Tuukka Tammisaari: The Turtle and the Maize Grain
Galerie Forsblom, 25.11 – 22.12.2016
Opening with the artist in attendance, 24.11.2016, 17.00–19.00
Tuukka Tammisaari (b. 1984) enlarges nature’s macro-level details to monumental proportions, capturing minutiae in dynamic, geometrical brushstrokes. ”I understand nothing about nature except for confusion,” says the artist. ”Not the truly big things, but the very smallest things discernable to the human eye. Imagine the tiniest conceivable entity and then split it in half. Then think of outer space. Between the two extremes, there are many things we know nothing about and can say nothing about them. This is why these paintings are made.”
The colors of the two key works in the exhibition are overt in their referentiality: as the title of the exhibition suggests, they are literally the colors of a turtle and a maize grain. The other elements are likewise highly evocative of their subject. The rough surface texture consists of multiple overlapping images and layers of paint, suggesting the wrinkled folds of an ancient turtle. The earthy, inflected hues and abstract forms of modernism find a playful new interpretation in Tammisaari’s oeuvre.
Tammisaari is currently finishing his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts , prior to which he completed two artist residencies in Berlin and Reykjavik. His debut at Galerie Forsblom is accompanied by two exhibitions at the end of the year in Stockholm and New York. A commissioned work by Tammisaari was recently unveiled at the Samuji fashion brand’s flagship store on Erottajankatu in Helsinki. His work is represented is several private collections.