Päivikki Kallio: Scenes of Perception

Ars Nova
29.3.−1.9.2019

Päivikki Kallio (born 1952) is a graphic artist known for her unique flair and pioneer spirit. Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova now presents a retrospective exhibition collecting her rarely seen works from the 1980s to this day. Educated in both printmaking and graphic design, Kallio’s career has spanned 40 years, during which she has mainly worked in fields beyond the traditional print on paper.

Scenes of Perception is a showcase of Kallio’s experimental methods and material explorations. Imprints: Black Sun, for example is created on a surface of beeswax, while Desert (The Paths of Civilization) uses bricks of hardened sea salt.

The use of space in Kallio’s art expands our definitions of graphic art. She has had an enduring fascination with ideas and theories related to printmaking and the processes that take place between the printing plate and the final print on paper. The title of this exhibition is an expression of Kallio’s interest in how art is perceived and presented.

The artist uses light, shadows and reflections to set scenes and spatial experiences. On the Track – the Deluge is a series of photocopies on mirrors that, under the right illumination, project themselves on the surrounding walls. The dreamlike installation Are You My Father? is a collection of warped furniture, moving images, light and shadows.

Päivikki Kallio is driven by an eclectic curiosity in art. Her own works touch on issues of identity, world history, ecology and the great questions in life from birth to death.

Päivikki Kallio lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. She was the Professor of Printmaking at the University of the Arts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts from 2010 to 2015. In 2017 she was granted a lifetime achievement award by the Finnish Art Society.

The exhibition Scenes of Perception is curated by Juha-Heikki Tihinen, PhD. A publication sharing the title of the exhibition, is also presented to further explore the art of Päivikki Kallio.

The exhibition and the artist’s work are presented with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Education and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Päivikki Kallio: To Be a Family, 2007. Installation. Sandblasted mirrors, spotlight. Mirror ø 44 cm. Photo: Jari Nieminen.
Päivikki Kallio: To Be a Family, 2007. Installation. Sandblasted mirrors, spotlight. Mirror ø 44 cm. Photo: Jari Nieminen.
Päivikki Kallio: On the Track – the Deluge (detail of installation), 1995. Image fusing on mirrors, beeswax, spotlights. Photo: Jari Nieminen
Päivikki Kallio: On the Track – the Deluge (detail of installation), 1995. Image fusing on mirrors, papier mâché, spotlights. Photo: Jussi Tiainen
Päivikki Kallio: Metamorphoses, 1994, etched copperplate prints printed with gelatin, light. Photo: Jari Nieminen
Päivikki Kallio: Imprints: Black Sun, 1995. Photoengraving, beeswax, iron. Photo: Jussi Tiainen
Päivikki Kallio: Are you my father? 2009. Installation. Shaped furniture, silverpaint, videoprojection, spotlight. Photo: Jussi Tiainen
Päivikki Kallio: Desert (The Paths of Civilization), 1993. Hardened seasalt, spotlight. Photo: Jussi Tiainen
Päivikki Kallio: Pause, 2004. Installation. ImagOn photoengraving on paper, mdf-plate. Photo: Jussi Tiainen
Päivikki Kallio in her newly-opened exhibition Scenes of Perception. Photo: Jari Nieminen.