Opdagelser exhibition 2015/2016

Exhibition opening Kettinge: Opdagelser 2015



Exhibition opening, November 7 at 1:00 PM
Galleri Heike Arndt DK, Rågelundevej 9, 4800 Kettinge.

Anssi Hanhela (FI), Anni Rapinoja (FI), Jussi Valtakari (FI), Kari Södö (FI), Jan Pötter (DE), Martin Karcher (DE), Maja Zagórska (PL), Bryce Chisholm (US), Izolda “Bizzy” Lautner (GB), Füredi & van Lieshout (DE/NL), Casper Johansson (SE), Kurihara (JP), Yumie Yamakawa (JP)

Opdagelser 2015 brings together the best artists from this year’s exhibitions in Berlin; 14 extraordinary artistic discoveries from The Unites States, Finland, Germany, Japan, Poland, Switzerland and Sweden, who are all connected to the Northern countries and Germany.

Anssi Hanhela (FI), Anni Rapinoja (FI), Jussi Valtakari (FI) and Kari Södö (FI) work with innovative use of natural resources, their art stand side by side with street art and political statements. Discover the social criticism in the works of Jan Pötter (DE) and explore Martin Karcher’s (DE) and Maja Zagórska’s (PL) interesting versions of modern life. Bryce Chisholm (US) and Izolda ”Bizzy” Lautner (GB) present refined technical skills with influence from street art. Füredi & van Lieshout (DE/NL) and Casper Johansson (SE) comment on the values of the modern society. The experimental, colorful paintings of Kurihara (JP) and the Manga inspired drawings by Yumie Yamakawa (JP) examines human relations, including loneliness and fragility, and invite to contemplation. In the artworks the spectator is confronted with urban vibrations, poetic coloring and playful humour. It will be a journey full of surprises and discoveries – a unique opportunity to become inspired, excited and involved!

Join us! There is something for everyone in Opdagelser!
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Jan Pötter (DE)

In his expressive mixed-media-pieces Jan Pötter creates a great imaginary and colourful world. Through symbolic motives he explores the modern western society conflicts and disasters. In Pötter’s almost aggressive lines, colours as well as the sometimes naivistic symbolic language, we find references to Art Brut, also called Outsider Art. See more about the artist here.

Kari Södö (FI)

Kari Södö works primarily with sculptures, but is also an excellent graphic artist. Nature serves as Södö’s personal playground, as he in abstract and minimalist idiom creates amazing wooden sculptures. It seems as if the living and dynamic forms endlessly are converted and combined in new and varying constellations. Södö’s graphic art is largely represented in his sculptures – here the same colours and shapes appear and recall the atmosphere of a beautiful autumn day. See more about the artist here.

Maja Zagórska (PL)

Zagórska employs self-portraits, signs and symbols such as quotes, household items and self-portraits in order to comment on the joys and struggles of living in modern society. The details in her work are recognizable and often humoristic, paired with areas of colour she emphasizes objects or situations we can all relate to. See more about the artist here.

Anssi Hanhela (FI)

Anssi Hanhela explores in his dynamic and colourful paintings the relationship between humans and the mystical reality of nature. His pieces radiate a raw and often melancholic atmosphere.

Hanhela builds up a story around the figurative characters and his desire to combine the inner and outer nature of the human being is expressed through thick lines, clear figurations and bright colours. The connection with the northern persona is evident in the dark yet humorous expression. See more about the artist here.

Martin Karcher (DE)

Martin Karcher’s figurative works express a subjective view on people. Often it is eccentric people, who typically are encountered in the corners of the big cities, that are portrayed.
Karcher is balancing between pop art-inspired paintings and classical prints – which requires experience in order to master well – his focus is always on the simple but nearly elegant line. See more about the artist here.

Jussi Valtakari (FI)

Jussi Valtakari developed his interest in wood carving at an early age when he cut his first figures and wooden toys. It has today evolved into artistic creations of fiction portraits. Cutting out shapes in wood builds on a long tradition that goes back to antiquity and thus connects Valtakari’s works with classic wood carving tradition. The figures are often based on observations of local people as well as impressions from different media types. Valtakari works mainly with memory and through his works he seems to diagnose the past as well as present time. See more about the artist here.

Bryce Chisholm (US)

Bryce Chisholm creates catching, multi-layered artworks in bright colours. Chisholm’s characters range from children, women and animals to airplanes, helicopters and nostalgic propaganda. With strong colours he manages to transfer the art of graffiti into successful small-format works. See more about the artist here.

Yumie Yamakawa (JP)
In clean illustrations Yumie Yamakawa captures human reactions and emotions. She focuses on depicting comedic aspects within tragic situations and she has developed her own unique artistic language. She goes beyond conventional cultural differences and creates a universal expression that encourages the spectator to recognize and to get lost in its own history. See more about the artist here.

Füredi & van Lieshout (DE/NL)
The artist duo Simone Füredi and Luc van Lieshout create innovative digital artworks that explore socially critical themes, using a humoristic approach. Their works are a reminder of the constant flow of information and the influence of advertising on our unconscious daily choices and values. See more about the artist here.

Casper Johansson (SE)
Casper Johansson is a visual artist living in Sweden. He worked in Myanmar (Burma) where he had collaborative projects with an emerging generation of Myanmar artists. Using ink-pads and alphabetic rubber stamps he creates “retouched” realism paintings and drawings based on letters and words. At first glance you see a figurative form but as you look closer the technique of the stamps become visible, bringing up several layers of dual meanings in the pieces. See more about the artist here.

Izolda ‘Bizzy’ Lautner (GB)

Izolda ‘Bizzy’ Lautner creates her images using cut-out stencils. Through this technique she achieves clean lines and a street art-feel. The works have pop-cultural reference, they explore and question the beauty industry through images of the perfect woman.

Her artistic expression is reminiscent of classic paper cutting techniques with references to the Danish writer and artist H.C. Andersen and to the shadowplay of that time. See more about the artist here.

Anni Rapinoja (FI)

Anni Rapinoja’s artworks represent the typical northern minimalistic expression.  In close relation with nature her works from the Wardrobe of Nature-series  use forms from the human world, such as fashionable shoes, handbags and hats, made entirely out of natural materials.

Rapinoja sees nature and its inhabitants as co-creators of her art. Rapinoja’s accessories seem wearable and raise questions on the ideas of beauty and consumption in our society. See more about the artist here.

Kurihara (JP)
The japanese multi-artist Kurihara combines Asian and European artistic languages in his art, successfully translating them into his very own expression. Kurihara investigates the human universe through lines and colours and his large-scale paintings create a vibrant energy in the room where the fine lines invite us to investigate his world closely. See more about the artist here.

We look forward to your visit at the exhibitions where several of the artist will be present! You are more than welcome to forward and share our invitation with other art enthusiasts!

Galleri Heike Arndt DK

The exhibition is supported by: