ANNE-KARIN FURUNES (b. 1961 in Norway) is one of Norway’s most widely known artists on the international scene. In recent years, her monochromatic perforated portraits have fascinated viewers in venues including the Museo Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, Millesgården in Stockholm, and private galleries in Quebec, New York and Helsinki. In her works, visual charm combines with statements on behalf of oppressed, shunned and marginalized people. At Art Cologne Galerie Anhava will display paintings from her series Freedom Fighters.
ANNE KOSKINEN (b. 1969 in Finland) is a versatile conceptual artist mastering several techniques, from marble sculpture to detailed watercolours, bronzes and installations. In her most recent works, entitled ‘Findling’, Koskinen has turned her attention to stones found in her own backyard. She is particularly intrigued by how the immaterial concept and the visible sensual image and object relate to one another. Sculpting the stone, through the process of physically removing material from the rock, Koskinen seeks the point when material becomes representational, when a found stone from nature turns into sculpture. The German title of the work ’Findling’ (Eng. foundling) itself carries both the meaning of a found infant and an erratic boulder.
MATTI KUJASALO (b. 1946 in Finland) has been working consistently in concretist art over forty years. He has developed a unique grammar of his own, while continuously discovering new areas of freedom within self-imposed boundaries. His works also have a special lyrical tone and character that are rarely associated with constructivist art. Kujasalo’s works are included in the collections of museums such as the Albertina in Vienna, the Arithmeum in Bonn, the Forum Konkrete Kunst Museum in Erfurt, the Joseph Albers Museum in Bottorp, along with numerous private collections in Finland, Scandinavia, other European countries, and the United States.
PE LANG (b. 1974) is a Swiss artist working in Berlin. His works are mechanical-kinetic pieces addressing the visual and poetic possibilities of matter, physics and mathematics. The artist has recently displayed his moving pieces bordering on magic a.o. in Tokyo, Zürich, London, Berlin and San Francisco. His works makes us wonder at what we see and are a reminder of how the world is full of surprising things that will mostly find an explanation.
MARIKA MÄKELÄ (b. 1947 in Finland) is one of the most highly regarded painters in the Nordic countries. Her works on panel are free-form compositions that are sensual and unabashedly ornamental. Their materials – wood, oil, acrylic, metal pigments and glitter – have been selected over a long time and the skills of applying them have been acquired over the course of decades. The original motifs often derive from the motifs of paintings and decoration in indigenous cultures – Australian aborigines, the Yoruba, Tibetans, the Sámi. Mäkelä has borrowed, combined and applied these motifs for so long that they formed a visual idiom that we recognize and consider to be her own.
JORMA PURANEN’S (born 1951 in Finland) conceptually intriguing works address the questions of history and representation through innovative visual methods. At Art Cologne Galerie Anhava will also present the artist’s most recent works of light reflected on historical portrait paintings from his ongoing series “Shadows, Reflections and All That Sort of Thing”. The series questions the relationship between the portrait, the portrayed, and the photograph of the portrait, and the way in which the employed mediums influence our perception of them as an “image”.
NEW POSITIONS: ELINA AUTIO
Elina Autio’s (born 1985 in Finland) installation consists of tubing running along the walls of a space. It applies the standard sizes of pipes and tubes familiar from buildings and follows the orderliness of installed tubing. The artist employs a feature familiar from buildings as an element of linear composition. In the installation, paintings are first curved into rolls that become tubes.
The tradition of painting provides Autio with a central point of departure for creating her works. The array of tubes forms a set of stripes on the white wall surface, resembling a constructivist composition in its systematic nature. With her use of colour, however, the artist creates an exception to the structural regularity of the piece. The playful use of colour has no connection with reality, nor do they follow any predetermined system. The surface of the works is painted in a manner that creates a kinetic effect, making them appear to be almost immaterial, and the piece, made of industrially manufactured materials, is finally separated from the everyday level.
Elina Autio has graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2014.