BLEACH with LOKAL @Collectible, Brussels

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BLEACH, 2019

Hand-built paper porcelain, glaze /  Käsinrakennettu paperiposliini, lasite

photo Chikako Harada

Ihmisen kädenjälki näkyy myös pinnanalaisissa metsissä. Korallit ympäri maailman menettävät väriään nopeammin kuin koskaan aikaisemmin. Suurin tekijä on aiheuttamamme ilmastonmuutos ja sen vaikutuksesta lämpenevät vedet. Korallien laaja haalistuminen huomattiin ensimmäisen kerran jo vuonna 1979. Ilmastonmuutoksen kiihtymisen myötä koralleille ei jää tarpeeksi aikaa palautua. Värinsä menettänyt koralli on kuolemassa, ja silloin häviää koko sen ylläpitämä ekosysteemi.

Luonnon yritys sopeutua tilanteeseen on vastikään havaittu ekologiseksi muistiksi kutsuttu ilmiö. On huomattu, että vaalenemisesta selvinneet korallit sietävät peräkkäisten vuosien lämpöaaltoa yllättävän hyvin. Tämä ei kuitenkaan riitä pelastamaan riuttoja, jos ilmastonmuutosta ei pysäytetä. Pahimmissa ennustuksissa koralliriutat kalpenevat ja kuolevat kokonaan vuoteen 2050 mennessä.

Maailman suurin koralliriutta ja ainutlaatuinen maailmanperintökohde, Iso valliriutta on yksi planeettamme rikkaimmista meriekosysteemeistä. Iso valliriutta sijaitsee Australian rannikolla. Kaikesta tiedosta huolimatta Australian kasvihuonepäästöt jatkavat nousuaan, satamien laajennuksesta aiheutuva ruoppausjäte on lupa kipata ison valliriutan meripuistoon ja hiilen hyödyntämistä jatketaan. Jos vielä odotamme, tulemme menettämään nämä merten keitaat.

 

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Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux: RE/defining Finnish Contemporary Art & Design

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Underwood BE-series, 2019 / Hand-built black clay and glaze

“One of our main projects this year, Re/defining Finnish Art & Design co-curated by Lise Coirier and Kati Laakso bringing Finnish designers into the central European art scene, will start with next week’s Collectible fair 14.-17.3.! Leading up to the event, we will introduce one artist every day whose work is presented at the fair by Spazio Nobile gallery!

The Finnish artist Veera Kulju (born 1975) graduated from the Aalto University works with textiles, ceramics and video. She has showcased her work both in Finland and internationally. She aims to assemble installations characterized by abundant fragility and an atmosphere of permanence and timelessness. Although Kulju’s works encompass conceptual layers created through the materials, the aim is for viewing them to be physically experiential.

Through the materiality and artistic idiom of her works, Kulju succeeds in conveying how they feel. Just by looking at the artworks, the viewer feels the differences between matte and glossy, rough and smooth, warm and cold in his fingertips.

photo: Chikako Harada

The RE/defining Finnish Contemporary Art & Design project is part of the Cultural Programme for Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU.”

Sounds of Silence 12.–30.1.

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My next private exhibition will open on the 12th of January at Konsthantverkarna Gallery in Stockholm, Sweden.

WELCOME

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Sounds of Silence

Veera Kulju är mest känd för sina keramiska popkorn-skulpturer. Det är skulpturer bestående av många element med små variationer. I skulpturerna möts det högtidliga och det banala, det bräckliga och starka, ljusa och tunga.

Vanligtvis förknippas väl popcorn med exempelvis TV-tittande, bio och barnkalas. I Kuljus skulpturer blandas popkorn i porslinleran. De försvinner förvisso under bränningen, men dess form kvarstår. Det är som magi! Slutresultatet är ett mysterium, en underbar lek med material. En juxtaposition mellan de förgängliga popcornen och den hårda, ljusa porslinsleran.

Kulju arbetar både med keramik, textilier och video, ofta i kombination. Små keramiska skulpturer vävs in i textil. Ljuden som uppstår är som komna från skogen. Som i en videoinstallation där dansaren iklätt sig ett skulpturliknande textilt konstverk rör sig så att arbetet får liv. Det är som ett gigantiskt smycke, ett kroppstillbehör som kräver en bärare för att vara ett färdigt objekt. Videon med dansaren är en slags nyckel till Kuljus hela produktion.

Kuljus olika visuella världar har oftast ett tema. Ett är spegel-reliefer. Dessa sagoliknande verk skulle kunna komma direkt från Snövits elaka styvmor. Speglarna reflekterar inte utan absorberar snarare ljuset.

Utställningen genomförs med stöd av:

Stockholms stad, Kulturförvaltningen
Nordic Culture Point
Finnish Cultural Foundation

Veera Kulju är verksam i Helsingfors. Hon är utbildad vid Aalto university, School of Art and Design, Helsinki Applied Art and Design MA; Lahti University of Applied Science/Institute of Design Experimental Design BA; Vihti School of Art and Craft, Interior textiles, Artesan. Hon ställer ut i Finland och utomlands, några av senare års utställningar/projekt är ”Holy Wood”; ”Naku”, ”Enchanted Forest”, ”Kisses and Popcorn” och hon är representerad på Arabia Art Deparmtnet, i privata samlingar m fl. Nyligen deltog hon i Chart Design Fair i Köpenhamn.

