» LINK: Ville Andersson'€™s works at the gallery showroom 22.-€“23.3.

The upcoming weekend, March 22nd – 23rd 2014, works by Ville Andersson will be shown at Helsinki Contemporary showroom. The works are part of the selection seen at theARCOmadrid 2014 –fair. Welcome!

The participation in the ARCOmadrid 2014 #FocusFinland section was an enormous success for Andersson. The booth by the gallery and Andersson was chosen among the ten most interesting booths at the fair by the Spanish publication El Cultural. Andersson was also nominated for the Spanish Art Critics Association (AECA) Award in the category for best work or series of works by an international artist, where he was chosen as finalist together with three other artists. Gerhard Richter won the award with his workAbstraktes Bild. The other nominees were Julien Opie and Jaume Plensa. The award has been distributed for more than two decades and the winner is chosen by the members of the association.

Meantime Andersson is presenting his so far most comprehensive solo exhibition My Little Empire at Gallery Elverket in Tammisaari and participating in a group exhibition called Men – any feelings? at Tampere Art Museum.

» LINK: PICTURES FROM PECHAKUCHA NIGHT, UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI, 26.2.2014

PechaKucha Night is here again! Organised with the University of Helsinki on the 26th of February, the night provides an amazing line-up of interesting speakers! Our speakers are: 

- Hannu Sariola, Professor of developmental biology, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Helsinki
- Mikko Myllykoski, M.A., Experience Director at Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre
- Kaarle Hämeri, Professor of Aerosol Physics, Vice-Head of the Department of Physics in the University of Helsinki
- Antti Tarvainen & Johannes Nuutinen, members of the think tank AvantoHelsinki
- Hanna Harris, the soon-to-be Programme Director of Helsinki Design Week
- Creative Strategist Ville Tikka & Cross-cultural Researcher Nuppu Gävert from Transformation Company Wevolve 
- Kimmo Oksanen, journalist and author, winner of the PEN freedom of speech award
- Aku Louhimies, director and screenwriter
- Hilla Rudanko, architect and communal cities designer
- Visual Artist Ville Andersson 

The PechaKucha Night will be held in Finnish.

26.2.2014
19:30-23:00 (doors open at 7:30, showtime at 20:20)
The Great Hall, the University of Helsinki, Aleksanterinkatu 5 

Ville Andersson - Photo: Frame Visual Art Finland / Petri Summanen

VILLE ANDERSSON

HELSINKI CONTEMPORARY - ARCO Madrid 2014

Feb. 19th – 23rd, Feria de Madrid

Helsinki Contemporary has the pleasure to present a solo exhibition of Ville Andersson at ARCO Madrid 2014

Gallery Helsinki Contemporary invites You to visit us at our booth and meet the gallery staff and the artist himself.

You will find us at stand D16, Hall 9 

WELCOME - BIENVENIDO

Ville Andersson combina la figura romántica oscura de un artista con la de un dandi con clase. En las situaciones dramatizadas de las fotografías existe una intensa fuerza mística y psicológica. Esta fuerza también está presente en las pinturas, que están en diálogo con una civilización anterior: con la literatura, el cine y las bellas artes. En el estilo del artista se pueden ver influencias de muchos períodos de tiempo diferentes. Andersson ve vínculos claros y continuos en este extenso material de origen. Utiliza el archivo de la historia del arte como una especie de diccionario, formando frases nuevas y llevando el diálogo que ya está teniendo lugar. La atención se centra en los seres humanos entrelazados y las partes del cuerpo fragmentadas. Están envueltos en una atmósfera de misterio que no se aleja del espectador con facilidad. Las obras se mueven en un mundo de matices de blanco y negro, que ya es conocido de la producción anterior de Andersson. Las funciones del blanco y el negro como algo que hace detener el tiempo, las imágenes parecen vivir en su propio mundo, al margen 

de la realidad del espectador. Estética y belleza tienen su propio lugar en el arte de Andersson. En su opinión, se trata de un velo a través del cual podemos filtrar incluso nuestros sentimientos más oscuros (los conscientes y los inconscientes). La obra de arte funciona como una especie de dispositivo suavizador, con cuya ayuda podemos estar en contacto con estos sentimientos.

Preview of some of the works presented on ARTSY: 

https://artsy.net/show/helsinki-contemporary-helsinki-contemporary-at-arco-madrid-2014

PRESS PHOTOS: Please contact the gallery: 

mikaela.lostedt@helsinkicontemporary.com

INQUIRIES: mikaela.lostedt@helsinkicontemporary.com

LINKS:

Helsinki Contemporary: 

http://helsinkicontemporary.com/artist/villeandersson/

Ville Andersson: http://www.villeandersson.com/

ARCO: http://www.ifema.es/arcomadrid_06/

Ville Andersson combines the dark Romantic figure of an artist with that of a thoroughbred dandy. In the dramatized situations of the photographs, there’s a strong mystical and psychological force. This force is also present in the paintings, which are in dialogue with a former civilization: with literature, film and fine 

art. In the artist’s style you can see influences from many different time periods. Andersson sees clear links and continuums in this wide source material. He uses the archive of art history as a sort of dictionary, forming new sentences, and bringing the dialogue that’s already going on, further. The focus is on intertwined human beings and fragmentary body parts. They are enfolded in a mysterious atmosphere that won’t let the viewer off easily. The works are moving in a world of nuances of black and white, which is also known from Andersson’s earlier production. The black-and-whiteness functions as something that makes time stop, the pictures seem to live in their own world, apart from the viewer’s reality. Esthetic and beauty do have their own place in Andersson’s art. As he sees it, this is a veil through which we can filter even our darker feelings – the conscious and the unconscious ones. The work of art functions as some kind of softening device, with the help of which we can be in touch with these feelings.

The participation of HELSINKI CONTEMPORARY at ARCOmadrid is a part of #FocusFinland programme.

Ville Andersson - This is not a dream. This is actually happening
2013
Digital print face mounted on acrylic
120x80cm

ed. 5 + 2 a.p.
Ville Andersson - Lifeblood
2013
ink & pencil on paper
140x110cm
Ville Andersson - Self Portrait
2013 
acrylic on canvas 

27 x 22 cm
Ville Andersson - Homage
2013
ink & pencil on paper

137x100cm
Ville Andersson - Smoke gets in your eyes
2012
acrylic on canvas
27x22cm
Ville Andersson - Transition
2013
pencil on paper
29,7 x 21 cm