Past exhibitions

 

Past Exhibitions

 

Glypht Drawing Club Gathering
May
7
to May 25

Glypht Drawing Club Gathering

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Four years ago, Heikki Lotvonen started researching ASCII art, also known as text art since it refers to the process of creating images using typographic symbols such as letters and numbers. Outdated emoticons such as :-) are a primitive form of modern ASCII art, but text art has a long and varied history spanning hundreds of years, from arabic calligraphy and images in medieval manuscripts to typewriter art in the 20th century. The current format of ASCII art was popularised in the 1980’s on computer bulletin boards that predate the Internet.

As Lotvonen gradually grew more invested in ASCII, he noticed a lack of programs or editors for text art on modern computers. Motivated by the shortage, he created GlyphDrawing.Club, a free online editor for text art and modular design. The editor is based on an adjustable grid into which users can “draw” with a set of geometric patterns or with any typographic symbol from any font. Despite Lotvonen initially being inspired by the limitations of old school ASCII art editors, GlyphDrawing.Club has evolved to include innovations such as rotation and shape inversion. The additions enable versatile use, and GlyphDrawing.Club can be used to create anything from concrete poetry to illustrations.

The exhibition Glyph Drawing Club Gathering celebrates the one year anniversary of the editor and the release of it’s second version. During its first year, the site has gained users from around the world, and the exhibition looks to highlight this, presenting prints created from works by various artists and designers using Lotvonen’s editor. The exhibition is accompanied by the publication Glyph Drawing Club User Guide v.2.0.0., which showcases further art created on GlyphDrawing.Club and features works by 75 artists from 30 different countries. It also includes a manual, inviting readers to create their own ASCII art.

The joy of discovery and experimentation has always been at the heart of Lotvonen’s editor, with inclusivity and accessibility also playing key roles in the project. GlyphDrawing.Club is about sharing and discovering the joy of text art, and this Gathering is about the people who have made the editor their own and redefined text art in the 21st century. It is also an invitation for the viewer to take an active role and to join the growing community of a new generation of text artists.

www.glyphdrawing.club

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THIS IS YOUR WORLD
YOU’RE THE CREATOR
FIND FREEDOM ON THIS CANVAS
BELIEVE, THAT YOU CAN DO IT,
‘CUZ YOU CAN DO IT.
YOU CAN DO IT.


— BOB ROSS

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Hatching
Apr
6
to Apr 28

Hatching

Dylan Ray Arnold
Samantha Conlon
Fia Doepel
Theo Elias
Tero Niskanen
Frans Nybacka
Emilia Pennanen
Unknown

Magnetic dust rustles, an ancient tree grows in spirals, underwater planets undulate and a large shell trembles slightly as a new creation myth emerges in Hatching, the inaugural exhibition of the art space Kosminen.

Since the beginning of human history, nature and spirituality have played a central role in all art created. Hatching pays homage to this tradition, but approaches both themes as enigmas to be explored rather than motifs to be depicted. The included works by eight artists are all tied together by a pervasive sense of curiosity; a need to penetrate the surface.

With works ranging from installation and sculpture to photography and painting, and with distinctly modern methods like silicone molding and electricity meeting classical painting and drawing, Hatching is a celebration of the polyphonic nature of contemporary art. The artists taking part in the exhibition were invited to contribute as a result of an open call in which we asked people to submit the names of their artist friends rather than their own. This is in accordance with Kosminen's mission, which is to promote friendship and community.

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<< Here are many, many castles >>
Mar
7
to Mar 23

<< Here are many, many castles >>

Research on mythological spaces in Kalevala by Bertille Gosset & Meri Wiikinkoski

Kalevala, most famous for its complex heroes, mythical creatures and virgin suicides, is a multilayered narration. Space is a character on its own, that navigates in parallel to the storyline and creates one dimension of the book. Sometimes it pops up suddenly to give information on the background of the action but it can also become the main story as an oneiric poetical development.

« Here are many, many castles » is a collaboration between two architects, Meri Wiikinkoski from Finland, and Bertille Gosset from France. The exhibition is a way to explore the cultural environment and its ubiquitous representations in our everyday life by two different minds, one being bathed in it since born and the other completely foreign to it.


