Prognostics lecture: Päivikki Alaräihä
Päivikki Alaräihä: Quite alike, not soft
I work with canvas based and wall paintings. In construction my exhibitions I am interested in how the works, gallery space and the exhibition praxis interact with the viewer's interpretation. Paintings are seen in relation to each other and in relation to their surroundings, which in turn will be seen in a new light through the paintings. Although the exhibitions emphasize the site-specificness in the works, I want to maintain the independence of each work, the so-called self-sufficiency, and in the case of the canvas based paintings their objectness and detachment.
I mostly use abstract shapes, such as rectangles as the motif of my paintings. They do not directly represent anything, but as part of the exhibition one can find references to the environment in them, the rectangles, for example, seem related to the window boxes. My paintings are often extremely simplified, at first glance barely little more than empty surfaces. The lack of details invites on the one hand to a meditative viewing experience, and on the other hand to conceptual interpretations.
Päivikki Alaräihä (b. 1981) lives and works in Helsinki. She graduated as Master of Fine Arts from the Academy of Arts Helsinki in 2015 and has held several solo exhibitions in galleries such as Galerie Anhava 2016, Sinne 2015, XL - Art Space 2013 and the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum in 2010.
The Prognostics lectures in the autumn of 2016 focus on the tradition of abstraction and its appearance in today’s art. The starting point is on the one hand the tradition of abstract expressionism in the work of young artists of today. On the other hand the emphasis is on the legacy of the informal or formless in postminimalism after the 1960’s, which today gets a conceptual context in the framework of nonhuman and materialistic actors.
The Prognostic lectures are supported by Saastamoinen Foundation.
Other Prognostic lectures in autumn 2016:
23.11. Birk Bjørlo
30.11. Charlotte Koenen
7.12. Hicham Berrada