21-25 February 2018
Stand 9 E 16
TOMMI GRÖNLUND & PETTERI NISUNEN
Galerie Anhava is pleased to present the following artists at ARCOmadrid 2018:
Finnish artist duo Tommi Grönlund (b.1967) and Petteri Nisunen (b.1962) create sculptural installations and interventions in urban and natural environments. With their backgrounds in architecture, they take physical phenomena such as gravity, magnetism or the movement of light as the starting point for their artistic practice. Their strict, precisely constructed artworks crystallize and encapsulate these phenomena we tend to regard as self-evident, bringing out the fascinating and poetic in them.
In recent years, Grönlund-Nisunen have held solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Helsinki (2017), Esther Schipper in Berlin (2013), Galleri Andrehn-Schiptjenko in Stockholm (2007), Dundee Contemporary Arts (2004) and Moderna Museet in Stockholm (2004), among other venues. They have participated in numerous international group exhibitions such as Myth/History II at Yuz Museum Shanghai (2015), And Yet it Moves at Mudam Luxembourg (2015), Matters of Time. Artists from Finland at Frankfurter Kunstverein (2014) and Structures of the Invisible at Fondation Vasarely (2014). Several public artworks have been commissioned from them for locations both in Finland and abroad. They have received acknowledgements for their work, such as the State Art Prize in Finland in 2001, and the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts, granted by the World Cultural Council in 2013.
Looking at Antti Laitinen's (b. 1975 in Finland) photographs, videos and installations, one can sense the physical labour behind them: the hours of digging and chopping, moving, building and reorganizing. Laitinen's works are often recordings of his actions and performances, in which he tests the limits of his physical endurance. Reflecting his uncompromising attitude towards both physical work and the artistic process and content, his carefully manufactured artworks often look into the relationship of man and nature and the concepts of natural and artificial.
Antti Laitinen graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2004. In recent years, he has held solo exhibitions at, among other venues, the Günther Grass Gallery in Gdansk, Poland (2016), Galleri Image in Aarhus, Denmark (2014) and Galleri Andersson Sandström in Stockholm (2013). He has participated in several important international group exhibitions at The Art Gallery of Alberta, Canada (2017), Utopia/Heterotopia in Wuchen, China (2016), Istanbul Modern (2015), MAC/VAL, Val-de-Marne, France (2015) and Treasure of Lima: A Buried Exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Academy, Vienna (2014), among others. In 2013, Antti Laitinen and Terike Haapoja represented Finland at the Venice Biennale. His works are included in Finnish and international collections, including the Saatchi Collection in London, the Saastamoinen Foundation Collection, ArtCenter/Istanbul, HAM Helsinki Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art and the Zabludowicz Collection in London.
Painterly gestures have a strong presence in the works of Anna Tuori (b. 1976 in Finland). Brushstrokes, dots of colour and traces of the act of painting populate the surface of the artworks, seeming to transmit both hesitation and confidence, uncertainty and joy, as well as constant movement that keeps their viewer alert and attentive. "As a painter, she is not a pleaser, even though the joy of looking at her work certainly has to do with the beauty and virtuosity that can be found in her paintings. But it should not get too smooth and pretty. Not all parts should be perfect, otherwise the painting loses its urgency. This seems most clear in Tuori's recent paintings - they look confident, and also a little recalcitrant", Curator Jurriaan Benschop writes about Tuori's work.
Anna Tuori completed her studies at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. She has held solo exhibitions at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova in Turku, Finland (2013), Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve in Paris (2012), Helsinki City Art Museum (2011) and Tampere Art Museum (2011). She has participated in several group exhibitions, e.g. Augmented Reality at the Norrköping Art Museum (2017), Dark Days, Bright Nights at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City (2015) and In Other Worlds at the Stadtgalerie Kiel (2014). Anna Tuori took part in the Biennale of Sydney in 2014, was chosen Young Artist of the Year in 2011, and has been shortlisted for Carnegie Art Award in 2008 and Ars Fennica prize in 2007.
Salla Tykkä (b. 1973 in Finland) is an artist whose films and photographs often address the issues of power, control and memory. In her works depicting the Lipizzan horse, the oldest extant pedigree breed in Europe, Tykkä brings into focus the tension between control and harmony; how discipline and power are used in order to achieve an aesthetic ideal. This strive for technical perfection is doubled in the execution of her work, creating a strong balance of form and content.
Tykkä's work has been widely noted internationally both in exhibitions and at film festivals. She has held solo exhibitions at M - Museum Leuven (2016), the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle (2013), Dirimart Garibadi in Istanbul (2012), EX3 in Florence (2011) and the Hayward Gallery Project Space in London (2010), among others. In recent years, she has participated in several group exhibitions at venues such as Denver Art Museum (2017), Kunsthalle Stavanger (2017), Museum of Contemporary Art [mac] in Marseille, the Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast (2013), the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts of Lausanne (2013) and the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (2012). In 2016, Tykkä won the AVEK Award, which is the most significant accolade in the field of media art in Finland. Her film Giant was awarded the Canon Tiger Award for Short Film at the 43rd International Rotterdam Film Festival in 2014, and in 2001 Tykkä was selected to participate in the Venice Biennale.