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Maybe it's the weather
Nov
22
to Dec 8

Maybe it's the weather

Liam Colgan, Patricia Carolina, Juliane Foronda, Mark Furkel, Ýmir Grönvold

Organised by: Ana Victoria Bruno, Sophie Durand and Brontë Jones

‘Maybe it’s the weather’ is a line from the song 'Mama, you been on my mind' originally by Bob Dylan. The line reminds you that there are other reasons for feeling, and these can be external from people and experiences. It’s an excuse but also an explanation that everything is connected and certain circumstances can exacerbate emotional responses to situations. The song indulges continued care but also makes light of the situation in an active way that moves forward rather than wallowing in melancholy and keeping things on your mind.
This exhibition brings together the works of Liam Colgan (AU), Patricia Carolina (MEX), Juliane Foronda (PHL/CAN), Mark Furkel (CAN), Ýmir Grönvold (IS). The moments presented in the exhibition perseverate: repeat and prolong actions, thoughts, or utterances after the stimulus that prompted them have ceased. It’s about being in the world and how we perceive our experiences and the ways in which we can endeavour to [forge] connect[ions] and make things better through simple process and gestures. Because maybe it’s ok, maybe it’s the weather - nobody cares forever.

This is (maybe) the final step of this project. Beginning with the exhibition Maybe it’s the weather at Cool Change Contemporary in Perth, Australia in October, continuing as a book of the same title which launched con-currently in three cities on the 10th of Novembe 2018: Cool Change, Good Press in Glasgow Scotland and OPEN in Reykjavik, Iceland with readings and presentation of new works. The show in Perth is the winter, the book is the coming of change, the moment of connection and this exhibition is the spring - a spring that allows itself to move into summer (despite it being winter).

The book features the works of Ana Victoria Bruno (Argentinian Italian, based Iceland), Shannon Calcott (Australia), Liam Colgan (Australia) Sophie Durand (Australian, based Iceland) Ýmir Grönvold (Iceland) Juliane Foronda (Canada), Mark Ferkul (Canada), Bronte Jones (Australian based in Scotland), Natasha Lall (UK), Patricia Carolina (Mexico, based Iceland), Holly White (UK) and Lieselotte Vloeberghs (Belgium) as a small curated conversation.


Organisers

Ana Victoria Bruno is an Argentinian - Italian arts writer based in Reykjavik, Iceland. She writes regularly for the Icelandic online magazine Artzine.

Sophie Durand’s practice extends from the intersection of sculpture and performance art and draws from anecdotal histories and archives for subject matter. Sophie is from Perth, Australia currently based in Reykjavik, Iceland.
@sophie.l.durand

Brontë Jones is an Australian artist based in Glasgow, Scotland. Their practice explores intimate and precarious relationships and the connection to personal technology and homewares.

Artists

Liam Colgan (b. 1993) is a multi-disciplinary artist and curator based in Perth who broadly investigates the fields of sexuality and queer theory in relation to art practice. Their investigations are predominantly take the form of performance and installation. Through these media, Colgan considers how art making might allow individuals to challenge social power structures and navigate the complexities of identity.
@no_fems68

Patricia Carolina (Durango, Mexico; 1993) studied BA in visual arts in the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving "La Esmeralda" in Mexico City from 2014-2017. Currently, Patricia is in the final year of the Fine Arts program at Listaháskóli Íslands (Iceland Academy of Arts). Patricia lives and works in Reykjavik, Iceland.
@carolinaalcuadrado

Juliane Foronda is a Filipina-Canadian artist and organizer, originally from Toronto and currently based in Reykjavík. She works predominantly in sculpture, object, intervention and text. Juliane has exhibited in Canada, the USA, Greece, Mexico, Iceland and Norway and Scotland. She graduated with a BA Honours in Studio Art from the University of Guelph, Canada in 2013 and has recently graduated from the MA in Fine Arts programme at the Iceland University of the Arts.
@juliforonda

