Oulunsalo Soi, Pirjo Lempeä: Moon Garden

01.08.2018 - 30.08.2018

Exhibition opening in the library of Oulunsalo Tue 31.7. at 5.30 pm

The Visual artist of The Year for the Oulunsalo Chamber Music Festival 2018 is Pirjo Lempeä. Her exhibition called ”Moon Garden” is presented in the library of Oulunsalo in August 2018.

The exhibition Moon Garden consisting of cyanotypes by Pirjo Lempeä is exhibited in the library of Oulunsalo in Kapteeni shopping centre 1.8. -30.8.2018. The vernissage of the exhibition is a part of the program of the final day of the festival, but the audience can see some of the works already before the vernissage in the concerts of the festival. The visual layout of the festival is, as usual, based on the artwork of The Visual Artist of the Year.

Familiar plants glow mysteriously in the blue of the magic night and in the tones of the weed soil in Moon Garden. The pictures in the exhibition are cyanotype fotogramms exposed with sunlight to different paper types. The first book in the world illustrated with photographs has been made with the same technique. It is a book by biologist and photographer Anna Atkins, called  ”Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions”.

In the last years Lempeä has focused in alternative techniques of photography, photographs without a camera as well as cyanotype and gum oil printing in her artistic work.

“I make pictures with fotogramm technique by setting plants that I have collected from the nature to a cyanotype paper, I expose the pictures in sunlight, and I develop and fix them with water. The plants are my negatives.” During the festival the audience has a chance to study Pirjo Lempeä’s technique in a workshop held by the artist herself.

The exhibition of The Visual Artist of The Year is a cooperative production by Oulunsalo Soi Chamber Music Festival, Oulu August Festival and The Northern Photographic Centre.

See also: www.lempea.fi