GROSSES TREFFEN

Sirkku Ketola

Born: 1973
Nationality: Finnish
Based in: Finland
Media: Multimedia / Video, Cross Discipline, Photography, Public Space, Sculpture / Installation, Sound / Performance, Other
Content: Abstract, Conceptual, Gender, Immaterial, Knowledge Production / Discursive, Spiritual, Political

Website: http://www.sirkkuketola.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sirkku ketola

Sirkku Ketola works and lives in Finland and stays regularly in Belgium. Her mind is fed by the northern silence and the urban streets of Europe. Her exhibitions have passed through the international borders appealing different galleries and museums. As renowned in silkscreen, she is often solicit to teach and lecture in art academies. She speaks although the quiet allures her. She describes herself a civilized savage.

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Open the Door, 2016, installation. Various handmade prints and a video. Size varies. What is beauty? Open the door. Leave the door open. This is a view from my privy. Handling with hands helps understanding. Repeat please? Hand hand hand hand -ling-ling-ling. Repetition is one of the life codes. It bends and scales. You are unique! Are you? Is perfect perfect? Error!!! What is this game? What is beauty? Could you accept the repetition? And the slow motion. Note that the youtube video below is part of this work! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3xxtm8zbRA

A Body Called Paula, becoming 2017 Paula is a female name. In Finnish the word means a ribbon, something to tie or to be enchanted. It is also a synonym for a trap. Globally it is known as a name, originally a Greek word ‘Paulus’ which means small. Artist is in a role of Paula who is working. She is an one person constructed factory which controls and produces ribbons, long hand printed silkscreen cordons. The aim is to transcend a rational act to profit to a machine without any economical purpose. Beauty is the product. The motives may change globally, but the absurd surrealism surrounds the act. Hunger of goodness is the motivation, whatever it means. No more words are needed. Shut up and act! The narrative story is to build up an installation. The role of the Paula changes during the process slowly from a factory worker to an etheric queen. She wish to challenge the contemporary art scene and the rough working world with an overwhelming beauty. . . One might also cry. . . "I am a sensual machine".

A Body Called Paula, becoming 2017 Paula is a female name. In Finnish the word means a ribbon, something to tie or to be enchanted. It is also a synonym for a trap. Globally it is known as a name, originally a Greek word ‘Paulus’ which means small. Artist is in a role of Paula who is working. She is an one person constructed factory which controls and produces ribbons, long hand printed silkscreen cordons. The aim is to transcend a rational act to profit to a machine without any economical purpose. Beauty is the product. The motives may change globally, but the absurd surrealism surrounds the act. Hunger of goodness is the motivation, whatever it means. No more words are needed. Shut up and act! The narrative story is to build up an installation. The role of the Paula changes during the process slowly from a factory worker to an etheric queen. She wish to challenge the contemporary art scene and the rough working world with an overwhelming beauty. . . One might also cry. . . "I am a sensual machine".

Feedback, 2016, from the exhibition CODE – Handling-ling Thinking by hands, handling-ling. The occupant of wisdom said: make a square on ground and wait, life will be visible. Succeed. The other noted: Shhh, you must always be, and go peacefully. That was more challenging, how to advance and pause simultaneously. The code controls and escapes. Gusto Ardor and Harmony Accord twist. Order and stream alternates, the rythm is determined by the two. The exhibition displays some found windows of the stream, chosen croppings to parallel understanding and reality. They crack the curtain of rationalism and unmask structures. Used photo material is collected in past years as recorded compositions of beauty of abrasions of time. The walls of Europe hold the meanings. Paris, Brussels and Helsinki, what has happened? In artworks the matter recurs, dublicates and mirrors the past to the futere. A picture of the wood wall vestiges becomes imprinted image on wood. The strenght of the hand has effected in outcome. Via the material changes the motion goes on. The matter edits, the wood pends. Behind the prints are the codes for past. Can you find them?

Still hearing the whispers of the queen, 2015, (detail) Mounted in the Studio space, Still hearing the whispers of the queen is an installation made of paper screen-printed manually by Ketola over several years. The material combines physical fragility with a heavy range of colour. The chapel-like structure spreads itself out in front of and around the viewer. The work is a scroll, opened up for reading, from the content of which the viewer selects, forms and interprets segments or details. Each path chosen from among the thousands of possible ones is unique. Instead of supplying answers, Ketola asks: What justifies us to conquer, define and control? The depth whispers in reply. Who has the knowledge?

Still hearing the whispers of the queen, 2015, installation in Turku Art Museum Mounted in the Studio space, Still hearing the whispers of the queen is an installation made of paper screen-printed manually by Ketola over several years. The material combines physical fragility with a heavy range of colour. The chapel-like structure spreads itself out in front of and around the viewer. The work is a scroll, opened up for reading, from the content of which the viewer selects, forms and interprets segments or details. Each path chosen from among the thousands of possible ones is unique. Instead of supplying answers, Ketola asks: What justifies us to conquer, define and control? The depth whispers in reply. Who has the knowledge?

SHhh..! 2015, light installation Glowing on the roof of the museum, SHhh..! is a whisper to the spirit of the times. It carries across the city, from hilltop to hilltop. It does not point or judge, it radiates goodness and invites silence. SHhh..! is also part of the national Valoa taiteelle! event of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. The work is unveiled on the Arts Promotion Day on 1 December at 6 pm, after which it will be on show every night 4 pm – 9 am until 17 January 2016.