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Juha Rouhikoski / The Artist of month / October 2012 

english Light-artist Juha Rouhikoski is participating The KIAF 2012, Kathmandu International Art Festival.

Finnish light-artist
Juha Rouhikoski  is continuously looking for ways to utilize the secret, visible and invisible wavelengths of light. His work as a lighting designer for a wide range of productions, including architectural and stage lighting, has led him to explore the expressive capacity of light and eyesight. He has created works shown in Paris, Berlin and Stockholm as well as in Finland. He is currently working on his artistic research PhD in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki.

Juha Rouhikoski, Light Art, valotaide Juha Rouhikoski, Light Art, valotaide
Juha Rouhikoski: horizon tests 1 and 2

  Valotaiteilija Juha Rouhikoski osallistuu Katmandun Taidefestivaalin 2012. 

Juha Rouhikosken valoteoksia on aiemmin ollut esillä Pariisissa,  Berliiniisä, Tukholmassa sekä Suomessa mm Helsingissä ja Hämeenlinnassa..


english KATHMANDU INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL (KIAF) GETTING READY FOR NOVEMBER
The festival will commence on the 25th of November and continue till the 21st of December
.

The  2nd KAIF, focused on the relationship between the human ecosystem and the larger natural system is preparing for the launch of the biggest art gathering dedicated to issues of ecology and climate change.

Nischal Oli, Communications Coordinator for the upcoming Kathmandu International Art Festival : "Now, let me tell you briefly about the festival. It is the second one in line, the last one was three years ago in 2009, the theme for which revolved around status of women around the world. This year, our theme is Earth, Body and Mind. We have 101 artists from 31 countries.  All artworks are directly related to ecology and the environment."
More information:
Press Release

Finnish artists Juha Rouhikoski, Juha Arvid Helminen, Anni Kinnunen and Canadian finnish Gary Wornell  is participating The KIAF 2012.



Jenni Tieaho: The Artist of month / August 2012  environmentalart.net/tieaho/ What`s new! (15.08.2012) 

in english "Jenni Tieaho’s works come into being from a union between the artist, art and nature. She is skilful like nature itself – a magician. When working with willow or other natural materials, the artist creates a new world, settling down in the intermediate space between man and nature. In her works, she is having a conversation with nature, plaiting horses of willows, foals of birch bark, and weaving cloaks of cones. At first sight, the works seem to be as if it has grown straight out of nature." - wrotes Tuula Karjalainen, Art historian, museum director, about Jenni Tieaho and her work " Bridge of Dream" 2008 in The Art Ii BIENNALE CATALOGUE 2010.
D O W N L O A D   Ii BIENNALE CATALOGUE

 "Jenni Tieahon teokset syntyvät tekijän, taiteen ja luonnon liitosta. Hän on taitava kuin luonto itse – taikuri. Pajua tai muita luonnonmateriaaleja työstäessään taiteilija luo uutta - ihmisen ja luonnon välitilaan asettuvaa maailmaansa. Hän keskustelee teoksissaan luonnon kanssa, punoo pajuista hevosia, tuohesta
varsoja ja kutoo kävyistä viittoja. Teokset näyttävät ensi silmäykseltä kuin suoraan luonnosta kasvaneilta."
- kirjoitti Tuula Karjalainen, Taidehistorioitsija, museonjohtaja Jenni Tieahosta ja "Unen silta" 2008 teoksesta Ii:n Biennalen katalogissa 2010.
LATAA   Ii BIENNALE KATALOGI

Jenni Tieaho, Hallava 2012, tuohi / birch bark

in english Jenni Tieaho`s "Hallava", The sculpture in response to a stimulus Akseli Gallen-Kallela Master of Tarvaspää. Tarvaspää is originally designed and built by Akseli Gallen-Kallela for himself and his family in 1911-1913

