Eyeballing! showcases 14 Finnish contemporary comic artists. In the exhibition, they interpret the world of comics using a range of media,often employing a spatial, three-dimensional approach. The starting point of the works in the show are the comics of the artists
Although the artists are all different, in terms of content they share a tension between everyday reality and a certain surrealism. For example Aapo Rapi’s The idiosyncratic artist and wilderness hermit has appeared in Rapi’s comics for years. Now the man has moved to the future. The work brings us a greeting from an age when space travel is commonplace - but men have not become superheroes.
Comics artists are influenced by a broad range of visual culture: by underground culture, popular culture imagery and other comics, on the one hand, and by contemporary art, illustrations and even folk tradition, on the other.
Artists in the exhibition are Mari Ahokoivu, Terhi Ekebom, Matti Hagelberg, Jyrki Heikkinen, Kati Kovács, Hanneriina Moisseinen, Tommi Musturi, Ville Ranta, Aapo Rapi, Anna Sailamaa, Ville Tietäväinen, Katja Tukiainen, Marko Turunen and Amanda Vähämäki.
The exhibition was curated by journalists Ville Hänninen and Harri Römptti as well as Kiasma’s Chief curator/Collections Arja Miller.
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