Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thank you for an exciting year 2014!

2014 kortti: Mikko Keski-Vähälä

We are taking a moment to look back on 2014 and relive the highlights!

Äkkigalleria organized 7 exhibitions this year including one (Äkkigalleria's first) exhibition outside of Jyväskylä in Vancouver Canada. This year focused for the most part on residencies and exchanges. The first exchange was for Äkkigalleria 24 where a biologist worked together with 2 short-film animators from England. Another exchange was through Mexican artist Mazatl who brought a collection of political prints from the Justseeds collective and the La Convergencia Gráfica MALLA. Äkkigalleria collaborated with Vancouver gallerist from inital gallery to bring Finnish art to Vancouver Canada. And finally through our Photoannual residency artist, Carolina Cruz Guimarey, we ended the year with a shortfilm screening organized at the university of Valencia in Spain.

The 2014 residency artists were:
Emily Tracey
Lizzy Hobbs
Mikko Keski-Vähälä
Jussi Riihelä
Carolina Cruz Guimarey

Jussi Päivinen
Justseeds (Mazatl)
La Convergencia Gráfica MALLA (Mazatl)
inital Gallery (Julie Lee and Ron Regan)
Inner Nature (Estela de Frutos)

Maija Holma
Leena Kangaskoski
Antti Laitinen
Emma Lappalainen
Maria Teeri & Janne Nabb
Jukka Silokunnas
Lasse Ursin
Argelia Leodegario
Bec Young
Elizabeth Mota
Fernando Martí
Gandhi Noyola
Iseo Noyola
Jaime Villarreal
Jesús Barraza
Joel Martínez
Kevin Caplicki
Lilian Guigue
Lucía Vidales
Mariana Sasso
Marshall Weber
Melanie Cervantes
Roger Peet
Salvador Alba
Thea Gahr
Yobany Mendoza
Irene Cruz
Ria Green
Beatriz Ros
Cristina Omeñaca
Javier Artero
Manuel López García
Argenis Ibañez
Opn Studio
Matti Aikio
R. Sanchez Y A. Spentsas
Ada Kobusiewicz
Ruben Fuentes
Lucía Loren
Judith López Borobio
Kun Xiu
José Juan Martínez
María Ortega
Paola Correa
Mahmoud Khattab

Many thanks goes out to all who participated in Äkkigalleria during 2014!
We wish you all a creative 2015!!!


Friday, December 19, 2014

Äkkigalleria 30 - Inner Nature: kansainvälistä lyhytelokuvaa Jyväskylässä

Näytökset lauantaina 20.12.2014 klo 16 ja klo 18 Galleria Hoppa, Kauppakatu 4, Jyväskylä, Finland

Äkkigallerian perinteiden mukaan talvipäivän seisauksen aikoihin järjestetään taideretriitti, joka auttaa rauhoittumaan ja irrottautumaan joulunajan kiireestä ja kaupallisuudesta.
Tänä vuonna Äkkigalleria esittää kansainvälisen Inner Nature -lyhytelokuvakilpailun tuloksia. Mysticism in a concious body -teemalla järjestetty lyhytelokuvakilpailu keräsi ihmisen ja luonnon suhteeseen liittyviä lyhytelokuvia ympäri maailmaa. Näytökseen valittiin 18 teosta, jotka esitetään Jyväskylän lisäksi muun muassa Espanjassa, Ranskassa ja Chilessä. Inner Nature -kilpailun koordinaattoreina ovat toimineet José Albelda, Chiara Sgaramella ja Estela de Frutos.
Ihmiskeho toimii elokuvien lähtökohtana pohdittaessa identiteetin, empatian, riippuvuuden, ympäristöetiikan ja väliaikaisuuden monimutkaisia käsitteitä taiteen suomin keinoin. Kahdeksantoista teosta tarjoilevat lähestymistavoiltaan rikkaan katsauksen näihin elokuvakilpailun teemoihin.

