Tervetuloa avajaispuurolle torstaina 16.10. klo 09.00! Näyttely avoinna ti–su klo 13–18
Lokakuussa Sorbus-galleriassa nähdään yhdysvaltalaisen Brenna Murphyn uusi paikkasidonnainen installaatioteos. Brenna Murphy (s. 1986) on monialainen taiteilija, joka asuu ja työskentelee Portlandissa, Oregonissa. Sorbukseen tuleva teos toteutetaan taiteilijan antaman etäohjeistuksen mukaan, ja se koostuu Vaasankadulta kerätyistä luonnonmateriaaleista.
Haastattelimme Brenna Murphyä sähköpostitse lokakuussa 2014. Puhuimme mm. Sorbus-työryhmän ohjelmoimisesta netin välityksellä, tajunnan laajentamisesta ja taiteesta hengellisen teknologian muotona. Englanninkielinen haastattelu on luettavissa alla.
Brenna Murphy: SENTIENT SEQUENCE 16.–26. October, 2014 Please join us for opening-oatmeal on Thursday 16th of October at 9am! Exhibition is open Tue–Sun 1–6pm
Sorbus gallery is proud to present a new site specific installation by Brenna Murphy. Brenna Murphy (b. 1986) is a multidisciplinary artist from the United States, currently living and working in Portland, Oregon. Her work in Sorbus will consist of natural materials collected from Vaasankatu. The actual work will be executed by the Sorbus team according to instructions given by the artist over the internet. We interviewed Brenna via email in October, 2014.
*** Sorbus: We heard you were in Switzerland recently. What did you do there?
Brenna Murphy: My collaborative duo MSHR made a sculpture/sound/light installation at Kunsthaus Langenthal. It was part of a group show curated by Rafael Dorrig. The piece was sort of the culmination of the work we made during our residency at Eyebeam during the summer. It turned out to be two room-size light-audio feedback systems embedded in a hyper-glyph sculptural array.
S: What are you going to show at Sorbus? What is it made of and what is it about?
BM: I’m going to design an array of sorbus tree materials to fit the space! I’m interested in the activity of “arrangement” as a way of engaging with physical reality. It exercises a certain part of the mind to intuitively organize elements into spatial formations. And then when its finished you can look at it as a sort of mandala- to see your mind splayed out into patterned bits. In the case of this show, it seemed like a good idea to limit the materials specifically to the Sorbus tree ~ to make a Sorbus poem sculpture!
S: How do you start working?
BM: I think there is no beginning, just reacting to the last thing.
S: What kind of art has recently inspired you?
BM: Tibetan Buddhist, Vodou Veves, Papua New Guinean Bis Poles, Navajo Sand Paintings.
S: We in Sorbus are now collecting materials for your installation and then we’ll arrange them according to your instructions. Have you done this kind of work before where you are making a physical piece but do not have physical contact with the work at all?
BM: I have designed sculptural objects that other people have fabricated for me – which is always a trip! It’s crazy to see something that was in your mind and computer suddenly become manifested in physical space. But I’ve never handed over the act of arrangement to someone else. This has always felt important for me to do myself. But in this case it just felt right! Partially because the checkerboard floor gives a good solid format. And also because you guys are cool and I’m excited for the collaboration ;~)!
S: How does it feel to let go of control in the building process? (It does feel a bit like by giving us the set of rules / instructions for your installation you are kind of making a computer program for us where we move the chosen components around until it becomes a powerful entity.)
BM: Ah I love this idea of creating a sculpture computer program! ;~) I’m very excited to try it!
S: You say in your interview done for Rhizome Artist Profile (2011) that you play with the idea that reality is a trippy entity that you can learn more about by making poetic models of it. After working several years with this idea in the back of your head, can you tell us what you have learned of reality by making models of it?
BM: Sorry, I’m not allowed to tell. Haha just kidding… The idea of “model making” has continued to be really useful for me. I think making a model of something beyond your understanding can reveal forms that you didn’t know you could sense. I’m really focused on establishing and strengthening mental pathways that can bring me to new vistas – toward expanded perspectives. My videos, sculptures, performances, etc. are like touchstones of my journey. So I can’t say I’ve learned any specific facts with this method, but rather subtly strengthened and expanded my ways of seeing.
S: In the same Rhizome interview Ian Glover described your online images with a charming expression two-dimensional chant. Chanting is considered in diverse spiritual traditions as a route to spiritual development. What sort of role do you think repetition has in your practise?
BM: Yes I love this term “two-dimensional chant” and I think it is a very apt description of my work! Well, repetition is a structure that you can run your mind through to focus it, to clear your thought bubbles away and just be consumed by pattern. There’s something fundamentally ecstatic about repetition for the human mind. I think it has to do with finding pattern from noise. I use repetition as a formal technique for building visual meditations.
S: What do you think about the relation between art and spirituality? For example, icons are not considered as art, but as sacred objects and as windows into the realm of God.
