Helsinki Contemporary | CHART

Helsinki Contemporary (FI)

Helsinki Contemporary shows distinguished contemporary art by emerging and established artists from Finland and abroad. Spanning all artistic media, the core of the gallery's programme are artists who take an ambitious, in-depth approach to their work. The gallery focuses on creating international networks between artists, curators and galleries.

Curated for
CHART

For CHART 2021, Helsinki Contemporary presents a group show of work from artists Ville Andersson, Hannaleena Heiska, Rauha Mäkilä, and Camilla Vuorenmaa. This constellation of Finnish artists presents a variety of media, from photography and drawing to painting and carving on wood. The artists draw thematically from the shared experiences of their generation, as well as questions surrounding identity, relationships to nature, spirituality, and the intimacy of everyday life.


Ville Andersson (FI)

Ville Andersson often works with the concept of emptiness as a component of visual expression; the possibilities of silence and quietude are central themes in his work. Andersson is a versatile artist, both in his use of different media and the variety of styles he adopts. Characteristic features of Andersson’s aesthetic include: allusive tactics, an impression of rich nuance, precision, understatement and ephemerality. The soft, organic traces in his pencil drawings alongside the clear-cut, uniform shapes of his digitally produced images create a strong tension throughout Andersson’s body of work.

Ville Andersson (b. 1986) lives and works in Pernaja, Finland. Having graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, he received the Young Artists of the Year Award and two museum solo exhibitions in 2015. In 2018, he was a Watermill Center artist-in-residence in New York, and was awarded an Inga Maren Otto Fellowship by Watermill in 2020. Andersson’s works are represented in major public and private collections Finland and the rest of Europe.

Flux

Archival Pigment Print, Framed, 72.5 x 100 cm
2020

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As quiet as a cloud floating across the desert sky

Archival pigment print, 105 x 70 cm (framed)
2020

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Blaze

Ink and pencil on paper, 39 x 30 cm (framed)
2021

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Glow

Archival Pigment Print, 70 x 56 cm
2021

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Hello Friend

Ink and pencil on paper, 34 x 24.5 cm (framed)
2020

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O

Archival pigment print, 97.5 x 110 cm (framed)
2020

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Shine on

Vinyl decal on paper, 54.5 x 39.5 cm (framed)
2020

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"Emptiness can be seen as a spatial and visual equivalent of silence. The bare white surface is never the same in shifting light. For me, as the quote goes, seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees. Characteristic features of the works aesthetic are richness of nuance, attention, precision and understatement. Less is enough.”

Ville Andersson

Ville Andersson, Desert Music, 2021, installation view. Photo by Jussi Tiainen