Näytökseen videoteoksillaan osallistuvat taiteilijat ovat:
Irene Cruz
Ria Green
Beatriz Ros
Cristina Omeñaca
Javier Artero
Manuel López García
Argenis Ibañez
Opn Studio
Matti Aikio
R. Sanchez Y A. Spentsas
Ada Kobusiewicz
Ruben Fuentes
Lucía Loren
Judith López Borobio
Kun Xiu
José Juan Martínez
María Ortega
Paola Correa

Näyttelyssä mukana myös egyptiläisen Mahmoud Khattabin valokuvia.
Näytökset lauantaina 20.12.2014 klo 16 ja klo 18.
Glögitarjoilu. Tervetuloa!
Inner Nature
Mysticism in a Concious Body
Äkkigalleria 30.
Kauppakatu 6
Kilpailun organisaattorit
Centro de Investigación Arte y Entorno (CIAE)
Laboratorio de Creaciones Intermedia (LCI)
Idea ja koordinointi
José Albelda, Chiara Sgaramella ja Estela de Frutos
Lorena Rodriguez Mattalía
Hankkeen tuki:
Universitat Politècnica de València
Facultat de Belles Arts San Carles
Departament d´ Escultura
Departament de Pintura
Palau Cerveró. Valencia
Universidad de Valencia
Äkkigalleria. Suomi
Zinc Espacio Emergente. Salamanca
Junta de Castilla y León
Jardin Botanique. Marnay-Sur-Seine. Ranska
Universidad Pontificia. Santiago de Chile

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Kirkkopuisto Photo Annual with Radio City

 photo: Carolina Cruz Guimarey

This morning Äkkigalleria PR Juho Jäppinen visited with Pertti Perämäki at Radio Jyväskylä for the interview in the following link:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Äkkigalleria's interview with KpPA residency artist Carolina Cruz Guimarey

 photo: Carolina Cruz Guimarey

Äkkigalleria interview with Carolina Cruz Guimarey on Wednesday September 10th, 2014.

Äkki: This is your first time to Jyväskylä, and to Finland. What are your first impressions of Jyväskylä (and Finland)?
CCG: I feel that Finland is a place to get lost in a forest. That is what I really have loved and after walking between the shadows of the trees find out a lake, quite and silence. Here, nature is everywhere but it is not overwhelmed it is kind. I have felt protected, lost in a forest, alone, trying to be part of the nature that surrounds me. Peaceful. Finland is peaceful. Taika is one of the first words I have already learnt in finish, guess why.

Äkki: Today you experienced the Finnish sauna for the first time. What kind of experience was this for you? What images from this experience have stuck to your mind?
CCG: It was so liberating! I was able to forget about my body and get completely relax, it is not only a physical relaxation but and mental stay of serenity. The most special moment was be alone, swimming, and naked in the lake’s cold water after the sauna. It was a moment of extremely beauty and calm. You can feel part of the nature that surrounds you.

Äkki: The theme of home, the environment created in and by the construction of a house is a re-occurring subject in your work. What is your first memory of Home? Or can you describe when you first grasped the concept of home?
CCG: I think this concept interests me because I don’t really know what it means. Personally, it is a space of emptiness, something I try to understand, and something I have always been looking for. From the point of view of our society the concept “home” involves a lot of complex realities, from people who have lost their houses in Spain because of the economical crisis to people who are looking for a new homeland beyond the borders of their countries, some of them risking their own lives, some because of war conflicts. So, is home a house, a city, a country, or just a feeling? I don’t know. But in some kind of way we assume  “home” as a part of our identity and our memory. Maybe it is just a dream, a state of mind.

Äkki: You are a multidisciplinary artist, which means that you work with many tools to create images and installations. Photography is only one of these tools. Could you replace photography in your work?
When I choose photography to develop a project it is because this project works better this way, I am not looking for the value of the image itself. I’m not a photographer strictly thinking about what that means, I just use my camera when I need it to tell something, I don’t catch images around me, I create those images, I provoke them. Nowadays, It’s easier to improvise in front of the camera, to let you go, almost by instinct, mostly with digital technology.  My photo projects are often related to actions, usually in the form of portraits accompanied by same kind of performance where I play some role in a defined space. It’s like the result of a secret performance, some mystery that involves the space or some objects. I have some ideas, some feelings, then I chose the composition, I search for a kind of light or a special place and I let things happen. I only could do that with photography. I guess some people do that with drawings…I use photography to built my images.

