Kari Soinio’s exhibition Private Hero opens at Station Independent Projects in NY

New York-based Kari Soinio studies masculine corporeality, body language, sexuality and identity in his photographic portraiture of the male body. He examines the ways perception and recognition operates through visual representations. In his auto-portraiture-based work, Soinio critically observes masculinity and femininity in maleness, showing ambiguous bodies with traits of both genders.

Soinio is particularly engaged in the gendered notion of heroism and the cultural icons of male heroes. He continuously explores the complexities of the male consciousness and body image, and scrutinizes the tension between a sense of vulnerability and expressions of strength in masculine cultures.

Soinio’s work has been exhibited internationally, most recently at Storefront Bushwick. He holds a MFA at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki and has also studied at the International Center of Photography in New York.

Private Hero at Station Independent Projects
Opening reception November 20, 6-9pm
Gallery hours: Thursday to Sunday, Noon-6pm
164 Suffolk Street
New York 10002

Image: Kari Soinio, Private Hero (Detail of an image)

Wed, 2013-11-20 to Sat, 2013-12-21

Visit Niko Luoma on Fall Open Studios at ISCP in NY

Photographer Niko Luoma presents his work at ISCP’s (International Studio & Curatorial Program) Fall Open Studios. Luoma is one of the 29 international artists currently in-residence at ISCP. The three-day-long Fall Open Studios functions as a meeting point for artists from all over the world.

Luoma works mainly with light and shapes it into different lines of various lengths and thicknesses. The finished pieces reflect the photographic process, which is as important as the result. Luoma continuously tries to find new ways to challenge the photographic process. His photography is completely analog and studio based.

ISCP is an established nonprofit, residency-based contemporary art institution in New York’s East Williamsburg. The program offers professional development for emerging to mid-career artists and curators from around the world. Their facilities include an exhibition gallery, project space and 35 studios. Luoma’s ISCP residency is supported by the Alfred Kordelin Foundation and the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York.

November 8 – November 10, 2013
Opening reception: Friday November 8, 6-9 pm
Free to the public and
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, November 9 – 10, 1-6 pm

Image: Niko Luoma, Systematic Collapse R to G / Pigment print (Detail of an image)

Fri, 2013-11-08 to Sun, 2013-11-10

Media artist Ingrid Ung’s exhibition at Ben Navaee gallery in Toronto opens today, on October 25.

In her work, Ung explores how identity and gender are continuously reshaped. Recently she has also dealt with issues concerning ecology and climate change as well as social issues. Ung works with mediums such as video, installation and performance.

Ung graduated from Chelsea College of Art at University of the Arts London, in 2000.
She is currently artist-in-residence at Toronto Artscape in Toronto, until the end of November of 2013.

Ben Navaee Gallery
1107 Queen Street East,

Opening reception October 25, 7-9pm
Open daily 1-5pm

Fri, 2013-10-25 to Fri, 2013-11-15

Mikko Kallio’s solo exhibition at Finlandia University, Michigan

Visual artist Mikko Kallio’s solo exhibition The Magician at the Finlandia University Gallery, Finlandia University, explores humanity and spirituality through the wondrous world of the magician and the playful mind of a child. The characters in the artworks create an imaginary realm, which is out of this world.

Kallio is known for his three dimensional collages, which draw from imagination. As a result of working in Brooklyn, New York in 2011 – 2012, the artist’s works are on view at the Pierogi Flat Files in Brooklyn. Kallio currently lives and works in Tampere, Finland.

Mikko Kallio – The Magician
Opening reception October 24, 7 – 8.30 pm

Finlandia University Gallery
435 Quincy Street
Hancock, Michigan 49930

Image: Mikko Kallio, The Red Shirt, 2012, (detail of an image) Drawing, watercolor, collage on paper

Thu, 2013-10-24 to Wed, 2013-11-20

Boutique – Where Art Meets Fashion on view at the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Boutique – Where Art Meets Fashion opens on October 12 at the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C. The exhibition was originally displayed at the Amos Anderson Art Museum in Helsinki as a part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 program. Annamari Vänskä is the curator of both the original exhibition and the one presented in Washington, D.C.

Combining art and fashion, as the name suggests, the exhibition is built upon artist-collaborations, bringing together actors from different fields of visual culture, such as visual art and design. Boutique – Where Art Meets Fashion encourages viewers to experience art and fashion in new ways.

The artist collaborations consist of Paola Suhonen – Mikko Iljäs, Rauha Mäkilä – Juliana Harkki, Minna Parikka – Jani Leinonen, Katja Tukiainen – Samu-Jussi Koski, Tero Puha – Teemu Leinonen and Salla Salin – Timo Rissanen.

