Installation view to Timo Aho’s exhibition Volume. Photo: Aukusti Heinonen.

Timo Aho Volume


Timo Aho’s first large-scale solo exhibition Volume at Galleria Sculptor is an exploration of a world where the border between real and imagined is blurred. Throughout the works, Aho considers mundane and familiar materials from the urban environment combining them with plant-like sculptures that encapsulate ideas of technology-driven control and the visual language of consumer societies. The sculptures in the exhibition merge with the spatial and sonic dimensions of Galleria Sculptor and are specifically designed for this space.

Light and communication determine the rhythm of life, activities, and mood. Especially in an urban environment where living is becoming increasingly disconnected from the cycle of nature. Artificial lights have isolated urban life forms from the natural rhythm, the seasons and from the experience of the starry skies thus, expanding the gap between humans and nature. Aho is questioning the limitations led by our constructed surroundings; the Illuminated advertisements, noises of the city and information channelled through various platforms that are very much part of everyday life experiences.

Volume is an ambiguous concept. The exhibition acts as a catalyst for reflections on the contemporary world and its phenomena. The exhibition condenses something that defines being, actions and the present moment – it is simultaneously playful, ominous, and bizarre.

The exhibition is supported by Art Promotion Centre Finland and Oscar Öflunds Stiftelse.

Timo Aho (b.1980) works with sculpture, installation, and site-specific art. In his works, Aho uses changing elements, such as air and light. He combines these elements with materials and aesthetics familiar to popular culture.

Timo Aho holds MFA in visual arts from the Art University’s Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki in 2021. He studied sculpture and environmental art at the Glasgow School of Art from 2013–2016. In addition to his own artistic practice, Aho collaborates with artists and scientists. Aho has participated in exhibitions in Finland since 2012. His works and collaborative projects have been exhibited internationally since 2014 in Ars Electronica and Miami Art Week -festivals, Royal Academy of Arts in London, WAM Turku City Art Museum and Kerava Art Museum Sinkka. At the moment Aho is presenting the first of four installations in collaboration with Pekka Niittyvirta and Irisih scientist in Ireland in a project combining art and science Linte na Farraige. Aho’s collaborative works are in Taigh Chearsabhagh, Maille Maif and FB Air art collections and his own artworks in private collections. Aho’s first permanent public artwork was published at Kannisto roundabout in Kerava, June 2022.

Timo Aho, Toteme, 2022, painted and cold rolled steel, plexiglass, led lights. Photo: Aukusti Heinonen.
Timo Aho, 1.5 (almost perfect), 2022, modified mannequin, polyurethane, shaped survaillance mirror, rubber boots, leather gloves, tailored suit (detail). Photo: Aukusti Heinonen.
Timo Aho, Volume (plantae spiritus cannapaceus), 2022, breathable, air-filled sculpture. Photo: Aukusti Heinonen.

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