Transitions between different forms of expression are an integral part of Liisa Lounila’s work. By using everyday objects and traces of popular culture, Lounila’s works communicate life’s small, forgotten details of fleeting moments and flashes of memories. Using drawing, video, light and sculpture, she presents her works as complete entities installed in the exhibition space. Like a flicker of light they manifest the immaterial – something that has once been active in its full intensity, but has since vanished. Lounila says: “My work is concerned with the problems of social relationships, longing, great expectations and their sometimes tragicomic aspects. I’m fascinated by ‘bigger than life’ emotions, rebelliousness, emptiness, subliminal experiences and the anxiety that results from not being able to achieve them.”
Liisa Lounila (born 1976, Helsinki, Finland) lives and works in Helsinki. She received her education in the Department of Time and Space at the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the 8th Istanbul Biennale; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; MAXXI, Rome; and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki. She represented Finland at the 50th Venice Biennale.
Residents from Finland
Wojciech Gilewicz draws on his experience of the painting medium to create formally varied works that seek to investigate the boundaries of art and space. In his recording of reality, the camera itself fluidly transforms into a means of registering social relations, which take place ‘outside’ his actions.
Wojciech Gilewicz (b. 1974) is a Queens-based artist born in Poland. His solo exhibitions include Rockaway, Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (2015); Painter’s Painting, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan (2013); and Front Room: Wojciech Gilewicz, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO (2008). His group exhibitions include Queens International, Queens Museum, Queens, NY (2013) and In Practice, SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY (2009). His residencies and awards include The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2014); Akiyoshidai International Art Village Residency, Yamaguchi, Japan (2011); and Changdong Art Studio of National Museum of Contemporary Art Residency, Seoul, South Korea (2010). He holds an M.F.A in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland.
Residents from Poland
Christoph Weber was born in Vienna, Austria in 1974 and received a MFA and PhD in Fine Arts at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, Germany. Current exhibitions include Psychosculptures, Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands; loose concrete, a solo exhibition at Galerie naechst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria.