VÄÄNTYNYT : Jaakko Niemelän videoteoksia ja installaatioita
Meidän kuvamme -näyttelyssä
Amos Andersonin taidemuseo 16.11.2007-9.2.2009
TWISTED consists of new installations and video works by Jaakko Niemelä (born 1959) at Amos Anderson Art Museum. The basis of the exhibition has been the floor 4 ½ of the museum, a space leased to the Association of Finnish Fine Arts Foundations and thus included in the Our Pictures exhibition. The artist shapes the space by projection of videos and animations, as well as with wall structures. The duration of the exhibition, one year, is exceptionally long. This gives Niemelä an opportunity to make changes in the installations. The exhibition is an ever-developing process.
The large installation of Jaakko Niemelä consists of slanted walls and ceiling structures, on which video images are projected. The starting-point has been the space itself, along with the chapel of the same size directly above. The animation takes the viewer, like a caged animal, through a grid-like structure of lines to a fictional space built behind the walls. The camera moves with increasing speed. Finally the space develops into an abstract flicker, a distorted image of a window painting in the chapel with Madonna and Child motif.
The exhibition space is to Jaakko Niemelä a chapel under construction. The windows are shaded with film which produces a golden glow outside. The meaning of the interior and the exterior will alter. They express conflicting emotions, which pull the character in the video in different directions, from hope to helplessness. In the exhibition Niemelä portrays these emotions as forces which distort the room space. A central theme in the artworks is the effort to accept the things which are beyond influence.
The smallness one feels when facing the inevitable, such as death, concretizes in two separate works of the exhibition: In the small TV monitors of ”The Greatest is Love-Letting Go” -video triptych, a man endlessly constructs and deconstructs a large black wall by hand. ”That’s Me in the Corner,” is a distorted miniature of the large installation, where a human figure is placed in the corner. The miniature is a project room, which keeps changing during the exhibition.
”The deaths and illnesses of close ones have placed me in the position of the small character in the video, as equally helpless: I feel like the only thing I can do for them is to hope and prey,” says Jaakko Niemelä. The artist’s wife, sculptor Helena Hietanen, has assisted in the analysis of the works.
Jaakko Niemelä, tel. 050-598 4201 email@example.com, www.jaakkoniemela.com
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