Gardenia, tropical garden, Helsinki 23 May – 2 Jul 2015
Artco’s group exhibition Natural combines works from various artists. The acrylic and oil paintings, aquarelles, mixed techniques and photographs are connected by Nature – in one way or another. The moods and meanings of the individual images change when they are laid side by side, creating stories about Nature; plants, animals, landscapes, elements.
Illustrator and visual artist Keanne van de Kreeke’s works are part of her series Never Never Land: Never Never Land is an imaginary world where fairy-like characters live. In Never Never Land, all four seasons and other things related to nature’s processes come together in an exhibition that makes it easy to forget: for a moment you can forget all surrounding events and objects, worries, and concentrate on the process of life. The works are close to man and Nature – full of imagination, joy, colour and little details that bring delight to the viewer’s daily life.
Visual artist Hanna Tammi-Laakso examines weeds, the alien species of our nature. She shares her experiences through cyanotype photographs. A different kind of garden grows in her blue images.
Visual artist Reetta Sinivalo bases her works on different shapes of human hands, creating adaptions of them in plaster sculptures. Their shapes grow and transform into various natural arrangements and entities according to the exhibition space.
Artist Tuuli Vuorinen-Oras’s Heroes of the Backyard (2011), The Encounter of Fish (2011) and Key to Happiness (2014) are extracts from the world of children and the exploration of nature. At the basis of the works you can see children’s painted handprints and strokes that initially created random shapes and surfaces on the paper. From those shapes, nature themed images were born.
The other artists contributing to the exhibition are Outi Heinonen, Maisa Kivi, Sanna Sipi and Tuila Vuorinen.
Photos: Tuuli Vuorinen-Oras