Pia Männikkö & Páll Haukur



Pia Männikkö and Páll Haukur´s joint exhibition will take place at Gallery Sculptor in November 2019. The exhibition is the first in a series of NordiSKulptur exhibitions that are arranged by the Association of Finnish Sculptors (SKL) and the Nordic Culture Point (NPC). Between 2019–2021 SKL and NPC will arrange altogether three exhibitions with changing Nordic partners, starting with the Icelandic Sculptor´s Association in 2019. The aim of the project is to raise awareness of contemporary Nordic sculpture and to create a platform for a sustainable Nordic collaboration within contemporary sculpture.

The point of departure in Pia Männikkö´s art is movement and volume of the human body. Männikkö is interested in how we observe our surroundings: she is inspired by the different natural and physical phenomena and varying spatial scales. Männikkö uses different techniques and materials, and often, mapping the passage of time has central role in her working process. The bodily connection between a viewer and an artwork is substantial in Männikkö´s art, as she aspires to create immersive situations and spaces to enter.

In his attempts with sculpture making Páll Haukur presents environment-like collectives of objects where things grow, shimmer, reflect, brake down, loop, sting, stick and inevitably, in some cases, die (based on how you look at it). In any case, it is about the immediate situation of things and their relationship to one another (the viewer being another thing among things). Because an object is never only an object, but also – and maybe more than anything else – those things that make objecthood possible in the first place. Like a tree, or a plastic cap.

Pia Männikkö has graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2014 and before that from the Glasgow School of Art in 2010. Since 2004 Männikkö’s works have been exhibited in several exhibitions in Finland and abroad, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and the Huuto Gallery in Helsinki, the Museum of Modern Art EMMA in Espoo, Örebro OpenART Biennale in Örebro, Sweden and the Armory Gallery in Sydney, Australia. Männikkö´s first permanent public artwork was realised in 2018 in Göteborg. Her works have been acquired for various collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and the Collection of Finnish State Art Commission.

Páll Haukur has graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2013 and the Icelandic University of the Arts in 2008. His works have been seen recently at solo shows at gallery Kling og Bang and Reykjavík Art Museum as well as at group show at Reykjavik Arts Festival. In addition to his artistic work, Páll Haukur also holds the position of Adjunct Professor at the Icelandic University of the Arts.