But, beside those small news, this post is about a good friend and one of my rather unofficial mentors who I got to know when I started to work as the studio supervisor for the open university a couple of years back. Kaisaleena Halinen, a Finnish sculptor who graduated from Kuvataideakatemia (the present Art University of Helsinki) and who works in my university among a couple of other sculpting teachers for both the degree students and the open university students. Amidst the chaos of teaching the daytime and evening courses, this particular lady has expanded my knowledge on the possibilities of three-dimensional thinking in sculpting, as well as teaching me new skills like how to make proper silicon molds and so on. The elephant cube exhibited at 'The Red Elephant' is one result of those evenings spent over mixing blob A into gloob B and stirring like no tomorrow, and then patiently drilling the basics of casting mechanisms into this blonde head.
In any case, just so that this writing doesn't turn into random ramblings, I give you a small glimpse on what kind of artist are we actually discussing about by focusing on the exhibition that Kaisaleena is currently having in Gallery Ama here in Helsinki. First of all, she is an intriguing mixture of contemporary art philosophy and tradition of sculpting. The impression that is given is that she experiments, tests out her ideas relentlessly, masters materials with enviable perseverence and has a goal of not to invent the wheel for the second time but to make it even better than before. Using space and toying with both the feel and look of the material could be thought to be the main interests in her works, as well as the subtle communicating with the viewer, pushing the one looking taking on different viewing angles and coming up with different ideas instead of serving a menu where every ingredient is sorted out and blatantly exposed. She makes an effort both in thinking of her works as well as creating them, which shows the best in the smallest details.
As it goes for yours truly, some people have it bad for details. That's why the following photos are focusing on them instead of the space the works were put into or the whole art pieces, as I am hoping that perhaps these pictures tweak your curiosity enough to take a walk on a nice day and stop by in the gallery, feel for yourself how the 'Strange fruit' sends shivers down your spine accompanied with morbid curiosity tempting to touch, or step into the red-luminated circle of 'Sacrifice' and feel the weight of the world for a fleeting moment yet spot the light that may represent hope, or maybe the dimming light of sense in the era of senseless, contemplate over the fisting hands of 'Defiance' and 'Hold (self-portrait)' whether or not they pull or push, resist or play childish games, and how the smallest details make them matter.
How the texture of the used material does, indeed, make a difference.
|Uhma / Defiance 2015|
betoni, kangas / concrete, fabric
|Ote (omakuva) / A Hold (self-portrait) 2015|
silikoni, kipsi, kangas / silicone, plaster, fabric
|Golden Cave 2015|
tuohi, lyöntimetalli, balsapuu
|Liputuspäivä / Flag day 2015|
betoni, puu, tekohius / concrete, wood, artificial hair
Kaisaleena Halinen 7.2.-1.3.2015