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Arkkitehtuurikoulu Arkki menestyi flipbook-kilpailussa

Lasten ja nuorten arkkitehtuurikoulu Arkki nappasi kaikki nuorten kilpailun palkintosijat Napa Booksin kolmatta kertaa järjestämässä flipbook-kilpailussa. Kansainväliseen kilpailuun tuli tänä vuonna ennätykselliset 170 teosta 12 eri maasta. Kilpailu oli jaettu kahteen kategoriaan: aikuisten ja nuorten (alle 16v.) kilpailuun.

Edellisvuosina palkinnot ovat menneet ulkomaille, mutta tänä vuonna suomalaiset tekijät valloittivat palkintosijat. Arkkitehtuurikoulu Arkki kahmi kaikki nuorten kilpailussa jaetut palkinnot ja myös aikuisten sarjasta löytyi Arkki-menestyjä: toiselle sijalle teoksellaan I love being darkness yltänyt Jenny Suhonen opettaa Arkissa. Aikuisten sarjan voiton vei Samuli Otto-Henrik Saarinen teoksellaan Hyrsky. Kolmannelle sijalle tuli Tommi Liimatta teoksellaan Kauko kokee ja kunniamaininnan sai Caroline Cosson Belgiasta. Kilpailun voittajatyö julkaistaan ja se tulee myyntiin Napa Gallery & Shopin lisäksi mm. Kiasma-kauppaan sekä useisiin taidekirjakauppoihin ympäri maailman.

”Flipbookin tekeminen oli hauskaa, vaikkakin aika aikaa vievää”, kertoivat kilpailuun osallistuneet Arkin oppilaat. ”Me aloitimme flipbookin tekemisen kokeilemalla, miten pallon saisi liikkeelle. Opettaja muistutti usein, että flipbookissa, pitää yrittää saada jokin asia liikkumaan lähelle ja kauas, ja sivusuunnassa.” Näin teki myös alle 16-vuotiaiden voittajaksi valikoitunut 9-vuotias Emma Uosukainen Kukka-teoksessaan: ”Minun flipbookissani kukka liikkuu lähelle ja kauas ja sen ilmeet muuttuvat.” Emma oli iloinen ja ylpeä voitostaan, kuten myös muut nuorten sarjassa menestyneet arkkilaiset: toisen palkinnon saanut Karri Pitkänen (14v.) ja jaetun kolmannen sijan napanneet Matleena Parviainen (9v.), Kauri Pälsi (9v.) sekä Jaakko Pentinsaari (10v.). ”Flipbookin tekeminen on palkitsevaa ja työn edetessä saa todistaa pienen ihmeen syntymistä. On jännittävää huomata, miten pienillä elementeillä pystyy luomaan liikkeen”, kommentoi oppilaidensa kanssa flipbookin tehnyt Jenny Suhonen. ”Flipbook on alkeellinen tapa tehdä animaatioita, joita ovat tehneet jo lasten isovanhemmat vihkojen reunoihin. On upeaa, kuinka flipbook yhdistää sukupolvia.” Jenny osallistui itse nyt toista kertaa kilpailuun: ”Viime vuonna tein elämäni ensimmäiset flipbookini. Viehätyin siitä taiasta, mikä syntyy kun kuva lähtee liikkeelle. Pidän pimeästä metsästä ja varjoista ja sieltä löysinkin aiheen teokselleni.” Jenny on arkkitehti ja opiskelee maalaustaidetta Vapaassa Taidekoulussa. Arkissa hän opettaa nyt kolmatta vuotta. ”Oppilailleni painotin yksinkertaisuutta. Lupasin, että kärsivällisyys palkitaan kyllä lopussa!”

Arkkitehtuurikoulu Arkki on taidekoulu, jossa työskentely painottuu yleensä kolmiulotteiseen rakentamiseen, mutta erikoisprojekteina tehdään kaikkea flipbookeista kaupunkisuunniteluun. Opetusryhmät 4-vuotiaista 19-vuotiaisiin kokoontuvat Kaapelitehtaalla sekä Vantaalla ja Espoossa, ja mukaan vapaille paikoille pääsevät kaikki halukkaat. Lisätietoja: http://www.arkki.net

Flipbook-kilpailun voittajatyöt ovat nähtävillä Napa Gallery & Shopissa (Eerikinkatu 18) Nene Tsuboin näyttelyn yhteydessä 1. – 21.12.2010. Yleisöllä on ainutlaatuinen tilaisuus plärätä itsensä ainutlaatuisiin seikkailuihin. Kilpailun voittajatyön voi hankkia julkaistuna painoksena itselleen galleriasta tai Napan nettikaupasta 10. joulukuuta lähtien.

