Collective exhibition Art Experience opens at Galleria Wikiarte in the center of Bologna, Italy, Saturday April 22. Curator of the exhibition: Deborah Petroni. The event will be presented on the opening night by the art critic and historian Dr. Francesca Bogliolo. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a catalog.
The show presents two new digital collages by Ulla Karttunen, “The Thief of the Eye”, and “Uma, Lady of the Mountains”.
Let’s take a quote from one of my favorite aesthetic thinkers, John Dewey, the pragmatist philosopher who writes in his book Art as Experience: “An experience is a product, one might almost say bi-product, of continuous and cumulative interaction of an organic self with the world. There is no other foundation upon which esthetic theory and criticism can build.”
This info about ARTROOMS 2017 (in the image Donna Criminale by Ulla Karttunen) was published in London-based art magazine State/F22: hot and cool art, issue 23. The magazine can be found here.
A new velvet version of an older work, The Madonna of the Apricot and the Snake, invited visiters to touch the canvas at ARTROOMS2017 in London.
The work was first exhibited in the exhibition Ecstatic Women [Ekstaattisia naisia], at the gallery of Helsinki Art Museum HAM 2008 (the work was also printed to the invitation card), and then as a new aluminium-mounted diasec at Ulla’s large solo show The Divine: Sanctifiers from the Dark Planet (Jumalaiset: pyhittäjänaisia pimeältä planeetalta] at The Joensuu Art Museum 2011.
In the following years the work has become an iconic representation of contemporary black madonnas, seen in different occasions, from media-star Oprah’s Twitter-account to articles of the mystery cult of black madonnas. The image is quite popular in pinterest, many times pinned anonymously without reference to artist’s or artwork’s name, like here https://fi.pinterest.com/pin/189151253071567264/ (+551 boards), but many times also with, like here https://fi.pinterest.com/pin/416160821790674623/ (pinned in over 600 boards), or here https://fi.pinterest.com/pin/399272323199788152/ (+235 boards), or here https://fi.pinterest.com/pin/38702878023636871/) with a text:
“”The Madonna of the Apricot and the Snake” by Finnish artist Ulla Karttunen. Wow. Magnetic. Has seen things, terrible and full of awe. What you think of her doesn’t matter. Apricot: likely the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge in Eden. In the Renaissance, an aphrodisiac and inducer of childbirth. Sweet fruits were ”pleasant encouragement for good.” She offers us the most pleasant, succulent, golden fruit, soft and lush. The serpent of wisdom and power hovers in the periphery of her vision.”
Published: Lucian silmät (The eyes of Lucy), a novel by Maaria Oikarinen, publisher Arktinen banaani. Design by Ulla Karttunen. Cover art: Thorn Eye II.Ilmestynyt: Maaria Oikarisen Lucian silmät -romaani, kustantaja Arktinen banaani. Design Ulla Karttunen. Kannen taideteokset: Okasilmä I & II.
Strange light (by Ulla Karttunen), at ARTROOMS2017 art fair in Melia White House Hotel, London. ARTROOMS showed this year works from 90 selected artists from 35 countries across Europe, Canada, USA, South America and Far East. Guests, are they part of art? This visitor (above) at ARTROOMS2017 was dressed exactly to match the reds and blacks of Ulla’s art.
The image will be published soon as a book cover of a spectacular new novel, telling of a female artist’s life: Lucian silmät (The eyes of Lucia) by Maaria Oikarinen.
Opening: Ihana valo [Marvelous Light], 8th February at 5-7pm, Taidelainaamo 8.2.-8.3.2017 Helsinki.
really cool / brilliant / amazing / incredible / fantastic / wonderful
very different than others / mysterious / talented / this is the best
epic / reminds me of Frida Kahlo / great / wow, wow, wow
I love this / effective (with mouths open) / lovely / this is perfection
Thus spoke the visitors in Ulla Karttunen’s red bedroom at ARTROOMS 2017 art fair, Melia White House Hotel, London
Fantastic audience, great platform and event.