Äkki: In an interview you made with Laatikkomo a few months ago you talked about photography being like a door into another dimension: “a door to a timeless space that gives you the freedom to build new identities”. Are you also building yourself a new identity? Or because you often use yourself in your images, are you building an alter ego?
CCG: Not, exactly. I use my own image because it is practical; I am always with myself so. And that let me improvise much more. But I don’t think I building myself a new identity or create and alter ego. When I appear in my images, it is not me, it is a woman who is there. Usually you cannot see my face, there is nothing that tells you about me, it is a woman, could be you. The images come from me, from my concerns, my feelings, my wonders, but then they become another thing, they are not about me anymore.

Äkki: Some of your series includes found images, or other people’s family portraits, what is your interest in other peoples’ photographs? What do they give to your series?
CCG: Found photographs have a great influence in my artwork. I have been collected this images since a long time. I like the mystery that they have, this is the “door to a timeless space”, they talk about others and at the same time they talk about us. This photos capture personal special moments but I could be our lives, ours grandmother’s life. That is fascinating, we are all the same. We are here for a short time and then we left and we all go throw similar experiences, love, joy, lost, fear, dead. Besides, I have use found photos in lot of my artworks, mostly to talk about women, women reality and history.

Äkki: You seem to go on a lot of artist residencies: just finished a residency in a small town outside of Paris and now you are in a smallish middle sized town in Finland. What importance does a residency have on an artist, and what is the importance of the artist to the community of residence?
CCG: Art residences are for me essential. The periods I have spent in art residencies has let me grow as a person and help me to expand my view as an artist. Also, art residencies give me the possibility of being absolutely focus in my artwork, far away from home, I have a clear goal, develop a concrete project, take as much as possible from this period of time, usually I went back home with some new projects in mind too. Besides, the new places, the new people, everything is positive. My periods in art residences are like oxygen for me, let me breath. Moreover, I have met the most wonderful people from around the world thanks to this opportunities and I have find out magic places, little towns like Guenalguacil (Malaga, Spain), Uncastillo (Zaragoza, Spain), Vilanova de Cerveira (Portugal), Marnay-sur-Seine (France) and now Jyvaskyla. The community also gets enrich with the artists in residency. Local artists get new international nets and people of the community, mostly in little towns, get really involve in the process of the contemporary art and it becomes part of their lives.

Äkki: What kind of photography (or art) is currently popular in your hometown?
CCG: I don’t really think that the kind of work that young photographers are doing in my hometown are really different from the work of other artist of the same generation that I met in Europe. I guess all of us we are living a similar moment so the things that concern us are similar too.  In Galicia, my region in Spain, there are several young photographers who really have a interesting work: Carla Andrade, Jesús Madriñan, David Catá, Ruth Montiel, Veronica Vicente, just to name some of them, the list could be much more longer. All of them are doing international exhibitions very successfully. Carla Andrade’s work is focus in landscape and nature and in some kind of way also Ruth Montiel’s work. I think this is an international tendency and it is logic. This is an issue that concerns specially our generation. We are re-building our relationship with nature.

Äkki: Where do you go to seek inspiration? (To a place or an image, a book, an action…?)Many projects probably have their own source of inspiration, but is there one source of inspiration that you continually return to?
CCG: Poems, words. Often inspiration comes from them. But also my life, the things that worried me, the things that happen around me. Fears. Wounds. Secrets.

Äkki: And now some one word/short answers:

Äkki: Colour
CCG: Here, green.

Äkki: Process
CCG: Painful.

Äkki: Explanation
CCG: ?

Äkki: Message
CCG: Art

Äkki: Object
CCG: Found objects

Äkki: Home
CCG: Home (less)

Äkki: Question
CCG: Life

Äkki: Light
CCG: Shadow

Äkki: Shadows
CCG: Photography

Äkki: Time
CCG: End, Fin(land).

Äkki: Movement
CCG: Travel

Äkki: Photography
CCG: Taika

Kirkkopuisto Photo Annual

Carolina Cruz Guimarey is the 2014 Kirkkopuisto Photo Annual residency artist.
photo: Carolina Cruz Guimarey

Äkkigalleria announces the third Kirkkopuisto Photo Annual residency and exhibition in Jyväskylä. This year's residency artist is Carolina Cruz Guimarey (b. 1981) from Spain. During a two week residency she will photograph 8 new pieces which will be shown in the Kirkkopuisto cultural advertisement lightboxes along Kauppakatu Street. Äkkigalleria collaborates with the Finnish Centre for Creative Photography and the owners of the advertisement placements.

