Sculptor Antti Oikarinen’s works break the boundaries of painting and sculpture.
At Museum Gösta 10 June–17 September 2017.
Sculptor Antti Oikarinen’s works break the boundaries of painting and sculpture. The minimalist concept artist is known for extremely precise illusions, in which details are carefully considered, with nothing left to chance.
It is worth taking your time with the Paintings exhibition. All is not quite as it seems at first glance. Oikarinen reveals that the exhibition actually contains two exhibitions. The first of them everyone will notice. Finding the second will require a little dedication.
The artist plays with the concepts sculpture, painting, foundation and surface. To him, a painting means an opportunity to think about art works from a certain perspective. He hopes that when he asserts that his work is a painting, something interesting will happen in the viewer’s thinking. “For me, making a painting is always some kind of conceptual statement,” says Oikarinen.
Oikarinen says that he is primarily a sculptor, because his perspective on art is almost always three-dimensional. The same is true for the works of the Paintings exhibition. They are very material, and they have an evocative third dimension.
“I am a concept artist in the sense that at the bottom of what I do there is always an interest in the essence of an art work. I operate, above all, on ideas. The most recent ideas have demanded a lot of work in order to realise them in the way I want,” he emphasises.
At Museum Gösta 10 June–17 September 2017
Joenniementie 47, Mänttä.
In summertime 1 June–31 August daily 10 am–6 pm, also at Midsummer.
In wintertime 1 September–31 May Tue–Sun 11 am–6 pm.
Adults 10 €, under 18s free of charge.