 Jenni Tieahoa on "Hallava" teoksessa inspiroinut Tarvaspää; Akseli Gallen-Kallelan itselleen aikoinaan suunnittelema ja vuosina 1911-13 rakennuttama ateljeekoti

in english Jenni Tieaho`s work "Hallava"  in the exhibition Barked! Contemporary Birch 
The Gallen-Kallela Museum,
2 June – 9 September 2012
Barked! Contemporary Birch is an exhibition displaying the expressions and manifestations of birch bark in contemporary art, design and material culture while also presenting traditional uses of this material. It combines various genres of artistic expression – painting, sculpture, spatial art, applied art, and pieces stretching and commenting on the boundaries of design and art. The contemporary artists and designer of the exhibition share deep inspiration from birch bark, the presentation of its varied guises, skills of the hand and the ecological and ethical concerns of collecting and using birch bark.

 Jenni Tieahon teos " Hallava" on Tuohta! Koivun nykytaivutuksia - näyttelyssä
Gallen-Kallela Museo,
2 kesäkuu – 9 syyskuu 2012
Näyttely esittelee tuohen ilmentymiä nykytaiteessa, nykymuotoilussa ja esinekulttuurissa sekä selvittää tuohen perinteisiä käyttötapoja. Näyttelyssätuodaan yhteen taiteellisen ilmaisun eri lajeja – maalauksia, veistoksia, tilateoksia, taideteollisuutta sekä muotoilun ja taiteen välistä rajaa venyttäviä ja kommentoivia teoksia. Näyttelyn nykytekijöitä yhdistää syvä tuohesta inspiroituminen, sen moni-ilmeisyyden esilletuonti, käsillä tekemisen taito sekä tuohen käyttöön ja irrottamiseen liittyvät ekologiset ja eettiset kysymykset.

Jenni Tieaho, Hallava 2012, tuohi / birch bark ../Jenni Tieaho, Hallava 2012, tuohi / birch bark



Online Exhibition: ART Ii Biennale 2012
Artists:
Sanna Koivisto Finland, Serge Olivier Fokoua Cameroon, Timo Jokela Finland, Ole Wich Faroe Islands, Nikolai Fedorov Russia, Lena Stenberg Sweden, Hekla Dögg Jonsdottir Iceland.

  Pohjolan Sanomat, artikkeli ja kuvagalleria: Iin Biennaalissa tehtiin seitsemän
ympäristötaideteosta


in english ART Ii Biennale of Northern Environmental and Sculpture Art produces ecologically
sustainable artworks to the cultural tradition areas of Ii. Ii is a small
rural municipality with nine thousand inhabitants, located on the shores
of the northern part of the Gulf of Bothnia, in North Finland. The biennale
has been organized three times and the exhibition consists of 17 artworks
by Finnish and international artists. The artworks are created in ten days
with the assistance of the inhabitants of Ii.

This year the new artworks have been created to the Environmental Art Park
of Ii, which was opened in June 2012. The artworks of the previous biennales
are situated by a riverside path connecting the 700-year-old harbour area
of Hamina and KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre. ART Ii Biennale is run by KulttuuriKauppila
Art Centre.

More information:
www.artii.fi




Online Exhibition june 2012:  
Kaisa Salmi's Green Utopia.
For a few days the city was overrun by nature.
Kaisa Salmi started her green project "Eden" by Greenhouse in 2000. The
second period of "Eden" started with "The Gerbera Sea" on the United Nation's Environment
Day 2007, when  Kaisa Salmi spread a riot of flowers on the stairs of the Parliament House. This environment artwork was at the same time a comment of the interrelationship of nature and the political and social power.

Kaisa Salmi has decorated squares in Helsinki and Turku with tens of
thousand of flowers donated by the Finnish florist. The flowers were on
their way to the dump, but instead Garden gave the opportunity to  Kaisa Salmi use them as material for her art.  After the exhibitions the flowers were free picked up by the public...and all these Gerbera disappeared unbelievable quickly. 
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Gallery 2012 Theme Recycled Art

Recycled Art of Kaisa Salmi: second-hand shoes

Kaisa Salmi, Road to Heaven, Talinna 2011, installation, recycling art
Kaisa Salmi: "Road to Heaven III", Tallin, Estonia, Hall D of the Kultuurikatel 05.10 - 28.10. 2011

Kaisa Salmi - "Road to Heaven"
Kaisa Salmi invited everyone to bring their old shoes along to this event, which the artist then painted white.

