Reima Nevalainen

Syncope

Helsinki

February 26 – March 14, 2020

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Birds Thrown Into the Air, 2019

Acrylics, collage, sand and pastel on canvas

165 x 200 cm / 64.9 x 78.7 inches

RNEV_218

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Resonant, 2019

acrylics, collage, pastel and sand on canvas

200 x 165 cm / 78.7 x 64.9 inches

RNEV_229

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Blindspot, 2019

Acrylics, collage and sand on canvas

50 x 40 cm / 19.7 x 15.7 inches

RNEV_238

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Syncope, 2020

acrylics, collage, pastel and sand on canvas

70 x 60 cm / 27.5 x 23.6 inches

RNEV_253

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Ebb, 2019

Acrylics, collage, sand and pastel on canvas

165 x 240 cm / 64.9 x 94.5 inches

RNEV_231

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Passersby III, 2019

acrylics, collage and pastel on canvas

100 x 90 cm / 39.3 x 35.4 inches

RNEV_230

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Mirrors of Kyoto, 2019

acrylics, collage, pastel and sand on canvas

100 x 90 cm / 39.3 x 35.4 inches

RNEV_233

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Looking Ahead, 2019

acrylics, collage, ink, pastel and sand on canvas

120 x 130 cm / 47.2 x 51.2 inches

RNEV_235

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Primitive Colours, 2019

Acrylics, collage, sand and pastel on canvas

130 x 165 cm / 51.2 x 64.9 inches

RNEV_227

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Reclining Nude, 2019

acrylics, collage, pastel and sand on canvas

50 x 40 cm / 19.7 x 15.7 inches

RNEV_234

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Bathing Figure, 2019

acrylics, collage, sand and pastel on canvas

50 x 40 cm / 19.7 x 15.7 inches

RNEV_252

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Residue, 2019

acrylics, collage, ink, pastel and sand on canvas

130 x 165 cm / 51.2 x 64.9 inches

RNEV_251

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Blue Composition, 2019

acrylics, collage, charcoal, pastel and sand on canvas

90 x 100 cm / 35.4 x 39.3 inches

RNEV_244

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Bridge Is Out, 2018

Acrylics, collage and sand on canvas

165 x 200 cm / 64.9 x 78.7 inches

RNEV_220

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Sparks, 2019

Acrylics, collage, sand and pastel on canvas

40 x 55 cm / 15.7 x 21.6 inches

RNEV_226

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Whetstone, 2019

Acrylics, collage and sand on canvas

60 x 70 cm / 23.6 x 27.5 inches

RNEV_242

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Platform, 2019

acrylics, collage, pastel, pencil and sand on canvas

40 x 50 cm / 15.7 x 19.7 inches

RNEV_239

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Amphora, 2019

acrylics, collage, charcoal, sand and pastel on canvas

90 x 100 cm / 35.4 x 39.3 inches

RNEV_247

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Ox, 2019

Acrylics, collage, sand and pastel on canvas

165 x 240 cm / 64.9 x 94.5 inches

RNEV_225

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Furniture, 2019

acrylics, collage, pastel and sand on canvas

65 x 54 cm / 25.6 x 21.2 inches

RNEV_243

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Unravel, 2019

acrylics, collage, pastel and sand on canvas

130 x 120 cm / 51.2 x 47.2 inches

RNEV_228

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Headlong, 2019

Acrylics, collage, sand and charcoal on canvas

130 x 165 cm / 51.2 x 64.9 inches

RNEV_219

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Sealed Painting, 2019

Acrylics, collage, sand and pastel on canvas

120 x 130 cm / 47.2 x 51.2 inches

RNEV_221

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Frame II, 2019

acrylics, collage, ink, pastel and pencil on MDF

31.5 x 24 cm / 12.4 x 9.4 inches

RNEV_249

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Frame I, 2019

acrylics, collage, marker and sand on MDF

31.5 x 24 cm / 12.4 x 9.4 inches

RNEV_248

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Muscle Study, 2019

acrylics, collage, pastel and sand on canvas

100 x 90 cm / 39.3 x 35.4 inches

RNEV_246

