Aleksi Linnamaa is an interdisciplinary artist whose conceptual practice considers the mechanisms of perception and narration. He primarily works with photographic techniques as well as in sculpture and painting. Linnamaa’s moving image work often includes architecture as a tool for storytelling. In his latest video work Parallel, the architecture of a controversial mining site in Finland is literally mediated through a ruin of an old farmhouse. Linnamaa’s artistic research draws from the ephemeral nature of the manmade.
Aleksi Linnamaa (born 1983 in Tampere, Finland) received an MFA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. His work has been the subject of several national and international exhibitions including Startpoint, Prize for Emerging Artists; Dox, Center for Contemporary Art, Prague; City of Dreams, Mänttä Art Festival XIX, Mänttä; and Expanded Photography, Gallery Forum Box, Helsinki. Linnamaa’s works are in the collections of the Finnish State Art Collection.
Residents from Finland
Ian Weaver’s work utilizes drawing, sculpture and film to act as metaphors for fracture. He is interested in the construction of identity and memory, and how individuals and communities use commemorations and their archived personal/communal objects to represent these constructions. His work centers on the now defunct “Black Bottom” section of the Near West Side of Chicago where African American residents once lived. For this, he has constructed a fictive history for this destroyed community utilizing elements such as museum vitrines, maps and documents, sculpture, and film. Recently, he has extended this construction to the creation of a fictional group, the Black Knights – part medieval knight, part Black Nationalist – who lived within the community during the 1940s.
Residents from United States
Andreas Fischer’s work is a meditation on representation delivered as a set of strange little paintings and drawings. The work investigates how we see and remember objects, and in some instances how signs and symbols from other parts of our lives can append to these objects. The subject matter is familiar and Fischer’s paintings spring from an interior space as if the object were being held aloft and examined in a neutral region, stripped of as much context as possible. His work operates not as rendering but as impression that attempts to arrest fleeting notions and invite viewers to project into them.
Andreas Fischer has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA in Studio Art and an MA in Art History from The University of Illinois at Chicago, and attended the Universität der Kunste, Berlin. Exhibitions and projects include Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago; Devening Projects, Chicago; Hudson Franklin Gallery, New York; Hungryman Gallery, San Francisco; The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Important Projects, Oakland; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago; Lamontagne Gallery, Boston; The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Regina Rex, Brooklyn.