Environmental artist Kaisa Salmi was recognised by the Finnish Estonia Institute as Artist of the Year 2011.
‘Road to Heaven’ has made its way to Tallinn from Helsinki before moving on to Stockholm.
Fine panoramafoto documentation of the ‘Road to Heaven’ installation in Tallin, Estonia, Hall D of the Kultuurikatel 05.10 - 28.10. 2011.

Kaisa Salmi CV
Kaisa Salmi Homepage
Kaisa salmi, road to heaven, itakeskus, Helsinki 2011, recycled art
Kaisa salmi, "Road to Heaven II", Tallinnasquare, recycling, Itäkeskus, Helsinki 2011
Kaisa Salmi, Rotterdam, recycled art
Kaisa Salmi : Road to Heaven IV, Rotterdam Square,
Tallinn, Estonia, 2011, recycling


Recycled Art: plastic garbage

A Plastic Planet by Tiina Valkeapää
Tiina Valkeapää`s earlier works have quite often been made of wood or other nature`s materials.
in english suomeksi Homesite: Tiina Valkeapää Environmental Art, nature wood

But now - Why in the hell plastic garbage!
Tiina Valkeapää tells:
"My relationship with environmental art is a bit complex nowadays. I`d like my works to speak out, to have a social message. I want them be more than just aesthetic."
in english suomeksi Homesite: Tiina valkeapää. Recycled Art

 Tiina Valkeapää, A Totem, plastic waste / Toteemi, muoviroska 2009 A Plastic Planet, plastic waste / MuoviMaa, muoviroska, Fluxation 2010, Turku, Finland Tiina valkeapää, Madonna ja lapsi, yksityiskohta, kierrätystaide

Tiina Valkeapää: A Totem, plastic waste / Toteemi, muoviroska 2009
A Plastic Planet, plastic waste / MuoviMaa, muoviroska, Fluxation 2010, Turku, Finland
Madonna and Child, plastic Waste / Madonna ja lapsi, muoviroska

Tiina valkeapää lives and works in Hyvinkää, Finland




Recycled Art: second-hand cups and plates
teksti suomeksi, liitetiedosto  tekstit suomeksi, liitetiedosto

Maria Huhmarnimi Moment, Recycled Art, second-hand cups and plates / kierrätystaide
Maria huhmarniemi: Hetki / Moment, Galleria 5, 2009.

Maria Huhmarniemi: "Various durations of time"

www: Maria Huhmarniemi is an artist living and working in Rovaniemi. She is a chairperson at the Artists ´ Association of Lapland and lecturer at the faculty of Art and Design in the University of Lapland.

”Recycled materials and old handicraft techniques evoke memories and the value of traditions.” The artist considers social and cultural sustainability in addition to ecological issues.

Maria Huhmarniemi: In a series of installations ”Various Durations of Time”, the artist measures time with coffee cups.

By making installations from old coffee cups and saucers, Maria aims to represent a theme, a moment and time passing by. ”Various Durations of Time” includes several artworks: Maltese-Cross (Lychnis chalcedonica) and a Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io). The artworks are a kind of vanitas symbols, bringing the presence of history to the moment.

 Maria huhmarniemi, kierrätystaide
Maria Huhmarniemi, Arktikum, Rovaniemi, 2009 

Huhmarniemi has hundreds of coffee cups with their saucers. She has collected modest everyday varieties from second hand shops and flea markets for  10 cents per cup or five Euros per bag. As it happens, some of them are more valuable and hunted by design collectors. The classical cups of Nordic design are an important element in the installations. The audience can recognise well known cups and plates and associate them to a certain decade and period or time. For example, in the word Hetki (Moment), the cups are arranged so that the oldest are at the beginning of the word and the newest at the end.

