Mari Keto & Jani Leinonen Time Is A Luxury We Don’t Have Zetterberg Gallery December 1 – 22, 2012 Opening Hours Wed-Fri 4-7pm, Sat-Sun 12-4pm
Overwhelming details, offensive décor, punchlines we do not want to acknowledge. The works of Mari Keto and Jani Leinonen put us all into cold sweat. In Mari Keto’s works the conceptual underpinning and high degree of craftsmanship merge into an artwork. Keto explores the tensions and structures of our contemporary culture by portraying icons and symbols predominantly surrounding us. The fierce stare of a lost Joker Face arrests the attention with an unpleasant recognition of the decomposing moment.
Jani Leinonen attacks symbols and marketing strategies, turning them into objects of ridicule, clichéing our agreed marketing society and economical everyday. With these strikes Leinonen unfolds the chain reaction we all are voluntarily involved and plays up the iconographies of the global brand land.
Zetterberg Gallery proudly presents Jiri Geller’s new works Welcome to the opening on Friday May 4 at 4-8pm!
Jiri Geller presents his new, long wrought works at the SUGARED solo exhibition opening at the Zetterberg Gallery, on May 5. Geller continues his detailed craftsmanship by presenting a new perspective to his conceptual nihilism. His accomplished works serve cold irony and raw critique by questioning the dominant, neoliberal iconophilia. SUGARED aggravates the global ideal of individual freedom and property rights by blowing up the high right before the crash hits you.
Jiri Geller (b. 1970 lives and works in Helsinki) is known for his detailed sculptures exploring the contemporary pop culture phenomena. Geller has exhibited his works in various solo exhibitions around Nordic countries as well as in innumerous international exhibitions globally.
The exhibition is open May 5 – June 10 Wed-Fri 13-19 and Sat-Sun 11-16.
AURORA REINHARD PERFECT Zetterberg Gallery March 4 – April 8, 2012
Aurora Reinhard is known for her controversial work exploring the tensions and structures of contemporary society – in particular our obsessive representations of gender and female sexuality. In her new solo exhibition Perfect Reinhard plays with the addictive, accelerating mannerisms that she sees predominating in commercial definitions of gender.
With Perfect, Reinhard presents new work, including photography and craft-intensive sculpture, which is not a departure from – but rather a continuum of – her established oeuvre. She significantly expands on the fetish-based and surrealist approaches she has worked with in recent years. By including both detailed sculptures and quite haunting photographs she develops a richly multi-layered statement, giving painstaking attention to the prevailing, escapist maneuvers. Instead of settling for Freudian slips or righteous ideologies, Reinhard advances a bold statement questioning the widespread acceptance and condescendence to a female role determined by commercialized society and conducted by its members.
Aurora Reinhard (b. 1975, lives and works in Helsinki) works with video, photography and hyper-realistic objects fetishizing the everyday. Reinhard holds an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki. Her works are internationally renowned, with exhibitions at the Shedhalle, Zürich; Fridericianum, Kassel; Ludwig Museum, Cologne and Platform Garanti, Istanbul. Her experimental documentary Boygirl (2002) won the International media art award from ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany.
Exhibition is open March 4 – April 8, 2012 Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-7pm, Sundays 12-4pm. Meet Aurora Reinhard at the exhibition on Sunday March 25, 1-3pm.