SURROUNDING REALITY – PAINTINGS BY SAMPSA SARPARANTA AT TIKETTI GALLERIA
Sampsa Sarparanta’s exhibition Surrounding Reality will open at Tiketti Galleria on Friday 20th April. Sarparanta has held dozens of private exhibitions during his 20 year artist career and taken part in many co-exhibitions in Finland and abroad. He is also known for his 20 year career as the lead singer-songwriter of No Shame punk group. Among other things Sarparanta has been called ‘’a punk attitude emanating heir of Edelfeldt’’ (Helsingin Sanomat Newspaper, May 2014). This is Sarparanta’s second exhibition at Tiketti Galleria. His first exhibition at Tiketti Galleria Once we were beautiful was shown in September 2015.
During the Autumn 2016 when No Shame was breaking up, an idea was born that you could tour the counties also with paintings. This exhibition at Tiketti Galleria is part of an art tour that will see the works changing for each exhibition with a carrying theme remaining throughout. The tour will see purposefully selected places, which have never seen Sarparanta’s works before. The tour held six exhibitions during 2017, farthest all the way in Berlin. This year there will be six more with the tour continuing into 2019.
The paintings that will be seen at Tiketti Galleria continue a familiar Sarparanta theme; the portrayal of the human being in the time of digitalisation, never-ending cuts, global capitalism, social media and crazy kings. A person can too easily get lost in all the noise and endless beeping. Even that close person.
In the most recent works Sarparanta aims to bring out something from the opposite of all this: freedom, even if just the momentous or the illusion of freedom, as well as self-worth, new beginnings and the possibility of being something else. The world is infinitely ugly but also infinitely beautiful.
Sampsa Sarparanta (b. 1973) was chosen as the Young Artist of 2004 by Art Centre Salmela. His works are part of Kiasma, Turku city and Salo Art Museum collections. Sarparanta’s paintings are direct, and often politically opinioned and provocative. The subjects have included the starving in Sudan and the laid off workers of Turku candy factory, but also profiles and everyday glimpses into the lives of the people from the Artist’s inner circle. Helsingin Sanomat called Sarparanta ‘’excellent portraitist of the terrible and wonderful everyday life’’ (HS, January 2011).
Sarparanta has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. He works and lives in Perniö and is currently working on his first solo album.
Tiketti Galleria opened its doors in 2015 and aims to bring a touch
of club-like atmosphere into the field of art and in return curates art
one step closer to the friends of good music. This experimental art
space that is situated on Urho Kekkosen katu in Helsinki, exhibits
artists’ works in which music and art live side by side and mix
OPEN: MON–FRI 11–19 • SAT 12-18
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