Erkki Nampajärvi, Studio, Turku Art Museum, 16 April – 30 May 2010

Media preview on Thursday, 15 April 2010, at 11am,
in Turku Art Museum, Aurakatu 26, Turku.
Opening night on Thursday, 15 April 2010, from 6–8pm.
The artist will be present on both occasions.

The exhibition of the Lithuanian artist Deimantas Narkevičius in the Darkroom examines what we see and how. Concurrently, the Studio hosts the diploma show of Erkki Nampajärvi (b. 1982) from the Arts Academy of the Turku Polytechnic. Nampajärvi relies on his intuition as he fills large sheets of paper with drawings. When he begins a piece, he never knows where it will go, and he lets the work lead him instead. The surrealist pictures with their innumerable details provide ample food for thought. According to Nampajärvi, his works are closely linked to the way he sees the world. He says he tries to dive into his subconscious to gain knowledge for a confusing and chaotic reality. “The works for me are more like emotional states than statements about some topic,” he says.

Nampajärvi’s works contain details familiar from the history of art. He has studied older art extensively, and says that Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) made a deep impression on him already as a child. For instance, the large crosses in Nampajärvi’s drawings is an element reminiscent of the German artist’s work. Nampajärvi has long been interested in Central European art, and in 2008–2009 he even studied in Krakow, Poland.

Although Erkki Nampajärvi’s works are large, he frequently uses a ballpoint pen to draw. He says he likes the way the pen moves smoothly in all directions and makes drawing faster. In addition to the ballpoint pen, he also uses ink, Indian ink and coloured pencils. Sometimes he turns his works into collages by gluing paper onto them.

Erkki Nampajärvi tries to be as open as possible to the productions of the subconscious. He explains why:
Being human and studying the human condition is part of an artist’s job. How to express thoughts and emotions that cannot be written or spoken? Art has always embodied a deeper power that we are unable to explain. We can only feel it. There are still many mysteries and things to explore in the universe and in ourselves, too, and I want to study them in my own way. How, for example, is consciousness structured? And how much of our actions are based on primitive instincts?


On Thursday 22 April 2010, Erkki Nampajärvi will talk in Finnish
about his practice in the Studio, starting at 5.30 pm.


Jiri Geller, 11 June – 12 September 2010
Hanna Haaslahti, 1 October – 14 November
Julie Nord (DK), 26 November 2010 – 16 January 2011

Additional information:
Jenny Nybom, Curator
Tel. +358 (0)2 262 7094 or +358 (0)50 400 3248 and

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