Veikko Hirvimäki

Past and Present

Stockholm

January 18–February 15, 2019

Veikko Hirvimäki
Grass snake nightmare, 2017
Painted wood and plastic
95h x 228w x 27d cm
VH002

Veikko Hirvimäki 
Commemorating flight, 2017
Painted wood
66h cm
VH004

Veikko Hirvimäki (1941)

Faking man, 2018

Painted wood

30h cm

VH005

Veikko Hirvimäki
Hello! you here!, 2012
Painted wood
166h x 68w x 119d cm
VH010

Veikko Hirvimäki
Ocean, 2018
Painted wood
47h x 184w x 61d cm
VH009

Veikko Hirvimäki
Song, 2011
Painted wood
170h x 250w cm
VH007

Veikko Hirvimäki 
Joiku, 2018
Painted wood and bream's skin
130h x 23w x 17d cm
VH006

Veikko Hirvimäki
We need to talk
Triptych, 2018
Wood
189h cm
80 x 62 x 82 cm/ 66 x 50 x 85 cm
VH018

Veikko Hirvimäki
For contact, 2016
Painted wood
41h x 81w x 34d cm
16.14h x 31.89w x 13.39d inches
H014

Veikko Hirvimäki
Refugee, 2018
Painted wood
68h x 33w x 59d cm
26.77h x 12.99w x 23.23d inches
VH001

Press Release

Veikko Hirvimäki: Past and Present

Galerie Forsblom Stockholm

January 18–February 15, 2019

Opening in the presence of the artist, January 17, 5–7pm

 

 

Galerie Forsblom presents for the first time at the gallery in Stockholm, the well-established Finnish artist Veikko Hirvimäki. Hirvimäki started his career as a painter but it was his three-dimensional sculptures that made him famous in the 1980’s. Since the millennium, he has worked with wood as the primary material in his sculptures. With rough strokes and color on the raw wood, utilizing seemingly simple means, the animals and creatures he portrays are personal and palpably present.

 

Hirvimäki’s connection to nature and great interest in shamanism and mythology is a significant part of his works. In his installations, he brings the animals to life and some of them literally run through the white walls into the gallery space. It is like a collision between nature and culture, our history and our own time, past and present, as the exhibition title indicates. Interpreting his works by animism, the animals and nature can be understood to have souls, just like human beings. The sculptures can also be read with a sense of humor and with intrinsic human characteristics or specific qualities; as sly as a fox, agile as a cat or wise as an owl, like in the myth of the fables. The sculptures mounted directly on the walls recall hunting trophies, but here the animals are depicted fully alive, caught in the moment of action.

 

Hirvimäki’s upbringings in the countryside of Petäjävesi in the midst of Finland has influenced his art and sculptures. Nature lies close to his heart, as well as the preservation of the earth’s resources. Hirvimäki’s works connect to the modern man, but at the same time remind us of our heritage, our history, while telling us his story.

 

During his career, Veikko Hirvimäki (b. 1941) has been commissioned to create numerous public sculptures including at the City Hall, Äänekoski, Finland, the Children’s Hospital and the Parliament, Helsinki, Finland to name a few. His works have been exhibited in Finland and in Europe and are represented in prominent public collections such as the Saastamoinen-Foundation, Espoo, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland and the Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden. Hirvimäki is based in Ballaigues, Switzerland and spends the summertime close to his childhood home in Petäjävesi, Finland. Galerie Forsblom has been representing Veikko Hirvimäki since 1985.