• Mari Rantanen

    Galerie Artek

    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, color-filled layers float signs and figures of various sizes, some of which are cartoon-like enlargements of details in the background. Rantanen favors a hot, greenhouse-hued palette of oranges, yellows, turquoises, adding pigment to her paint to heighten their tactility and sensuality. She creates her paintings by combining two or more panels, the joints

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