BM: Yes, there’s a vast tradition of cultures developing visual codes that were perfected over generations to access and reveal cosmic structures (Navajo and Tibetan sand paintings for example!) Today art can be a lot of different things, but at its core I think its a mode of inquiry and engagement – which certainly can but doesn’t necessarily include the realm of Goddess. Personally, I’m interested in art as a form of spiritual technology and my whole practice really revolves around this. Though I don’t think its possible in the same way as those cultures that developed vast collective cosmologies. The art culture I find myself in today values individual invention rather than collaborative innovation, which I think really changes the possible types of transcendence that the work can have. But its important to work with the times that you find yourself in – I think the focus on the individual can even be used as a spiritual tool… carving your avatar as a manifestation of the goddess!? Though I have to admit I’m attracted to the traditional role of artist as anonymous transmitter of cosmic info.
S: Can you give a recommendation for music, film or literature related to your work in Sorbus?
Toivotamme kaikki tervetulleiksi Taidekahveille sunnuntaina! Taidekahvit on taiteilijatapaaminen ja kaikille avoin keskustelutilaisuus, jossa keskustellaan näyttelyn herättämistä ajatuksista. Sunnuntain Taidekahveilla keskustellaan Anna Rokan installaatiosta Deep Talk – Spheres in Swiftness, ja mukana keskustelemassa ovat kuvataiteilijat James Prevett ja Sakari Tervo. Keskustelu käydään englanniksi.
Ajankohta: sunnuntai 12. lokakuuta klo 14
Deep Talk – Spheres in Swiftness on nähtävillä viimeistä viikkoa!
Welcome to Art Toffee on Sunday! Art Toffee (formerly known as Art Coffee) is an artist meeting and open discussion about the thoughts raised by the exhibition. This Sunday we discuss Anna Rokka’s installation Deep Talk – Spheres in Swiftness. Visual artists James Prevett and Sakari Tervo will join the discussion. Language: English.
Time: Sunday 12th October at 2 pm
Deep Talk – Spheres in Swiftness is open for the last week!
Aivan siitä lähtien kun Sorbus keksittiin, on haaveena ollut järjestää Anna Rokan näyttely. Nyt se toteutuu, kun Rokka tuo Sorbukseen installaatioteoksensa Deep Talk – Spheres in Swiftness. Teos oli helmikuussa esillä ARCO-taidemessuilla Madridissa, ja Sorbukseen se tulee suoraan Rooman nykytaiteen museosta MACROSTA. Anna Rokka on monialainen taiteilija joka on kotoisin Delsbosta Ruotsista, ja on vuodesta 2006 asunut Helsingissä. Haastattelimme häntä Gmail-chatissä 21. syyskuuta 2014. Englanninkielinen haastattelu alempana.
DEEP TALK – SPHERES IN SWIFTNESS 1.–12. lokakuuta 2014 Avoinna ke–su klo 13–18 Tervetuloa avajaisiin tiistaina 30. syyskuuta klo 18–20! www.annarokka.com
DEEP TALK – SPHERES IN SWIFTNESS 1.–12. October, 2014 Open Wed–Sun, 1–6 pm Welcome to the opening on Tuesday 30. September 6–8 pm! www.annarokka.com
Anna Rokka is an artist that Sorbus has wanted to exhibit ever since the gallery started. She was born in Delsbo Sweden and has lived in Helsinki since 2006. We interviewed her through Gmail chat on 21. September, 2014.
Sorbus: You live in Helsinki, but we haven’t seen you for a while. Where have you been?
Anna Rokka: I came back from Rome this week. De-installed a work [the same one that is coming to Sorbus]. Before that I was teaching in the European Exchange Academy Beelitz in Germany. In August I was in Tammisaari at Proartibus residency and made a new work for Kräftskivan, a group exhibition at Elverket in Tammisaari which was curated by Juha-Heikki Tihinen. My work there is a site specific room installation called Kräftan. Last year I was in Jamaica where me and Rut Karin Zettergren filmed the first edition of our video installation Inna di Video Light that we showed this summer in Mänttä Art Festival.
S: What exhibition was it in Rome?
AR: It was called Shifting Identities, on new ways of approaching the identities in Finland and Estonia. It was in an old slaughterhouse of Macro Testaccio [part of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome].
S: What were you teaching in Germany?
AR: Hahaaa… attitude.
S: What kind of attitude?
AR: On art making. We did various exercises and experiments every day.
S: It suits you well to teach attitude to art students. What is anti-thinking (a word from Anna’s website)? Is that what you were teaching?
AR: You’re right, I hope something went through. For me anti-thinking is to stop my own flow, and try out things I don’t identify with. It’s difficult. It’s a good way to get new ideas. Hate and love are best friends you know.
S: What work is it that you’re going to show in Sorbus? What is it made of?
AR: It’s a parabolic antenna covered by the ocean. It’s made of wood, pvc (plastic board), roof materials, oysters, seaweed…
S: What kind of themes does the work include?
AR: The first time I showed the work it was titled: Mad Horizon. Now I changed the title to Deep talk – Spheres in Swiftness. For me it’s about unknown communication ways. We are living in a time when there are thousands of digital ways to communicate. Like now we are sharing thoughts online. But so many communication forms are denied/lost.
S: Like what for example?
