Jani Ruscica's (b.1978) and Sini Pelkki’s (b. 1978) piece Screen Test (for a living sculpture) is an installation with 3 screens showing 1 minute long screen tests of the same living sculpture appearing simultaneously. The installation will be an interplay between these almost identical images, or rather repeated attempts to create the same image, maintaining the spontaneity of the performance. The undoing of the performative act, releasing the stasis into free form is the focus of the piece. The work was originally commissioned as one 23 second film by Creative Time and MoMA PS1 for MTV Artbreaks. Ruscica's works often explore the intersection between cinema, video art, theatre and performance. Recent solo exhibitions include Hilary Crisp (London, 2012), Camden Arts Centre (London, 2010) and group exhibitions Forum d'art contemporain (Luxembourg, 2011), Kitchener and Waterloo Art Gallery (Kitchener Canada, 2011), Liverpool Biennial (2010) and Bonniers Konsthall (Stockholm, 2009). His has had screenings in TATE Modern (2009), MoMA PS1 (2008) and Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2008).
Anne Koskinen (b.1969 in Finland) is a versatile conceptual artist mastering several techniques from marble sculpture to detailed acquarelles and installations. Her bronze casts of road kill animals and wooden copies of other artists’ paintings are all part of her conceptual approach to the questions of original and copy. In her most recent works titled ‘Findling’ Koskinen has turned her attention to stones found from her own backyard. Koskinen is intrigued especially by how the immaterial concept and the visible sensual image and object relate to one another. Koskinen starts to unravel this process by searching for stones from nature. Sculpting the stone, through the process of physically removing material from the rock Koskinen is searching for the point when material becomes representational, when a found stone from nature turns into sculpture. The German title of the work ’Findling’ (engl. foundling) itself carries both the meaning of a found infant and an erratic boulder. Anne Koskinen is represented in collections such as Kiasma Museum of Conteporary Art Helsinki, Helsinki Art Museum, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Malmö Museum of Art, Nordic Watercolour Museum (Sweden) and The State Art Collection of Baden-Württemberg Germany.
Finnish artist duo Tommi Grönlund (b.1967) and Petteri Nisunen (b.1962) create sculptural installations and interventions in urban and natural environments. They use technology, sound and light as the primary material in their works. They address issues of space and physical phenomena through the sophisticated installations that often play with physical laws of nature. Recent projects include Moderna Museet (Stockholm, 2012), The Morning Line T-B A21, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna, 2011), a pedestrian railway bridge in Turku for European Capital of Culture 2011, a group show in Galerie Esther Schipper (Berlin, 2010) and the 3rd Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art ( 2009).
Matti Kujasalo (b. 1946 in Finland) has been working consistently in concrete art over thirty years. The artist has developed a unique grammar of his own yet he continuously finds new areas of freedom within the self-imposed boundaries. His works also have a special lyrical tone and character that are rarely associated with constructivist art. Kujasalo’s works are included in the collections of museums such as the Albertina in Vienna, the Arithmeum in Bonn, the Forum Konkrete Kunst Museum in Erfurt, the Joseph Albers Museum in Bottorp, along with numerous private collections in Finland, Scandinavia, other European countries, and the United States. His retrospective solo show was held in Pori Art Museum in September 2011.
Mari Sunna (b.1972) is interested in exploring the possibilities of painting and continuously examines the nuances of it. Even when her works are figurative the subjects seem to have been born only when the artists’ brush has touched the canvas. The brush strokes are an essential part of the subject matter. Sunna is uncompromising, continuously challenging her forms of expression. Her works have been received with enthusiasm in international showings in London, Basel and the Nordic countries. Mari Sunna is represented in collections such as The Saachi Collection, London; Deutsche Bank, Franche-Comté, France; Aspen Re Collection, Helsinki Art Museum and Amos Anderson Museum, Helsinki.