Jussi Goman: Sense
Galerie Forsblom, 8.4. – 8.5. 2016
Opening with the artist in attendance, 5.00 pm–7.00 pm
Jussi Goman’s (b. 1980) acrylic paintings have a deceptive simplicity, which belies their inherent complexity. The elements in his compositions battle against one another, vying to establish territorial boundaries in a weightless vacuum of warped perspectives, pushing and pulling as if compelled by irresistible inner urges. These battling opposites can be interpreted as symbolizing the tug-of-war between our inner and outer worlds, commenting both on our individual psychological traumas as well as broader topical issues in society today. Goman adds a fresh, playful twist to classical motifs borrowed from art history, such as facial portraits and still lifes: adhesive bandages and bubble gum-like globs of acrylic paint protrude from the surface as if to remind us of the limits of two-dimensionality, yet also of the limitless potential of painting.
Goman’s generous brushstrokes create an electric and spontaneous illusion of movement. His bold treatment of space and intense palette of colors pay homage to Matisse and the colorist legacy. The acrylic paint endows his colors with a sense of freshness and buoyancy, while also coating the surface in a smooth plastic sheen.
Goman’s work is found in the collections of major Finnish museums including the Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and the Helsinki Art Museum. The artist lives and works in Riihimäki.