Riitta Päiväläinen: River Notes

17.06.2016 - 07.08.2016

Gallery Valo

Pohjoisranta 4, Rovaniemi

Mon-Sun 9-18

Opening on Friday 17.6. @17


The art of Riitta Päiväläinen has often been called”everyday archaeology” or”unwritten history”. Päiväläinen is interested in the silent history of old and used clothes and fabrics, which is present and absent at the same time. It stimulates Päiväläinen’s curiosity to realize that one can never really know what is the history of a piece of clothing or fabric, or who has worn it.

Repetition and continuity of a theme is typical in the art of Päiväläinen. The theme develops and transforms into new directions and interpretations series by series. The landscape, disappearing or already gone traces and different phenomena in the nature, such as ice and wind are central themes in the art of Päiväläinen.  Päiväläinen builds poetical installations from clothes and fabrics that melt into scenery. Those installations radiate the subjective experience that the artist has with nature and landscape. 

Gallery Valo in Arktikum, Rovaniemi is filled in the summer 2016 with the works from the latest series of Päiväläinen,”River Notes”. The works are installations in pictures and expeditions into the landscape that is the basis of everything. Several meters of ribbons form different constructions into scenery and create nets, webs, kinky nests and bridges in the pictures.

With the ribbons Päiväläinen creates a beginning of a story into the place and the scenery that the viewer can continue by building own visions and emotions based on the image. In the works of River Notes memory and memorizing are present together with the current moment and the future.  Together with weaved ribbons water and reflections play an essential role. The floating water and the reflection of the installation on the surface of it make the works solid and whole.

Riitta Päiväläinen (b. 1969) has graduated as Master of Arts from the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 2002. She is one of the internationally most known Finnish photographic artists. She has had solo exhibitions in Finland, in the Nordic Countries, in different countries in Europe as well as in Japan. Päiväläinen’s works have been bought in the collections of Kiasma, state of Finland, state of Sweden, the Saastamoinen foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri foundation and the collections of European Investment Bank. Riitta Päiväläinen lives and works in Helsinki. Kehrer published her photographic art book “Imaginary Meetings” in 2009.

The exhibition in Gallery Valo in Arktikum has been executed in cooperation with University of Lapland, Faculty of Art and Design. 

www: http://helsinkischool.fi/artists/riitta-paivalainen/portfolio/river-notes/

Serene, 2013