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ARTIST INTERVIEW / Hai Club (Jenny Suhonen, Pauli Tapola, Iiris Kaarlehto)

How did the Hai Club get started?
Jenny: Me and Iiris are in the same course at Vapaa Taidekoulu, and Pauli was nearly graduated from the same school. One night we were sitting at school, trying to paint, but nothing would come. Then, we just decided to start drawing.

How do you create the collective works? Jenny & Iiris: We all start drawing at the same time. Usually we divide the pallet, and use different color markers and pencils. We draw for some time, then someone says “change”, we rotate the paper in either direction and continue the work by drawing on top of one another. When the work is done, we can start a new one.


Are the results sometimes surprising, even to you?
Jenny: Quite often, while we draw there aren’t really any rules or instructions in mind and change during the process is perfectly acceptable.
Iiris: While working together associations arise which alone could take years to come across. Actually, collective drawing is really a game of association.

Have your works already incurred some sort of recognizable style? Iiris: These works frequently show bugs and people. Often the first to draw shows the bottom of something non-representational or a landscape, and the following artist uses that to create characters or modes.
Jenny: Drawings, which we do together, don’t really bear any resemblance to any of our own individual work. In fact, they could have been made by one person. In the gallery people have asked us, who among us has done which drawings.
Iiris: While drawing we easily create a common feeling: if someone has a bad day, while drawing it can have a negative influence on the rest of us.
Jenny: But on the other hand it is often just the opposite: Draw a compelling view, and my bad feeling is forgotten.


What happens to the work after the show?
Iiris: The most interesting thing about collective work is the process, so initially we thought that the completed work was not terribly relevant. Surprisingly, people have been excited about them and wanted to buy more work in varying combinations.
Jenny: For the gallery we presented work that showed world of color. Combining these works side by side has borne a fun narrative. It would be great to collect the works into some sort of book.

Hai Club exhibition was held at Napa 21.7.-1.8.2010

Coming up: Iiris Kaarlehto, Jenny Suhonen, Enni Suominen and Riika Saarinen at B-galleria, Turku, 5.2. – 27.2. 2011

Interview: Verna Kuutti
Translation: Edna Nelson

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ARTIST INTERVIEW / Emmi Jormalainen & Reetta Niemensivu

Name: Emmi
 Jormalainen
Age: 30 

I live in: Helsinki 

I work in: Panama Studio in Kallio 

When I grow up I will be: A Cat Lady 

Things I like: bunnies, summer cottages, books
Things, which I do not like: hot weather, beer, evil 

The exhibition soundtrack is: Aksu, Eleanoora Rosenholm, Timo Räisänen 



Describe Reetta’s comic book in three words:

Reetta’s album is powerful, beautiful and emotional. 



Continue the sentence: I draw comics, because … 
… It fascinates me how images and words co-create a story 
in the reader’s mind. 



Why is it worthwhile to present a comic book at the gallery?

Since cartoon characters also want to get outside from the book. 




How much does the story in this comic book draw from your own experiences? 
How were you able to empathize with a child’s world? 
As a child I moved to a new place, and before I got good friends, I began to write letters. My foreign pen friends always sent cool stickers and photos that were not yet available in Finland.  I learned to draw so I could send them images in return. 
I think it is easier to look back in life than to write about the present moment. 



What are your sources of inspiration?

The comic books are rarely a source of inspiration when making comic books. 
Rather the inspiration comes from, literature, life and the surrounding visual 
culture.



What binds Veera-Anneli and Lempi stories? 
Longing for love and acceptance. 



And what unites Reetta and Emmi? 
We had been school friends for almost 10 years and drawing, 
drawing and drawing. 



Name: Reetta Niemensivu

Age: 30

I live in: Lahti
I work: Evenings 

When I grow up I will be: Veterinarian (Reetta 6 years old) 

Things I like: Un-hurried mornings, objects arranged according to color, stories

Things I don’t like: Being in a rush, loud noise, wasps. 

The exhibition soundtrack is: Lonely accordion sounds from the dance pavillion and self recorded worn out c-cassettes. 



Describe Emmi’s comic book in three words: 
Fluffy, sweet and sad. 



Continue the sentence: I draw comics, because … 
… Pictures and words can be combined to tell stories that can not be shared in any other way. 



Why is it worthwhile to present a comic book at the gallery? 
At the gallery our comic book will get a new kind of reader / viewer. In a bookshop the book could get lost among all the other books.



How does the story get played out, it seems that the events described and the people are real? 


With storytelling I have set some limits: the reality-based beginning and end. In between I can improvise. The background material helps to provide inspiration and helps so that there is no need to invent everything from scratch.



What are your sources of inspiration?

My inspiration comes from the process of working with seen, heard and found treasures.


