HELSINKI.- Kunsthalle Helsinki presents Euro Koponen Näsänen - Installations and video works, on view 2230 September 2007. Pia Euro (b. 1970), Tanja Koponen (b. 1968) and Elena Näsänen (b. 1968) will take over Kunsthalle galleries and the Studio for over a week. The exhibition will consist of new installations and video works by the artists, mostly created for this particular show. Kunsthalle Helsinki provides a unique setting for the presentation of large-scale installations.
In the exhibition by Euro, Koponen and Näsänen there are ten video installations on show whose content and technical and spatial solutions merge into one holistic, dynamic whole. Yet each work is also given enough space of its own. The works stop us on our tracks, posing questions and evoking emotional states of experience that function as bridges from one work to the next.
The thematic emphasis of the exhibition is on the immateriality that is typical to video and installation art, but also to art in general. The works consist of videos, spaces, temporality, sounds and lights, even fog. The members of the group have avoided narrative almost zealously, thereby distancing themselves from the cinematic aspects of video. They want to emphasise the three-dimensionality of video installations, an artistic expression that moves along the boundaries of the abstract and the figurative, a dynamic between the transitory moment and timelessness. Sound often occupies an equally important place as images in creating the mood in the works.
Pia Euro presents three works on the themes of recognisability and unrecognisability. She plays with the synchronicity of sound and image and with the interplay between visual and auditory perceptions by disconnecting sounds from visuals. She makes everyday things seem distant, or introduces an uncanny dimension to familiar, safe things.
Tanja Koponen approaches the indeterminate subject of her works from different angles. The works are infused with an abstract sense of experience, liberated, free of thoughts. By a process of reduction, exclusion and bleaching, Koponen turns the focus inwards, to the roots of inner experience.
The mood in Elena Näsänen's works is appealing. Näsänen offers hints and the viewer fills out the rest of the event. The scenic works are closer to painting than cinema. The same subject is repeated without any dramatic emphasis; two superimposed images give rise to a third image, one which does not exist in the real world. There is only the fleeting moment, where perception and imagination create something new.
Artist meeting on Sunday, 23 September at 3 pm: Pia Euro, Tanja Koponen and Elena Näsänen as well as Susanna Santala, acting director of Kunsthalle, talk about the exhibition.