Äkkigalleria järjestää kolmannen Jyväskylä Kirkkopuisto Photo Annual -näyttelyn. Photo Annualen taiteilijaksi on valittu espanjalainen Carolina Cruz Guimarey (1981), joka kuvaa näyttelyn teokset Jyväskylässä. Valokuvat ovat esillä syyskuun lopulla Kauppakadun varrelle jyväskylän kulttuuritoimijoiden valomainoskaappeissa. Syyspimeillä valokuvat muuttavat korttelinpätkän valokuvanäyttelyksi. Äkkigallerian yhteistyötahoina näyttelyn toteutuksessa toimii Luovan valokuvauksen keskus ry sekä valomainospaikkojen omistajat.

Kirkkopuisto Photo Annual 
Äkkigalleria 29.
Kirkkopuisto, Jyväskylä 24.9. –3.10.2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Open Call for Video Art

 Part of Äkkigalleria is about networking, and our current artist in residency just put us in contact with a video-art project based in Spain "Inner Nature - Arte, naturaleza y contemplación"
We would encourage all video artists to submit to the current open call, the resulting project will be screened in Spain, France, Chile and Finland:

DEADLINE October 3rd, 2014
details about the project can be found through the link (read pdf) or images below:
(Inner Nature)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Photos from Materialized out of Finland (Äkki 28.)

 outside view of Äkkigalleria 28. at initial gallery

"Too Much Coffee" by Lasse Ursin.

multimedia installation by Janne Nabb & Maria Teeri

images from the opening

 images from the opening

 view of the gallery work by Emma Lappalainen in foreground, 
Leena Kangaskoski on wall and Antti Laitinen on the monitor

 view of the gallery. Work by Emma Lappalainen in foreground, 
projection by Jukka Silokunnas and sculpture by Leena Kangaskoski.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Äkkigalleria 28.– Materialized out of Finland

For its 5th anniversary, the Finnish nomadic art gallery, Äkkigalleria, is venturing outside of its hometown Jyväskylä to present work by 7 Finnish artists in the exhibition Materialized out of Finland.

This exhibition shows recent work by artists from all over Finland. The selection of pieces is delicately balanced between the two strong roots of Finnish culture and economy: wilderness and technology.

Much of the work is process based, and involves various degrees of intense labour. Be it the physically demanding work of destroying a boat (Jukka Silokunnas), cutting up a frozen lake (Antti Laitinen) or chipping up a log (Emma Lappalainen). Or the more fine motor skills of wrapping wire around twigs (Leena Kangaskoski), the meticulously cut paper flowers (Nabb & Teeri) or building self-sufficient kinetic sculptures (Lassi Ursin). All demand a certain determination and sacrifice proudly known as “sisu” in the Finnish language. Even the small hand-printed, silver gelatine prints (Maija Holma) require careful technique.

Each piece has an intimate story as well, reflecting the solitary nature of Finns. The lone, physical and technical involvement in each creation is reflective of the Finnish relationship to nature.

Finland, meet Vancouver.
Vancouver, this is Finland.

The artists of Materialized out of Finland are:

Maija Holma b. 1971, (photography) processes and prints her images on repurposed materials. Her work often juxtaposes material and image; using found (rejected) objects such as broken plastic or chunks of cement, combined with imagery from her environment. For subject matter, Maija Holma is drawn to architecture, in nature as well as in cities. Maija Holma is also a photographer for the Alvar Aalto museum of Finland for which she has documented the architect’s work all over the globe. Her most recent exhibition was in Teheran, Iran. 
Maija Holma’s work in this exhibition, Ballad of a Standard, 2012, is a series of silver gelatine photographs on repurposed “A4” paper.

Leena Kangaskoski b. 1982, (sculpture) has worked with a variety of materials and practices including sculpture, performance and video, but her most recent work appropriates natural objects, such as sticks or pinecones, and transforms them into new entities. For this exhibition Leena Kangaskoski is showing work from her new series Mind Token 2014, which visualizes a concept of neurons through the manipulation of natural found objects.

