About Niko Luoma
Niko Luoma was born in 1970 in Helsinki (Finland). He currently lives and works in Helsinki (Finland).
The past ten years have seen Luoma continually working with entirely abstract visual content through the medium of photography. His method involves a calculated, analogue technique of repeatedly exposing a single negative to lines or shapes of light, sometimes up to thousands of times, thus generating what has been denoted as “abstract photographs of time.” Though, intricately systemized parameters and number sequences are determined by Luoma prior to the exposures, he never knows what the final result will look like. His works are constituted by their inherent tension of order and chance. Looking at the works from Luoma’s most recent series Adaptations (since 2015), we may be surprised to learn that they are modeled on pieces by Pablo Picasso and Diego Velázquez as well as Vincent Van Gogh, Hieronymus Bosch, and Johannes Fyt. Yet, the longer we look, the more apparent does de Kooning’s Head #4, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers or Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights (1490–1510) take form before our eyes, oscillating between effects of trompe l’oeil and Magic Eye.
Niko Luoma is represented by Gallery Taik Persons.
Artworks by Niko Luoma
Self-titled adaptation of Nude sitting on Divan (1917)
Archival pigment print, Diasec, framed
85 × 65 cm