Matti Kallioinen

Milliken Gallery

Ever heard of “strange loops”? Well, you can understand this term the hard way—via mathematical concepts, specifically Kurt Gödel’s incompleteness theorems—or the easy way, as a version of the question, Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Strange loops, in other words, are paradoxes: tangled hierarchical systems that, as you move through them, inevitably bring you back to where you began. This Möbius-like construct is the inspiration for Matti Kallioinen’s exhibition “Intelligence.” The artist has gained deserved attention lately, but if in past exhibitions affinities with Karl Holmqvist’s subculture fetish, the mysticism of Carl Michael von Hausswolff, or even the Dadaist tastes of John Bock were evident, this time Kallioinen is on his own. As he once told critic Peter Cornell: “Art for me is playing. I would rather play when producing art. . . . Playing is about locating power,

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