Aaron Heino (b. 1977) is intrigued by materials and our relationships with them. Stone invokes the idea of permanence, eternity, yet its life cycle is shorter than that of bronze, for example. Hand-crafting is an important part of Heino’s creative process. His exquisitely polished surfaces bear witness to countless hours of physical labour as well as the artist’s passion for his craft.
The cycle of life, sexuality, and human relations are among the core themes of Heino’s sculptures. On the one hand, they invite associations with the organic world, yet on the other hand they call to mind sex toys and fairytales. The title of the exhibition, Off Topic, refers to Heino’s way of stretching the subject of his sculptures through unexpected juxtapositions. He draws on the legacy of modern abstract sculpture, which he often combines with imagery borrowed from pop culture. Heino also deconstructs the masculine hero myth that has hitherto dominated the sculpture genre.
Gallery name: Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA
Address: Ahertajantie 5, Espoo
Opening hours: Tue, Sat-Sun 11:00 - 17:00, Wed-Fri 11:00 - 19:00
Open: 02.06.2021 - 12.12.2021