Topi Ruotsalainen: “Lean on” 2012, Oil on hardboard, 150 x 108 cm
Vanna Bowles, Giacomo Costa, Mikael Ericsson, Johnny Boy Eriksson, Pontus Ersbacken , Henry Grahn Hermunen, Lena Johansson, Matti Kalkamo, Achilles Kentonis , Johannes Nyholm, Maria Papacharalambous, Inger Sandberg, Cassandra Rhodin, Topi Ruotsalainen, Guangjuan Zhang
Topi Ruotsalainen: “Hole” 2012, Oil on hardboard, 16 x 28 cm
Artists for summer 2012 are: Aaron Heino, Tiina Kivinen, Johanna Koistinen, Kristian Krokfors, Milla Kuisma, Juha Kuosmanen, Tuula Lehtinen, Elisa Lientola, Tapani Mikkonen, Marika Mäkelä, Tuomas Mäntynen, Topi Ruotsalainen and Arvo Siikamäki.
Art Centre Salmela is open from 9th of June to 12th of August every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m (also during Midsummer).
The censored work “Chrismas peace” consists of three machine gun shaped christmas packages installed to look like a cristmas tree.
Somehow the reaction of Sokos seems a bit exaggerated. Sokos department store is selling toy weapons, war- games & movies all the time. Kids want those firm packages for christmas!
On the other hand, in Finland we have compulsory military service for all the men. It is our duty to learn how to use those guns. A free gift from the government. The compulsory military service in Finland has been rationalized as a warranty of freedom and peace. If this is all correct, there shouldn’t either be a problem confronting art about “the guarantee of our life style” (guns).
Ofcourse I understand, that the gallery is part of the Sokos department store, and they might have a different kind of idea about what is possible and what is not. But art is not supposed to be solely easy, cute and conventional. Sometimes the message behind the work needs to be manifested in a form wich might upset somebody. If we get too scared about upsetting some people and we start smoothen all the edges of art, what do we have left then?
The S-gallery window is located right opposite the contemporary art museum Kiasma. I find it very sad that the gap between these two venues seems to be so, soooo wide.
Only firm Christmas presents this year, please. Maybe a toy-M16. Or commando’s bazooka. Or maybe the shoulder gun from Predator. Have to get something. Have to get much more everything. Have to go “Jingle all the way!”