NOBA Nordic Baltic contemporary art platform

Mana I, 2019

186 x 186 cm

Oil on canvas

Jyri is interested in the energetics of painting. What energies are at play to make it possible for a painting to exist and be exhibited? How the work energy and materia expended in the process of painting is transformed into a contemplative surface. A surface which emits a vitalizing energy to him as he is working on it, and to the viewer when exhibited and seen. He furthers this thinking through the mundane, figurative (altough altered) subject matter of his paintings; a grate in front of an air vent, an electric socket, a cooktop. They indicate liminality, surfaces in between, through which forms of energy flow. The names of the paintings: Mana I, Mana II, Mana III allude to the Western sociological and anthropological studies and interpretations of Melanesian cultures’ religions. Mana is the ambivalent and ambiguous hidden force in beings and objects. It is not good or bad. It is some kind of undefined, unformed matter but it also could be a quality or a form of action. The amount of mana defines the effects of magic a thing releases. Most importantly, mana is the excess in things, and this excess is their effective force. To him, works of art are analogous to mana. They are ambiguous, liminal forms of excess societal energy. But expenditure of the excess energy is necessary and art as the vehicle for this is by far the best in his opinion.

More art by this artist


Mana II  
180 x 130 cm
Mana III  
100 x 80 cm