Mikko Luostarinen, Enni Suominen / 8.–30.12.2018 / Project Room

Clock icon 8. December 2018 - 30. December 2018

NB. exhibition closed 23.–26.12.2018.

Mikko Luostarinen: Decoration

Mikko Luostarinen's exhibition Decoration brings together watercolor paintings as well as fabric prints based on them. Digital printing and its potential of limitless multiplication transforms the picture on the fabric into something more of an everyday, product-like material. This way the direct contact with the picture’s surface like in painting, disappears. Pictures become almost immaterial when they are digitally printed into the fabric, after which they are perceived through the qualities associated more with the fabric’s structure, involving features like the physical and functional use of the fabric. In comparison, the layers of paint on a painting define the picture’s materiality and feel without the extra layers produced by digital printing and fabric choices. 

Both phases of the work complement one another in the symbiosis formed by the paintings and the fabric prints. The flatness and immaterial feel of the watercolor paintings refer to the characteristics of the fabric. In turn, the fabric prints may imitate the characteristics of a painting when stretched out as a rectangle-shaped object for example. 

The exhibition discusses the synergy and relationship between the paintings and the prints refined from them. How seamless and open to interpretation can the boundary between the concepts of decoration and painting be?

Mikko Luostarinen (b. 1993) lives and works in Helsinki. He is finishing his studies in the painting department at the Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki. Decoration is the second part of his Master's Degree thesis. The first part was shown in Kuvan Kevät MFA exhibition in spring 2018.

Enni Suominen: 1 Foot

One day he closed gas into a glass tube and let strong sunlight influence it.

Karl Borgin's book The Plastics, published in Finnish 1952, describes the properties, the manufacturing and the use of plastics. The book represents the history of plastic materials and inventions, most of which happened by chance and did not initially interest anyone. One of these materials was polyvinyl chloride developed by the French chemist Henri Victor Regnault in 1838.

The sunburned gas turned into white powder is nowadays tubes, hoses, insulators, seals, gutters, slats, grilles, tarpaulins, binders, wraps, tapes, capsules, mattresses, covers, pavings and shields.

Enni Suominen’s exhibition touches cosmological thinking, which instead of human focus also understands the abiotic material as experiencing subject. Among the materials, objects or things the strangest may seem to be the most recognizable matter.

1 Foot is a spatial, material and bodily installation that pieces together the ways of being. It invites you to be, to stay and to belong somewhere. It may help remind you of a place that will remind us of ourselves. It gives permission to look at it.

Enni Suominen (b. 1982) is finishing MFA Degree studies in the sculpture department at the Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki. 1 Footis the second part of her thesis. The first part 35 Dandelionswas shown in Kuvan Kevät 2018exhibition. Enni Suominen has previously completed studies of painting and studies of textiles and clothing.