Constellations, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki

October 25, -  November 12, 2017

Constellations arose in many ways out of a course at the Academy of Fine Arts, called Far from the Tree. The course had several iterations and directions, but common was an immersive week involving a great deal of discussion, reading, looking, listening, screenings, conversation and tea drinking. These discussions covered ideas around getting lost, putting things together, and collecting things like records, books or paper planes as Harry Smith did, with the intention to create a space to inhabit and to allow thought and feeling to move outwards in new directions, both during the course and beyond it. The exhibition seeks in a modest way to do the same.

The show features a number of archives, collections or ideas about painting assembled by individual artists. Students at the academy have also curated an exhibition within the exhibition, called Night Table, which is a response to the course and the building of this project. We are deeply indebted to all the artists, contributors and collectors who have responded to the project so generously.

Anonymous, Andreas Behn-Eschenburg, Ann-Sofie Claesson, Matt Connors/Pre-Echo Press, Annie May Demozay, Koen Delaere and Bas van den Hurk, Erno Enkenberg, Far from the Tree, Lasse Juuti, Hannele Kumpulainen, Emelie Luostarinen, Mauno Markkula, Inga Meldere, Brendan Moran, Petri Ala-Maunus, Night Table, nynnyt, Peter Ojstersek, Yuki Okumura, Alex Olson, Nils Titus Östbrant and Ignat Burdo, Vesa-Pekka Rannikko, Sebastian Reis, Astrid Strömberg, Päivi Takala, Inari Sami garment, Harry Smith’s Folk Anthology, Tuukka Tammisaari

Curated by Fergus Feehily

Night Table is an exhibition within and exhibition, selected by students on the Far from the Tree course: Iina Torikka, Celeen Mahe, Brendan Moran, Astrid Strömberg, Andreas Behn-Eschenburg, Sebastian Reis, Annie May Demozay, Aino Lintunen. They have chosen to show: Emma Ainala, Andrew Vickery, Liisa Karintaus, Kathy Tynan, Jon Verney, Laura Wesamaa, Christina Read, Lewis Miller