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Eeva-Riitta Eerola: Locus

Eeva-Riitta Eerola: Locus

Jan

07

Fri

12:00 – 16:00

3–5°C

clear sky

Helsinki Contemporary is delighted to be launching its spring season with Eeva-Riita Eerola’s  solo exhibition Locus. This suite of paintings has been built around themes of experientiality, the body and the sensory perception of space. These themes derive from the artist’s visit to the Museo Nazionale di San Marco, set in an old Dominican convent in Florence, and on her multisensory, analytical experience of Fra Angelico’s frescos. Continuing on from Eerola’s earlier production, the exhibition challenges those who experience it to look and to sense the works holistically – viewing them from the outside or merging to become part of them.⁣⁣
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The title of the exhibition, Locus, refers to the experience of a space, to the place where something is happening or to where something is situated. It underscores the holistic nature of the sensory perception of space and the significances of the mutual relationship between human being and space. The physical experience of Fra Angelico’s convent frescos encapsulates something fundamental about painting and the experiencing of space, both on an emotional level and via conscious perception. ⁣⁣
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Eerola deals with delicate shifts between image and place in three series of works, Act, Observer and Passage. The symbols that appear in the paintings give rise to multiple layers in this suite of paintings. The choices of material in the works are closely linked to their contents. The unprimed canvas speaks of making the process visible and thematically of a study of the fresco technique. On the bare canvas, as in the frescos, the paint, and with it the image, becomes in some special way a part of the space.⁣⁣
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Eeva-Riitta Eerola (b. 1980) graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2010 and also studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris. She has exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions in Finland and abroad, e.g. at Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, in 2015 and Gallery Jaus, Los Angeles, in 2014. Eerola’s latest solo show, The Shape of Things to Come, was seen at Helsinki Contemporary in autumn 2019. Her work is represented in a number of Finnish public collections, including Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Saastamoinen Foundation, Sara Hildén Art Museum, and the Wihuri Foundation. ⁣⁣
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Thank you Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike), the Finnish Institute in Rome, and Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation for supporting Eerola’s work.⁣⁣
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Fri 07 Jan 2022 – 30 Jan 2022 12:00 – 16:00

3–5°C

clear sky

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