Antti Laitinen b.1975, is known for his projects of endurance. His physically demanding processes, immersed in nature, are documented and shown as photographs and/or videos in the gallery setting. For this exhibition Äkkigalleria shows his video work Lake Deconstruction, 2011, which documents his process of removing ice from a frozen lake, cube by cube, and building a large ice block on land. Through diverse projects, Laitinen considers human relationship with and in nature along with concepts of time and work.
Laitinen was the Finnish Pavilion representative at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

Emma Lappalainen b. 1976, (sculpture) is best known for her black and white, pinhole photographs and prints depicting mysterious landscapes. Upon recently inheriting a forest she began working in a more sculptural form: Her forest had been infested with a beetle known in Finnish as the “typographic printer” (Ips typographus) – a similar name to her own profession as a fine arts printer, this was also the profession of her late father. It was this connection with the beetle that inspired her to work with wood more physically as a material and not just a means to print.
Emma Lappalainen’s Trip 2013, is an installation/sculpture made from a spruce tree log.

Janne Nabb & Maria Teeri b. 1984 & 1985, (installation). Janne Nabb and Maria Teeri are an artist couple who have been working together since 2009. Their collaborative work is propelled by their efforts to avoid painting. This may seem a bit contradictory seeing as both artists began as painters, however their motivation for “not painting” is rooted in their desire to go beyond paint: to continue painting without the use of paint. Currently their non-paintings are made with found materials (in this case calendars from the 1980s) videos, and manipulated photographs. Their installations are always site-specific creations, although at times certain elements might be re-used in a new context.  In this exhibition they are showing a new version of their piece Sonar 2010, 2011, 2014.
Nabb and Teeri were chosen as the 2014 Young Artist of Finland award. This award is an annual cash prize and exhibition given to a Finnish artist under 35 as a reward of merit in the arts.

Jukka Silokunnas b. 1982, (video). Intrigued by disruption of order, the stop-motion videos and photographs by Jukka Silokunnas often represent the dismantling of objects, emphasizing the absurd, or reversing common expectations. His video Disemboat 2013, shows a typical Finnish row boat crumbling, in stop motion, seemingly without human intervention. Jukka Silokunnas is also known as a specialist of Finnish Street Art. He is currently working at the Finnish Arts Promotion Centre – Central Finland Branch (formerly known as the Arts Council of Finland), for the promotion of Public/Street Art.

Lasse Ursin b. 1983, (media art) experiments with found objects and motors to produce his kinetic sculptures. He considers existential questions about art and challenges the authority of the artist by creating self propelling objects that can produce their own drawings and/or paintings. For this exhibition Lasse Ursin’s Too Much Coffee 2014, is a new work created for this Äkkigalleria exhibition. The object is a scalp massage device attached with small cam motor equipped with pens which draws random, agitated lines in an uncontrolled composition. 
Lasse Ursin is an active member of his community, involved in bringing creative activities to isolated groups on people, particularily those in governmental housing.

For this exhibition, Äkkigalleria will occupy the initial gallery space for four days in between programmed exhibitions. This new collaboration with an established gallery space is an exciting expansion for the Äkkigaleria concept which, up until now, has primarily appropriated vacant commercial spaces.

Äkkigalleria takes over the initial gallery space
2339 Granville Street
Vancouver, Canada

Äkkigalleria 27 - images from the Katustipendi

Images from the installation by Äkkigalleria's Katustipendi recipient : Jussi Riihelä.

kuva: Jukka Silokunnas


kuva: Jukka Silokunnas

Monday, May 12, 2014

Äkkigalleria 27 - Katustipendi

Äkkigalleria will be part of this year's Yläkaupungin yö festival with work by our annual Katustipendi (street-art grant) recipient. 
Every year Äkkigalleria awards a small grant to a Finnish artist to create an uninhibited work of temporary public art in Jyväsklyä. The Katustipendi was organized to encourage artists to invest in public space and to engage art outside the gallery. The first Katustipendi was awarded in 2011. This year's Katustipendi work will be shown during the Yläkaupungin yö festival from May 17th, 2014 until a future date. 
This year the Katustipendi recipient is Jussi Riihelä. Riihelä works in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography and street art. He specializes in experimental materials and strives to instigate discussion through his work be it the subject or the placement of his pieces.
For the Katustipendi, Jussi Riihelä will create a new work in the Jyväskyä's Seminaarimäki university area. More information about the specific location will be disclosed later in the week.

