MELTING FURNACE – GALLERIA RANKKA HELSINKI, FINLAND
It’s exciting to be participating in Melting Furnace with collaborator Eugene Ahn at Gallery Rankka in Helsinki, together with a group of super artists from Los Angeles, Durden and Ray, and Finland. Thank you Stephanie Sherwood, Snezana Saraswati Petrovic, and Galleria Rankka!
Our artwork, Levitation, combines a digital, aluminum print featuring photography of the Bendix Building rooftop in L.A. where Durden and Ray is based, together with an augmented reality feature developed by Eugene Ahn @onethousandlifetimes, which allows viewers to superimpose flying “Revolutions Generators” anywhere in the world(s) through the lens of their phone.
This artwork has traveled from and been experienced in Los Angeles at Durden and Ray, Gallery70 in Tirana, Albania, and now Galleria Rankka, Helsinki, Finland!
Thank you Stephanie Sherwood, for your photos of Helsinki using the Revolutions Generators augmented reality feature!
GALLERIA RANKKA PROUDLY PRESENTS
Ismael de Anda III and Eugene Ahn (USA)
Carlos Beltran Arechiga (USA)
Chenhung Chen (USA)
Snezana Saraswati Petrovic (USA)
Vojislav Radovanović (USA)
Stephanie Sherwood (USA)
Welcome to the opening
on Friday 05.05. at 18
Open Tue–Sun 13–18
MELTING FURNACE – TO FORGE A COMMUNITY
A melting pot in the non-figurative sense of the word. First of all, it’s damn hot there. That’s the show.
Of course, there are layered meanings here. Half of our artists come from Los Angeles. A hot climate. The other half come from Finland. Ultima Thule.
After all, this is about networking; and a little bit more. Just like an intimate relationship, nothing will come of it unless the innermost ones meet. When a connection transcends borders, the innermost comes to the fore.
The theme of the exhibition unfolds in the ancient dilemma between reason and emotion; culture versus nature. In 2023, this looks completely different from the romantic period of painting. This is not due to any paradigm of art, but nature itself aside from the human being.
Last winter, with its record rainfall, the old adage “It never rains in Southern California” became irrelevant. The future of mankind is also at risk, because the world is changing.
But in which direction? Maybe we can influence it, by facing each other and our otherness. To forge a community.
The exhibition is co-curated by Snezana Saraswati Petrovic & Stephanie Sherwood