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Vernissage 26.2. 19-21 @Galerie Pleiku
Posted February 24th, 2013 - 5:54 pm by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
26.2.-8.3. 2013
MEDITATIONS IN OIL AND WOOD - Jaakko Tuomainen & Kalle Mustonen

Vernissage: 26.2. 19-21 h Willkommen - Welcome!

The small scale works by Jaakko Tuomainen are, as the title suggests, meditations painted in oil.
The subject matter of these paintings is of a random nature and the main focus is in the paint itself
and color. The pictures bring forth things that float by while in meditation, sometimes quite abstract,
at times more recognizable.The paintings tell a never-ending story of an artist’s search for meaning
in paint – an alchemist approach, seeking for the Philosophers Stone. This is a deeply personal cycle
in one’s lifetime of work, yet recognizable for the experienced eye.These are the outcome of moments
spent in meditation, as well as meditations (studies) of Tuomainen’s dearest of substances. Working
on a bigger scale, usually there’s more pre-meditated subject matter in the equation, which is a painting.

The other half of the exhibition consists of piles of wooden sculptures by Kalle Mustonen. He recycles
his old works as part of “King of the Hill”. The cargo boxes made for the sculptures become part
of the installation increasing the volume. A burning monk, few skulls and other individual sculptures
in the pile lose their individual meaning and become part of a huge wave of meanings and information.
This flow of associations continues Mustonen’s earlier idea of a ‘geography of sleep’.After a decade
of pursuing his artistic career, Mustonen is now questioning the purpose of producing new objects.
On top of the pile there is a heroic self-portrait with a chainsaw. The question Mustonen poses as
an artist is: are we part of a rat race, a competition, where the winner has produced most artworks and
thus created a brand of himself? As long as an artist depends on outside funding, he cannot slow down,
it seems.

Galerie Pleiku
Eugen Schönhaar Strasse 6a
10407 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)

Dienstag-Samstag 14-19 Uhr