Päivi Takala

8 mar - 2 apr. Vernissage lör 8 mar. 12-16.

(Tyvärr kan vi inte erbjuda någon svensk översättning denna gång)

Opening up an ambiguous void

Päivi Takala's paintings allude to realistic figurativeness. Perception interpreted into the language of painting is nonetheless filtered by reproductions, media imagery. The cropping of shots is not composed into harmonious proportions, but instead the obvious subject is bluntly placed right in the middle of the painted surface. The colours are faded with white throughout, unless limited completely to tones of black or white. In places the whiteness constructing the visual theme is sly; it is sheer white ground simultaneously constructing and piercing the image. In some cases the whiteness completely erases both the image and the marks of painting. The artist makes room for emptiness.

Fragments of various events are the motives of the paintings. They are like binding images, interstices between events essential to the narrative. The motives are disconnected from their contexts and exhausted of meaning. In the exhibition setting various "empty" works come into contact, regaining meaning in the proximity of each other.

The works adapt ways of depicting and perceiving reality deriving from different eras. Stretching from illusionistic figurativeness to the abstract modern idiom, painting falls into an equal relationship with our media-defined manner of perception shaped by images.

Tarja Pitkänen-Walter

Eagle. 2007.
160 x 120 cm

Horse. 2008.
160 x 130 cm

Outside. 2008.
140 x 110 cm

Cv - Päivi Takala

Född 1970 i Lehtimäki, Finland
Bor och arbetar i Helsingfors.


1994-1998 Hochschule der Künste, Berlin
Freie Kunst, Malerei
1990-1996 University of Art and Design Helsinki
Department of Art Education
Masters of Arts
1989-1990 University of Helsinki, Department of Art History


2008 Gallery Thomas Wallner, Malmö,Sweden
2007 Market, Stockholm, Gallerie Anhava
2006 Gallerie Anhava, Helsinki
2005 Gallery Bakeliittibambi, Helsinki
2002 tm-galleria, Helsinki
2001 Gallery Bakeliittibambi, Helsinki
2000 Nelimarkka Museum, Alajärvi
1999 Gallery Bakeliittibambi, Helsinki
1998 Gallery of the Helsinki Fine Arts Academy


2008 Market, Stockholm, Gallerie Anhava
2007 Gallery Forum Box, Helsinki
group: Näsänen, Euro, Takala
2007 Unbelievable, but true. New works from collections,
Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki
2006 Artist and Spectator, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere
2006 Art Forum Berlin, Gallerie Anhava
2006 Purnu Summer,Orivesi
2006 Järvenpää City Art Museum
1999 “by side, sidewalk”, Vaasa

Kommande utställningar

2008 Simple Minnd, Fiskars, Finland
2009 Gallerie Anhava, Helsinki (soloexhibition)


Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki
Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden
Nelimarkka Museum, Alajärvi
Paulo Foundation, Helsinki
Pohjola, Helsinki
Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere
Saastamoinen Foundation, Emma Modern
Art Museum, Espoo
Swaljung collectiions
State of Finland
Private collections in Finland, Sweden and Switserland


2007 Arts Council of Finland, group Näsänen, Euro, Takala
2006 Finnish Cultural Foundation
2005 Paulo Foundation
2003 Arts Council of Finland
Fine Arts Association of Finland
2002 Finnish Cultural Foundation
2001 City of Helsinki
2000 Finnish Cultural Foundation





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