Keep in mind that the exhibition is only open during the weekends.

Boutique – Where Art Meets Fashion
Open on Saturdays and Sundays 11 am – 4 pm
October 12 – 13, 19 – 20, 26 – 27 and November 2 – 3

Embassy of Finland
3301 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Image: Mikko Ijäs and Paola Suhonen, A Land of Seven Fairytales (detail of an image)

Sat, 2013-10-12 to Sun, 2013-11-03

Visual artists Helka Immonen’s and Kauko Mäkinen’s exhibitions at Artifact in New York City opens on Wednesday, October 9.

Visual artists Helka Immonen’s and Kauko Mäkinen’s exhibitions at Artifact, in New York City's Lower East Side, opens on Wednesday, October 9. Other artists on view include Ellen Sherman Zinn, Barbara Simonson and Corinne Laciga.

In her paintings Immonen uses soft, romantic colors through which she conveys a sense of spirituality. The abstract language of her work employs a soft geometry and the themes that become evident deal with nature, nothingness, being and transcendence.

Immonen studied Art History at the University of Helsinki, the Free Art School and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland. She lives and works in Espoo, Finland.

Kauko Mäkinen is a self-taught painter whose work usually portrays the Finnish landscape. Before being an artist he worked as an interior designer e.g. at the Astoria Hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mäkinen lives and works in Salo, Finland.

84 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002
October 9 – 27, 2013
Opening reception October 9, 6 – 8 pm

Image: Detail of the invitations

Wed, 2013-10-09 to Sun, 2013-10-27

Juha Arvid Helminen at the National Arts Club, NYC

Photo-artist Juha Arvid Helminen participates in East Berlin: Film, Fashion, Fotografy festival that showcases ten contemporary German artists working with film, fashion and photography. Helminen creates strong visions in his work, making something ugly or menacing seem beautiful. He studied photography at the Lahti University of Applied Sciences Institute of Design.

Opening reception September 25 at 7 – 9 pm
The gallery is open
Monday through Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Weekend 11 am – 5 pm

National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003

Wed, 2013-09-25 to Tue, 2013-10-01

Galerie Forsblom at ExpoChicago

Galerie Forsblom presents visual artists HC Berg and Jarmo Mäkilä at ExpoChicago this upcoming weekend in Chicago. Other international artists presented at the fair include Stephan Balkhenhol, Günther Förg, Ron Gorchov, Jacob Hashimoto, Secundino Hernández, Chantal Joffe, Jason Martin, Tony Oursler, Adam Saks, Joel Schapiro and Bernar Venet.

Galerie Forsblom stand 317
Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Thu, 2013-09-19 to Sun, 2013-09-22

Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s solo exhibition at the Davis, Massachusetts

Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s exhibition Olentoja (Creatures) opens at the Davis (Davis Museum at Wellesley College) on September 18. This is the first major presentation of the internationally acclaimed Finnish artist at a U.S. museum.

Ahtila is known for her psychologically intense video-installations that combine everyday experiences and mystery. Her work questions the nature of the moving image and offers a way of seeing from several perspectives.

Olentoja (Creatures) presents five pieces of Ahtilas earlier production that explore the interaction between humanity, animals and nature. The artist feels the exhibition title captured the essence of the theme and gives it “a bit more soul.”

Opening reception September 18, 2013 from 5.30-8 pm
On view through January 5, 2014
Free admission

The Davis
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA, 0248

Image: Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Marian ilmestys – The Annunciation (detail of a screenshot) 2010. Photo: Antti Ruusuvuori

Wed, 2013-09-18 to Sun, 2014-01-05

Eija Ranta performs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

Dancer Eija Ranta will be performing with the Leimay company in the world premiere of Becoming-Corpus at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

Becoming-Corpus is a performance experience of dance, real-time 6 channel video and live electronic music, taking place on September 12-15 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s newest venue, BAM Fisher.

In Becoming-Corpus movement and video lighting meet to create kinetic experiences of altered time and space, tracing the interwoven relationships and transformations among being, the individual, and society.

Eija Ranta, born in Finland, trained in physical theater at the Commedia School in Copenhagen and in Stanislavski technique at the State Theater Arts Academy of St. Petersburg, earning a BFA in Acting. In New York, she has collaborated with visual artists in living installations and live performances.

LEIMAY is an umbrella for the work of Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya which ranges from photography, video art, art installations, and dance pieces to interdisciplinary collaborations and training projects.

Tickets start at $20

BAM Fisher
321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Thu, 2013-09-12 to Sun, 2013-09-15


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