Western Exhibitions is pleased to present Helsingistä, a two-person exhibition and featuring the work of Helsinki-based artists Valpuri Kylmänen and Ari Pelkonen, curated by Jamilee Polson Lacy. This exhibition is the first in-depth presentation of the artists’ work in the United States. Helsingistä opens on Friday, July 25 with a free public reception from 5 to 8pm and runs through August 30, 2014. Gallery hours are typically Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm, though for most of August, the gallery will be open sporadically or by appointment.
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Helsingistä focuses on Kylmänen and Pelkonen’s ongoing experimentation with printmaking traditions, collaborative processes and gestural renderings of life. Kylmänen will display the latest series of her signature lithographic prints, in which bizarrely staged and slightly abstracted still life tableaus figure prominently. Pelkonen will include a small body of work which includes his most recent “woodcut paintings”-woodcut printing on canvas combined with layers of acrylic paint-of eerily cropped and abstracted human figures alongside a new video work. Having been instrumental to one another’s practices as both traditional printmakers and experimental fine artists for over a decade, the two artists will honor their cooperative history with the unveiling of their first fully collaborative artwork: a set of tonal printed wallpapers, which will serve as a dramatic backdrop for the exhibition’s entire installation.
Helsingistä is jointly supported by Western Exhibitions, Twelve Galleries Project, the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, and Frame Visual Art Finland.
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