The exhibition Suoraan Seinään / Directly on the Wall at MUU Kaapeli (7 – 30 March 2014) brought together a diverse group of artists for a unique project. The mandate: to speculate, confabulate, compose, co-exist and collaborate by painting right on MUU’s walls.
And, as soon as the space was opened to the artists, the walls started to change. As a participant and viewer, it was incredible to witness the transformation. Bursts of creative energy gradually overthrew the space’s pallid neutrality and each visit revealed an altered panorama.
Though the project was well documented by Pirjetta Brander and Marja Helena Kinnunen – their phots and videos are available through MUU’s facebook pages and youtube, this posting extends that process by mixing a list of personal observations and impressions with details of the artists’ contributions. (Click on the thumbnails to see larger versions of the images.)
The viral spread of colour, line, shape Painting as performance / A thought provoking pastiche / Pictures without frames Gallery as artist’s studio / Dynamic representations / Creative sprawl / Interweaving media and style Bye bye white cube / An artful concoction A colourful sea / Modes of production revealed An absence of traditional boundaries / Limning as evolutionary act / Impermanent pictures / Tracery, panel, screen Exhibition as laboratory / Zany baroque The room’s chromatic skin / A grand paste-up / Emblazoning the bulwarks Vim, vigor and verve / A rambling conversation Visual infiltrations / Artist as intercessor / The flexibility of rigid surfaces An inconsistent frieze / Work site – please enter Mind bending mural / A syncopated composition Pictorial autobiographies / The picture-picture interface A dense visual jungle / Thoroughly off-the-wall A polymorphic narrative / Wall as colour sponge The (un)predictability of every day / A vividly disparate curtain A candid and impromptu discourse / The surface reborn A vertical landscape / Fluctuating mosaic / A million touches of the brush Not your typical gallery of pictures / Prismatic squawks / Faces, faces, on each and every wall Chaotic beauty / Giving up on the territorial preserve Ocular revelations / Wall street / Marks, pattern, dream A fanciful panorama / Brazen spontaneity Colliding imagery / There’s some real beauty on them thar walls
Artists that participated in the exhibition: Sirkku Ala-Harja, Tessa Androutsopoulos, ASAC (Selma Rissanen & Aleksi Liimatainen), Frank Blank, Lotta Hänninen, Helena Mark, Elliina Peltoniemi, Alexandre Riviello, Vappu Rossi, Hans-Peter Schütt, Jussi TwoSeven.
Photos (top to bottom and left to right): 1) Helena Mark, 2) Hans-Peter Schütt, 3) Lotta Hänninen & Sirkku Ala-Harja & Frank Blank & Alexandre Riviello, 4) Elliina Peltoniemi, 5) Jussi TwoSeven, 6) Alexandre Riviello, 7) Tessa Androutsopoulos, 8) ASAC, 9) Sirkku Ala-Harja & ASAC, 10) Jussi TwoSeven, 11) Vappu Rossi, 12) ASAC, 13) Hans-Peter Schütt, 14) Frank Blank, 15) Lotta Hänninen, 16) Tessa Androutsopoulos, 17) Hans-Peter Schütt, 18) Vappu Rossi, 19) Helena Mark, 20) Elliina Peltoniemi & Sirkku Ala-Harja, 21) Alexandre Riviello, 22) Frank Blank & Jussi TwoSeven. Photos: Frank Blank.