Friday, April 27, 2012

Äkkigalleria 15

Äkkigalleria welcomes artists Camille Girard and Paul Brunet for a 3-week residency here in Jyväskylä. The artists will begin working in a former clothing store Kauppakatu 5 from May 2nd until their exhibition, which opens on Thursday May 17th at 5pm.

Äkkigalleria 15 will show a new assemblage of work by this drawing duet. The exhibition is an interpretation of life in Jyväskylä. Bits and pieces have been collected, mulled over and/or drawn by these archaeologists of the present. Wooden buildings, cars and trees; the view of garbage containers and melting snow from their window; budding flowers and coffee spoons; a rock, a button, a torn piece of paper found in the gutter: fragments and traces of someone else's life fallen onto the artists' path. The artists observe and interact with these objects in an open-ended exchange integrating these elements into their lives.
What have the artists seen? Do we recognize these bits and pieces? The carefully drawn sites and places, although realistic, could not be confused with photographs. But that is beside the point. These images are about the time spent with them in a slow and meticulous conversation: between the artists themselves, the artists and their subject, their environment and the space between.

The exhibition is open Friday the 18th of May until Sunday the 20th of May from 1 – 7pm daily. Äkkigalleria 15 will be open during Yläkaupungin Yö, on Saturday the 19th, until 9pm.

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