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Spellbound, 2019

acrylics, collage and pastel on canvas

90 x 100 cm / 35.4 x 39.3 inches

RNEV_245

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Open Hearth, 2020

Acrylics, collage, pastel, sand, pencil and marker on canvas

60 x 70 cm / 23.6 x 27.5 inches

RNEV_255

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Ripe Fruits, 2018

Acrylics, collage, pastel and sand on canvas

40 x 55 cm / 15.7 x 21.6 inches

RNEV_256

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Wildlife, 2018

acrylics, collage, sand and pastel on canvas

40 x 55 cm / 15.7 x 21.6 inches

RNEV_257

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Uncertain Senses, 2020

Acrylics, collage, pastel and sand on canvas

200 x 330 cm / 78.7 x 129.9 inches

RNEV_260

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Spin Away, 2020

Acrylics, collage, sand, pastel and coloured pencil on canvas

165 x 130 cm / 64.9 x 51.2 inches

RNEV_261

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Passersby I, 2018

acrylics, collage, ink and sand on canvas

100 x 90 cm / 39.3 x 35.4 inches

RNEV_223

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Passersby II, 2018

acrylics, collage and sand on canvas

100 x 90 cm / 39.3 x 35.4 inches

RNEV_224

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Study of Upper Body, 2019

Acrylics, collage, pastel, charcoal and sand on canvas,

60 x 70 cm / 23.6 x 27.5 inches

RNEV_262

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Seafloor, 2019

acrylics, collage, pastel and sand on canvas

50 x 50 cm / 19.7 x 19.7 inches

RNEV_237

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Bedrock, 2019

acrylics, collage, pencil and sand on canvas

50 x 50 cm / 19.7 x 19.7 inches

RNEV_240

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Undulations, 2019

acrylics, collage, pastel, colour pencil and sand on canvas

50 x 50 cm / 19.7 x 19.7 inches

RNEV_236

Reima Nevalainen

Reima Nevalainen

Looking Back, 2019

acrylics, collage, ink, pastel and sand on canvas

120 x 130 cm / 47.2 x 51.2 inches

RNEV_250

新闻稿

Reima Nevalainen: Syncope
Galerie Forsblom, March 19–May 31, 2020

 

Reima Nevalainen’s (b. 1984) collage paintings are based on visible reality, yet the world they convey is one of the multisensory dimensions. Their content revolves around contrasting elements: humans and nature; light and darkness; abstraction and form. The human figures in his ascetic paintings are intertwined with nature and the animal kingdom – they grow, change and languish as part of the natural world around them. The emotions readable in their gestures and expressions are at once cathartic and ecstatic at the wonder of being subsumed within nature’s great cycle.

 

The title of the exhibition, Syncope, is the medical term for fainting. The artist likens this to a state of a sudden stop, after which reality appears naked, stripped of the veil of language and the associations evoked by the conceptual categories through which we give shape to our existence. The space between the paintings, too, is like a sudden loss of consciousness or memory loss concealing many forgotten layers and images. For Nevalainen painting marks an attempt to fight the inevitable forgetting of ideas, images, dreams and experiences; it is a way of articulating reality within the limited confines of our imperfect and inaccurate sensory perceptions. Painting gives a material form to the unexpected; memory is torn into pieces and recombined in new configurations on the canvas. An artist must be alert to capture this fragmentary stream of mental impressions; in Nevalainen’s oeuvre, his attention to minutiae is manifest dually in rapid, urgent brushstrokes paired with a patient, arduous process. Although it is impossible for any single painting to recapture all that is forgotten, each painting is a significant, irreplaceable fragment in a great atlas of remembrance.

 

Nevalainen graduated as a painter from Kankaanpää Art School in 2008. He was chosen as Finland’s Young Artist of the Year in 2016. His work is found in leading Finnish collections including the Helsinki Art Museum and the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Nevalainen lives and works in Porvoo.

 

 

3D presentation of the exhibition