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Tuoksu on filosofiaa

Finnish digital & multidisciplinary artists / contemporary art from Finland

The Perfume of Being II (2020) by Ulla Karttunen

Olemassaoloa ei voi mitata. Aika tai avaruus, tuotokset tai saavutukset, eivät lopulta määritä olemista.

Olemisen paino todentuu hetkessä ja sen aistimuksellisuudessa. Hetkeen uppoutuminen tuottaa vertikaalisen äärettömyyden, josta todistaa yksin häivähdys, kiinnisaamaton tuoksu. Todellinen oleminen tapahtuu tiukkojen rivien ja selkeiden kirjausten ulkopuolella. Lähestytään alitajuisen ja ylikosmisen hataraa murtumavyöhykettä; yksityisen ja yleisen hajottua aikoja sitten mustaan, tai harmaaseen, aukkoon.

Olemisen aistimisessa, itsen tai muiden, ajan tai avaruuden, voi luottaa vain tuoksuun. Ei minkäänlaista varmuutta, ei minkäänlaista todistetta, ainoastaan olemisen parfyymi.

Heidegger kirjoitti Kieli on olemisen talo. Ihminen asettuu siihen asumaan.” Kieli olemisen talona viittaa siihen, että olemassaolo on ensisijaisesti runollista. Mutta ehkä suhde todellisuuteen on vieläkin aistillisempi ja juuri runollisuudessaan myös sanaton. Haju ja kosketus olivat liian pitkään filosofialta kadoksissa olevia aisteja. Ehkä voisimme sanoa: parfyymi ovat olemisen totuuden talo.

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Digitaaliset maalaukset The Perfume of Being I ja II (© Ulla Karttunen 2020) ovat esillä ADAF2020 -taidemessuilla digitaalisten teosten osastolla. Kymmenes editio hollantilaisesta taidetapahtumasta tapahtuu World Fashion Centre -keskuksessa Amsterdamissa 9-11. lokakuuta 2020.


Fragrance is a philosophical thing

Finnish digital & multidisciplinary artists / contemporary art from Finland

The Perfume of Being I (2020) by Ulla Karttunen

You cannot measure existence. Time or space, outputs or achievements, cannot determine being.

The weight of being is determined in the moment and in its sensuality. Immersing yourself in a moment creates vertical infinity, evidenced just by a hint, an unattached scent. Real being happens outside of strict lines and clear records. We are approaching the fragile fracture zone of the subliminal and overcosmic level; after private and public disappeared times ago into a black, or grey, hole.

In sensing being, of oneself or others, of time or space, one can only rely on the scent. No certainty of any kind, no proof of any kind, just a perfume of being.

Heidegger wrote ”Language is the house of being. In its home human beings dwell.” Language as the house of being refers that existence is primarily poetic. But perhaps the relationship to reality is even more sensual and in all its poetics also speechless. Smell and touch were too long senses hidden from philosophy. Maybe we could say: Perfume is the house of the truth of the being.

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Digital mixed media paintings The Perfume of Being I and The Perfume of Being II by Ulla Karttunen are featured at ADAF 2020 art fair in Amsterdam, in the digital presentation section. The 10th edition of this Dutch art fair takes place in the World Fashion Centre WFC Amsterdam from 9th to 11th October 2020.


The Other Eye

copyright for the backround artwork: Ulla Karttunen: "Eye of Night, Eye of Light" 2020, a detail, digital painting / Finnish contemporary art / digital artists from FinlandWhat does the artwork Eye of Night, Eye of Light say? It speaks of seeing that must go through the darkness of non-knowledge. It speaks of the light that night hides in itself. It talks about the path of the seeker.

It also tells how a person should not be trapped in daylight. The social illusion of the person must be broken: reputation, achievement orientation, entertainment obsession, belief in the management of reality must be rejected. The work refers to a task that many religions touch, often without achieving it: the loss of self to the divine.

The mystic Rumi was familiar with many of these themes. A 13th-century Persian poet, theologian, and Sufi mystic often writes about eyes that see and can’t see. Or the brightness that must pass through darkness.

Rumi is said to be 800 years ahead of its time (see here). Rumi’s texts touch on today’s post-religious era and its quest to dissolve border fences and violence based on different religious traditions. Rumi’secstatic poems combine playfulness, wisdom, and passionate devotion.

Seeing reality may require you to step into darkness. New kinds of colors, a different kind of light can permeate limited human vision. The disappearance of the self makes room for a different kind of clarity and radiance.

copyright Ulla Karttunen : "Eye of Night, Eye of Light" 2020, a detail, digital painting / Finnish contemporary art / digital artists from FinlandThe digital painting by artist Ulla Karttunen Eye of Night, Eye of Light, 2020 (a detail above) at Swiss Art Expo, Zürich, 20-24th August 2020.


