A whisper is to me often more powerful than a scream
– Visual artist Ville Andersson
In spring 2017 Amos Anderson Art Museum will display its collections in its exhibition hall on Yrjönkatu 27 for the very last time. Stripped puts the artist’s ceaseless quest to reach the core of his/her expression into focus, and invites visitors to ponder art in a limited register.
The exhibition presents paintings, drawings, installations, sculptures, assemblages and video works from the 1960s to the 2010s whose expression is reduced in one way or other. The artistic process can be seen as a series of choices made by the artist: to add or to remove. An art work can be stripped down by limiting the palette, the means or the subject matter. Yet omissions leave traces and inform how the work is received, creating a kind of absent presence.
Stripped challenges viewers to expand their understanding of what simplicity can entail. At first glance Stiina Saaristo’s grandiose work Last Man Standing (2007–2008) is anything but reduced, but it is its measured greyscale – absence of colour – that lends it power and authority. In Wang (1981) the artist Jan Olof Mallander has obliterated the subject matter by repeating a pattern in charcoal and thus creating a meditative state in himself as well as in the viewer. Many of the works featured are untitled which is another way of further reducing the work; unloading it of narrativity, figurativity and fixed interpretations.
Featured artists: Ville Andersson, Göran Augustsson, Stig Baumgartner, Juhana Blomstedt, Marja Blomster, Elina Brotherus, Kari Cavén, Saara Ekström, Pekka Hepoluhta, Veikko Hirvimäki, Ahti Lavonen, Leena Luostarinen, Olli Lyytikäinen, Kimmo Kaivanto, Harry Kivijärvi, Jan Olof Mallander, Elina Merenmies, Lars-Gunnar Nordström, Thomas Nyqvist, Antti Oikarinen, Caroline Pipping, Taneli Rautiainen, Eino Ruutsalo, Stiina Saaristo, Kim Simonsson, Mari Sunna, Magdalena Åberg, and Veronica Österman.