Inka-Maaria Jurvanen /
"POWER" opens June 6 – 27, 2015
Power is a mechanism, a relation, a tool, an absolute value.Power in itself is a neutral force, interpretation and point of view determine good and bad.
Power is everywhere, it is engraved in humanity.We need to feel a sense of belonging to a herd. We have a desire to rule and to be ruled. Structure and hierarchy produce safety. An individual uses power on himself to be able to belong to a community, to be accepted. We also use and are subjected to power without acknowledging it. There are blind spots and taboos in all power structures.
Power entails responsibility and morals.The choice to not use power is not necessarily the right one. Someone will always take it.
Power is a ceaselessly changing network targeted from all sides with different motifs, goals and premises.To be able to examine and define power, it is divided into sub-categories. These categories keep shifting simultaneously. To combine them anew without contradictions becomes impossible.The division of power is forever moving. The centre of gravity keeps shifting. No one can control it.
Power is never completely open, honest or equal. Language, words, communication and propaganda camouflage it.We have a desire to believe the lie, the easy answer, the simplified thruth.
There is no freedom without power.
The element of time interests me in drawing. Is it possible to create experiences of simultaneousness and/or contiguousness with two-dimentional image. How does changing the method of drawing, from fastidious to rough, influence an image.
I’m interested in different ideologies. An ideology consists of structures that are multi-layered, nestable, paralel, visible and invisible. These structures are imperative when experiences are being internalized and processed. They influence society, distribution of power, social relations, values, choices.
For me making art is commentary by nature. But at the same time the act of making and the artwork itself transform into evidence and becomes a part of (my) ideology’s structure. Distancing is possible only to a certain point.
2014 - 2015
Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland
ART SCHOOL MAA 2005-2008, 2009
EVTEK Institute of Art and Design 1999-2005
Degree in Graphic Design
2015 Solo Exhibition, Gallery D.M.Allison, Houston, Texas, USA
2014 Group Exhibition, Gallery Rantakasarmi, Helsinki, Finland
2013 ”LAUGHTER WITHOUT LAUGHER”
Gallery Redbud, Houston, Texas, USA
2013 ”DEAD ANGLE”
Gallery Garden Company, Schulenburg, Texas, USA
Lönnström Art Museum, Yard Studio, Rauma, Finland
Gallery Rajatila, Tampere, Finland
Café Bar No 9, Helsinki, Finland
Gallery Uusi Kipinä, Lahti, Finland
Gallery Katariina, Helsinki, Finland
2007 “LIFE DO US APART”
Gallery Maa-Tila, Helsinki, Finland