Art and coronavirus

Two details of Blindspot Society III, by Ulla Karttunen, 2012, pigment on acrylic and aluminium, diasec, 60x80cmscreaming masks from the land of death

Art in Time of Emergency, a digital exhibition, continues at Artsy until June 9th 2020.

The exhibition, dealing times of coronavirus crisis, is organised by Immagini Spazio Arte, Italian art gallery based at Cremona, and Secret Art Society, based also at London and Milan. 10% of the sales prices are donated to the Hospital of Cremona.

A detail of Blindspot Society III, by Ulla Karttunen, 2012, pigment on acrylic and aluminium, diasec, 60x80cm.coronavirus closeup or prediction, from year 2012

A detail of Blindspot Society III, by Ulla Karttunen, 2012, pigment on acrylic and aluminium, diasec, 60x80cmevery surface can be contaminated by the secretful virus

A detail of Blindspot Society III, by Ulla Karttunen, 2012, pigment on acrylic and aluminium, diasec, 60x80cmperson & carpet roll coalescing – just like people locked in their homes during lockdown

All detail images from the works shown at the exhibition Art in Time of Emergency: digital painting by Ulla Karttunen: Blindspot Society III (above) & Blindspot Society IV (under), 2012, pigment on acrylic and aluminium, diasec, 60x80cm.

A detail of Blindspot Society IV, by Ulla Karttunen, 2012, pigment on acrylic and aluminium, diasec, 60x80cmstrange weather


Death by breath: coronavirus, art and change

Death by breath. – Blind Spot Society IV, by Ulla Karttunen, 2012, pigment on acrylic and aluminium, diasec, 60x80cm.

Everything feels new, unbelievable, overwhelming. At the same time, it feels as if we’ve walked into an old recurring dream.” – The previous quote is not about a surrealist work of art but about reality; Peter C. Baker writes in the Guardian about the coronavirus.

When I was looking for works for the coronavirus-themed exhibition Art in Time of Emergency (from March 26th to June 9th 2020 at Artsy), I noticed that many, perhaps too many of my works seem to be related to this time of the deadly virus.

Working with themes like death and love, or the meaning of existence, has long been out of date. Suffering, loss and death, as well as the feeling of the presence of a miracle, have long been too pathetic themes for contemporary art that wants to stay close to cool jokes.

The series Blindspot Society I-VI is from the year 2012, so 8 years before the world became a surreal scene of death and lockdowns. This series does not only illustrate the virus itself but can also be seen as a metaphorical interpretation of today’s atmosphere.

#coronavirus art

Coronavirus or magic crystal ball from eight years ago? – a detail of Blindspot Society III, 2012, by Ulla Karttunen

Many aspects of our viral times are there in the series Blindspot Society:

° invisible secret spreading of something we do not know thoroughly  ° dying bodies  ° isolation, quarantine, social distancing  ° deserted empty places  ° sense of anxiety  ° masked faces  ° reality turned strange  ° horror film atmosphere  ° fiction turned alive  ° blind spots of society (social inequality, lacks in health care or elderly care etcetera) becoming visible ° old world order breaking down, new reality emerging

With the coronavirus, the unreal has become part of the true reality.

In the series Blindspot Society, historical palace views serve as a metaphor for the surrealism of today’s market-based society. The luxurious over-aestheticization of palaces is comparable to the endless stream of seductive products under advanced capitalism.

The almost global assumption that the world is a stream of pleasure and entertainment has now been replaced by the scenes of destruction, suffering, and death. What will change? Hopefully not only a forced temporary improvement on climate change and over-consumption but also the creation of a new order. The question of what is essential to existence must be raised again, both in art and in society.

An artwork from 2012, by Finnish contemporary artist Ulla Karttunen, seems to be a metaphoric preview of the coronavirus pandemic

What is this strange virus that is secretly spreading everywhere? – Blindspot Society III, by Ulla Karttunen, 2012, pigment on acrylic and aluminium, diasec, 60x80cm.

Waiting in the corner of the known world. Waiting to know what this unknown is. – Blindspot Society I, by Ulla Karttunen, 2012, pigment on acrylic and aluminium, diasec, 60x80cm.

Keep distance and protect yourself – Blindspot Society II, by Ulla Karttunen, 2012, pigment on acrylic and aluminium, diasec, 60x80cm.

All these beautiful shoes and nobody to make jealous of them – Blindspot Society V, by Ulla Karttunen, 2012, pigment on acrylic and aluminium, diasec, 60x80cm.

A scream in empty salons and offices. – Blindspot Society VI, by Ulla Karttunen, 2012, pigment on acrylic and aluminium, diasec, 60x80cm.


