Thursday, July 31, 2008

It's True, What You've Heard About Us

We have never really heard a better title for an exhibition showing the work of a bunch of Finnish artists than "Arctic Hysteria: New Art from Finland," now showing at PS1 in Brooklyn. Where to even start? Well, how about here?

Why is this artist, Markus Copper, hiding his left hand in this photo taken at an awards ceremony, you ask? Well, thanks to Harri's dad being a hand surgeon, we know the answer. It's because he chopped off the hand and microwaved it! Was it ART, ala Lucas Samaras? We're not sure, but he and his girlfriend brought the hand into the hospital and asked if it could be reattached. They were sad to learn that it could not, in fact, be put back on, as it was now cooked and had been rendered meatier than usual. Oops. On the plus side, he now apparently has a cool robot hand. Anyway.

Moving on, TG will be visiting the exhibition tomorrow. It looks promising. Some works by featured artists:

"ILO" by Pekka Jylhä (ilo means joy)

"I would like to understand" by Pekka Jylhä (he has lots of bunnies in his work)

Veli Granö's film "Meet You in Finland Angel / Tähteläiset" -- TG has no idea what this is about but it is supposedly a documentary and this still looks totally insane. A must see!!!

Tea Mäkipää attached a specially made video camera to the head of a reindeer named Petteri and documents his life as he runs around Lapland in the film, "Petteri - My Life as a Reindeer." OK!

Anni Rapinoja has made couture from nature. We love these amazing puolukka leaf shoes. Check out the entire collection.

Ilkka Halso's 3D renderings of future environments. Harri and KW went to school with this guy. He is nice.

And finally, we come to TG's favorite, the Mieskuoro Huutajat -- a group of ever changing crazy Finnish dudes that just scream out songs dressed in formal wear. Our favorite is when they scream out legal papers or stuff like that, but we couldn't find that on youtube. So here is the Star Spangled Banner for you. Enjoy!

This documentary will be screened at PS 1. Yay!

1 comment:

Ville said...

In '98 Hultsfred festival in Sweden, Mieskuoro Huutajat walked in a very orderly manner in to a lake, waist deep, in their suits, just in a middle of their gig. Then they screamed something about a duck and returned to their stage. It was the bestest.