Photo Galerie Anhava (c) Jussi Tiainen
Karoliina Hellberg & Loji Höskuldsson: Toast
This joint exhibition by Karoliina Hellberg and Loji Höskuldsson explores night, momentarily vacated spaces, the lightness of summer
This joint exhibition by Karoliina Hellberg and Loji Höskuldsson explores night, momentarily vacated spaces, the lightness of summer, and the aesthetics of everyday life.
The two artists met in Iceland in 2020 when Hellberg was there on a residency, and she later invited Höskuldsson to participate in this exhibition. In the period preceding the exhibition, they were in constant dialogue with each other, although they created the works independently. They claim to have visited each other’s works in their thoughts, conversations and imaginations.
The setting in Karoliina Hellberg’s paintings and paper-based works is night. Becoming aware of the fact attunes the viewer to the works: the night is quiet and there is a sense of danger. At night one’s body and mind becomes alert and starts to wander. Hellberg's interiors are empty – momentarily vacated – but not forgotten, for the paintings exude a sense of caring. The human figure, while undepicted, is present in many ways: in the plants, in the containers, in the views. Hellberg’s works do not long for the past but are interested in the future.
The works of Icelandic artist Loji Höskuldsson contain familiar objects and packaging. The stems of his hand-embroidered flowers bend and curve in different directions, and details are captured on the canvas in rich and delicious combinations of colour. Summer lasts long indeed in Höskuldsson’s art. The works are not only about how things look but also how they taste and feel. The humorous works play with stereotypes, and Höskuldsson chooses the motifs for his works based on the country where the exhibition is to be held.