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About the work: 7BPM (7 beats per minute) depicts a nocturnal thunderstorm in Chinle, Arizona. Set at night, the dreamlike still image looks over a painterly, artificially illuminated small moss surrounded by darkness. A hypnotic, monotonic choir of frogs and crickets create a continuous soothing audio background to a thunder trapped in a nearby canyon. The lightnings appear in an unnaturally steady pattern, exposing the surrounding open landscape behind the lit foreground. For a split second the view resembles a set from a horror movie. The ever-present thunder storm, associated with divine and destructive powers, leaves the foreground and the viewer untouched and irritatingly safe to his/her own private area.
About the artist: Liisa Lounila lives and works in Helsinki. Her main mediums are experimental film/video, photography and painting. Her works usually deal with an obscure need for change, great expectations and places of potential. Usually her pictures, both still and moving, have their background in movies, yellow papers, lifestyle magazines and pop lyrics. Lounila graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2001. Her works have been shown in many exhibitions and festivals worldwide, including 8th Istanbul Biennial and Venice Biennale 2003.