Studio, Taidekeskus Mältinranta
In the nude, bare, uncovered, in a state of nature, exposed. My next private exhibition will open soon in Tampere!
Graphic design Ilkka Kärkkäinen
(Naku is a finnish word meaning nude)
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
Somewhere between nowhere and goodbye, 2018
photo Chikako Harada
casted clay, hand and nail built porcelain, scratching, black glazing
Work is shown by Lokal gallery in “Viiva” exhibition 20.1.-25.2.2018
photo: Katja Hagelstam
Last summer I designed a tea towel for Lokal Kollektion. This kitchen towel got it’s inspiration from my earlier art work “True Colours” I made back in 2016. I was also really keen on having the opportunity to work with Lapuan Kankurit on this project. The towel was woven in Lapua, Finland and it’s 100% linnen.
photos: Katja Hagelstam / Lokal
Fancy a snack or a walk through the shadow gardens? Some of my work can now be bought from Artsy, under LOKAL gallery: klick here!
Casted clay, popcorn
TypoCraftHelsinki combines Finnish typography, design, art, and craftsmanship. TypoCraftHelsinki was born out of love for fonts and the desire to share the joy and pleasure of typography with a wider audience. TypoCraftHelsinki engages designers, craftsmen and artists in a collaborative process where borders between professions are crossed and new design, products and artworks emerge.
The theme of the exhibition was Expedition
An exploration, journey, or voyage undertaken by a group of people especially for discovery and scientific artistic research. On this project I got to collaborate with the best Ilkka Kärkkäinen. Ilkka is a founding partner and creative at Dynamo & Son. He’s been documenting the typographical signs and sights for his Helsinkitypo account on Instagram. He is also a founding member and curator of TypoCraftHelsinki. You can follow him also here: klick!
Our Voyage is a series of three imaginary TypoCraftical citystories. From Viljo Revell’s graduation dinner party from Lasipalatsi, past a 50’s toilet in Hakaniemi to Kyllikki’s longing at Kalevalankatu. All these places actually do situate in Helsinki. Viljo Revell was one of the architects who designed Lasipalatsi in 1936, Oxygenol sign is a well known landmark over Hakaniemi rooftops made in 1950 and there is a building called “Kyllikki” at Kalevankatu built in 1904.
Eau De Toilette, Oxygenol 1950 / Photograph, porcelain, readymade
Rendez vous, Kyllikki 1904 / Photograph, porcelain, readymade
Àla Carte, Lasipalatsi 1936 / Photograph, porcelain, readymade. Located at Amos Rex offices.
photos of the exhibition by Katja Hagelstam
I’m always trying to find new ways to use materials as a means for expressing emotions. In my work, popcorn is transformed from a popular snack food into a refined ornament. You enjoy it across the entire gamut of culture – from comedy to horror.
…also featured in Helsinki Design Weekly
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Popcorn (2017), Unique vessels: Arabia casting clay, black pigment, gold, glazing and popcorn
pictures: Katja Hagelstam
A unique textile that incorporates ceramic elements. The work, which was woven on a handloom in the Arabia Art Departmen Society’s visiting artist studio at the Iittala & Arabia Design Centre, investigates different ways to combine ceramics and woven fabric, in this case the sound and brittleness of ceramic materials.
concept and art piece: Veera Kulju
video and edit: Ananya Tanttu
performance and choreography: Satu Halttunen
clothing pattern: Anu Salonen
graphic design: Ilkka Kärkkäinen
Still photos by Ananya Tanttu
Somewhere in the middle of the planned working process a forest started to appear. There it was, a new path. I shouldn’t feel surprised, after all I said Im going to the wintery forest to hang with Aslan. Feeling like this might be the looking glass into that kingdom.
Hand built porcelain, 2017 / photos: Ilkka Kärkkäinen
Hand built black clay, 2017 / photo: Katja Hagelstam