Tuomas Ollikainen / Sculptor

2019

We Must Eat

In June 2019, the art education was sadly closed down in the city of Imatra, where I used to study and teach as well. To finish of  in style, we organised together with the students, an exhibition with the theme The End. Most of the works were installed outside around the soon to be abandod sculpture department. I made a kind of a grave stone of red granite, with a text and a breast of cast metal.

2-4/52

In January 2019 I spend three weeks in the Koksi gallery space in the Ahjo Art Center. I was working during the opening times and people could come and see how I work, to chat and to drink a coffee. The last two days of the exhibition period I displayed the results in the space. Each day I also listen to a one piece of music for inspiration and I collected the songs as a playlist to share.

Lento (The Flight)

I was invited to join the exhibition Rajatalo goes Kamana in the Keuruu Museum for the summer 2019. For the exhibition I made a small installation titled Lento, which approached the mankinds naive and innocent relation to the outer space and universe. The work consisted of a wooden box with a collection of object, which the viewer could examine, and also a photograph and a sound track played through headphones. The photos of the work are by Hanna Råst.

2018

Olohuone

Olohuone in English translates as "living-room", yet more accurate rendering would be "being-room". The installation was made for the 20th anniversary exhibition of the Art Center Ahjo in Joensuu in April 2018. The theme for the exhibition was "Art Under Construction", and the keywords of the installation were: fermentation, intoxication, simulation, transgression, recreation and incarnation.

Antimonument

Antimonument is a small sculpture of bronze and stone. It is installed to Rajatalo, which is an art project created around an abandoned house in Keuruu, Finland. Traditional monuments create around them an aura of 360 degrees, usually of a personified power. Also Antimonument, erected at the edge of a forest, creates its own aura, but of a different kind. Here is an interview in Finnish about the work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9MJPEDLCRw

Kitchen Stories

Nadezhda Mandelstam wrote, in his memoirs about the life in the Soviet Union in the 30's, that the kitchen was the only place where one could speak freely. These four sculptures made of ceramics, wood and soap stone were exhibited in Petrozavodsk in September 2018. The ceramic parts of the pieces also present the most common colours of houses, which I have seen in Russia, just across the Finnish border.

2017

25th Century Fisherman-Poet & Bells

25th Century Fisherman-Poet & Bells

Bells Fired clay, wood, metal, bone, soapstone, plastic, red clay, leather, textile 2017

Bells

Fired clay, wood, metal, bone, soapstone, plastic, red clay, leather, textile

2017

Bells (night time view)

Bells (night time view)

25th Century Fisherman-Poet Fired black clay, transparent glazing, metal 2017

25th Century Fisherman-Poet

Fired black clay, transparent glazing, metal

2017

Methane summer Metal, wood 2017

Methane summer

Metal, wood

2017

Methane summer Metal, wood 2017

Methane summer

Metal, wood

2017

Truth is Burning/Returning Wood, metal, ledropes, solar energy system 2017

Truth is Burning/Returning

Wood, metal, ledropes, solar energy system

2017

Solar panel

Solar panel

Truth is Burning/Returning (Night time view)

Truth is Burning/Returning (Night time view)

After the Flood Soap stone (sculpture placed inside a pre-existing model of the museum area). 2017

After the Flood

Soap stone (sculpture placed inside a pre-existing model of the museum area).

2017

After the Flood

After the Flood

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    25th Century Fisherman-Poet & Bells

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    Bells

    Fired clay, wood, metal, bone, soapstone, plastic, red clay, leather, textile

    2017

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    Bells (night time view)

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    25th Century Fisherman-Poet

    Fired black clay, transparent glazing, metal

    2017

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    Methane summer

    Metal, wood

    2017

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    Methane summer

    Metal, wood

    2017

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    Truth is Burning/Returning

    Wood, metal, ledropes, solar energy system

    2017

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    Solar panel

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    Truth is Burning/Returning (Night time view)

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    After the Flood

    Soap stone (sculpture placed inside a pre-existing model of the museum area).