Art in Time of Emergency

collective exhibition by Immagini Spazio Arte and Secret Art Society; the coronavirus image in the poster by artist Ulla Karttunen (artwork Blind Spot Society III, 2012)

Nearly 30,000 deaths worldwide (28th March 2020) – the coronavirus pandemic has spread across the globe and changes life as we know it. The news especially from Italy, where the daily death toll has been rising to almost a thousand, are shocking.

Immagini Spazio Arte, art gallery in Cremona, Italy, and Secret Art Society, based in London, Milan and Cremona, opens a collective online exhibition at Artsy dedicated to coronavirus and these times of emergency. The gallery donates 10% of the sale price of each artwork to the Hospital of Cremona.

Art in Time of Emergency, collective online exhibition, from March 26th until June 9th 2020

https://www.artsy.net/show/secret-art-ltd-art-in-time-of-emergency

https://www.facebook.com/galleriaimmagini/

An artwork from 2012, by Finnish contemporary artist Ulla Karttunen, seems to be a metaphoric preview of the coronavirus pandemic Ulla Karttunen: Blindspot Society III, 2012 (first shown at the contemporary art center Halle 14, Spinnerei, Leipzig, as a part of Donna Criminale installation). The artwork from eight years ago could be seen as a preview of coronavirus and its secretful spreading not only over the globe, but also over the old structures. The scene is surreal in its tragic darkness: in these emptied spaces, through masks of life and death, the virus – in the place of a global crystal ball – is transforming the traditional order into something new.


Artist of the week

The Italy-based art site MEET THE ARTISTS – ART BOX has chosen Ulla Karttunen for ”the artist of the week”.

Artist of the week: Ulla KarttunenGo to see the site MEET THE ARTISTS – ART BOX from here.

The intention of this web gallery and art information site is to display interesting current international and Italian art. The site is founded by an Italian art historian, critic and curator.


Awarded artists

”State Artist Pension awarded to 61 distinguished artists” titled the newsletter of The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike, Taiteen edistämiskeskus) a short time ago. Multidisciplinary visual artist Ulla Karttunen was one of the recipients.

Taiteilijaeläke 61 taiteilijalle / kuva teoksesta Ulla Karttunen: Pupu (tuskin) hymyilee / Bunny (Never) smiles, 2019the image in the newsletter from the artwork by Ulla Karttunen: Bunny (Never) Smiles, 2019

State artist pensions are awarded in different art forms: visual and multidisciplinary art, literature, music, theatre, design and architecture. This year the grant was delivered to 16 visual artists, 13 musicians and 6 authors. The recipients of this grant are selected on the basis of artistic merit.

The grant has been delivered from the 1830s, so it has a long history in Finland. The famous composer Jean Sibelius received it in 1898.

to the site of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland


Alchemic realities

Alchemy is an ancient practice that sought to create gold from other metals. The contemporary artist as an alchemist, what could it mean?

Personally, I understand making art as an alchemic process where you start from everyday world and its banalities. An artist developes mundane materials until there would be a hint of the divine or the sublime. Questioning presuppositions of the world or human bodily existence, are alchemic tasks.

Approaching reality is a deeply alchemic process.

Digital painting by the artist Ulla Karttunen / Alchemic Body exhibition, THE LINE Contemporary Art Space, London / Finnish contemporary art / multidisciplinary artists from FinlandFatal But Red, 2019, a digital painting by Ulla Karttunen

The exhibition ALCHEMIC BODY | FIRE . AIR . WATER . EARTH continues until January 31, 2020 at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space, London / 42 Newington Causeway, 11:00PM – 06:00PM | Tuesday – SundayExhibition: Alchemic Body: fire / air / water / earth, THE LINE Contemporary Art Space, London GB 20.12.2019-31.1.2020, selected artists include the Finnish contemporary and digital artist Ulla Karttunen / contemporary art from Finland


Bat Person in Glamour and Pain

No Angel Is Perfect (the fallen wing of a glamorous bat person), by the artist Ulla Karttunen, Helsinki Artists’ Association’s Christmas Exhibition, Gallery Katariina 2019No Angel Is Perfect (the fallen wing of a glamorous bat person), 2019, assemblage, by Ulla Karttunen, on show at Helsinki Artists’ Association’s Christmas Exhibition, Gallery Katariina, Helsinki 04.12.-29.12.2019.No Angel Is Perfect (the fallen wing of a glamorous bat person), by the artist Ulla Karttunen, Helsinki Artists’ Association’s Christmas Exhibition, Gallery Katariina 2019Helsinki Artists’ Association’s Christmas Exhibition, Gallery Katariina 2019