Anssi Taulu Concreteness
In March 2023, Galleria Sculptor will host Anssi Taulu’s first solo exhibition in Finland in ten years.
Concreteness is the opposite of utopia. All works in the exhibition are cast in concrete, which is a material strongly associated with durability, strength, and brutal everydayness. However, concrete is characteristically also fragile and brittle. The use of concrete in art turns it into a rough and vivid poetry, folding layers of time, incompleteness, and finality into an unstable balance.
The exhibition has been supported by the Arts Promotion Center Finland and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
Anssi Taulu is a sculptor whose works often form a serial entity, such as the Ampiaistehtaat series from 2009-2018, which was inspired by news stories about the mass deaths of bees in the 2000s. The series was accompanied by the Organic City installations – “houses” made of recycled cardboard boxes, which offer the viewers a transition from the present moment to something else. Later, the cardboard installations have also featured a living tree.
In addition to Finland, Taulu’s works have been exhibited in the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Serbia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Estonia and South Korea. He has public works in Utica, USA, Kankaanpää, Pieksämäki and Hämeenlinna. Taulu has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1994, and he has worked in many international artist residencies since 2012. Taulu has completed his MFA at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki and he is a member of the Association of Finnish Sculptors.