Verynice, Bloodygood

Helsinki

May 25–August 12, 2018

Leena Luostarinen

Opium, 1996

Oil on canvas, diptych

300 x 260 cm / 118.11 x 102.36 inches

GF798

Leena Luostarinen

Kiinalaislapsen Uni, 1995

Oil on canvas

132 x 120 cm / 51.97 x 47.24 inches

GF6379

Marjatta Tapiola

Marjatta Tapiola

Kallo, 2018

Oil, tempera and ink on Canvas

198 x 130 cm / 77.95 x 51.18 inches

MTAP_032

Marianna Uutinen

Marianna Uutinen

Meri, 2017

Acrylic on canvas

80 x 60 cm / 31.50 x 23.62 inches

MUUT_001

Marianna Uutinen

Marianna Uutinen

Aqua, 2017

Acrylic on canvas

50 x 40 cm / 19.69 x 15.75 inches

MUUT_004

Chantal Joffe

Chantal Joffe

Pink Bath, 2013

Paper collage

55 x 37 cm / 21.65 x 14.57 inches

298GF7321

Chantal Joffe

Chantal Joffe

Large Breasted Blonde, 2013

Paper collage

59 x 41 cm / 23.23 x 16.14 inches

298GF7323

Emma Helle

Emma Helle

Tyttö Joka Muuttui Ruusupensaaksi, 2018

Glazed, Gilded Stoneware

52 x 29 x 24 cm / 20.47 x 11.42 x 9.45 inches

EHEL_003

Emma Helle

Corail, 2018

Glazed, Gilded Stoneware

36 x 31 x 25 cm / 14.17 x 12.20 x 9.84 inches

EHEL_001

Emma Helle

Bergère / Paimentyttö, 2018

Glazed, Gilded Stoneware

43 x 22 x 14 cm / 16.93 x 8.66 x 5.51 inches

EHEL_002

Ines Sederholm

Ines Sederholm

Fuga, 2017

Spray and acrylic paint on board

55 x 55 x 5 cm / 21.65 x 21.65 x 1.97 inches

ISED_021

Inka Kivalo

Inka Kivalo

Neutri, 2008-2018

45 x 20 x 20 cm / 17.72 x 7.87 x 7.87 inches

IKIV_002

Inka Kivalo

Inka Kivalo

Dark Lady, 2018

42 x 20 x 18 cm / 16.54 x 7.87 x 7.09 inches

IKIV_001

Kristina Riska

Volta III, 2018

Ceramic

97 x 97 x 80 cm / 38.19 x 38.19 x 31.50 inches

KRIS_001

Press Release

”I paint like a God,” is a quote uttered by the iconic Finnish artist Ellen Thesleff (1869-1954). Such shameless self-congratulation is not stereotypically regarded as appropriate coming from the mouth of a woman. History has repeatedly shown that the path of an artist can be a rocky one, particularly if the artist is a woman. Art knows no gender, but history does. The world has presented different faces to women at different times in history, but all women share the common experience of a slowly walked path and the gradual opening of gates, memories which linger in their contemporary encounters. The one thing that has endured through it all is art, a constant companion, an archive of the past, and a beacon of the future – and, above all, more than the sum of its parts.

 

Verynice, Bloodygood is a group exhibition curated by Marika Mäkelä that strikes up a dialogue between artists born in different eras. Mäkelä envisages the show as a fragment of art history interwoven with the contemporary world, for art is never separated from reality, but always in dialogue with its context. In an instant, history becomes the present and then slips back into history again in the next moment. Each artist in the exhibition captures this fleeting moment in her unique way, in the technique of her choice, whether painting, textile art, or sculpture.

 

In addition to Thesleff, the exhibition also features works by Leena Luostarinen (1949-2013), Marika Mäkelä (1947), Marjatta Tapiola (1951), Inka Kivalo (1956), Kristina Riska (1960), Marianna Uutinen (1961), Heli Hiltunen (1960), Chantal Joffe (1969), Anna Tuori (1976), Emma Helle (1979) and Ines Sederholm (1991).