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Donna Criminale enters Rome and touches eternity

Donna Criminale, the winner of Celesteprize Taboo, at galleria Poggiali e Forconi in Florence 2016

Donna Criminale, ephemeric sculpture / site-spesific installation, by Ulla Karttunen (here the artwork is at Galleria Poggiali e Forconi in Florence, where it was the winner of Celesteprize Taboo 2016)

The toilet paper goddess Donna Criminale will appear very soon in the eternal city of Rome. Next few weeks she will stay in the historic quarters of Rione Monti in the center of Rome, in the neighbourhood of Colosseum.

Her reign started this week, as normally, with a very banal visit to nearby supermarkets to compare the sizes and prices of toilet paper packages. – Donna Criminale is a patron saint for those who are socially excluded, ’the others’, thought to be too cheap or low by people who think they are better and higher, hanged by hate talk or other contemporary means of social exclusion. So the thematics has to do with the visible and invisible forms of racism and fascism in contemporary democratic society.

The appearance of this improbable saint and happens at LOFT GALLERY / Spazio MatER as a part of Malamegi LAB.8: International Art Contest Final Exhibition.

Artist Ulla Karttunen at Malamegi LAB.8, International Art Contest Final Exhibition in Rome, Italy. Taiteilija Ulla Karttunen osallistuu kansainvälisen taidekilpailun Malamegi LAB.8 finalistien näyttelyyn Loft Galleryssä Roomassa.

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Next week in Rome

Malamegi Lab.8 International Art Contest Final Exhibition at Loft Gallery / Spazio matEr, Rome

The final exhibition of the International Art Contest Malamegi LAB.8 opens next week, on 16th September, at Loft Gallery / Spazio Mater in Rome. It will be also the new appearance of the mysterious toilet paper madonna Donna Criminale

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Ulla Karttunen shortlisted for the Lynx Prize

The Finnish digital artist Ulla Karttunen has been shortlisted for the LYNX Prize 2017 in the digital art section

Ulla Karttunen has been shortlisted for the LYNX Prize 2017 in the digital art section. The jury was composed of 15 professionals and experts, who chose the selected artists from more than 600 works.

Shortlisted artists’ works will be presented at three exhibitions in Italy and Slovenia. The prizegiving ceremony will happen on 23rd September at Teatro Piccola Fenice in Trieste and the finalists’ exhibition opens the same evening at Lux Gallery, Trieste.

Donna Florale, by Finnish artist Ulla Karttunen, exhibited 2017 at Carrousel du Louvre, got a Honor Mention at Open Art Miami, shortlisted for the Lynx Prize. Is it a new blooming start for ”Donna Criminale”…?

Donna Florale by Ulla Karttunen, exhibited first in June, 2017, at Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, got a Honor Mention at Open Art Miami, and is now shortlisted for the Lynx Prize.

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The Sexiest Capitalism; discussed in Athens

A lecture by Ulla Karttunen in the 13th ESA Conference ”(Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities”

Tomorrow 31 Aug 2017, at Panteion University, Athens, a lecture in session RN29, Social Theory and the Critique of Capitalism:

”The Sexiest Capitalism Ever: A Duckface Selfie of a Trans-Aestheticized Market Economy”, by Ulla Karttunen.

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Almost too hot (or neon yellow) to handle

The art of book covers is seldom reviewed in newspapers. Earlier this year the artist Maaria Oikarinen asked me to design the cover of her newcoming novel. The main Finnish newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, published a critique of the book and gives much attention also to the cover design.

The critic Juhani Karila writes:

”The covers are breathtaking. At the frontside, from the neon yellow fog emerges a gaze of a woman. The same pair of eyes can be found from the back cover, on the black base.

First I cannot do anything else but only turn the work in my hands.

Books should not be judged by their cover, but so striking design makes me wonder if the fierceness tries to conceal soft text.

But cover art must have the balls when the writer is visual artist …”

Lucian silmät, design Ulla Karttunen

Cover design by Ulla Karttunen, cover art work Thorn Eye II, shown earlier this year at Electron Salon, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art


Kansitaiteessa pitääkin olla potkua, sanoi Hesari

Alkuvuodesta taidemaalari Maaria Oikarinen pyysi suunnittelemaan kannet tulevaan kirjaansa. Hesari julkaisi vast’ikään Lucian silmät -romaanista kriitikko Juhani Karilan arvion, jossa myös kannet saivat varsin paljon huomiota.

Lucian silmät, design Ulla Karttunen

”KANNET säväyttävät”, aloittaa kriitikko ja ryhtyy kuvailemaan neonkeltaista usvaa ja siitä esiin pistävää naisen katsetta. Kriitikko sanoo ensin pystyneensä ainoastaan kääntelemään käsissään teosta. Epäilee myös, josko hurjuudella piilotellaan jotain. Onneksi ei.


Ulla Karttunen Chosen as Finalist in Malamegi Art Competition

Ephemeral sculpture Donna Criminale by the Finnish artist Ulla Karttunen was chosen as finalist in Malamegi Art Competition

Ulla Karttunen: Donna Criminale, installation (toilet paper), 2016

Donna Criminale, the ephemeral sculpture by the artist Ulla Karttunen, was selected as one of the 12 finalists in The Malamegi LAB.8 Art Competition.

The finalists’ works will be shown in Rome at Loft Gallery from 16th September to 5th October 2017; the exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.

http://www.lab.malamegi.com

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Donna Florale Awarded in International Art Competition

Ulla Karttunen was awarded in The International Contemporary Art Competition 2017, organized by Open Art Miami, by Honor Mention in Digital Art, for her digital collage Donna Florale.

The artwork has just been shown in Paris, at a gallery in Marais and artfair in Carrousel du Louvre.

Donna Florale, by Finnish artist Ulla Karttunen, at contemporary art fair Carrousel du Louvre. Is it a new blooming start for ”Donna Criminale”…?

Ulla Karttunen: Donna Florale, 2017, digital collage, pigment print on acrylic, diasec 70 x 70 cm

 

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Nominated as an Open Art Miami finalist

Open Art Miami finalists; the Finnish artist Ulla Karttunen nominated in the Digital Art section

The International Contemporary Art Competition 2017, organized by Open Art Miami, has presented the decisions by the Selection Committee. Over 2000 works of art were received from all over the world, mostly from United States, Canada, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, among other nations.

Ulla Karttunen was nominated as a finalist in the Digital Art section.

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Exhibition in Marais, Paris

Group exhibition at Galerie Thuillier, Paris, opens: vernissage Jun 23 2017, at 18-21 o’clock. The gallery situates in the Marais gallery district, near Picasso Museum and Place des Vosges.

GALERIE THUILLIER 13, rue de Thorigny 75003 Paris. The exhibition is open Jun 23 – Jul 6 2017, from Tuesday to Saturday, at 13-19.

Place des Vosges, the oldest square in Paris

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