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Galerie Anhava (FI)

Galerie Anhava focuses on contemporary Finnish and Nordic art, with an active role in providing representation at the international level. The gallery’s exhibition program engages with visual art across all media. Galerie Anhava is committed to the long-term representation of its artists and aims to be part of an ongoing dialogue between artists, institutions and audiences alike.

Fredrikinkatu 43
00120 Helsinki
Finland
(+358) 9 669 989

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For Chart 2021 Galerie Anhava presents Anne-Karin Furunes, Essi Kuokkanen and Vesa-Pekka Rannikko. The presentation brings together works of various scale, use of strong pictorial strategies and an innate solid sense of form. Anne-Karin Furunes portraits focus on the silenced and the forgotten while Kuokkanen’s paintings speak of sensitivity, introspection and sympathy. Rannikko’s sculptures, reminiscent of paintings, are created by building layers of colour and using the trowel like a brush.

Essi Kuokkanen, Trying to Hold the Light, 2021, oil on canvas, 105,5 x 90 cm, Photo by Eetu Huhtala

Essi Kuokkanen, Dog Owner II, 2021, acrylics and oil on canvas, 37,5 x 30,5 cm, Photo by Eetu Huhtala

Essi Kuokkanen, Dog Owner I, 2021, acrylics and oil on canvas, 37,5 x 30,5 cm, Photo by Eetu Huhtala

Anne-Karin Furunes, Gestures, 2018, installation view, Galerie Anhava, Photo by Jussi Tiainen

Anne-Karin Furunes, Portrait of Inger Andersdatter Baehr-Tromholt Archive, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, Perforated, 160 x 160 cm

Vesa-Pekka Rannikko, Maria, 2021, dyed plaster, 154 x 30 x 26 cm

Vesa-Pekka Rannikko, Hermaphroditus, 2021, dyed plaster, 154 x 27 x 26 cm

Vesa-Pekka Rannikko, Goldfinch, 2020, dyed plaster, 71 x 25 x 18 cm

Anne-Karin Furunes (NO)

Anne-Karin Furunes creates portraits, based on archival photographs, that take a stand for marginalised and forgotten individuals. She perforates canvas painted with black acrylic with thousands of holes, letting through varying degrees of light. The changing and responsive aspect of the paintings produced speaks to the various problems involved with representing the past.

Anne-Karin Furunes (b. 1961) lives and works in Trondheim, Norway. She has held numerous solo exhibitions at venues including the Ryan Lee Gallery, New York; Palazzo Fortuny, Venice and Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway. Her works are in several public collections, such as: the Museum of Arts and Design, New York and Museo Palazzo Fortuny, Venice. Furunes has also been commissioned to produce several public artworks.

San Servolo XI

Acrylic painted and perforated canvas 224 x 150 cm
2018

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Portrait of Inger Andersdatter Baehr-Tromholt Archive

Acrylic on canvas, perforated, 160 x 160 cm
2020

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Portrait of Agnes

Painted and perforated canvas, 200 x 160 cm
2021

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San Servolo XIII

Acrylic painted and perforated canvas 280 x 191 cm
2018

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Illuminated Moments-I

Acrylic on canvas perforated 270 x 490 cm
2012

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Portrait of Josef

Painted and perforated canvas, 200 x 160 cm
2021

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”The process of cutting produces a lot of infor­mation that is only visible in bright light; a great deal remains hidden because of the black. If the holes are too small they don’t let enough light through to be seen on the back wall. In the course of the work, I decide how much light I want the motif to have.”

Anne-Karin Furunes

Essi Kuokkanen (FI)

Exploring ideas of sensitivity, introspection and sympathy, Essi Kuokkanen’s works question the implicit behavioural norms of the visible world we inhabit. Natural forms and everyday consumer goods are endowed with a human aspect. Often focused on their own thoughts and occupied with a downwards gaze, Kuokkanen creates humorous surface images that mask a hidden solemn depth.

Essi Kuokkanen (b. 1991) lives and works in Helsinki. Having graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, she has presented several solo exhibitions of her work. Her paintings are included in collections such the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art and the Finnish State Art Commission. Kuokkanen was awarded the Ducat Prize of the Finnish Art Society in 2019.

Trying to Hold the Light

Oil on canvas, 105,5x90 cm
2021

Photo by Eetu Huhtala

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Dog Owner I

Acrylics and oil on canvas, 37,5x30,5 cm
2021

Photo by Eetu Huhtala

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Dog Owner II

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 37,5x30,5 cm
2021

Photo by Eetu Huhtala

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Vesa-Pekka Rannikko (FI)

Vesa-Pekka Rannikko’s art has been featured in various solo and group exhibitions and video art festivals, including the representation of Finland in the Venice Biennale in 2011. His works are included in many significant collections, such as the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. He has also made several commissioned large-scale public works.

Vesa-Pekka Rannikko (b.1968) is a highly versatile artist working with sculpture, painting, video art, installation and animation. He is fascinated by the fragmented nature of narrative structure and the simultaneity of different kinds of texts. In Rannikko’s new figurative plaster works identities and narratives become intertwined in layers. He refers to the works as “lying sculptures” because of the conflicting experience they evoke by producing a mixture of two- and three-dimensional sensations, resulting in dialogues between embodied perception and illusion.

Maria

Dyed plaster, 154 x 30 x 26 cm
2021

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Hermaphroditus

Dyed plaster, 154 x 27 x 26 cm
2021

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Goldfinch

Dyed plaster, 71 x 25 x 18 cm
2021

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Anne-Karin Furunes, Gestures, 2018, installation view, Galerie Anhava, photo Jussi Tiainen