Kristján Guðmundsson | Tanja Koljonen | Rainer Paananen
Finnbogi Pétursson | Mikko Rikala | Ragna Róbertsdóttir
Opening Friday 23 November 2018, 6 – 9 pm (The artists will be present)
Exhibition until 16 February 2019
Thirty years ago, I had the privilege of introducing and curating a minimalistic conceptual exhibition by a group of Icelandic artists in my gallery in Helsinki, Finland. What I didn’t realize then, was how that first show would set a standard for future Finnish generations in how they define their conceptual approach to physics, nature and language. Three decades later, Gallery Taik Persons is proud to announce another collaborative exhibition Cyclic Repetitions, a group show that combines the Icelandic artists Ragna Róbertsdóttir, Kristján Guðmundsson, (both present in the first exhibition), and Finnbogi Pétursson, with their younger Finnish contemporaries, Mikko Rikala, Tanja Koljonen and Rainer Paananen.
As a professor at Aalto University, I’ve been using this Icelandic minimalistic approach as a cornerstone in my teaching, setting the parameters from which the Helsinki School would eventually evolve. All these artists share a similar approach in utilizing their chosen elements as a means for focussing on what is essential in opening up the essence of the objects’ innermost being. Sound, light, earth, graphite, and standard shapes, all form the basic components by which Cyclic Repetitions defines its Nordic roots into how this form of conceptual thinking has evolved from one generation to the next.
Gallery Taik Persons would like to express their gratitude towards the Icelandic Embassy for their support in this exhibition.
Gallery Taik Persons