Distances – artworks by the participants of the Lähde! –project at KulttuuriKauppila in summer 2021

The summer exhibition of 2021 curated by visual artist Tuomo Kangasmaa presents works created by the participants of the Lähde! –projects.

The summer exhibition of 2021 presents works created by the participants of the Lähde! –projects. The exhibition is curated by visual artist Tuomo Kangasmaa, who has worked in the projects between years 2019–2021. Some of the artworks are created by the participants themselves, some are results of cooperation with the group and artist Tuomo Kangasmaa. Kangasmaa has collected to the exhibition a series of drawings, photographs and sound recordings.

Oulu-based visual artist Tuomo Kangasmaa worked with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and people recovering from mental illnesses for two months in 2019 as part of the social art residency programme of the Lähde! Empowering daily life with art –project. Kangasmaa has continued his work with unemployed youth as part of the Lähde! Inclusion through art –project in 2020-2021. .

Basis for Kangasmaa’s work has been to consider any actions or techniques as a starting point for artistic expression. Art is considered to be in process, when the pieces have not yet formed into an entirety. This stage of transformation is interesting and often the most experiential part of creation of art. Together with the participants Kangasmaa has studied the artistic possibilities of for example biking and recycling. By doing this they have wanted to bring attention to the fact that art is not a phenomena separate from our daily lives.

’’We have attempted to create distance to everyday things by bringing them to the sphere of art, and this way seeing them in new light. This distance has allowed us to study the things more in detail. By changing the viewing distance to the object we focus our attention either to the details or the entirety of the object. We perceive what we see differently depending on whether we see the object as fragments, or as a finite entirety. The whole tells us what things look like, whereas details reveal how things work.’’

Exhibition open 4 June–31 July                                                                                                                                  

Tue–Fri 12–5PM, Sat 11AM–4PM

Opening on 3  July 5PM             

Closed for Midsummer 25 June – 26 June 

KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre (Kauppilantie 15, 91100 Ii)

Free admission, welcome!

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