    2017

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    After the Flood

Möhkönvirta 2017

Möhkönvirta-contemporary art exhibtion was the big project of the 2017. Besides being an artist in the exhibition, I was also one of the curators and also responsible for the graphic design of all the promotional material. While making the serie of works for the exhibition I was reading a lot of Polish poetry from the periods before and after World War II. As a result, the works have a catastrophic undercurrent in them.

Melt the Image Away to Stop the World from Melting Away (detail) Kinetic sculpture 2017

Melt the Image Away to Stop the World from Melting Away (detail)

Kinetic sculpture

2017

Post Mortem (overview)

Post Mortem (overview)

The First Ones & Melt the Image Away to Stop the World from Melting Away

The First Ones & Melt the Image Away to Stop the World from Melting Away

XXXXXXXL Hero Textile, paint, metal 2017

XXXXXXXL Hero

Textile, paint, metal

2017

In the Kingdom of the One-eyed, the Blind is a King Marble, wood 2017

In the Kingdom of the One-eyed, the Blind is a King

Marble, wood

2017

The First Ones Prints from colour negative 2017

The First Ones

Prints from colour negative

2017

The Key Witness video 2017

The Key Witness

video

2017

The Ballad of an Old Barrel (detail)

The Ballad of an Old Barrel (detail)

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    Melt the Image Away to Stop the World from Melting Away (detail)

    Kinetic sculpture

    2017

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    Post Mortem (overview)

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    The First Ones & Melt the Image Away to Stop the World from Melting Away

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    XXXXXXXL Hero

    Textile, paint, metal

    2017

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    In the Kingdom of the One-eyed, the Blind is a King

    Marble, wood

    2017

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    The First Ones

    Prints from colour negative

    2017

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    The Key Witness

    video

    2017

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    The Ballad of an Old Barrel (detail)

Post Mortem

Post Mortem was a solo exhibition held in Galleria Kohina in Joensuu (November 2017). The exhibition took a point of view from the future to the present. At the core of the works was the question: How can climate change effect our understanding of crime and law? I wanted to approach the question through dichotomies of individual and common good, security and power, knowledge and information.

Back to the Future

Placed in the window of the Ikkunagalleria in Joensuu for the last two months of the year, the exhibition Back to the Future presented small wooden sculptures made during six days at the Mustarinda house in the summer of 2017. Also five photos were included, taken with an old Zeiss Ikonta camera, at the Paljakka Nature Reserve in October 2017.

2016

Becoming (detail) Spruce 2016

Becoming (detail)

Spruce

2016

Seven Invisbile Men (overview)

Seven Invisbile Men (overview)

My frist trip to the sea was, when I crossed the Mediterranen in a rubberboat (photos by Stelios Andriotis and Tooza Hasairi) Prints 20 x 20 cm 2016

My frist trip to the sea was, when I crossed the Mediterranen in a rubberboat (photos by Stelios Andriotis and Tooza Hasairi)

Prints 20 x 20 cm

2016

Almucantar (detail) Plaster, wood, light 2016

Almucantar (detail)

Plaster, wood, light

2016

The Anthropology of Water Water from the Mediterranen sea, water from the river Vuoksi, glass bottles 2016

The Anthropology of Water

Water from the Mediterranen sea, water from the river Vuoksi, glass bottles

2016

Seven Invisible Men (overview 2)

Seven Invisible Men (overview 2)

Hope (original drawing by Daniel Tschumi) Graphite pencil on paper (drawing kept folded in a backpack in daily use, for the duration of four years) 2012-2015

Hope (original drawing by Daniel Tschumi)

Graphite pencil on paper (drawing kept folded in a backpack in daily use, for the duration of four years)

2012-2015

Guestbook Wood, paper, inkpad 2016

Guestbook

Wood, paper, inkpad

2016

Once in Europa (24 min) 2-channel soundtrack, wood 2016

Once in Europa (24 min)

2-channel soundtrack, wood

2016

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    Becoming (detail)

