testing the projection mappings etc. I'll post some official portfolio pictures later.
It was quite fun to install my work 'Model of a Tunnel' to a little window gallery Reikä -gallery in Helsinki. The idea of the gallery is that you can only look inside from the hole in the window. You can not enter the gallery space. It was also interesting to see how the light of the day interfered with the light of the installation. At the daylight you cold only see the tunnel and after sunset you could see to the inside of the room with the moving shadows of the work.
Yes I am working with several new works (Including two public sculptures) and experimenting with prototypes. I'm just not yet sure when I get to show these. But more new stuff is coming. Really. I'm not going to explain too much at this point, because I don' t want to spoil the surprises (and even I'm not sure about everything yet). So, I decided I'm going to share some mystery photos from now on. Here's the first.
For the impatient, here's the part:
A more elegaic exploration of the same idea (that we murder to dissect) lies in Petri Eskelinen’s 2016 installationDying Star. After a few minutes, the viewer’s dark-adapted eye makes out a beautiful and convincing cloud of stars. At regular intervals, lights come on, revealing the cloud for what it is: smeared, worn Perspex sheets stuck with scraps of Post-it note and scrawled over with whiteboard pens: “Yes”; “No”; “No life field”. The night sky is reduced to a bitterly precise, tiresome, anthropocentric hunt for an earthlike planet.
The lights go out. The magic reasserts itself. To comprehend the world, we must reduce it. But as Penelope Umbrico ably reveals in 30,400,020 Suns from Sunsets from Flickr, the world is big enough to take our abuse. And in the moonlit landscapes by 19th-century artists Fanny Churberg and Hjalmar Munsterhjelm, it swallows us whole.
For the impatient, here's the part:
My personal highlight, however, is Dying Star (2016) by Petri Eskelinen. Inside a room of total darkness, we are confronted by a galaxy of tiny phosphorescent smudges. It reminds me, oddly, of the dancing colours of Georges von Swetlik’s A Woodland Pool (1933), part of the Serlachius permanent collection. As you stand and wonder about scale and distance, all of a sudden a blinding light reveals the trick: the smudges are the sums and jottings of sundry scientists seeking to identify the truths of the galaxies. In that moment, the universe is revealed to be made of maths, of information. Whether this is objective truth or subjective judgement remains open. So too does the question of whether, when it comes to theoretical physics (and art for that matter), we can ever know the difference between the two.
New and mysterious work! hard to explain anthing else. I'll post more pics on the way.
Lately I've beeeeen entertaining myself with drawing swarms of bees. I have beeeeen researching and planning some bigger things including swarm intelligence, colony collapse disorder and finding finally the new bees. Something is going to come out of this. Bee sure! Or bee not.
Started testing for a new piece. I've been lately working with some things which are still on not-yet-ready-to-reveal-state, but now I finally had some time to start testing for a piece for an actual exhibition on Serlachius museum. The piece is called A Dying Star. Kuoleva tähti in finnish. It feels exciting to be in this phase of a new work. I'll post some new photos later, when I have some more things happening there. It's full of stars, Dave.
What did I do? Well, I got rid of some old junk. You can see it here how we did it. Happy new year!
That was satisfying!!! Now I have more space without this glass piece...
I also found a photo of a strange test piece which never became anything interesting, but it seems to be festive enough to earn it's place here. Party umbrellas!!!
I'll soon post more pictures of some new upgrades to the shop and some new tests for new works. It's a new year with new beginnings.
Sean Hutchinson from Inverse.com did an interview of me about the hugging machine. Well, the work is still called The Mechanics of Embrace, but hugging machine seems to be a catchy name.
The Inventor of the Hugging Machine on Building Intimacy Out of Wood by Sean Hutchinson, inverse.com
Thank you for the good folks at Gizmodo for doing a little piece about 'Mechanics of Embrace'. Also the gif included was quite fun.
Here's the link to Gizmodo.
Also, as is the way of the internet, the piece got some follow ups which gave the sculpture some new meaning. Some about loneliness, sadness and love, which is all fine. My starting point for the work was about how to feel your own hands on your back, in a technical way, that you wouldn't really be touching your back, but the structure would copy the movements of your hands, like when you would do when hugging someone. I simplified the process to 3 joints for one arm. Also thematically it's continuing my full contact sculptures which I'm still working with. (New stuff is coming! ) So I had this technical start for the work, but I noticed quite quickly that it also had a certain calming effect on people. And on me. Also, after one museum exhibition, I got some really touching feedback of a father of an autistic child, a little boy who really enjoyed the use of the work and after 50 times or so, had easier to hug real people. After this I have also found the works of Temple Gradin and her squeeze chair etc. This work is a good example about what my work's can actually teach me.
Yes, I did some googling about my work, I was curious. Here are some results.
Hug this machine to get hugged right back. Fastocodesign.com
Feeling sad? Let this machine give you a great big hug. Thedailyorbit.com
Others seek to hug it's better to give yourself a hug (Translated from chinese). egg-life.net? Omelette life? Whatever, but this is one is quite interesting...
If you seen the movie Harold & Maude from the year 1971, you know how deeply some people want to touch sculptures. I made a small piece here inspired by the movie. I used 2 mm thick and very fine sandpapered plywood (what else) to give the smoothest experience for your hand.
This is going to be part of a little exhibition at gallery Sculptor, but more about that later.
I visited one construction site one beatiful day and what do I find? Something that Bob the Builder could be proud of. These scaffoldings are the most sculpture like scaffoldings I have seen inside Finland. And straight out of my construction site drawing series. What is happening? Was there some project manager who said, hey we need our scaffolds to look like Eskelinen's drawings, no matter what. Make it happen. Thank you guys. Seriously. Made my day.
Well, I really need to check the backstory of these things.