Jussi Riihelä
Äkkigalleria 27 – Katustipendi
Seminaarinmäki, Jyväskylä
May 17th, 2014

Äkkigalleria is supported by Koneen Säätiö

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Äkkigalleria 26.

Äkkigalleria 26. presents the portfolio "La autonomía es la vida, la sumisión es la muerte" by 20 artists from Mexico and the United States. This project is a joint effort between the printmaking collectives the Justseeds and La Convergencia Gráfica MALLA. Both groups work with combining political messages and art.

The exhibition was brought to Jyväskylä via Justseeds member Mazatl, who was in Jyväskylä for an artist residency from April 9th to 26th.

The exhibition is at Yliopistonkatu 4B in Jyväskylä from Monday April 28th, until May 1st, 2014.
The gallery is open as follows:
Monday 11–18
Tuesday 11–18
Wednesday 11–15
Thursday  12–16

Everyone is welcome, the exhibition is free of charge. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Äkkigalleria 25. Mazatl & Mikko Keski-Vähälä

Mazatl and Mikko Keski-Vähälä will be showing the work made during their 10-day residency in an exhibition at Yliopistonkatu 4B in Jyväskylä.
The exhibition will be opening on Tuesday April 22nd at 4pm.
Open hours for the exhibition are 11am to 6pm daily and 10am to 4pm on Saturday.

Everyone is welcome, the exhibition is free of charge.

Mazatl working on his woodcut print.                           Mikko Keski-Vähälä printing with letterpress

Monday, April 14, 2014

Äkkigalleria 25. Printing assistance

This coming weekend (19. and 20.04.) residency artist Mazatl will be needing printing assistance to print the large scale print (2m x 9m) for the Äkkigalleria 25. exhibition.

If you are interested in helping out, please send us a note: akkigalleria(at)gmail(dot)com

This is an excellent opportunity for artists, art students and enthusiasts of in printmaking. Mazatl is a world class printer specializing in the wood cut process. Working with him is a very unique opportunity to observe and learn from a professional.

Vegan food for all participants will be provided by Äkkigalleria.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Äkkigalleria 25 & 26

Please welcome: Mazatl & Keski-Vähälä along with

the Justseeds & La Convergencia Gráfica MALLA

Mexican printmaker and activist Mazatl and Finnish letter block printer Mikko Keski-Vähälä meet for the first time on Tuesday April 8th. Together they will work over the next two weeks to create an exhibition of new work in Jyväskylä, Finland. This short and intense residency will take place at the Ratamo Centre for Printmaking, and at the Tourulan Kuvataiteilija artist studios. The artists will be working intensively at both of these locations and you are welcome to stop by and take a look!

Mazatl is an active member of the printmaking community in both Mexico and the United States. For Äkkigalleria 26. Mazatl has brought the portfolio of prints "La autonomía es la vida, la sumisión es la made by 20 artists from two colletives: the Justseeds, anchored in the United States, and La Convergencia Gráfica MALLA, a loose organization of printmakers based in Mexico.  This exhibition of prints are a response to a theme of idependence and will be shown right after Äkkigalleria 25. at the same location.
In 2012 another member of the Justseeds collective visited Jyväskylä, Roger Pete. Printmaker Peet was the Vakiopaine guest artist invited by art-coordinator Willie Männikkölahti at the Vakiopaine venue.

