Marja Kanervo Return


“The theme of my exhibition is, in many ways, return.

For instance, I grabbed paintbrushes for the first time after art school and nothing that relates to painting is self-evident anymore.

The exhibition at Galleria Sculptor consists of installations that include parts from egg tempera, colour fields, and phenomena that relates to materials and light.

I started working on this exhibition two years ago when I finished my work Block A in Vallisaari for the Helsinki Biennial. The work is based on the viewer’s presence and perceptions in space. However, the space was closed, and viewers cannot enter the space anymore.

The current exhibition has echoes of Vallisaari’s work, but as the work proceeded in time, these works on display in this exhibition began to live their own lives.

As I am writing this, the process is still ongoing, and this is all I can tell for now.”

Marja Kanervo graduated in 1981 from the Academy of Fine Arts focusing on painting. She’s had numerous solo exhibitions and she has been part of many group exhibitions and events in Finland and abroad.

Her solo exhibitions have been on display for example in Kunsthalle Helsinki and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Her art works are three-dimensional, site-specific, and often temporary.

The exhibition is supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Marja Kanervo, Luonnos II, 2021.
Marja Kanervo, Luonnos II, 2021. Photo: Aukusti Heinonen.
Marja Kanervo, Paluu, 2021.
Marja Kanervo, Paluu, 2021. Photo: Aukusti Heinonen.
Marja Kanervo, Neljä väriä (ikonit), 2021.
Marja Kanervo, Neljä väriä (ikonit), 2021. Photo: Aukusti Heinonen.
Marja Kanervo, Lehtovaara, 2021.
Marja Kanervo, Lehtovaara, 2021. Photo: Aukusti Heinonen.

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