Arctic Hysteria: New Art from Finland / P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City
Museum of Modern Art affiliate

Arctic Hysteria: New Art from Finland
Exhibition > September 15, 2008.

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center presents Arctic Hysteria: New Art from Finland, an intergenerational and interdisciplinary exhibition featuring 16 Finnish artists who will introduce New York audiences to outlandish visions of aliens, utopias, animals, and psychedelia.

Arctic Hysteria will be on view in the First Floor Galleries, Café, and Boiler Room through September 15, 2008.

Mika Ronkainen

Huutajat – The Screaming Men
The Screaming Men, 2003
Still image from video, 76 min.
Directed by Mika Ronkainen
Courtesy the artist
© All rights reserved

Built especially for the exhibition, the Futuro Lounge is conceived as an homage to Matti Suuronen’s 1960s design of the legendary Futuro House, and serves as a screening room for videos and documentaries. In the Corner Gallery, the severe and breathtaking installation by sculptor Markus Copper invokes the tragic sinking of the Russian submarine Kursk in 2000.

An ice breaker, blinding snowscape, and a choir of twenty men together compose a documentary by Mika Ronkainen of the Screaming Men.

In P.S.1’s mysterious Boiler Room, Veli Granö’s films introduce eccentric individuals who are obsessed with outer space and the paranormal.

Tea Mäkipää’s 60-foot long photographic collage, World of Plenty, is an ambitious depiction of a utopian landscape. A newly composed sound piece by Sami Sänpäkkilä accompanies this installation. In Mäkipää’s latest video, the artist literally presents the world from a reindeer’s perspective, by attaching a camera to its antlers.

Nature also plays a central role in Anni Rapinoja’s “couture pieces” where shoes, coats and hats are made from leaves and in Pekka Jylhä’s installations that feature stuffed hares.

Markus Copper

Markus Copper
Kursk (detail), 2004
Silicon, metal, motors, pneumatics, sound
3 x 3 x 3 m
Courtesy the artist
© All rights reserved

Pink Twins

Pink Twins
Splitter, 2006
Still image from video, 6 minutes
Courtesy the artist
© All rights reserved

Pekka Jylha

Pekka Jylha
Trembling and honoring, 2005
Stuffed hare, motor, milk, glass, tremble
60cm x 50cm x 30cm
WAM / Turku City Art Collection
Photo by Jussi Tiainen
© All rights reserved

Anni Rapinoja

Anni Rapinoja
International Shoes, 2007
Red Worthleberry
Courtesy the artist
© All rights reserved

For their U.S. debut, the Pink Twins present a room of psychedelic video and sound pieces derived from various digital sources.

Stiina Saaristo’s black-and-white drawings combine overtly masculine and feminine body parts to challenge the genre of self-portraiture.

Mika Taanila’s film on Erkki Kurenniemi, a pioneer in electronic music, juxtaposes Kurenniemi’s musical instrument DIMI-S and his swearing robot Master Chaynjis.

Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen
present a compilation of Complaints Choir performances, and will develop a new piece during a workshop on June 8.

Jari Silomäki’s ongoing photographic project My Weather Diary stems from local circumstances but addresses universal themes that are common to us all.

Also on view is a tragicomic video diary of the dancer Reijo Kela, and two videos by the internationally renowned artist Salla Tykkä. Ilkka Halso’s giant fantasy photographs, which suggest the union of the natural landscape and built environment, are presented in the Café and Lobby.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: