OPEN CALL 2017 for ART YOU CAN ENTER

April 21st, 2016 by Oksasenkatu

OK11 is changing it’s operation model in 2017. All exhibition times will be annual open calls for site-specific art, art that you can get enter. We’re in full operation mode of applying funding.

We’re calling out for artists and art groups to exhibit in 2017. We’re looking for art that is built on site for the site and the different interpretations of the space.  The first open slot will be in April 2017.

Exhibition times including construction will be depending on the project from 4 to 6 weeks. We are offering the space, PR and assistance with the construction if necessary. If funding is provided for the gallery, a small stipend will be awarded for the exhibiting artist or group to cover some costs of the materials or accommodation.

Please keep in mind that arranging gallery attending is still a work in progress and depending on funding, thus the final responsibility of gallery attending lies on the artist.

Please submit

-a written description of the project max A4. The written description should include a list of basic materials needed and if the project requires assistance.

-3 images that support the application

-link to an online portfolio or website

-CV

Application materials should be submitted as pdf-files max. 2MB per file and may include a link to a video to be viewed online. Please keep your application as concise and short as possible as we are expecting to go through many.  Deadline for all applications is September 31st 2016 at 23:59. Please submit all applications to info@oksasenkatu11.fi. The applicants will be notified October 31st.

Looking forward to it,

OK11

Erika Erre, Pia Euro, Hanna Marno, Jenny Suhonen and Ella Tahkolahti

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OK11 at SUPERMARKET ART FAIR

April 18th, 2016 by Oksasenkatu

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At Supermarket Art Fair OK11 is represented by an installation piece by Ella Tahkolahti. The work was exhibited in the gallery in October 2015 where it was a part of her solo exhibition Hub.

In this installation Tahkolahti studies the relation between space, image and spectator. The difference between presentation and representation. The three-dimensional and the two-dimensional. Mirror and light. The cave. The black square. Square. The hub of things and the world.

 

OK11 is represented at Supermarket by Pia Euro, Hanna Marno, Jenny Suhonen and Ella Tahkolahti. Erika Erre is running the office meanwhile back in Helsinki.

Hermanni Keko & Joonas Siren: Pyhäinjäännös / Residue of Sacred

March 9th, 2016 by Oksasenkatu

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Go find a treasure at 60°10’29.7″N 25°00’56.7″E
dig a bone up
or mud inside plastic
golden organ
man is a relic
and that is
how things are
so
that is
things are
is
are
at

Opening Thu 17.3. at 6 PM

Open daily 12-6PM

Last day of the exhibition Thu 24.3.

Carolin Koss: EMERALD GREEN

February 25th, 2016 by Oksasenkatu

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An exhibition by Carolin Koss
03.03.-13.03.16
Tue-Sun 12-19

Opening: 03.03.16 at 18:00
Press conference: 03.03.16 at 14:00

EMERALD GREEN is a 3-channel video installation about a dystopian world, where nature has been rendered extinct, breathable air has gotten scarce and the sun has vanished due to exploitation of natural resources and human error. The focus is on 3 people who try to survive and escape into their subconsciousness in order to re-imagine and rebuild the contaminated world they live in.

The video installation is an imaginary reaction to real issues such as air becoming more and more polluted, water resources running dry, oceans accumulating tons of plastic waste, the human body degrading through processed food and an obscured force steering the fate of the world.

The three videos were realised over a period of 4 years in devoted collaboration with film students from Taik, filmmakers, artists and the support of AVEK, Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, Arts Promotion Center, Nygréns Stiftelse, Anita Snellman Foundation, Taik and Kuvataideakatemia.

CAROLIN KOSS (*1986) is a Helsinki based artist and filmmaker originally from Germany. Koss works with various mediums and often creates contemplative and aesthetic works, which explore the essence of humankind, dealing with sub-consciousness, instinctive behaviour and environmental issues. Her works recurrently have a dreamlike nature and captivate through symbolic language and stylised imagery. She completed her MFA degree at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2014. Her films and video works have been shown on various national and international exhibitions and film festivals e.g. in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Macedonia, Colombia and New York. She recently exhibited at Landscape-Metropolis environmental art festival at G11 gallery in Berlin, at Future Memories exhibition at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi in Venice and at Liquid Cities exhibition at XY Atelier Contemporary Art Gallery in New York.

Suvi Nurmi: Ekfrasis – erään taidetilan historia

February 9th, 2016 by Oksasenkatu

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17. – 28.2.2016.
Avoinna ti-su klo 12-18.

Tervetuloa avajaisiin ti 16.2. klo 18-20!

Oksasenkatu 11:n persoonallisen galleriatilan ottamisesta taiteen käyttöön tulee kuluneeksi nyt tasan 20 vuotta. Kuvataiteilija Suvi Nurmen yksityisnäyttely pureutuu tilaa koskeviin muistoihin ja mielikuviin.

Vuonna 1996 tilassa aloitti toimintansa kulttimaineeseen kohonnut galleri leena kuumola, joka suosi kokeellista video- ja tilataidetta ja tarjosi taiteilijoille ilmaiset näyttelytilat ensimmäisenä galleriana Helsingissä. Samaa tinkimätöntä, epäkaupallista linjaa on jatkanut tilassa nykyään toimiva, taiteilijaryhmän vapaaehtoisvoimin pyörittämä Oksasenkatu 11. Välissä tila toimi hetken aikaa Kuvataideakatemian galleriana.

Kun Suvi Nurmi kutsuttiin pitämään yksityisnäyttely Oksasenkatu 11:ssä, hän otti lähtökohdakseen tilan värikkään historian ja etenkin ihmiset tapahtumien takana. Nurmi haastatteli yli kahtakymmentä henkilöä, joille tila oli tavalla tai toisella tuttu. Erityisesti taiteilijaa kiinnosti se, miten eri tavoin galleriatilan fyysiset puitteet sanallistettaisiin, kun apuna olisivat pelkät muistot ja mielikuvat.

Haastattelumateriaalia kertyi yli 15 tuntia. Mukana oli tilan entisiä ja nykyisiä pyörittäjiä, oman näyttelynsä Oksasenkadulla joskus pitäneitä taiteilijoita sekä satunnaisia näyttelyvieraita. Eräs haastateltavista oli työskennellyt tilassa 1990-luvun alkupuolella, kun siinä toimi antikvariaatti. Jututettavaksi pääsi myös Oksasenkatu 11:n entinen isännöitsijä, joka pystyi raottamaan talon historiaa 1950-luvulta saakka.

Viisi vuotta sitten Kuvataideakatemiasta valmistuneen Suvi Nurmen taiteesta tekee poikkeuksellista se, että hän työskentelee kuvataiteilijana sanojen keinoin. Myös tällä kertaa teksti on pääosassa niin kirjoitetussa kuin puhutussakin muodossa. Tässä näyttelyssä taiteilija kuitenkin laajentaa ilmaisuaan kuvallisempaan suuntaan, sillä yhtenä teoksena nähdään haastateltujen piirtämistä pohjapiirroksista muodostuva animaatio.

Näyttelyn nimi ”Ekfrasis” merkitsee kirjallisuudentutkimuksessa taideteoksen kuvailua sanojen keinoin. Käsite on toisinaan laajennettu tarkoittamaan myös muiden kohteiden, kuten rakennusten ja tilojen sanallista kuvausta.

Lisätietoja:
Suvi Nurmi, 0503801089 / nurmisuvi@gmail.com / http://suvinurmi.webs.com/ / https://www.facebook.com/nurmisuvi/

Lauri & Jenni Luhta: Besoins

January 24th, 2016 by Oksasenkatu

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Lauri & Jenni Luhta / Besoins – Uusia kuvia ja ääniä

Näyttely avoinna 3.2-14.2.2016, ke-su klo 12-18
Tervetuloa avajaisiin 2.2 klo 18-20!
Yleisöopastus su 14.2. klo 14:00

Besoins on Lauri ja Jenni Luhdan uusi kuvaa ja ääntä yhdistävä näyttelyteos. Teos rakentuu seinille ripustetuista digitaalisista tulosteista ja tilassa soivista äänistä, jotka kokonaisuutena täyttävät koko Oksasenkatu 11 -gallerian kaksikerroksisen tilan. Äänet ovat Laurin ja kuvat Jennin tekemiä. Osuudet on toteutettu niin, että ne voitaisiin esittää erillään, mutta niin ei tehdä. Besoins rinnastaa kuvan ja äänen, koska niiden aihe on havaittavasti yhtä. Koska aihe on havaittavasti yhtä, kuva ja ääni eivät tyhjennä toisiaan, vaan lujittavat otettaan vastaanotossaan. Besoins on näyttely joka kutsuu astumaan sisään, kulkemaan läpi ja tulemaan ulos, kukin tarpeidensa mukaan.

Lauri Luhta (s. 1980) on helsinkiläinen live- ja mediataiteilija, tapahtumien järjestäjä, arkistoija, humanisti, teologi ja olemisen vartija. Jenni Luhta (os. Markkanen, s. 1986) on helsinkiläinen kuva-, performanssi- ja moraalinen taiteilija. Lauri ja Jenni Luhta ovat työskennelleet yhdessä vuoden 2015 alusta lähtien. Yhteistyö on käsittänyt näyttelyitä, ääniesityksiä, esitettyä filosofiaa, performansseja ja performanssitapahtumia.

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Lauri & Jenni Luhta / Besoins – New images and sounds

exhibition open 3.2.-14.2. 2016, wed-sun 12-18
opening 2.2. 18-20 Welcome!
Guided tour sun 14.2. at 14:00

Besoins is the new exhibition work of Lauri and Jenni Luhta combining image and sound. The work consists of digital prints displayed on walls and sounds played in rooms, which, as a complete entity, fill the whole two-level space of Oksasenkatu 11 gallery.
Sounds are made by Lauri and pictures by Jenni. These portions are realised in such a way that they could well be presented separately, but that is not what is done here. Besoins juxtaposes image and sound, because their subject matter is perceptibly the
same. Because the topic is recognizably one, the image and the sound do not deplete each other, but instead strengthen their hold as they are received. Besoins is an exhibition that invites to step inside, pass through and come out, according to one’s needs.

Lauri Luhta (b. 1980) is Helsinki-based live and media artist, organizer of events, archivist, humanist, theologian and custodian of being. Jenni Luhta (nee Markkanen, b. 1986) is Helsinki-based visual, performance and moral artist. Lauri and Jenni Luhta have worked together since the beginning of 2015. Their collaboration has entailed exhibitions, sound performances, performed philosophy, performance art and performance events.

Juan Duarte Regino: ENACTMENT

January 17th, 2016 by Oksasenkatu

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Welcome to Oksasenkatu 11 on Saturday 23rd of January to follow
1 hour long audiovisual performance ENACTMENT by Juan Duarte

SCHEDULE:
7pm – doors open
8pm – Show Time (it IS ok to enter once show has started)
9pm – Show endS
10pm – doors close

This will be the premier of a new audiovisual work of interactive relations between sound and visuals. Through a series of sound generators multiple waves are created to collide and emerge during a live performance of one hour. The work takes as a reference the concept of “Cognitive Enactment” a process in which humans can learn from meaningful interactions with objects that imply an ecological approach on interaction in between user, interface and environment.

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Juan Duarte Regino (Mexico City, 1985) is a media artist based in Helsinki since 2011. He obtained the degree of Master of Arts at the Medialab Helsinki in 2015 – Aalto University. His work in New Media has been hosted in the following festivals, galleries and cultural organisations: CMT Festival, The Centre for Contemporary Art – Ujazdowski Castle, Haiart, Pixelache, Ptarmigan, Ljudmila, Rundum, Third Space, Nida Art Colony, Spiral Gallery, Roda Sten Konsthall.

http://juanduarteregino.com/

Daniel Moreira and Rita Castro Neves: LAKING

December 26th, 2015 by Oksasenkatu

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Opening and artist book launch: 31st December from 18h till 22h.
31.12.2015 – 17.1.2016 | Thursday til Sunday | 2pm-6pm

Laking is the first collaborative exhibition by Portuguese artists Daniel Moreira and Rita Castro Neves, following an invitation by Oksassenkatu 11 artist-run gallery, in Helsinki, Finland. This invitation immediately raised questions about what it means to produce work in collaboration, with its dilution of authorship, the idiosyncrasies of different mediums of representation – drawing, photography, video, and the possibility of occupying a space between spaces of representation.

The experience of staying in a traditional Finnish summer cottage by the lake, by nature an idealized site, was the visual and emotional trigger for this new body of work. Anchored in real images from Finland and Portugal, we have been constructing a metaphorical space which explores the theme of landscape and its modes of representation. Thinking about the internalization of the idea of an exterior landscape (or is it the externalization of the idea of an interior landscape?) and referencing Caspar David Friedrich in general and the ruchenfigur in particular, the group of images in this show composed by photographs, drawing and vídeos, question the observer into discovering a place that is constructed from two places. Certainly not an hybrid, but imagined, who knows utopian.

The duplicity or polarity present in the project (lake-land, Portugal-Finland, drawing-photography, interior-exterior, container-contained, matter-contour, day-night, ice-earth, Daniel-Rita) is constantly opposed by the idea of a visceral aquatic fusionism.

As with relationships, to understand a lake, demands this double acceptance of fusion and dillution, and individuality.
The lake´s componentes such as algae, stones, animals, boats… are integrated and fused under one concept. But if it is true that all the elements form the lake and participate of it, they still keep their form and original nature, their individuality.The title of the exhibition Laking, plays with the words Lake and Lacking, in a new verb to lake. The idealized idea of a lake where in fusion we become one, always including the understanding of the impossibility of its full realization.
Laking, a verbal form that didn’t exist but now does.

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OPEN CALL III – Screening

December 18th, 2015 by Oksasenkatu

Oksasenkatu 11 esittää Open Call III – hakemuksista valitun neljän tekijän teokset Hinterlands – näyttelyn päätteeksi sunnuntaina klo 19. Tervetuloa!

Oksasenkatu 11 is screening four films selected from the Open Call III – applications on 20.12 at 7PM, warmly Welcome all!

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Jussi Matilainen : Marta, 2013

Starring the animation is a femme fatale figure. Something has happened and should be done to correct the situation. Or nothing has happened and it’s all just a delusion. The story fades out other agents and focuses on the character Marta and the places of present or future events. Another character, a man, is presented at the brink of action. The mood is awaiting. Matilainen’s work bases on modifying existing material. The piece lends from Robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly (1955). In the beginning of the movie Christina (Cloris Leachman) dies taking a secret to the grave. Her last words before her violent death are ”remember me” – a tangible clue that leads into the key to the solution lying in herself. In the animation Marta, played by Christina (voice Marta Khrshanovskaya) doesn’t reveal her secret. The story doesn’t lead anywhere but circles around. A final conclusion isn’t needed – nor would it matter.

What lays is trust, belief or disbelief. The responsibility falls on the viewer. Marta is a woman in anguish and a suspect. The archetype of a femme fatale isn’t concluded although traditionally remaining a side character now becomes the lead.

Novell

Inka Matilainen : Novell, 2013

Novell is a film about the breach between childs’ and adults world and the inevitable change that growth brings told via encounter between girl and a horse.

Inka matilainen (b. 12th of February 1981 in Helsinki) has graduated from the Academy of Pekka Halonen as an visual and media artist and has been working with visual and performing arts for several years. Currently she is continuing her studies at the University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH, School of Motion Picture, Television and Production Design at the department of Production design. Novell is Matilainens second direction work, which she has also written and animated. Novell has so far toured several festivals in world.

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Elina Oikari : Missing Tapes from a Highway Set, 2015

Elina Oikari is a Finnish filmmaker. She has directed several short films and co-worked with composers and conductors for the film screenings with live music.

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I was traveling in the United States during the deep recession in 2009. Missing Tapes from a Highway Set is an essay film that works on an intimate level, like a diary, but it also associates with the symptoms of recession. Some of the filming locations are the same where Hollywood classics like Rebel Without a Cause (1955) were shot. These locations intertwine with my experiences from the road and people we met. Thoughts run through nostalgic super 8 mm material as well as bleak digital videotape.

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Lauri Linna : The Nine Stages of  A Decaying Corpse 2013

The documentary follows the changes of demolition of  an 1950’s town house. Before it’s demolition the house had been a commune for a decade. The demolition of  the house is juxtaposed to a Chinese Song dynasty era poem “Nine Stages of A Decaying Corpse” by Su Tungpo. The poem is based on Buddhist Death Meditation tradition.

Lauri Linna is a Helsinki based visual artist, who works with moving image and with several other techniques. The repeating themes in his body of work are emptiness, interlude and the study of the seemingly meaningless things. Linna is currently finishing his Masters degree at Aalto University in the Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (ViCCA) department.

Egle Oddo & Timo Tuhkanen: H i n t e r l a n d s

November 29th, 2015 by Oksasenkatu

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Open Call III

5.12 – 20.12.2015
Open Wed-Sun 14-19
Opening on Friday 4.12 at 17:30 – 20:00, Welcome all!

There is a spot between the earth and the moon, and when you play a specific sound frequency you are transported away and disappear.
When you come back you hold an unknown object in your hands. The object is somewhat familiar to known objects, but its substance and ultimate identity are unknown.
The first to travel was Saint Olga, who came back after two years holding something like a seashell; it contained a mass of unknown information advancing the exploration of space. After her many others have been leaving. The project has been going on for several decades now. A space ship has been constructed around that spot. Waiting for those who return are those that never left; they tried to go but for some reason did not make it.
Only fragments of objects reappeared, new things for us to decipher.

Rule One: One entity per ride; no teams, no couples.

Rule Two: No artificial intelligences; whatever’s out there won’t stop for a smart machine, at least not the kind we know how to build.

Rule Three: Recording instruments are a waste of space; they always come back blank.

(from Hinterlands script for the exhibition)

OK 11 has been studied as a film location. Viewing its itinerary the authors have written a script inspired by William Gibson’s novel Hinterlands. During the building of the exhibition the script is played and filmed at the gallery.

The display at OK 11 consists of elements introduced in the space either preliminary or residual to the filming.

Practically filming has been used as a method for the production of the space.  The narrative is presented as residual of the cinematic action. The mental text, experienced in the itinerary of the exhibition forms the cinematic artifact.