Hyäryllistä Group: An Attempt to Clarify a Confusing Situation

Takkahuone
8.9.−5.11.2017

The artist group Hyäryllistä has created a sculpture installation, An Attempt to Clarify a Confusing Situation, to be displayed in Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova's Takkahuone gallery. The work was inspired by the current state of our world and the global challenges we face. The state of the world demands each of us to question our ways of thinking and acting, to reflect on whether the paths we travel and the values we hold can stand up to scrutiny.

The work, An Attempt to Clarfiy a Confusing Situation, was informed by the visuals and thematics of August Rodin's (1840-1917) The Gates of Hell. Rodin's work is composed of several writhing human figures. Its principal character, the Thinker, is posed in deep thought, engaged in an inner struggle. Rodin based his monumental piece on Dante's (1265-1321) Divine Comedy, where the protagonist stood for all of humanity on a journey towards an understanding of virtue and vice and away from the moral decay of his contemporaries.

Hyäryllistä is an artistic group from Helsinki, formed by three visual artists: Jouko Korkeasaari (1971, Kajaani), Sari Koski-Vähälä (1968, Kokkola) and Heli Kurunsaari (1971, Lapua). The group was formed in 1992 and stands as one of Finland's longest lived artistic groups. The group's largest exhibition to date, Cycles, was put together at the Lapua Art Museum in 2015.

All the artists in the Hyäryllistä group started their artistic careers in painting, but have gradually moved on to other forms of art. The artists set out to comment not only on the world around them, but also on the development of art itself. The group works with conceptual installations. The artists also work on their own individual projects in addition to the group's collaborations. Korkeasaari works on installations, Koski-Vähälä creates three-dimensional compositions out of everyday waste and Kurunsaari has adopted the technique of woodcutting. Manual labor, slowness, repetition and corporeality are the elements that combine to create the creative processes of the Hyäryllistä group. A sense of community and workshopping carry their artistic work.

Hyäryllistä was an active part of the art scene of Turku through the beginning of the new millenium. The group's working quarters, Studio Hyäryllistä, operated as an alternative exhibition space on Aninkaistenkatu 5. The studio hosted a number of exhibitions as well as a permanent window display of the Fastarts exhibitions, commenting on the city itself as a venue. The Hyäryllistä group enabled over a hundred different artists to work in their studio from 1997 to 2004.

The exhibition has been made possible through the support of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

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View from Hyäryllistä: An Attempt to Clarify a Confusing Situation. Photo: Jari Nieminen / Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.
The artist group Hyäryllistä Jouko Korkeasaari, Sari Koski-Vähälä, Heli Kurunsaari. Photo: Jari Nieminen/ Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.
Hyäryllistä: An Attempt to Clarify a Confusing Situation, 2017 (detail). Photo: Jari Nieminen / Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.
Hyäryllistä: An Attempt to Clarify a Confusing Situation, 2017(detail). Photo: Jari Nieminen / Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.
View from Hyäryllistä: An Attempt to Clarify a Confusing Situation. Photo: Jari Nieminen / Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.
Hyäryllistä: An Attempt to Clarify a Confusing Situation, 2017 (detail). Photo: Jari Nieminen / Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.