  Maria Huhmarniemi, kierrätystaide 
Maria huhmarniemi: "Neitoperho / Peacock butterfly", and "Korento / Dragonfly", Ars Kärsämäki, 2009.

Maria Huhmarniemi makes art using handicraft techniques and by collecting, sorting and building materials from old items. She recycles materials after the exhibitions. They end up either in new installations or are returned to the second hand shops.

Her new work “Seasons” from the series of “Various Durations of Time” will be shown in Valo Gallery as part of an exhibition by the Artists ´ Association of Lapland in Rovaniemi 19.7- 4.9.2012. “Seasons” represents an experience of time through the seasons in the North: the long winter from dark to light, flashy spring and heartfelt autumn.



Recycled Art of Siiri Niemelä speaks out against the crimes of humanity!
Siiri Niemelä,
Siiri Niemelä, "The Messangers", 60 birds made of cotton tissue nappies, Tampere, 2009
/ "Viestintuojat". Noin 60 kpl vanhoista lasten harsovaipoista tehtyjä lintuja. Tampere

"The Messingers" call us to pray together for new hope.

Siiri Niemelä lives and works in Ranua and Tampere.
Her art is 90% made of  recycled materials.


New site, read more

In the middle of our age`s everyday horrors -  wars, crimes against humanity, and broken lives: -  Siiri Niemelä sends a message to every child, man and woman to pray together  for hope.



Galleria 2012 New artists

Slideshow june 2012 :
Young Artist Essi Korva`s passionate Spirit of Mother Earth reared in the lap of deep forest.
New site, read more

"Natural beauty" of the great cycle of the nature; erosion of land, rotting of woman body as well as the tree stump gives birth to a new life. The installation "raindrops" in the forest, resembles to sacrificial offerings on the branches of the trees as well than serious flying forest Elfs. It is a moment of Mother Earths "Culmination." Essi Korva's sculptures of woman body are most expressive founded in middle of the forest.


english Unique site-specific ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival confused in Finland, Kuopio 25th to 30th September

Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens:  Anti Festtival 2012
Annie Sprinke & Beth Stephens (US)

english Art Festival, international, site-specific contemporary art festival is held annually in Finland, Kuopio. The ANTI programme contains artistic forms from sculpture and environmental art to dance, live art and performance. ANTI shows works by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists.

 The concept of ANTI is singular in the Finnish and international art scene, as it presents solely site-specific works. This year the ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival programme works on the themes of man's relationship with nature and the connection between sexuality and the body as well as the natural state of the human body.


 The unplugged Luonnon ANTI brings together contemporary performance, Finnish sauna, camping, fishing and campfire singing on the beautiful Karhonsaari (Karho island) near Kuopio.The core programme of six live works presented at Luonnon ANTI highlight our relationship to nature, be it as a wild wilderness or pastoral idyll. The six works are co-commissioned by the EU supported project UP TO NATURE. The project travels to Vienna, Bristol and Oslo before reaching Kuopio in September.


Jaakko Pernu, culpture Glass of Water, willow
Oulu Museum of Arts is celebrating Opening of this new Public Art work of Jaakko Pernu at 23.08.2012

more...

News:

Jaakko Pernu "Glass of Water" is ready.

pressrealise 23.08.2012

Exhibition:


Vartiosaari, The Guardian Island, Helsinki

Anu Miettinen: Polkukyltit, Save Vartiosaari taidetapahtuma
Anu Miettinen: " Jungle Path Sign / Polkukyltit-teos", photo: Tapio Rantala 

english Save Vartiosaari – Art Happening
This Environmental Art Exhibition and happenings are for everyone who lives on, visits, or dreams of coming to this jewel in the eastern archipelago of Helsinki. And its purpose is to rally support to save Vartiosaari from being turned into a concrete jungle.
About The Guardian Island and Art happenings.

- Helsingin Vartiosaari on parhaillaan kaavoitusselvityksen alla. Saaren kuvaus
Save Vartiosaari– taideprojekti 3.6.-30.10.2012.

