Niko Luoma: A Depth Immaculate
Galerie Forsblom 15.1.–7.2. 2016
Opening with artist in attendance on 14.1.2016 klo 17.00–19.00
Niko Luoma (b. 1970) is among the leading artists of Helsinki School. His abstract photographs from the past decade capture light and the intense energy it radiates. He analytically examines the photographic process using analogue techniques and double exposures, with random elements forming a repetitive continuum in geometrical symmetry. His key themes are space, the structure of space, scale and proportion, and time.
His new exhibition opening at Galerie Forsblom, A Depth Immaculate, turns our gaze to art history. The works are inspired by Pablo Picasso’s Las Meninas series, in which Picasso abstractifies and reinterprets Velásquez’s famous painting of the same name. Luoma borrows Picasso’s method of isolating and highlighting particular details in the paintings he cites. The photographs in the exhibition aspire to capture the dynamism and spatiality of paintings by Velásquez, Picasso and Matisse. Typically for Luoma, light has focal emphasis: the space appears to radiate light, whilst the light in turns creates the illusion of space. His geometrical photographs retrace abstract art’s journey from the representational to the non-representational.
Luoma’s photographs are found in notable Finnish public collections including Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki Art Museum and EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art as well as numerous private collections abroad. The artist has held numerous solo exhibitions in the Nordic countries as well as in Central Europe. Luoma was awarded the William Thurling award in 2013.