TAPANI KOKKO Image of Man
Turku Art Museum, Studio 21 Nov 2014 – 4 Jan 2015
Press view on Thursday 20 November 2014 at 11 am at Turku Art Museum (Aurakatu 26, Turku).
Opening on Thursday 20 November from 6 pm to 8 pm. The artist will be present on both occasions. Welcome!
Tapani Kokko carnivalizes Finnish sculpting traditions and his woodwork is frisky and carefree. He uses a chainsaw to make raw versions of his works to then get to finish them at his workshop. There the works get a last touch with paint and coloured pencils. Kokko uses different kinds of wood depending on what is available and sometimes the whole ensemble requires spicing it up with materials other than wood.
Kokko’s trademark is a voluptuous and extravagant visuality where components from Latin American folk art and outsider art blend together. The human being is Kokko’s main motif. The totem-like creatures combine adulthood and childhood themes together with questions about gender, what is human and what is animalistic. A strong vitality and eroticism is combined with a taste of death and nothing in life is dead serious. Female and male energies are flowing and hormones are buzzing. The entirety is a joyous myriad of sculptures and reliefs which Kokko has created under the last years.
Tapani Kokko (b. 1969) graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 1999 and he has been active on the fine art field as well as with outsider art. During this year Kokko has along with sculptor Juha Menna appeared in The National Theater’s production Veistäjät by Kristian Smeds. Kokko lives and works in Orimattila.
MEET THE ARTIST Tapani Kokko’s artist talk about his art and his way of working (in Finnish) on Saturday November the 22nd at Turku Art Museum’s Studio. Entry with the museum ticket.
Curator Annina Sirén
tel. +358 2 2627 094 or +358 50 3568 800