Jussi Goman

Big Bang vol. 2

Helsinki

September 15 – October 8, 2017

Jussi Goman
Jussi Goman
Lava Burst, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
80 x 70 cm / 31.5 x 27.56 inches
JGOM_018
Jussi Goman
Jussi Goman
System of Measurement, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
80h x 70w cm / 31.5 x 27.56 inches
JGOM_019
Jussi Goman
Jussi Goman
Scale, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
250 x 200 cm / 98.43 x 78.74 inches
JGOM_020
Jussi Goman
Jussi Goman
Out of Place, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
210 x 200 cm / 82.7 x 78.74 inches
JGOM_023
Jussi Goman
Jussi Goman
Below Zero, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
210 x 200 cm / 82.68 x 78.74 inches
JGOM_024
Jussi Goman
Jussi Goman
Ph 7,4, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
210 x 200 cm / 82.68 x 78.74 inches
JGOM_025
Jussi Goman
Jussi Goman
House of Divers, 2016
Acrylic on canvas
150 x 140 cm / 59.06 x 55.12 inches
JGOM_038
Jussi Goman
Jussi Goman
Eeg, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
150h x 140w cm / 59.1 x 55.12 inches
JGOM_040
Jussi Goman
Jussi Goman
Trialog, 2016
Acryic on canvas
150h x 140w cm / 59.1 x 55.1 inches
JGOM_041
Jussi Goman
Jussi Goman
Chip, Chop, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
150 x 140 cm / 59.1 x 55.1 inches
JGOM_042
Jussi Goman
Jussi Goman
Supported, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
100 x 95 cm / 39.37 x 37.4 inches
JGOM_043
Jussi Goman
Jussi Goman
Mirror, 2016
Acrylic on canvas
80 x 70 cm / 31.5 x 27.56 inches
JGOM_047

Press Release

Opening with the artist in attendance, September 14, 2017 at 5 pm–7 pm

 

Jussi Goman’s (b. 1980) Big bang vol.2 portrays the world 13.8 billion years after the beginning of the universe. Goman’s paintings portray the origins of life and the future through the lens of childhood nostalgia: the colors are very 1980’s – the era of neon-and-pastel windbreaker suits and explosive special effects in the vein of Back to the Future and Star Trek. Topical social commentary also rears its head in his recent paintings. The torch is a new motif that appeared in Goman’s oeuvre the day after Donald Trump won the US presidential elections. The torch-bearing Statue of Liberty has always been a symbol welcoming migrants to the US, but in the Trump era, it has become tainted with divisive symbols such as barbed wire and the Mexico Wall.

 

The imaginative use of acrylic paint in the fine details of still lifes and facial portraits is among the signature features of Goman’s paintings. Globs of acrylic chewing gum add dynamism to his seemingly simply motifs, disrupting the two-dimensional surface. In his recent works Goman has also experimented with collage: he spray-paints gel sheets and then cuts them into shape and glues them onto the canvas, providing a vehicle for richer, more diverse use of his paints, while also introducing a new sharpness and playfulness to his compositions. This exhibition also marks the debut of Goman’s paper collages, which strike up a dialogue with his canvas paintings.

 

Goman’s work is found in the collections of major Finnish museums including the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the Helsinki Art Museum HAM and the Saastamoinen Collection. The artist lives and works in Riihimäki.