AR: When you are countries apart from your family and some important information reaches you by dreams. Mind sync. I’m curious about what happens now when internet works globally. Will it help us understand strangers or how will it work? The parabolic antenna is more a symbol of communication with someone/something unknown…
S: But is this one not working anymore? Since there’s already seaweed on top of it. Is it from a time gone by?
AR: Don’t know. I don’t know how it works. Maybe it just has been resting for some time. Actually I don’t know where it’s coming from…
S: When did you start working with this idea?
AR: Topics grow slowly, I think this sculptural idea popped up some time before the ARCO art fair [Madrid]. In December 2013 I started building this work in collaboration with Sinne gallery. Markus Åström [from Sinne] wanted me to make a new work for the ARCO pavilion.
S: So you represented Sinne gallery in ARCO and after that the work has travelled to Rome, and now when it comes to Helsinki, you show it in Sorbus and not in Sinne. That’s nice. How do you think exhibiting this work in Helsinki and Sorbus differs from those previous places?
AR: I like the location and that the work can also be seen by night through the window.
S: Yes, let’s keep the lights on!
S: Is it different for yourself to show it in Helsinki where you live?
AR: Lets see ;-) I guess it is going to be fun.
S: Because your friends will see it?
AR: Exactly (30. September is my birthday btw.)
** BONUS QUESTIONS **
S: Which exhibition, movie, performance or concert has lately made an impact on you? AR:Spice, a Jamaican dancehall artist is extremely inspiring.
S: Can you give a recommendation for music, film, literature or something related to your work in Sorbus? AR: You could google Lençóis Maranhenses.
S: Are you working on something new at the moment? AR: Yes, a sculpture related to speed and travel, a bigger sci-fi plastic installation, a collection of mad dancehall costumes for upcoming filming, and writing scenes for the final version of Inna di Video Light.
by H&M is a four-day-long exhibition and series of events. We invite audience to unite with the underground counterpart WipeOut (Torso), a show curated by YOGA Center. (Scroll down for more information)
GALLERY OPEN 13 - 18:00 Wednesday - Friday
H&M (Hyvärinen/Snowe) together with Sorbus Presents:
Tue 16.9 / 18.00 / Opening of the show WipeOut (Head) on the verge of becoming an open karaoke-night. Welcome!
During the exhibition there will be music performances by the following artists:
All events will start at 7PM. Tickets will be sold at the door. Please take small cash with you!
WipeOut (Torso), a show hosted by Yoga Center is a one night thing at Vapaan Taiteen Tila, in collaboration with WipeOut (Head) by H&M. Vilhonvuorenkuja 16, Helsinki
YOGA Center Presents:
QUILTLAND (Astro:Dynamics) GREGORIAN (Team Rockit, Sincerely Yours) CORNELIA BLOM / BAR SUGOI MARTTI KALLIALA (Renaissance Man, Black Ocean) HENNA HYVÄRINEN & MEGAN SNOWE
YOGA Center is a place to revive, renew and regain balance of the mind, body & spirit. A place that dialogues with your senses. Unwind, disconnect, be active and rediscover life’s simple pleasures. YOGA Center is Daniel Iinatti, Ida Lehtonen & Pontus Westerberg.
18 - 00, NO Entrance after 10 PM Free of Charge Vilhonvuorenkuja 16, Helsinki
Syyskuun alussa Sorbus-galleriassa nähdään kahden taidemaalarin, Antti Korkeilan ja Saara Piispan yhteisnäyttely, jossa tutkiskellaan luonnon ihmeitä: eksoottisia lintuja, sääilmiöitä, ihmisen ja eläinten kohtaamisia sekä muita harvinaisia tapahtumia.
Antti Korkeilan akryylimaalausten aiheita ovat linnut, eläimet ja luonnonilmiöt. Teosten lähtökohtana on yleensä näköhavainto, valokuva tai lehtileike. Korkeila jättää usein pois taustan yksityiskohdat ja tuo aiheesta esille olennaisen: hahmon muodot, värimaailman, eläimen katseen tai taivaan monet sävyt. Tavoitteena on luoda syvällinen näkemys maalauksen kohteesta, huolellisesti valittujen värien, sommittelun ja aiheen rajaamisen avulla.
Piispan öljyvärimaalausten luontokuvaus liikkuu todellisuuden ja haaveilun rajamailla. Ihminen on läsnä muotokuvissa, eläimen asussa, luonnonmullistuksen aikaansaajana tai maisemaan pysähtyneenä ulkoilijana. Teoksissa on läsnä kaipuu saavuttamattomaan, menetettyyn luontoyhteyteen, ihmisen ja eläimen yhteiseen kieleen. Piispa maalaa kerroksittain, yhdistellen paksua öljyväriä ohuisiin kerroksiin, rakentaen maalausta taso tasolta.
Yhteistä Korkeilan ja Piispan teoksille on tekniikan ja aiheen lisäksi myös kaupunkien, rakennusten ja liikenteen poissaolo. Maalausten maailmoista on ihmisen kiire ja hälinä karsittu pois, ja jäljellä on vain olennainen, alkuperäinen aihe taiteilijoiden tulkitsemana.