For his exhibition at Sinne Juan Kasari has had built a multi-coloured, site-specific installation based on light and colour. The work consists of non-figurative sculptural modules, watercolours, photographs, natural and artificial light, as well as moving images. Kasari’s aim is to create a slow, calm space where we can get away from the pulse of the city and everyday life. The abstract installation offers an opportunity to come to a standstill, to unwind, and allows room for thought and reflection. It encourages visitors to move around freely in the space, amid layers of colour and light.
The exhibition also has critical undertones. The work is a closed world, but through the windows of the space it is in contact with the surrounding world. Kasari plays with visitors’ sensory perceptions. The life in the street outside the gallery is filtered through coloured film on the windowpanes, and this monochrome reality is suddenly experienced as a distant image. And it is specifically the role of the image and the way it relates to the spirit of our age that he is contemplating.
He employs bright, unnatural colours that refer to popular culture and its raucous visual language. But compared with Pop Art Kasari’s art is stripped-down, minimalistic and raw. His installation at Sinne deconstructs the image, shifting the focus to its constituents and the energies that surround the image today. He uses light, which is by nature immaterial, exposing his technical solutions, while also creating transparent layers of paint that all overlap each other in the space. This mode of presentation takes our thoughts to the transparency that exists in the ideal open source culture. Kasari’s installation is likewise also a counter-reaction.
Kasari criticizes the trend in visual art in which artists, both thoughtlessly and deliberately, make use of the language and methods of consumer culture. Artists react swiftly to serious, complex actualities, while art suddenly moves as easily and as effortlessly as sharing a link in social media, where users are quick to share news, but without adding their own views or comments.
Juan Kasari (b. 1974), lives and works in Helsinki. He studied on the Time and Space Arts programme at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, graduating with an MFA in 2013
His last solo exhibition was in 2015 at Photographic Centre Peri in Turku. Previous venues include Hippolyte and MUU in Helsinki, and he has participated in curated exhibitions in Finland and abroad.