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Grönlund-Nisunen: Grey Area

Grönlund-Nisunen: Grey Area

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Publication Year: 2017
Pages: 175 pages
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Finnish Art Society
ISBN: 978-952-68476-1-0
Dimensions: 30,5 × 24,5 cm
Language: English / Finnish / Swedish

Grey Area, the title of the first-ever retrospective for the Finnish artist duo Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen, known as Grönlund-Nisunen, refers to the way their site-specific works occupy a space somewhere between visual art, natural sciences, architecture, and electronic music. According to Paul Klee, "art does not reproduce the visible but makes visible". Grönlund-Nisunen seem to have taken his words literally, as they investigate various physical forces and natural phenomena that are beyond the reach of our senses but which still impact our daily existence. If everything is going smoothly, we don't ask questions about phenomena such as gravity, electricity, magnetism, or lurking radiation. Using simple but effective technology, including a variety of sensors, transformers, and amplifiers, the artists make the unseen audible and turn the intangible into light, heat, or movement. Though it may sound dry, this exhibition shows that their works plumb surprisingly deep and powerful depths, from sheer joy and wonder to unease and even fear, as in the sine wave sound piece Ultrasound Installation, 1996, that changes its pitch in response to impulses from a radiation-measuring Geiger counter.

Exhibition: Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland (28.01. - 05.03.2017) / Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa, Finland (12.05.-02.09.2018). Catalog of an exhibition held at the Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland from January 28 to March 5, 2017, and at the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa, Finland from March 12 to September 2, 2018.



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