 

photo: Chikako Harada

Taiteilijat O | Kuukauden taiteilija | Artist of the month marraskuu | November 2018

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See more here: Kuukauden taiteilija: Veera Kulju

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Veera Kulju is best-known for her popcorn-themed ceramic sculptures. Alongside individual works, the popcorn theme is a concept consisting of many elements distinguished by small variations. The series of artworks contains conceptual playfulness based on dichotomies. The solemn and the banal, fragile and strong, light and heavy meet in the popcorn sculptures.

In popular culture, popcorn is a snack strongly associated with movies, children’s parties and nibbling while watching TV. It serves as a metaphor for detachment, being on the outside. Popcorn is eaten when events are watched from the sidelines.

Porous popcorn sinks into the ceramic mass, it burns away during firing, but its form remains. This is like magic. The end result is a mystery, a wonderful play of materials, which one views with unbelief. The popcorn in Kulju’s artworks is the form of popcorn, which in reality is valuable as a material. An especially fine juxtaposition is created when the popcorn sculptures are made from hard, luminously white bone china.

Kulju works with textiles, ceramics and video. Her starting points in selecting the medium are contextual, often combining different materials in the same work. Video is an element of installation, and small cast ceramic sculptures are woven into textile. She says she has worked on the weavability of ceramic pieces. This way, she has used the sound provided by ceramics as part of a textile artwork.

Sounds associated with the forest come close to playing the main role in a video installation, in which a dancer puts on a sculpture-like textile artwork. With the movement, the work comes to life both as a visual object and a shamanic costume akin to a musical instrument, reacting to bodily movements. It may also be construed as a gigantic piece of jewellery, a body accessory requiring a wearer in order to become complete. The dance work provides a kind of key to Kulju’s entire production. It is based, like dance often is, on the balancing of strength and fragility.

Kulju’s different visual worlds are thematically connected. She has founded her artworks on the theory of gestalt therapy, boldly making use of its premises. This has led her to consider the concept of the eternal forest. She created small, jewellery-like pieces from clay, weaving and combining them to assemble installations characterised by abundant fragility and an atmosphere of permanence and timelessness.

In this same world belong Kulju’s mirror-themed reliefs. The fairytale wall-hung artworks could have come straight from the dressing room of Snow White’s stepmother. In reality, they don’t reflect, but rather absorb the light. They are constructed from similar small hand-crafted pieces as the forest installation, but now the pieces are solidly combined, forming a complete sculpture.

Although Kulju’s works encompass conceptual layers created through the materials, the aim is for viewing them to be physically experiential. Through the materiality and artistic idiom of her works, Kulju succeeds in conveying how they feel. Just by looking at the artworks, the viewer feels the differences between matte and glossy, rough and smooth, warm and cold in his fingertips.

Veikko Halmetoja

 

www.veerakulju.com

www.finnishdesigners.fi/portfolio/veera.kulju

www.instagram.com/veerakulju/

www.artaggallery.com

www.lokalhelsinki.com

 

Photo: Forever Forest, 2017 / Hand built black clay and glazing / photo Chikako Harada

 

The Lives of Others

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A beautiful book project done together from the initiative of our friends Joosung Kang and Bora Hong. This book brings together artists, designers, photographers, graphic designers and writers from Finland, Korea and Japan, fabulous!

In this publication you get to see Ihala Gardens through the lens of photographer and friend Ananya Tanttu. Ihala Gardens is a  place of serenity and love. Great inspiration for my work and Im ever thankful to Ilkka Kärkkäinen for taking me with to his secret garden.

Gallery Factory / Factory2
instagram / thelives.ofothers

Ilkka Kärkkäinen 

Photography by Ananya Tanttu

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CHART DESIGN 2018

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QueenOfTheDessert_2018_VeeraKulju_photoChikakoHaradaQueen of the Dessert, 2018 / Vitro porcelain, popcorn and glaze 

I got an invitation from LOKAL to showcase my ceramic work in their curated exhibition at CHART DESIGN this year. During 31st August to 2nd September 2018 in Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art. Im extremely excited and eager to travel to Copenhagen experience this event: CHART

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PathToNarnia_2017_VeeraKulju_photoChikakoHaradaPath to Narnia, 2017 /  Hand built porcelain (21 x 27cm)

 

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Kynnet, 2017 / casted vitro porcelain, hand built porcelain, scratching and glaze.

 

Photographs by Chikako Harada

NAKU exhibition 28.7.–14.8.2018

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NAKU – In the nude, bare, uncovered, in a state of nature, exposed.

My private exhibition in Tampere
28.7.–14.8.2018
Studio, Taidekeskus Mältinranta

Graphic design by Ilkka Kärkkäinen

 

VeeraKulju_IllBeYourMirror_2018_photo_AnanyaTanttuI’ll Be Your Mirror, 2018 / Hand built porcelain and glazing, on veneer (70 x 100cm)

 

VeeraKulju_CallMeByYourName_2018_photo_AnanyaTanttuCall Me By Your Name, 2018 / Hand built black clay and glazing, on veneer (70 x 100cm)

 

Teaser clip from the Sounds of Silence video:

 

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Sounds of Silence, 2017 / Hand woven textile and ceramic elements for sound, video

concept and art piece: Veera Kulju
video and edit: Ananya Tanttu
performance and choreography: Satu Halttunen
clothing pattern: Anu Salonen
graphic design: Ilkka Kärkkäinen

 

VeeraKulju_Naku_2018_photo_AnanyaTanttuNaku, 2018 / hand built porcelain and glazing, on veneer (100 x 70cm).

 

Photographs by Ananya Tanttu