What’s binds Veera-Anneli and Lempi stories?

Both are made with love. 



And what unites Reetta and Emmi? 
We both have birthdays in September. Maybe all the connecting factors, and similar items of interest can be explained!

Interview: Verna Kuutti
Translation: Edna Nelson

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ARTIST INTERVIEW / Toshiyuki Fukuda

Name: Toshiyuki “Kappa” Fukuda

Age:
43

Occupation:
Illustrator

Hometown:
Tokyo

I work in: a studio in Tokyo

Things I like: Walking, feeling playful, vintage shops.

Things I do not like: being idle.


Your paintings have an exciting texture: as if they had been made from recycled paper. What technique you have used to create them?

The works are painted with acrylic paint on canvas, on top of which are distributed paper handkerchiefs. Also on top of the painting, is a surface layer which is a handkerchief. Since the chemical varnishes are awfully strong to me, I varnish the surface with instant coffee, or sometimes even soy sauce. Using this varnish the same new painting begins to give an antique impression. Antique goods are my favorite thing, and one of the largest sources of inspiration.

You have illustrated children’s book plate covers and ads, created textiles and tableware designed and painted unique works. Do you see yourself more as a designer, illustrator or artist?
I consider myself first and foremost as an illustrator who tries to fulfill client requirements and exceed their expectations. I also like to create unique products and I like exhibitions, but through my products I can bring creativity into the lives of ordinary people – and encourage them to create something of their own. Art and design should not only be a hobby for wealthy individuals.

What does it mean to you to have an exhibition in Finland?
I would never have imagined having an exhibition in Finland. Finland and Finnish design is of enormous interest to the Japanese: in this way it is a bit of an idealized country for us. I think it is great to see how design in Finland is a natural part of people’s everyday lives.

Interview: Verna Kuutti
Translation: Edna Nelson

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ARTIST INTERVIEW / Hertta Kiiski

Name: Hertta Kiiski
Age: 36
Lives in: Turku, Finland
I Work: nearly always when not in school or playing with the daughters
I think I will grow up to be: a photographer
Things I like: pastéis de nata, diamonds, wool, Monica Fagerholm, old seaside villas, family and friends
Things I dislike: routines
The soundtrack to this exhibition is: Childhood by Beach House & Cemetary Party by Air


What makes Heartta Kiiski panic?

Just about anything. Horror films, of course, but also swimming pools, which are built underground, bubble arenas, sewers, birds, stuffed animals, sleep walking children.


How did you decide to work with images of terror?

There are so many movies that I would like to see, but I know that I can not watch them without being traumatized. For example, Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist” attracts me constantly, but I know that I would never get those images out of my head. I saw ”The Shining” by Stanley Kubrick about fifteen years ago, and the bloody hotel room walls and twins in the end of the corridor are still troubling me.

I am interested with the appeal of horror, such as how small details can create a sense of horror. These pictures were born of the memories created by popular culture. Images with something familiar and something indefinable.


An infant, hair, or winding bush mycelium in themselves are not anything terribly horrible. Which photographic methods create horror effects?

I wanted to make images of things that in themselves are not anything awful or scary. I create a framework for these stories in everyday places. The most horrifying is never what we see, but what we don’t see. Each story creates its own frightening image in the viewer’s mind.

What kind of horror pictures are you drawn to? Why do we seek to see images that are appalling and disgusting?
Louise Bourgeois’ spiders, Hieronymus Bosch and Caspar David Friedrich’s works have something hypnotic in them. Petros Chrisostomou’s photos and Jake & Dinos Chapman’s figures give me shivers. Hair and things magnified to an unrealistically large scale always resonate! 

Beauty quickly becomes boring, but horrors interest tends to be longer. And I guess it works as a cathartic purifying effect.


The images of your Horreur exhibition have a kind of serenity and cool aesthetics despite the frightening atmosphere. Can you find beauty in the most extreme splatter images?

Sure, say, Kill Bill is a visually spectacular! But the bloody guts as such do not scare me or touch. Quiet psychological horror is more the unattainable target of my passion. The deranged beauty that has a story to tell.

Interview: Verna Kuutti
Translation: Edna Nelson

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ARTIST INTERVIEW / Tuija Markonsalo

Name: Tuija Markonsalo, “Törky”, “Mummo”
Age: 40
Lives in : Helsinki Toukola
I Work: at home
I think I will grow up to be: a gardener, landscape architect, florist, student counselor, teacher, therapist or gallerist
Things I like: cats, kids, grannies, sauerkraut, London
Things I dislike: Reality TV, mosquitoes, crises and setbacks
The soundtrack to this exhibition is: Mrs. Mc Ginty`s Dead by Agatha Christie BBC Audiobooks

Please tell us more about one of the exhibition works:
I have recently had much interest in textile art, and followed the international textile art magazines. In my view, textile art, themes and styles feel sensitive, feminine – and also a bit boring. I wanted to find something new. Being in a new place makes it possible that we may also find entirely new perspectives.