Äkkigalleria will open on Tuesday, April 22nd. 
Äkkigalleria 25: Mazatl & Keski-Vähälä, will open at 4pm at Yliopistonkatu 4B
Open 11am – 6pm daily and 10–4pm on Saturday

And Äkkigalleria 26: Justseeds, will be open the following week at the same location 28.04. – 01.05.
 Open 11am – 6pm daily and 12–4pm on Vappu.
The exhibitions are free events, everyone is welcome!

image courtesy of Mikko Keski-Vähälä

Äkkigalleria is financed by Koneen Säätiö.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Äkkigallerian avoin teoshaku

This message is for artists who identify themselves as Finnish:

Jyväskyläläinen nomadi taidegalleria Äkkigalleria laajentaa reviiriään kotosuomen ulkopuolelle.
Olemme kiinnostuneet Sinun teoksista, jos ne täyttävät seuraavat kriteerit:

Teosehdotuksen on oltava

- rohkea
- uusi
- helposti liikuteltavissa paikasta a paikkaan b
- suomalainen. Taiteilija itse päättää, onko hän suomalainen. Suomalaisuuden määrittely on jokaisen henkilökohtainen asia. Emme kysele henkilökohtaisuuksia.

Teokset saavat olla

- riskejä ottavia
- uutta kokeilevia
- vanhaa muokkaavia
- rajoja rikkovia
- sisällöltään ja/tai materiaaliltaan mielenkiintoisia
- kevyitä (sisältö saa olla painavaa)
- tilateoksia, jos ne pystyy kuljettamaan pienessä tilassa ja ovat kevyitä. Tilateokset voivat olla paikan päällä koottavia. Äkkigalleria voi suorittaa teosten kasaamisen/ripustamisen, jos Taiteilija antaa tarkkaa ohjeet, ja ripustus on maalaisjärjellä ja perusvälineistöllä hoidettavissa. Teoksen pitää olla ripustuksen suhteen joustava johtuen tilan suomista mahdollisuuksista tai asettamista rajoituksista.
- särkyviä, jos teosten kuuluu särkyä
- tulostettavia (suurempikokoisten tulostus saattaa onnistua kohdemaassa)
- ihan mitä taiteenlajia vain. Jos teoksesi perustuu teknologiaan, jota ei löydy lähikaupasta/kotoa, niin taiteilija järjestää sopivat laitteistot näyttelytilaan xxxxx:n kilometrin päähän kotosuomesta (’kotoa löytyvistä’ laitteistoista voi käydä diplomaattisia neuvotteluja kanssamme).

Jos Sinulla on tietoa tai idea kriteerejä vastaavasta suomalaisesta nykytaiteesta, niin lähesty meitä sanallisesti ja/tai kuvallisesti (akkigalleria(at)gmai(dot)com).

Mielenkiintoisimmat ja nopeimmat ehdotukset voittavat (jokunen hiukan hitaampikin saattaa ehtiä mukaan). Näyttelyn teokset valitaan näyttelykokonaisuutta silmällä pitäen. Näyttelyn avajaiset pidetään joskus kesä-heinäkuussa, kun sopiva tila tulee vastaan jossain päin maailmaa (business as usual). Toivomme teosehdotukset huhtikuun 12. päivään mennessä. Huomioimme kaikki ehdotukset. Ja vaikka teos/teokset eivät nyt sopisi näyttelyyn, niin pidämme ehdotukset mielessä tulevien näyttelyidemme varalta.

Näyttelystä ei koidu osallistuville taiteilijoille kuluja, paitsi jos kyseessä on paikan päällä tehtävä performanssi yms, tai taiteilija haluaa osallistua avajaisiin. Tällöin hän vastaa matkakustannuksista itse.

Ja tätä taiteilijahakua saa levittää. Ideaali olisi, että taiteilijat sen näkisivät. Kiitos!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Äkkigalleria gets a 2-page critique in Finland's TAIDE-lehti magazine


Suddenly Now!

The exhibition is just starting but closing soon
Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä
January 23rd – 25th

Text by Hannu Castrén


The caption under that first image in the article refers to this image from the "Minä mies" (Me, Man) exhibition with Kalle Turakka-Purhonen's performance Vernissage Bodybuilder. In the background Harri Pälviranta's series "Karva-iho" (Hair -skin). It is amazing that only one photo caption got mixed up. The actual photo in the snowy tunnel, is from Äkkigalleria 13: a residency by Antoine Meyer.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Photos from Äkkigalleria 24 - Moths Day and Night

 photo: Emily Tracy
  photo: Emily Tracy

  photo: Elizabeth Hobbs

  photo: Juho jäppinen

   photo: Juho jäppinen

   photo: Juho jäppinen

   photo: Juho jäppinen

  photo: Juho jäppinen