Intuition

2017

Archival Pigment print, Diasec

45x34cm

 

 

 

ville andersson

 

ville andersson

 

 

 

 

 

 

ville andersson

 

 

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Silence that speaks

2017

Ink and pencil on paper

84,2x60cm

 

 

 

 

 

Silence that speaks - detall

 

 

 

 

 

ville andersson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curiosity

2017

Archival Pigment print, Diasec

100x150 cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howl howl howl

2017

Pencil on paper

113x80cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ville andersson

ville andersson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The aura of you remains

2017

Pencil on paper

39,3x29.8cm

 

 

 

 

 

Memory
2017

Ink and pencil on paper

73,5x55cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory - Detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ville andersson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soliloquy

2017

Ink and pencil on paper

79,5 x 60

 

ville andersson

 

ville andersson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ville andersson

 

 

 

 

Contemplation

2017

Archival Pigment print, Diasec

100x151 cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contemplation - Detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ville andersson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breathing in, Breathing Out

2017

Pencil on paper

41,8x29.5cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ville andersson

ville andersson

ville anderssonville andersson

 

 

 

Unnamable

2017

Oil on canvas

30x 20cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

ville andersson

 

 

 

 

 

(De)construction

2017

Archival Pigment print, Diasec

71x51 cm

 

 

 

Note

2017

Pencil on paper

20,4x12,5 cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stoned

2017

Ink and pencil on paper

34,6x24,6cm

 

 

 

ville andersson

ville andersson

 

Nurture

2017

Ink and pencil on paper

85x60cm

 

 

 

 

Nurture - Detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mysteries of Science

2017

Ink and pencil on paper

41,8 x 29,5 cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tragedy is clean, it is restful, it is flawless.

2017

Ink and pencil on paper

41,8 x 29,5 cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ville andersson

 

 

 

 

 

ville andersson

 

 

Fluid

2017

Pencil on paper

41,8x29.5cm

 

 

 

 

ville andersson

ville andersson

 

 

 

 

 

ville andersson

 

Contradict

2017

Ink, pencil and adhesive letters on paper

69x50 cm

 

 

 

 

ville andersson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wake up

2017

Acrylic, ink and pencil on paper

85,4x60cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flicker

2017

Ink and pencil on paper

74,8 x60cm

 

 

 

 

 

Flicker - Detail

 

 

 

 

ville andersson

 

 

Taste in ideas

2017

Archival Pigment print, Diasec

70,8x47cm 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resistance

2017

Ink and pencil on paper

30,3x19.4cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howdy!

2017

Ink and pencil on paper

21x29,5cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ville andersson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ville andersson

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are here

2017

Ink and pencil on paper

104,8 x 90 cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are here - Detail

 

 

 

ville andersson

 

 

ville andersson

ville andersson

 

ville andersson

Lessness

2017

Archival Pigment print, Diasec

100 x 71,2cm 

 

 

 

 

 

Daydreamer

2017

Archival Pigment print, Diasec

32 × 48.5 cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I CAN’T GO ON. I WILL GO ON

 

12.1.-4.2.2018

 

At Helsinki Contemporary, Bulevardi 10, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

 

“In the middle of the desert, with the pitiless blaze of the sun and the storms trying to empty everything out, there were also a few plants. Contrary to our mental images of them as a symbol of transience, those scarce little flowers became a pristine, life-affirming element.”

 

With those words the artist Ville Andersson describes the starting points for his new exhibition. The title of the show opening at Helsinki Contemporary 12 January, I can’t go on. I will go on., is adapted from the last words of Samuel Beckett’s novel The Unnamable. Andersson sees this phrase as reflecting an environment, which is simultaneously tragic and comic. Tragic because it is disintegrating, comic because it keeps on going. At the same time, the words sound like a motivational-quotation-like mantra.

 

The exhibition had its beginnings in a photograph taken in a desert in New Mexico. The desert is nowadays the home of the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research project, which observes asteroids that pass close to the earth. The world’s first nuclear test was carried out nearby. In Curiosity the desert becomes timeless and placeless. Andersson is interested in such non-places, which are not just a matter of the absence, but also of the presence of absence. Not of that which is not there, but more a contemplation of what has been or what will be.

 

The exhibition will include photographs, drawings and paintings. Andersson has applied a new technique, which might be called ‘digital sculpture’. He has used 3D-modelling software to create images that have ultimately been printed like photographs. The works shift between abstract and figurative, organic and inorganic.

 

One element of the works is landscapes. These formations reminiscent of mountains and stone have come about from memory. They are residual recollections, ephemeral nuggets of experience. The working process is perhaps not so much a matter of simplification, as of a suspension of reduction. Another theme is the body and the face. The genderless figures seem to be in motion, and yet at the same time static. Andersson speaks of the consolation of movement: play or dance are attempts to transcend tragedy, to tend a wound, and to create meanings.

 

Characteristic features of Andersson’s aesthetic are allusiveness, richness of nuance, precision, understatement and ephemerality. He combines themes and creates links between things. In addition to the flow of ideas, he is interested in the silence that is a silencing not only of sounds, but also of the Self.

 

 

Along with the exhibition, a catalogue of Andersson’s recent production will be published together with the Finnish Institute in Germany. After the exhibition at Helsinki Contemporary, Andersson's new works will be shown in a solo exhibition at the Institute in Berlin from 9 March to 20 June and later the same year at LOKO Gallery in Tokyo. Andersson is one of the artists selected for the Artist-in-Residence program at The Watermill Center, New York for 2018. He will be staying and working at Watermill in March-April.

 

The catalogue is designed by Hennamari Asunta

 

 

Thank you: Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, Art Promotion Centre Finland, Christopher Longfellow, Noah Khoshbin & Kati Laakso

 

 

READ MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION (+ READ INTERVIEW) - HELSINKI CONTEMPORARY GALLERY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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