My stuff in Schlupp Drawing Symposium‘s exhibition in Art Center Ahjo, Joensuu.
Other participants: Zven Balslev, CPPP , Emma Fält, Arlene Tucker, Hyponbatia, Tommi Musturi, Timo Konttinen, Sami Aho, Jouni Viljakainen, Arto Nurro, Tabulaland, Kalevi Helvetti, Jyrki Riekki, Ville Vuorenmaa, Maria Stereo, Mari Ahokoivu, Kaija Papu, Saara Salmi, Roju, Jyrki Nissinen Noora Isoeskeli, Jan Andersson, Sami Viljanto, Joonas Rinta-Kanto, Kati Närhi, Ville Pirinen, Jyrki Heikkinen
Open May 28 th – June 16th 2015. If in Joensuu, this place is a MUST!
Cultural Centre Valve
Hallituskatu 7, Oulu
Open daily between 10–20
When working on a graphic novel, a comic artist lives in a close, nearly symbiotic relationship with their characters. The artist reveals the characters’ personalities and history slowly, peeling off layers bit by bit. In the time the characters become familiar, their actions logical and their train of thought feels right. They are born.
”I’ve been living with this woman in the picture since November 2013. I don’t know her name, only some scattered facts. She works in an office. Sings in a church choir. I think religion is important to her. A cross hangs around her neck. There is another cross in a frame hanging on the wall beside her bed. She is alone.
This is what I know for sure. But there are also questions and assumptions that I’m not able to confirm. The greatest mystery is her questioning gaze: You created me, do something precious with my life.
I’m trying. This exhibition is for you, nameless woman in the picture. I want to get to know you. Who are you? What is it that you do? What are your thoughts, what do you feel?”
The exhibition Hani is based on Tuomas Tiainen’s graphic novel Jenny Haniver, which will be published in spring. This silent graphic novel follows the darkly, absurdly swirling destinies of four characters in a metropolis that drowns its individuals within masses. One of these characters is the protagonist of this exhibition – the nameless woman who sings in a church choir.
Tuomas Tiainen (b. 1980) is a Helsinki-based comic artist, critic and small press publisher. Jenny Haniver is his second graphic novel. Tiainen’s underground-inspired works have also been published in anthologies and zines.
The artist wants to thank: Finnish Comics Professionals, Finnish Cultural Foundation, HIAP ry, City of Helsinki Cultural Office
Exhibition opening on Wednesday 25.3.2015 at 18:00
Wordless? Loud! Black and white… with colours! Pictorial narratives without text! Comics exhibition by Leo Kuikka, Heikki Rönkkö and Tuomas Tiainen, at Porvoo City Library, from February 13 till February 28, 2015. Library opening hours: Mon-Thu 10–19, Fri 10–17, Sat 10–15.
Below, see some images from the FUN∙LAND RE∙VISITED exhibited upstairs in Turun Sarjakuvakauppa (for more info, see previous post). The exhibition features scenes from Man with the Dog, selected elements from the FUN∙LAND exhibition as well as some new pieces that deepen the story of the FUN∙LAND amusement park featured in the book. Exhibition open until June 30th.
“FUN∙LAND RE∙VISITED digs deeper in the fun fair world of last November’s FUN∙LAND installation in Galleria Ruutu. The lurking sinister finds even more bone-chilling forms in a place that should represent uninhibited joy and where one’s purest needs should be fulfilled. What lies in the black of the shadows?
Tuomas Tiainen’s FUN•LAND installation is open 24/7 during 1.–28. of November at Helsinki Comics Center‘s Galleria Ruutu (Hämeentie 150, Helsinki, Finland). Note: UV light, different layers to create a 3D effect, white and black paint.
“The FUN·LAND installation is a view to the black world of Tuomas Tiainen’s debut comic book Man with the Dog. The work represents an amusement park hidden inside its walls and located on the outskirts of the city.”