    Spruce

    2016

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    Seven Invisbile Men (overview)

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    My frist trip to the sea was, when I crossed the Mediterranen in a rubberboat (photos by Stelios Andriotis and Tooza Hasairi)

    Prints 20 x 20 cm

    2016

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    Almucantar (detail)

    Plaster, wood, light

    2016

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    The Anthropology of Water

    Water from the Mediterranen sea, water from the river Vuoksi, glass bottles

    2016

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    Seven Invisible Men (overview 2)

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    Hope (original drawing by Daniel Tschumi)

    Graphite pencil on paper (drawing kept folded in a backpack in daily use, for the duration of four years)

    2012-2015

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    Guestbook

    Wood, paper, inkpad

    2016

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    Once in Europa (24 min)

    2-channel soundtrack, wood

    2016

Seven Invisible Men

Solo exhibition Seven Invisible Men was held in Gallery Taidebunkkeri in May 2016. The main theme of the exhibition was encounter. The gallery is situated right next to a refugee center, where people arrive from Syyria, Afghanistan, Iraq etc. Within the gallery space, raw wood met with concrete, waters from different sources were mixed together, and other encounters occured.

Kiuaskivi Stone, wood 2016

Kiuaskivi

Stone, wood

2016

Pohjolan suuri sauna (overview)

Pohjolan suuri sauna (overview)

Portinpäällyspuu Wood, hampen roap, metal 2016

Portinpäällyspuu

Wood, hampen roap, metal

2016

Puheenvuoro & Kiuaskivi

Puheenvuoro & Kiuaskivi

Pohjolan suuri sauna Wood, cardboard 2016

Pohjolan suuri sauna

Wood, cardboard

2016

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    Kiuaskivi

    Stone, wood

    2016

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    Pohjolan suuri sauna (overview)

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    Portinpäällyspuu

    Wood, hampen roap, metal

    2016

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    Puheenvuoro & Kiuaskivi

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    Pohjolan suuri sauna

    Wood, cardboard

    2016

Pohjolan suuri sauna

Installation made for Löyly on Henki group exhibition at Louhitalo, Eno in the summer of 2016. The work took its clue from Kalevala, in which the ancient Pohjola is depicted as a notorious northern land ruled by infamous Pohjolan Akka. The installation proposed a more positive and ambigious view on Pohjola.

Preparation for a Journey II Wood, wax, pigments 2015-2016

Preparation for a Journey II

Wood, wax, pigments

2015-2016

Five gates (prints by Pirta Ala) & Preparation for a Journey II

Five gates (prints by Pirta Ala) & Preparation for a Journey II

Näky (eng. Vision) & On the Nature of Speech

Näky (eng. Vision) & On the Nature of Speech

Näky (eng. Vision) Wood, fresh clay, metal, roap, varnish 2016

Näky (eng. Vision)

Wood, fresh clay, metal, roap, varnish

2016

On the Nature of Speech Wood, grains, metal, pigments 2015-2016

On the Nature of Speech

Wood, grains, metal, pigments

2015-2016

Dream of a House I-III Wood, red clay 2016

Dream of a House I-III

Wood, red clay

2016

Pieta (video by Sami Ala) & Dream of a House I-III

Pieta (video by Sami Ala) & Dream of a House I-III

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    Preparation for a Journey II

    Wood, wax, pigments

    2015-2016

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    Five gates (prints by Pirta Ala) & Preparation for a Journey II

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    Näky (eng. Vision) & On the Nature of Speech

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    Näky (eng. Vision)

    Wood, fresh clay, metal, roap, varnish

    2016

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    On the Nature of Speech

    Wood, grains, metal, pigments

    2015-2016

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    Dream of a House I-III

    Wood, red clay

    2016

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    Pieta (video by Sami Ala) & Dream of a House I-III

Hagioscope

Group exhibition with artists Sami Ala and Pirta Ala in September 2016 at Taidekeskus Ahjo, Joensuu. Common theme for the exhibition was sacred. The name of my serie of works was Epistemological Cycles.

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