planet solitude 61°29' N, 21°48' E
P-Galleria / Pori, Finland
17.10. – 1.11.2015
Theresia Hefele, Anna Kiiskinen, Anne Pincus, Yukara Shimizu
The exhibition planet solitude 61°29' N, 21°48' E took place in October 2015 in the gallery of the artists' association "Porin taiteilijaseura" in the town of Pori in the south-west of Finland. This was the first planet solitude exhibition. The three Finnish artists taking part in the following exhibition in Munich also live and work near Pori.
The artists in the exhibition showed painting and photography which reflects their individual cultural and aesthetic approaches to the subject of landscape.
Theresia Hefele‘s small panels are a combination of both photography and painting. She has developed her own technique in which she prepares solid wooden panels with a photo emulsion and then exposes them with b/w negatives in the darkroom. She uses her own photographs or those in her extensive archive, which contains a great variety of images dating back decades. Theresia Hefele sometimes colours the images by hand or gives them a blue, green or brown tint with the aid of chemical toner. Her motifs are ordinary and often completely unspectacular, such as anonymous, uninhabited landscapes, or details from outdoor scenes: a mountain in the Alps, an avenue of birch trees, a forest, a house. Despite the apparent anonymity of the images, their provenance is, in fact, important to the artist, often apparent through her choice of title. There are photos of Italy, Upper Bavaria, the Alps, Austria, Berlin and the USA. Theresia Hefele compiles series or creates thematic connections with her choice of individual images. These single images thereby become components of a stand-alone story which the viewer is free to imagine, drawing on their own subjective associations.
In passing, Anna Kiiskinen uses photography to collect quiet moments and details from our everyday lives and surroundings in both city and countryside. Out of the resulting archive of images, she chooses motifs for her paintings. There are silhouettes of trees or power poles against the sky, details of the branches, trunk or leaves of a tree, reflections in the water surface of a puddle, shadows on the street or on the wall of a house, or reflections in a windowpane. For the exhibition in Pori, Kiiskinen selected motifs from a broad range of places and used them to form a series. This series – which could, in fact, be continued endlessly – carries the title Fragments from here and there.
Anne Pincus’ paintings are concerned with nature and our ever-changing and subjective perception of it. She is interested in the temporal: everyday views and situations in our surroundings that are transient and intangible as they change or as we move through them.
In some work, she has reduced a vast landscape to a small and intimate miniature; in others, she has created a dramatic atmosphere, as with her series of trees against a dark night sky. In her series from Sydney to Melbourne, she has depicted seemingly arbitrary moments observed while driving through the landscape.
The choices the photographer Yukara Shimizu makes in selecting her subject and setting create a sense of precision that goes beyond our normal perception. Taken at night or dusk, the landscapes appear hyper-real and their subtlety and detail draws the viewer into a disconcerting world. A deserted landscape is transformed into a unique, timeless place of the imagination, a sustained moment, unmoving and lasting.