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Jorma Puranen

Jorma Puranen works conceptually. The raw material used for his artistic photographs is, on the one hand, a Nordic landscape and references its relationship to the human. And on the other hand, Puranen deals with photographic archival material which he then develops even further by creating counter-designs, new combinations and narratives.
The work seen in the »shadows, reflections and all that sort of thing« series display a set of photographs taken of centuries-old paintings. Puranen, however, alienates them with blinding light reflection that bounces off the surface of the paintings. Thus, the pictorial elements of the original paintings are placed in the background, behind the glow and radiance. Behind this glare, the figures lead their own life as a still and inaccessible one. The flash of light condenses the surface relief and the structure of the oil paintings, as it plays with the materiality of the textured foreground. What is most surprising about Puranen's work is that these deep layers result in an intermediate space that seems to measure the temporary conditions of time, by turning a painting into a photographic image. In this third dimension, the reflections of light are formed into stage-like curtain, and behind in Puranen's shadows is where the historical paintings are celebrated: „My emphasis, however, is not placed on the relation of the original and copy, a ‘rhetoric of substitution', but drawing attention to the photographic process itself, complexity of gaze, to convey arresting sense of presence, to evoke an exalted attention“.
In the series »Icy Prospects«, Puranen increases the sensory experience of the Arctic ice landscapes by freezing the view of nature in time. A wooden board that is painted black and given a layer of high-gloss acrylic lacquer, acts as mirror in which the landscapes are depicted. The coarse brushstrokes correspond to the materiality of the wood, while through the varnish the mirror images distort themselves. Puranen uses an extended exposure time while he is photographing; he then decides upon the painterly style to be used. The added effects either work to toughen the impression of the landscape or abstract the colours and forms within the image. The denseness of the Nordic nature therefore becomes a projection for the surface of the transcendental art and turns Puranen’s work into fictional photographs.

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1951
born in Pyhäjoki. Finland
1973 - 1978
studies at the University of Art & Design. Helsinki. Finland
since 1978
academic teaching at the University of Art & Design. Helsinki. Finland
1996 - 1998
professor at University of Art & Design. Helsinki. Finland
Jorma Puranen lives and works in Helsinki.

publications

2009
Icy Prospects , Hatje Cantz Verlag, Stuttgart, Germany
1999
Imaginary Homecoming , Pohjoinen Publications, Oulu, Finland
1992
Ateneum, The Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki (portfolio), Finland
1989
Alpha & Omega , Opus, Helsinki, Finland
1986
Maarf Leu´dd ‐ Photographs of the Skolt Lapps , Opus, Helsinki, Finland

Exhibitions (Selections)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selection)
2016
»Shade into Shade« Purdy Hicks Gallery, London. UK
2015
»Surfaces and Scenes Beyond« Galleri Flach, Stockholm. Sweden
2014
Bunka Gallery, Higashikawa Photo Festival, Hokkaido. Japan
2013
Galerie Anhava, Helsinki. Finland
2012
»telling time« with Sebastian Schrader. maerzgalerie, Leipzig
Galleri Flach, Stockholm. Sweden

2011

»Shadows and Reflections« Sinebrychoff Art Museum, Helsinki. Finland

»Sixteen Steps to Paradise« Kunstallianz, Berlin

Purdy Hicks Gallery, London. UK

2010

EMMA Museum of Modern Art, Espoo. Finland

»Icy Prospects« Palais des Beaux Arts, Lille. France

Gallery Orton, Helsinki. Finland

2009

Galerie Anhava, Helsinki. Finland

Purdy Hicks Gallery, London. UK

Perspektivet Museum, Tromsø. Norway

2008

Galleri Flach+Thulin, Stockholm. Sweden

»Icy Prospects« Photology Gallery, Mailand. Italy

2007

Scala Mata Gallery, Venice. Italy

»Arktisches Archiv« Villa Oppenheim, Berlin

2006

»Étandues glaciales« Institut Finlandais, Paris. France

»Icy Prospects« Galerie Anhava, Helsinki. Finland

2004

Galerie Blickensdorff, Berlin

Rovaniemi Art Museum, Rovaniemi. Finland

Gallery Flach, Stockholm. Sweden

2002

Photogallery Hippolyte, Helsinki. Finland

Gallery Christian Dam, Oslo. Finland

Blue Sky Gallery/Oregon Center for Photographic Art. Portland, Oregon. USA

2001

Museet for fotokunst/Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense. Denmark


GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)
2017
»Zwischen Licht und Dunkelheit - Licht in der finnischen Gegenwartskunst« Stadtgalerie Kiel
2016
»Fiktive Wirklichkeiten. Finnische Fotokunst« Stadtmuseum Langenfeld
»Transportrait« maerzgalerie. Leipzig
2015
»Eruoscope« Cercle Cité, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
»Faces.European Portrait Photography since 1990« Warehouse A, Port of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece / Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, Netherlands / BOZAR, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
»Out of the Box« Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa, Sweden
»Framing Bodies« Hasselblad Center, Göteburg, Sweden
»Face to face« Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
2013
Galerie Anhava, Helsinki. Finland
2012
»Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present« National Gallery, London. UK

2011

»Within/Beyond the Frontier« The Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athen. Greece

2009

»Revisiting Landscape & Still Life« Bafa Foto, Genf. Switzerland

2008

»Fabricating Images from History« Chinablue Gallery, Peking. China

»La photographie finlandaise« Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône. France

2007

»Getroffen. Otto Dix und die Kunst des Porträts« Kunstmuseum Stuttgart

2006

»Breaking the Ice« Kunstmuseum Bonn

2005

»Helsinki School - A New Approach« Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

»Variations on the Picturesque« Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Ontario. Canada

2004

»New Realities« Fotomuseum, Reykjavik. Iceland

2003

»Dominated by Water« Vantaa City Art Museum, Vantaa. Finland

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Jorma Puranen News

Helena Petersen » Pyrographie colour XXXIII« 2014
06-28-2017 – 09-16-2017

  • Helena Petersen
  • Jorma Puranen

»Bewegung im Bild« - informal painting meets the gesture of photography . Art Foyer DZ Bank . group exhibition

www.dzbank-kunstsammlung.de


»Icy Prospects 20« (detail) 2008, c-print,160 x 198cm
03-11-2017 – 05-28-2017

  • Jorma Puranen

»Zwischen Licht und Dunkelheit« - Licht in der finnischen Gegenwartskunst . Stadtgalerie Kiel . exhibition participation

www.stadtgalerie-kiel.de