Helsinki

Päivikki Alaräihä: MOVEMENTS OF THOUGHT

Päivikki Alaräihä: MOVEMENTS OF THOUGHT

Nov

11

Fri

12:00 – 17:00

0–2°C

broken clouds

11.11. — 4.12.2022

The appearance of the paintings is rather minimalistic. When there are less to look at, the viewer can focus on details. For example, the surface structures of painting canvases may capture her attention. She sees that the smoothness of Friend 1 contrasts with the roughness of Friend 2. And now when her gaze is sensitized by the paintings, she may become interested in the surface structure of the wall too.

Friend 1 and Friend 2 refer to one another’s surfaces in a straightforward manner. But in the exhibition there are also paintings that speak less directly. For example, when Tough guy or Stick refer to the surrounding room, they do this by providing sort of abstract points of comparison. Tough guy is in the corner of the gallery where it acts as a horizontal plane that delineates a prism – a kind of geometrical representation of a room. Stick serves as a yardstick for the height of the wall.

However, making direct” or “abstract” comparisons cannot be the only ways to interpret the exhibition. These means are by no means suitable for all the works exhibited. For example, Way – an installation that blurs the division between an object and its background – clearly doesn’t fit in these frameworks.

Most of the works in the exhibition have in common their relation to concepts which regard space. At least all the paintings in the past examples refer in one way or another to the surrounding room, opening aspects of the place where the viewer moves around. However, it is possible that there is no single interpretation key that would fit every work. Better to think that one interpretation is good with some works and another interpretation with some others. In any case the shared possibility of an interpretation grounds a tie between two pieces, and step by step these small threads cover the entire exhibition, connecting paintings into a network.

Päivikki Alaräihä (b. 1981) lives and works in Helsinki. She graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2015. She has had private exhibitions, e.g. at Galerie Anhava in 2019 and 2016 at Gallerie Sinne in 2015 and she has participated in group exhibitions, e.g. at The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in 2019 and at the Kuopio Art Museum in 2018. In 2020, she was awarded the William Thuring title award of the Finnish Art Association.

Fri 11 Nov 2022 – 04 Dec 2022 12:00 – 17:00

0–2°C

broken clouds

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