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HC BERG 14.5.-4.9.2022

Summer and the season of light is the ideal time to present the works of Hans-Christian Berg (b. 1971). The exciting, eye-catching works bring the viewer back to the basics: Why do we see what we see? The structure of coloured acrylic plastic works draws the viewer in, as they are perceived differently from a distance than when up close. What does observation even consist of? The experience around Berg works is further enhanced by the fact that the experience of observation is also physical.

The way we see and experience things is intertwined with our own experiences and past. This also affects how observation is discussed. HC Berg’s works challenge the familiar way of looking at things, coaxing you to reject your preconceptions. They suggest that you should not always rely on your first sensory observation: the reality might be more complex than the human eye could ever truly see.

Credits: HC Berg, Color space – Sand yellow medium / Yellow imploding center, 2014, Jenny ja Antti Wihurin rahaston kokoelma, Rovaniemen taidemuseo. Kuva: Arto Liiti

LAURA LAINE: Egg, Sugar & Pink Flora / Gallery Sidetrack

Laura Laine (b. 1983) has achieved renown as an illustrator in Finland and internationally, but has also been working with glass since 2014. Her expressive, imaginative work resembles glass space rockets on a launch pad, deep-sea corals or spiky trophies. The exuberant detail of her work easily brings Baroque and Rococo to mind. Likewise, Laine’s techniques have a real pop-art sensibility, but the tone in her works is more sensitive and coquettish.

Laine is interested in colours, picturesqueness and even the craziest possibilities of glass. The free-blown glass pieces were designed on Laine’s drawing table, and Czech master glassblowers Emil Kovac and Robert Lenner did the actual blowing at Nuutajärvi Glass Village in collaboration with the artist.

Laura Laine, Sugar, 2021, photo: Jussi Tiainen