Exhibitions

Virtualized Sceneries



Joonas Kota
2017

Joonas Kota
Virtualized Sceneries
Jan 27th – Feb 19th, 2017

Joonas Kota’s first solo exhibition at Zetterberg Gallery – Virtualized Sceneries presents the artist’s latest work through three new work series: Transcendent Diamonds, Broken Forests and Degradable Emoji icons.

Kota’s works examine the ways by which we look at the world. His works creates parallel realities and drifts between the fragility of the captured moment and timelessness. The abstracted forests turn into virtualized sceneries, the delicately layered diamonds reflects fractions of the world around you without revealing its core and the Emoji icons have become faded memories of their virtual existence when taken out of their context.

Kota’s working process often consists of three parts: The symbolic reality, reality in itself and the transcendental. At its best the viewer’s thoughts moves effortlessly between these three dimensions.

Joonas Kota (b.1976) lives and work in Helsinki and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki 2003. Kota’s works have been placed in private and public collections such as the Finnish National Gallery Kiasma and the Helsinki City Art Museum.

Tony Is Back!



Jani Leinonen
2016

Jani Leinonen
Tony Is Back!
December 2nd – 22nd, 2016
Zetterberg Gallery

Tony is Back! presents Jani Leinonen’s first video works consisting of a series of commercial-like videos with Kellogg’s iconic cereal mascot, Tony the Tiger navigating a grown-up world of prostitution, police violence and suicide bombers. The exhibition also explores the structures and power of the commercial world through an exceptional series of Leinonen’s sign works from 2011 – 2015.

Enslaved or Free?



Jani Leinonen, Jiri Geller, Aurora Reinhard, Mari Keto, Sampsa, Joonas Kota
2016

Enslaved or Free?

January 29 – March 13, 2016
Zetterberg Gallery

Jani Leinonen, Jiri Geller, Aurora Reinhard, Mari Keto, Sampsa, Joonas Kota

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free”
– Goethe

BANG!



Jiri Geller & Kaos
2015

Jiri Geller and Kaos
Zetterberg Gallery
June 14 – July 26, 2015

Jiri Geller and graffiti artist Kaos Bang! combines danger, beauty and lightness in an explosive exhibition, where the contradiction between Geller’s perfectly manufactured and polished surfaces and Kaos rougher expression creates a flaming cocktail.

Sacrifices



Jani Leinonen
2015

Jani Leinonen
Sacrifices
March 14 – May 3, 2015

Q: What do you think is the most surprising thing about humanity?
A: Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present, the result being that he does not live in the present or the future, he lives as he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.

Leinonen’s Sacrifices is forcing us to think about what we really are willing to sacrifice?

This Is The Way



Jani Leinonen, Aurora Reinhard
& Jiri Geller
2014

Jani Leinonen, Aurora Reinhard & Jiri Geller
Zetterberg Gallery
May 25 – September 21, 2014

Zetterberg Gallery is proud to present the most recent works by Jani Leinonen, Aurora Reinhard and Jiri Geller in the up coming exhibition This Is The Way.

The exhibition brings together works by Leinonen, Reinhard and Geller combining commercial culture and critical perspective with highly demanding craftsmanship and flawless aesthetics.

Delirium



Mari Keto
2013

Mari Keto – Delirium
Zetterberg Gallery
November 17 – December 15, 2013

The exhibition Delirium presents for the first time a complete overview of Mari Keto’s work; the portrait series of spectacular pop icons in colourful rhinestones, the hunting trophy works and the micro worlds of the dioramas inhabited by skeletal angels, fairies and mermaids in precious metals.

The exhibition title Delirium refers to a condition where one loses ones grip of the world, a dizzying slip of meaning rendering it impossible to distinguish between real and unreal, fact and fiction. Two central themes run through Keto’s art, the glittering surfaces of temporary pop mythology and the hunt; death rearing its head almost everywhere.

With her images of pop icons Keto is looking into the core of our culture’s obsession with celebrity. We see fame emerging as a thing in itself. The insistent faces have a power, a vector that captures something essential in the celebrity fixation of our time.

The undecidability of who is cheating who is the ambiguous position established by the works in the series called Fashion Victims. The relationship between hunter, victim and trophy is unclear. We buy brand value and invest it in ourselves fully aware of the price. Luxury is a trap that we gladly step into. We even skin ourselves to afford to do so.

Trophies are in their nature aestheticized death. Death is most clearly manifest in Keto’s works with skeletons of mythological and fantastic creatures. In small cabinets of curiosities the little creatures have been locked up and left to die. Did we forget them? Did we lose faith? Or did we trap and kill them with our logic and science? A contemporary disenchantment has taken place with fatal consequences.

Keto’s works balances both references to the tradition of memento mori going back to the Middle Ages as well as references to pop art of the 60’s and 70’s. Keto’s works are often inscribed narratives structured by symbolic elements. The Modern images of vanities seem to suggest that celebrity is the folklore of our time.

Keto’s classical training as a jewellery artist is apparent in her use of materials and in the extreme precision of their execution. The perfect finish imbues the stories of the works with gravity. The materials are often in themselves laden with meaning.

The Oxford Dictionary defines delirium as “an acutely disturbed state of mind characterised by restlessness, illusions, and incoherence”, this is what Keto’s works seem to point to in our world. The dictionary also holds a second meaning for the word delirium as “a state of wild excitement or ecstasy”. It is this second meaning that radiates from Keto’s sparkling and glitteringly perfect works.

Mari Keto’s portrait of Her Majesty The Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, ordered by the Danish Royal Collection will also be displayed at the exhibition.

Text: Magnus Kaslov