Opening: 20 January 2017, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: 21 January – 19 April 2017
Gallery Taik Persons is highly pleased to present Marked Sites, our first exhibition in 2017, featuring works by Jaakko Kahilaniemi, Jyrki Parantainen, and Anna Reivilä.
The exhibition and its title refer to Rosalind E. Krauss’ essay Sculpture in the Expanded Field (1979), in which she presents the theory of the ‘expanded field’ to explain the development of the definition of sculpture in contemporary art. In her theory, she refers to so-called "marked sites” as a "combination of landscape and non-landscape.”
Anna Reivilä’s Bond series (2014–ongoing) on the other hand reminds more of impermanent works like Smithson’s Mirror Displacements: similarly to his use of mirrors, in Reivilä’s rope-drawn lines, the beholder gets a different point of view by focusing on the shapes of the subjects, moreover the connections and natural tensions between them. Being furthermore strongly influenced by the Japanese bondage tradition of kinbaku [the beauty of tight binding] and Nobuyoshi Araki’s oeuvre, she marks in her works the "delicate balance between being held together and being on the verge of breaking,” as the artist states.
Jaakko Kahilaniemi’s works from the series 100 Hectares of Understanding represent a more subjective access point. While both Parantainen and Reivilä seek for abandoned places to leave their marks in, Kahilaniemi enters a very personal territory: an inherited piece of forest, owned by his family for generations. To reconnect with this for him previously unalluring land, he rediscovers it by measuring the 100 hectares in a rather abstract and experimental way. Kahilaniemi walks and interacts with the forest marking the sites and documenting his actions photographically to open up a topic apart from the urbanized world.