The title of Liisa Pesonen’s exhibition, Space, refers to the regions between the artist, the viewer and the work, and their interrelationships. In the space inside the work Pesonen conducts a dialogue with painting, but a space can form between the viewer and the work, too. These works, which contain conceptual ideas, are varied in style. Pesonen effortlessly combines features of the low-key, tentative, stripped-down exterior of minimalism with bold, resolute expressive language and colour-field painting.
At first sight Sampo Apajalahti’s paintings are hard to decipher. They contain expansive, empty spaces and are devoid of visible human presence. In one picture we see a board with a photograph taped to it, but on closer inspection we realize that it is all a skilfully painted illusion. Apajalahti’s paintings often contain a “picture within a picture”, which he uses to challenge habitual ways of looking. He thus calls into question what is to be identified as the object of the gaze – the painting itself or the (painted) photograph contained in it.
Meet the artists on Sunday September 15, 2019 at 2 pm.