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Gallery Kellokas -Luonnos 5

Janne Erkkilä is a young visual artist who has organized solo exhibitions around Finland since 2013 and participated in dozens of group exhibitions since 2006 in four countries on two continents. Some of his works are abstract dives into experiences that avoid verbalization, while others are partly figurative manifestations of nature experiences, the human relationship withnature, and the overlap of the built and organic environment. As a rule, he has painted with acrylics, combining precise brus.

The works in the exhibition are experimental interpretations of natural processes. They are made with plants and mushrooms collected from nature and colors cooked from them. In addition to the
experimental and learning working process, the name of the exhibition, Luonnos (sketch), refers to being in the wild and the continuous change process of nature (luonto) that can be observed there, where organisms adapt to the conditions through trial and error. The works depict the momentary microscapes of living nature and the tendencies of organisms towards growth, renewal, spread,
competition, communication and networking. The series of works and working with natural colors is also an experiment to overlap the artist's
nature hobbies and making art, and to increase the degree of material self-sufficiency and ecology in artistic practice in uncertain times. With pandemics, wars and the consequences of climate
change, the world can slip into a situation where you can't count on the unbroken flow of complex subcontracting chains and deliveries of dyes and paints with confidence. During the growing
season, however, nature brings out mushrooms and plants, from which a wide range of fascinating colors can be evoked.
Most of the works in the exhibition are painted using the broth of mushrooms and plants on cotton paper like inks. In the latest experiments, the broth has been precipitated, dried, mixed with egg
yolk and used like tempera on linen fabrics, which have been primed with glue boiled from bones and chalk powder ground from eggshells. The following plants and mushrooms have been used in
the works: tansy, meadowsweet, nettle, dandelion, rhubarb, bog bilberry, heather, alder buckthorn, bird cherry, bilberry, lingonberry, birch, rowan, common reed, cow parsley, star-tipped cup lichen,
lily of the valley, lupine, red elderberry, red-gilled webcap, red-banded cortinarius, sarcodon, shaggy ink-cap, cep, velvet bolete and bovine bolete.

Janne Erkkilä (b. 1986) is a young visual artist who has organized solo exhibitions around Finland since 2013 and participated in dozens of group exhibitions since 2006 in four countries on two
continents. Some of his works are abstract dives into experiences that avoid verbalization, while others are partly figurative manifestations of nature experiences, the human relationship with nature, and the overlap of the built and organic environment. As a rule, he has painted with acrylics, combining precise brushwork and splashing techniques. The thematic framework of his production is built around nondualism, metamodernism and transrealism. The work has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

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