Elina Merenmies

Ars Fennica candidate 2007

Elina Merenmies (1967) is both a drawer and a painter. Her works are figurative, but the reality that they depict is a mixture of inner visions and multithreaded stories. As an artist Merenmies occupies the broad terrain between personal expression and detailed precision. She is interested in both art history and a lost everyday life. The gallery of characters and the stories in her works tell us how Merenmies finds the beauty of life in unconventional places and phenomena.

She is interested in painting in a broad interpretation: she has worked with both virtual paintings and more traditional animation. Previously, she appeared in contexts where experimental music is played and she has been a practitioner of other performance arts. Merenmies’ current medium is a combination of acrylics and oil paints, along with ink in drawings or washes. She is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, where she now works as a teacher. She is also a member of the international Le Dernier Cri group.

Merenmies’ art is highly diverse: ranging from the amusing to the frightening, and from black-and-white to a rainbow-like wealth of colour. It is characteristically complex and challenges the viewer.

Juha-Heikki Tihinen

Born 1967 in Espoo
Lives and works in Helsinki

STUDIES

1999 Master of Fine Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
1991-92 Academy of Fine Arts, Monumental Painting, Prague
1988-92 Academy of Fine Arts, Painting Department, Helsinki
1988-89 Institut de Saint-Luc, Painting department, Brussels
1987 University of Helsinki, Drawing department

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2005 Alone, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Sweden – publication
2004 Dahl Gallery of Contemporary Art, Luzern, Switzerland
2004 Institut Finlandais, Paris
2003 Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
2002 Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
2001 Kluuvi Gallery, Helsinki
1999 Cable Gallery, Helsinki
1996 Espace Tristan Bernard, Paris
1994 Harju Gallery, Helsinki
1990 Academy of Fine Arts of Helsinki

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2006
Ars Fennica 2007 Candidates, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
Art Copenhagen, Galerie Anhava
Art/37/Basel, Galerie Anhava, Switzerland
BookBlast, The Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma
Squelette de l’esprit, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen
Seven Sisters, Contemporary Finnish Painting, Galerie Christian Roellin, St Gallen, Sveitsi
ArtBrussels, Galerie Anhava

2005
Mediatheque, Kiasma, Helsinki
ArtBrussels, Galerie Anhava
Stockholm Art Fair, Galerie Anhava
Kabusa Konsthall, Köpingebro, Sweden
MUU 18v, Kunsthalle Helsinki
Collaborations, Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm

2004
Aqua forte, The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden
Art Forum, Galerie Anhava, Berlin
Rauma Biennale Balticum – publication
Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
Peinture fraiche, Le Triage, Nanterre, France – publication
ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj, Denmark

2003
ARTissima, Galerie Anhava, Turin, Italy – publication
About girls’ lives, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki
Peinture fraiche, Kerava Art Museum – publication
Night Train, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki – publication

2002
Stop for a Moment, Painting as presence, ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj, Denmark
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku – publication
Stop for a Moment, Painting as narrative, Proje 4 L – Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, Turkey – publication

2001
Art goes Kapakka -festival, Kosmos, Helsinki
DRAW 5!, Puristamo, Cable Factory, Helsinki

2000
Studio Mezzo, Helsinki
Mänttä Art Festival
DRAW 4!, Cable Gallery, Helsinki

1999
Brutal Comics in Sick-screenland, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki

1992
Made in Space, Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki

Selected exhibitions of the group: Le Dernier Cri
2003 Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Dix Ans, Galerie de l’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Marseille, France
2001 Hôpital Brut, La Siesta du Sud, Marseille, France
Hôpital Brut, Horse hospital, London
2000 6ème Festival d’Art Singulier, Roquevaire, France

Hôpital Brut, Stripcore, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Haus Schwartzenberg, Neurotitian, Berlin
Extrapool, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
New Galaxy, Brussels
Galerie Triangle, Bordeaux, France
1999 Hôpital Brut, Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France
Heinsberg Cultural Festival, Germany
Cable Gallery, Helsinki
Fumetto, Lucerne Comics Festival, Switzerland
1998 Espace Herault ja Un Regard Moderne, Paris
Les Index, Rouen, France
Le Grand Deballage, La Manufacture Art Center, Paris

1997 Mauvais Oeil, La Friche Centre Culturel, Marseille, France
La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
1996 Espace Tristan Bernard, Paris

PUBLICATIONS

Tidskiften Fabrik 2–3.05, Gothenburg, 2005
ARKEN Bulletin, vol.2, ARKEN Museum For Moderne Kunst, Ishøj, 2004
Elina Merenmies, Galerie Anhava, 2004
Cd: Musique de danse et de transe pour robots electromenagers, Paris, 2001

Publications of the group Le Dernier Cri
Hôpital Brut 07, Marseille, 2006
Elina Merenmies: Jürgenin puutarha, drawing animation, Les Religions Sauvages, Marseille, 2004
Elina Merenmies: HOPE, Marseille, 2003
Vagina Mushroom, Marseille, 2001
Hôpital Brut 5/6, Marseille, 2001
Vagina Mushroom, Marseille, 2001
Elina Merenmies: ILMANPAIN, Marseille , 2001
Hôpital Brut 04, Marseille, 2000
Hôpital Brut 03, Marseille, 1997

WORKS IN COLLECTIONS

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
Helsinki City Art Museum
Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki
Hämeenlinna Art Museum
Saastamoinen Foundation
Finnish Art Association
ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj, Denmark
Nordiska akvarellmuseet, Sweden
Uppsala Konstmuseum, Sweden
Apoteksbolagets Konstförening, Sweden
Sveriges Allmänna Konstförening, Sweden

MEMBERSHIPS

Finnish Painters’ Union
Finnish Artists’ Association MUU
Le Dernier Cri, France

OTHER ARTISTIC ACTIVITIES

2004-05 Virtual installations at the University of Technology, Otaniemi, Espoo, with Wille Mäkelä, researcher. The installations are painted with free hand into the air in a virtual environment with software being developed during the research project. To look at the installation one needs a real-time camera location in a special observation corner formed by stereoscopic walls.
1991 Tour of Czechoslovakia with the band Swinging C
1990-91 participation in the making of Radio Block at the Radio Aligre in Paris, an experimental electro-acoustic radio program based on voices, noises and music

TEACHING

2000-05 Lecturer at the Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts, Painting department
2005-06 Tutor for the MFA-studies at the Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts, Painting department

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