AV-arkki proudly presents Lounila, Pelkki and Viita at Moving Image New York 2014 Art Fair
AV-arkki is proud to participate in the upcoming edition of Moving Image, the contemporary video art fair. Moving Image takes place in Chelsea, New York, 6th to 9th of March 2014. AV-arkki´s selection for the fair is three media artworks by Liisa Lounila, Sini Pelkki and Mija Viita.
Milja Viita (born 1974 in Karjalohja, Finland) has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Time and Space based Art, Helsinki (MA degree 2005) Viita uses film, video and installations. Her works are characterized by memories and small and familiar phenomenons that are made significant by visual narration.
Viita´s Coriolis is a poetic documentary about identical twins, Marthe and Martine, who are separated by the world. A caregiver of the elderly, Martine currently lives in Helsinki, while Marthe, who works as a dressmaker, still lives in their native country, Togo. The two sisters come from a region where planetary winds, the great forces of the climate, arise.
Sini Pelkki works with photography and moving image. Her work derives and evolves around photography and the photographic image. Focusing on the subjectivity of seeing and the relation between a human and different physical and psychological environments and spaces. Pelkki was born in 1978 in Helsinki, Finland. She studied Fine Art in Chelsea College of Art and Design in London (UK) and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. She is currently based in Helsinki.
Pelkki´s Embarkation is a moving image that is framed like a photograph. Through repetition it builds up into a single image, like a photograph that consists of countless images. With simultaneous presence and absence, the work explores the relationship between still and moving image.
Liisa Lounila (born 1976) lives and works in Helsinki. Her main mediums are experimental film/video, photography and painting. Her works usually deal with an obscure need for change, great expectations and places of potential. Usually her pictures, both still and moving, have their background in movies, yellow papers, lifestyle magazines and pop lyrics. Lounila graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2001. Her works have been shown in many exhibitions and festivals worldwide, including 8th Istanbul Biennial and Venice Biennale 2003.
Lounila´s 7BPM (7 beats per minute) depicts a nocturnal thunderstorm in Chinle, Arizona. Set at night, the dreamlike still image looks over a painterly, artificially illuminated small moss surrounded by darkness. A hypnotic, monotonic choir of frogs and crickets create a continuous soothing audio background to a thunder trapped in a nearby canyon. The lightnings appear in an unnaturally steady pattern, exposing the surrounding open landscape behind the lit foreground. For a split second the view resembles a set from a horror movie. The ever-present thunder storm, associated with divine and destructive powers, leaves the foreground and the viewer untouched and irritatingly safe to his/her own private area.
Moving Image was conceived to offer a viewing experience with the excitement and vitality of a fair, while allowing moving image-based artworks to be understood and appreciated on their own terms. The newly formed Moving Image Curatorial Advisory Committee for New York 2014 is inviting a selection of international commercial galleries and non-profit institutions to present single-channel videos, single-channel projections, video sculptures, and other larger video installations.
Moving Image is located at the Waterfront New York Tunnel in Manhattan’s Chelsea District. Location: Waterfront New York Tunnel, 269 11th Avenue, Between 27th and 28th Streets, New York, NY 10001
Opening reception: Thursday, March 6, 2014: 6-8pm
Thursday March 6 – Saturday March 8, 2014: 11am – 8pm
Sunday, March 9, 2014: 11am – 4pm
Moving Image is free to the public
AV-arkki’s participation is at the fair is supported by The Finnish Cultural Foundation.
AV-arkki, the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art, has been a pioneering distributor since 1989 and has opened up opportunities for Finnish artists to get their works recognized internationally. The activities of AV-arkki have contributed to the success that Finnish media art enjoys today. These activities are unique in both Finland and the other Nordic countries.