THE MENTAL GHETTO

Solo show: “THE MENTAL GHETTO” @ Myymälä 2

May 4-27th, 2018

Myymälä 2 / Uudenmaankatu 23 F, Helsinki 00120
www.myymala2.com

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Installation View from the Main Room

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Installation view; Bumbing Road / Who Needs Pants…? and SIKA Live Art Photo: Ville Laaksonen

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Installation view; Gamer of the Year / Supreme Gamer

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Its the Nurse with Jogging Suit… Password “OBOY”!

 

I donˋt understand, what a whim it was
I had a wide motorway under my car and an air-conditioned window seat
So why in the earth I had to press that button
And stay away from the bus at a station
Which name was written upside down

And still I canˋt understand
What it meant
But heck that coffee was good
At that fucking station
And there was no queue at all
Nor a waiter
Full self-service, but yeah I got it right
Made an excellent espresso
And cause I donˋt use milk
Even the expiring dates didnˋt matter

Rap the whole poem here (in Finnish):
www.mentaaligetto.wordpress.com

Through my recent works I have explored the individual’s exclusion of the self, the transformation of consciousness, the creation of a mental ghetto area, and a life inside that ghetto.

Despite the awkward subject, the exhibition doesn´t deal with internal death, submission or affliction but vice versa. These images are filled with cheerful patients, relaxed observers of the world and puffy X-characters. What stays, when you think you have given away everything? Living like in eternal Sunday?

Inspiration rises from bright colors, humour, street culture, hip-hop music and lust for the material. The favourite tools include large fabric canvases, glossy extra heavy acrylic media, a 40 mm brush and an XL size black ink marker (if I had some sponsors, I would probably mention them here). There may be other materials also, such as oil, collage, plastic films, and the handprint of another artist. The show at Myymälä2 is accompanied by a work that is made with a visual artist and cartoonist Jyrki Nissinen.

More information: henna.aho at gmail.com