Mark Ferkul is a Canadian artist working with mail and other correspondence as a means to explore interpersonal relationship through dialogue, text and appropriation.
@sexy_gal69

Ýmir Grönvold is born in Iceland in 1994 and lives and works in Reykjavík. He graduated from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2017.
@ymirgronvold

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Paul Kalemba: Notes for the Weltgeist
Nov
8
to Nov 17

Paul Kalemba: Notes for the Weltgeist

‘Notes for the Weltgeist’, is a collection of found objects assemblages, from Finland, Iceland and Australia presented as sculpture, photography and video. It focuses on the subject position of the non-human and the abject positioning of nature by conceptually removing the nature/culture binary and inviting a dialogue with chance and phenomena. As an ongoing body of practice-led research, this exhibition continues to invite a questioning of the prevailing anthropocentric worldview while telling contemporary stories of ecology and place.

Paul Kalemba is Visual Artist based in Melbourne, Australia. His work explores the notions of nature and ecology in the Anthropocene though found object still-life compositions. It takes inspiration from the natural sciences and contemporary ecological philosophy, as well as object-based narratives, phenomena and the absurd. ‘Notes for the Weltgeist’, is his first Finnish solo exhibition.

http://www.pjkalemba.com/

Tidal River. (Test for Working in Australian National Parks) 2018 Single Channel HD Video. Still from 00:00:09:00 Loop.

Tidal River. (Test for Working in Australian National Parks) 2018
Single Channel HD Video.
Still from 00:00:09:00 Loop.

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Seam: Liminal Material Culture
Oct
18
to Nov 3

Seam: Liminal Material Culture

Seam: Liminal Material Culture
18.10.-3.11.

𝗦𝗲𝗮𝗺 is a new spatial practice that aims to tackle architectural discourse and the built environment through writing and design.

𝗟𝗶𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 is a documenting project examining the changing landscape of the former harbor areas of Sörnäinen while they await being turned into fresh new housing and office buildings. Forgotten and seemingly empty areas within urban landscapes are often referred to as wastelands, implying a waste of space. From a modernist function-driven or real estate point of view there is nothing there, but these kinds of areas can host a diverse range of both human and non-human activity.

At Kosminen, Liminal Material Culture is a collection of photographs and pseudo-archaeological objects with an accompanying essay.


www.seamhelsinki.com

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Sanna Lehto: Morphologies
Jun
29
to Jul 13

Sanna Lehto: Morphologies

Morphologies is Sanna Lehto's ongoing photography project where she is fascinated by colour combinations and living things: human bodies and plants. Their different and changing forms are something she explores.

Lehto is keen to stage photos and build props by using flowers and different materials. The project started in 2015. During the summers Lehto took long walks in nature gathering flowers that interested her for their form and colour. It did not matter if the flower was already dead or just beginning to grow. Some of them she used right away in portraits and in still life arrangements, and some she let dry for over a year and used them after that.

Both beauty and rejection of it are something that she is interested in.

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Kastehelmi Korpijaakko: Kertakäyttöniitty / Throwawaymeadow
Jun
30
to Jul 14

Kastehelmi Korpijaakko: Kertakäyttöniitty / Throwawaymeadow

KERTAKÄYTTÖNIITTY // THROWAWAYMEADOW

Peli on vihelletty poikki,
ruoholla lepää kuollut tuli.
Folion välistä kasvavat tulppaanit.

A whistle – run no more,
dead fire on the grass.
Through foil grows the tulip of new beginnings.

Kertakäyttöniitty on tapahtumien kollaasi, asetelma ja kartta harmittomiin tekoihin. Se on muoviruohon ikuisuus sekä sormeen hierottu ruohonkorren tuoksu – uudelleenmäärittelyn mahdollisuus, pinnan alaisuus, katkaistu maalinauha ja piilotettu horisontti.

Throwawaymeadow is a collage of events, still life and a map of harmless acts. It is the eternity of plastic lawn and the scent of a single grass rubbed in the fingers – the possibility to redefine, the underneath, the torn down wire and a hidden horizon.

https://www.kastehelmikorpijaakko.com/

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