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)

 

Kynnet_2017_VeeraKulju_photoChikakoHaradaKynnet, 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

 

Holy Wood

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Holy Wood, my first solo exhibition at ARTag Gallery is made of fragile forest and popcorn transformed into bone china.  Exhibition is open 4.–27.5.2018 and you are warmly welcome!

“Veera Kulju (b. 1975), an artist graduated from the Aalto University, uses ceramics and textiles in her artwork. In her sculptures, small details build a vast bundle of meanings, and the larger forms maintain a dialogue with everyday objects. The beauty of the mostly black and white pieces is very sensual.”

-Veikko Halmetoja, Artistic Director ARTag Gallery

Forever Forest 2018
Hand built black clay, glazing

photo Chikako Harada

 

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Somewhere between nowhere and goodbye, 2018

photo Chikako Harada

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