Markus Konttinen’s works are not figurative in the traditional sense, but it would be an over-simplification to call them abstract. They are more like movements on a picture surface, a probing of the tensions between colour and picture space in a manner reminiscent of improvised music. Konttinen’s works offer no explanations. They leave alternative interpretations open, and are thus challenging, sometimes even stubbornly resistant. To get a clear idea of what they are seeing, viewers have to sharpen both their gaze and their mind, to closely observe the marks and gestures left by the artist on the canvas.