The libidinal flux of the teenager has left a permanent mark on culture, normalizing radical consumption in service of an endless will to change. With the end of earth’s resources in sight, this paradigm needs revison. Coming of Age presents the work of seven artists from different parts of the world that subvert our material and cultural landscape with meditative gestures. Whether looking at Takahiro Iwasaki transforming a toothbrush into the site of an electric pylon, Aki Inomata’s alternative housing for hermit crabs that recall a sense of itinerancy, Essi Kausalainen’s table top performance, or Ebony G. Patterson’s coffin procession, these works acknowledge a predominant state of violence while calling for a greater optimism. Rebecca Beachy inserts a taxidermied bird into the gallery walls like a time capsule, Tsherin Sherpa applies traditional Tibetan Thangka painting techniques to swirl his subjects, and Rhonda Holberton presents a virtual desert, recalling the ambiguous possibilities of digital space and its impact on daily life. Coming of Age subverts scale, technology, and location in search of sustained agency and repair.
This exhibition is produced by The Green Lantern Press with support from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.