The starting point and
inspiration for the exhibition is an imaginary person, Gloria, whose
life Korkeasaari depicts in his paintings. However, the time and place
as well as Gloria’s identity remain a mystery. Painted in a 19th century
spirit, the dark, gloomy canvases offer dreamlike flashes of situations
or moments in the past that can be meaningful or not. The story has no
clear beginning or end, giving viewers room to combine the clues left by
the artist in any way they like.
Korkeasaari’s imagery is a
happy mishmash of aristocratic decay and horror, teen magazine forums as
well as American backwoods and religious cults. Stylistically the
paintings draw inspiration from surrealism and naivism, and they
sometimes contain allusions to popular culture, even art history. There
is a disjointed quality to the works, they seem to evoke something
forgotten or hidden. They invite us to peer into darkness and to join a
secret society of magical mysteries orchestrated by Korkeasaari.