Jouna Karsi: Depth
9 Oct – 22 Nov 2015

Jouna Karsi works with a wide variety of materials, shrinking things into scale-model-like landscape sculptures. Depth showcases Karsi’s latest production in which masterful craftsmanship, meticulously planned details and varied perspectives combine to create fascinating, as yet unresolved worlds.

Karsi’s world of miniature landscapes and scale models is empty and quiet, yet strangely powerful. Although the environments are completely devoid of people, they are shaped, built and appropriated. Karsi’s works are often considered ominous and are said to have an aura of the uncanny. They are like nocturnal versions of familiar places and things which the dark suddenly makes seem alien and threatening. The systematic absence of any humans raises inevitable questions regarding the state of things and the passage of time: is the created world abandoned or lost, or is it waiting for something? The meaning of the views manifested sometimes remains a mystery even to the artist himself.

Scale modelling for Karsi is an act of both creation and control, a means of communicating desires regarding what the world should be like and what it should look like. A shrunken scale also allows the world to be controlled and owned. Although Karsi’s works reach out towards ontological, metaphysical questions about the nature of existence and the deepest, hidden essence of things, this theory of the universe also contains its own brand of deadpan humour.

Jouna Karsi (born 1980) graduated from the Turku Arts Academy in 2009 with sculpture as his major subject. He lives and works in Turku. Karsi has exhibited his work recently in Galleria Sculptor, Galleria Titanik, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Mänttä Art Festival and Art Centre Purnu. His most recent public artwork was unveiled in August in Haapavesi. Karsi has works in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the Tampere Art Museum and the City of Turku.

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