Solo show: “THE MENTAL GHETTO” @ Myymälä 2
May 4-27th, 2018
Myymälä 2 / Uudenmaankatu 23 F, Helsinki 00120
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):
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