Timo Valjakka

Jiri Geller

Showroom Helsinki

May 2012

The most striking works in Jiri Geller’s latest exhibition are three neon-colored sculptures, spiderlike objects that seem to lack all materiality and weight as they burst through the gallery wall, rise up from a pedestal, or float in front… READ ON

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Charles Sandison

December 2011

Charles Sandison’s latest exhibition contains only one work, but it is a big one: Tavastehus kronomagasines, 2011, fills both floors of the museum, yet the viewer experiences it as a single piece, not a thing in two parts. The Scottish-born,… READ ON

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“Ars 11”

October 2011

“Ars 11” is the latest edition in a series of large-scale, thematic exhibitions staged by Kiasma and its institutional predecessors since 1961. While the topic of the current show is African contemporary art, this is not just a cavalcade… READ ON

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Jaakko Heikkilä

July 2011

Various religious, ethnic, and other minorities have been the subjects of Finnish photographer Jaakko Heikkilä’s work for the past fifteen years. His search for these groups and individuals has taken him to Russia, Serbia, and Brazil, as… READ ON

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Fred Sandback

April 2011

Perhaps it’s only a truism that a work of art has to be experienced live—that any reproduction only hints at the actual presence of the work and its relationship to the surrounding space and the viewer. With Fred Sandback’s sculptures,… READ ON

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“Peekaboo – Current South Africa”

October 2010

My favorite works in “Peekaboo – Current South Africa” are Daniel Naudé’s large photographs of lean, sinewy wild dogs taken in the deserts of South Africa. According to legend, the dogs originated in the courts of the ancient pharaohs… READ ON

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Isaac Julien

September 2010

Ten Thousand Waves, 2010, Isaac Julien’s new nine-channel video installation, is a beautiful, poetic experience. Filmed mainly in China, it weaves staged studio imagery and fragments of historical documents together with contemporary views… READ ON

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“New British Painting”

June 2010

There are different kinds of newness. Among them is the paradigmatic newness of something taking place for the first time, or of something that rewrites history. But there is also the newness that appears new only because it goes against … READ ON

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Olav Christopher Jenssen

April 1993

Olav Christopher Jenssen’s series of works entitled “Lack of Memory,” 1990-92, shows this Berlin-based Norwegian artist to be an endlessly inventive and imaginative painter. At first sight this exhibition of 40 identically sized … READ ON

IN PRINT April 1993

Mari Rantanen

June 1992

Mari Rantanen’s new paintings (all works 1991) are a combination of Jackson Pollock splashes, Islamic ornamentation, Secession style, the digital clicking of computer games, and intentionally decorative, intertwined strands. Above the dense,… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 1992