NOBA Nordic Baltic contemporary art platform

Vesa-Pekka Rannikko’s (b. 1968) new works see him return to figurative expression and characters that were last seen from him a decade ago. Lions Eat Grass is an exhibition about escapism, concrete fantasies, identities, and artificial paradises, which are presented to us through plaster sculptures and animated drawings. The exhibition provides an investigation into a person construing the world while assuming a multitude of different roles in it.

Rannikko’s sculptures are reminiscent of paintings. He creates them by building layers of colour and using the trowel like a brush. Rannikko refers to his own works as “lying sculptures” because of the conflicting experience they evoke by producing a mixture of two- and three-dimensional sensations. This results in dialogues between embodied perception and illusion. The dissonance raises questions about the work’s relationship to reality, its topic, and the linguistic nature of vision.

Gallery name: Galerie Anhava

Address: Fredrikinkatu 43, Helsinki

Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11:00 - 17:00, Sat-Sun 12:00 - 16:00

Open: 14.05.2021 - 04.08.2021