Tue Vartiosaaren säilyttämistä virkistysalueena - koe Vartiosaaren ainutlaatuinen luonto taideteosten kautta!
Teospaikoille löytää taidekartan avulla, kyseessä on aarteenetsinnän kaltainen seikkailu. Tapahtumia läpi kesän, seuraa päivitettyä Infoa!

Kartta
Info

Projektin organisoija: Kuvataiteilija ja tuottaja / Artist and Producer Anu Miettinen


 Oranki Art Environmental Art Exhibition
21.6. - 30.9.2012
Oranki, Pello, Lappland. 
 
www: orankiart.fi/
Essi Korva: Eksynyt / Lost, Oranki Art ympäristötaidenäyttely 2012
Essi Korva: "Eksynyt / Lost"  Oranki Art 2012 ympäristötaidenäyttely / Environmental Art exhibition.



Kaarina Kaikkonen - Are We Still Going On?,
Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia,
26 February - 28 October, 2012

Towards Tomorrow, MAXXI Museo
nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo,
Rome, 14 April – 15 July 2012


Jaakko Pernu: The Artist of month / April EnvironmentalArt.net/pernu
What`s new! (20.05.2012)

Lately Jaakko Pernu has been working mostly abroad creating many public site specific works around Europe and Canada.  Videos: Works of Jaakko Pernu in Canada!


Summer Clouds, Toronto.


Floats, Vancouver, Canada

Jaakko Pernu, Oulu Jaako Pernu had created his new willow sculpture in Oulu Löytynpuisto. Pernu’s previous installation, The willow sculpture "Parasol", after ten years, came to it`s end, and had to be taken down last November.

photo helmikuu 2009 Paivi Koivuranta
photo: Paivi Koivuranta
"Päivänvarjo" (“parasol”), is now absent from the park of Löytynpuisto. Indeed, the new sculpture of Jaakko Pernu is being built to replace "Parasol".


The material for the new installation is one hundred percent local Oulu willow. Last February, Pernu, billhook in hand, roved the fields of Kaakkuri and harvested each willow himself.
After that, he prepared and painted the branches. The installation is going to be about five meters high and, if strung together, the willow branches would stretch nearly two kilometers. The preparation of the willows took Pernu over two months. Eventually, there will be some 1 300 willow branches in the installation. His work in Lyötynpuisto Park in Oulu continues. Willow ranches are finding their place in Pernu Art Installation. Slowly, a glass of water is beginning to take shape. (via
Kaleva.fi 18.05.2012)

31.05.2012

Jaakko Pernu, culpture Glass of Water, willow
Oulu Museum of Arts is celebrating Opening of this new Public Art work of Jaakko Pernu at 23.08.2012

News: "Glass of Water" is ready.

presrealise 23.08.2012

artickles in finnish: good photos
Yle.fi
RadioMega.fi


More about Jaakko Pernu www: environmentalart.net/pernu


 



Harri Markkula: The Artist of month / march 

Harri Markkula: Hot Cube:  Turku European Capital of Culture 2011
More information:
site is in english sivu on suomen kielellä
Harri Markkula environmentalart.net
sivu on suomen kielelläFacebook

Harri Markkula, Environmental Art, Hot Cube, Kuuma Kuutio -sauna, veistos
Hot Cube in the River Aura, in the middle of the city, is a minimalistic sauna made by sculptor Harri Markkula. The outer surface of the wooden and windowless Hot Cube is tarred. The visitors can observe life in the water through the lattices of the sauna floor. The sauna is accessed by a small bridge.
Hot Cube is designed to be a sensory site. The scents of fire, water, wood and tar strengthen the experience of archetypical basic elements.  The steam of the ”water-based” sculpture is blissfully soft.


 

Gallery 2011: FireSculture 

Fire Art Sculpture in Scandinavia

Fire Bird:  Eeva-Liisa Sorainen, Helena Kaikkonen, Minna Kangasmaa, Finland