During the time I was an exchange student in London, and often admired in East London Brick Lane for graffiti. I went to the opening of an exhibition there a few years ago and took pictures of the same street graffiti. The topic was then left brewing, and finally at the end came the “No parking” work.

I have acquired on Huuto.Net old, ripped tapestries, and painted, entangled, and worked on them further. The end result is a kind of legal graffiti. I hope the work is especially appealing to children and adolescents, although the method of treatment is a bit like a grandma.

You wouldn’t want to compartmentalize your work as jewelry, a small picture, or art work in progress. Why do you avoid being categorized?
I must have always been difficult to find a seat at the visual arts and crafts resources. I have started with the jewelry, but tried to struggle out of the artist’s jewelry and shed the title of a craftsman. I do not want to make earrings for grandmas.

I played with these titles for years. Now, however, on some level, I have gone back and accepted the Craft. The English term “modern craft” seems especially to speak to power. I hope that during the exhibition, the viewer does not make a vain effort to think as to what my work should be called. My pieces are free to have a temper. I do not want to blow glass vases, which are intended to please 90 percent of the audience.

Do you plan your work in advance or are they produced using a more spontaneous creative process?
I’ve never been able to draw a draft on paper in advance of my work. I go into the material, I find my articles and I wonder what this would bring about. The process is an integral part of my art, in the process of working is meditation, cleansing and taking off. It’s the process of adopting the crafts, emphasized. I feel the same as a typical crafts person, but that comes with a touch of madness.

My idea of art is down-to-earth. My themes of work convey the idea that “art is for everyone” or even “art without a brain.” By that I mean that to me art has more to do with the feeling than the philosophy.

You are a kind of everyday goods in the world explorer. What are the best places to hunt for materials?
Now that my kids are small, I do not have as much time to scour flea markets. I buy quite a lot of goods on Huuto.Net. Fortunately, seven years ago at a flea market in Hietsu (a well known flea market in Helsinki) I bought enough material to continue my work from an old man who got his stuff from and old chemist store. The work has been for me also about cleaning and emptying the warehouse.

What type of art you are interested yourself in the moment?
Joel-Peter Witkinin’s black and white images: they are dark and physically crude, but very beautiful and well constructed. I also like Gilbert & George, and Marc Ryden’s photographs and paintings. All of the above artists are artists whose art is a lot of grip on craft, the technical image of a building. More generally, I am interested in Gothic art, textile art, DIY-art, folk art and street art.

Tuija Markonsalo: Updates
Exhibition at Napa Gallery 3. – 27.2. 2010

Interview: Verna Kuutti
English translation: Edna Nelson

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ARTIST INTERVIEW / WeAreFunnyPeople

My Name Is: WeAreFunnyPeople
I am : 4 years old
I live in: Turku, Finland
I work: Often
When I grow up I will be: A little bigger
Things that I like: Music, technology, nature, ideology
Things that I do not like: busy
The exhibition is soundtrack is: Music For Airports, by Brian Eno.

Please specify one of the exhibition works:
One of the works has been made using a the “waffle technique” which is taught in primary school, we used a towel with a string passing through it. The initial plan was to do the work with cross-stitching. All the necessary tools for cross-stitching had already been purchased, but little by little we lost our faith and resorted to a more familiar and faster technique. The end result is really nice, and we have already received a couple of assignments using the same technique.

Can I laugh at the gallery? What kind of art is fun art in WeAreFunnyPeople’s opinion? Laugh. Fun Art sounds like suspicious term, but it is perhaps the best, and often unintentional and honest.


Did Team Hetfield’s image appear like a revelation, or vision to you, or how did you get him into your life?
It has gradually found it’s form, initially, in theory, and finally ready in figure. The first Team Hetfield project is a portrait made out of plywood hanging in the window, and it was on display at the last show. Team Hetfield character’s name is perhaps a bit misleading. It’s a bit like name of a sports team. In fact, it would be a pretty good name for a sports team.

The exhibition displays Hetfield traveling extensively around the world. Is it challenging to try to stay behind him? What kind of relationship is formed between you? We do not really need to move, Team Hetfield manages it for us. Our relationship is a humble and respectful on both sides. It is important to cooperate.

Will we perhaps still hear from Hetfield and the Team?
Certainly, and in unexpected places.

Are some TH-products more popular than others?
Pillows, we have been asked for a lot, but we have not had time to prepare enough of them.

Interview: Verna Kuutti
Translation: Edna Nelson

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