SAMI MAKKONEN - KINAHMI - EXHIBITION AT TIKETTI GALLERIA
Comic Artist Sami Makkonen is releasing an offset
graphic novel adaption of Kalevala published by Otava. The works will be
published in two parts, of which the first one will be out on February.
The exhibition in Tiketti Galleria, Kinahmi will have Makkonen’s marker pen drawn graphic novel art
originals next to ready, digitally painted pages as well as paintings
made with mixed technique.
The exhibition name Kinahmi means a vortex, an abyss, which is the route
to the Underworld. Kinahmi is the in-between of two worlds. This
thought is where Makkonen’s artistry intertwines too, along with the
movement between graphic novels and painting as well as the American and
Finnish comic field. The exhibition itself will be divided in two
spaces between the vortex-like paintings and graphic novel originals.
paintings featured in the front space were completed during 2018 when
Makkonen was just finishing the Kalevala graphic novel. Makkonen has an
intuitive and abstract way of painting and his works are at the same
time outlining the mindscape and elements of his next graphic novel
project. The paintings are born without a plan, one stroke at a time. In
this way an expressiveness, spontaneity and freshness remain in the
works. Even sculpt-like layers are coming up in the paintings.
Kalevala graphic novel adaptation is Makkonen’s master piece. When
drawing a graphic novel Makkonen does not sketch traditional comic
frames but draws everything directly with a marker pen. The horror and
fantasy mixing graphic novel is also the first book being published in
Finnish by Makkonen who has so far gained fame mainly in the United
States. Väinämöinen, Joukahainen, Lemminkäinen and other mythical
characters will become alive in the austerely illustrated album and take
the Kalevala-imagery of our national mindscape to the next level.
Makkonen graduated as a Visual Artist from Tarto University in 2003. He
has drawn graphic novels professionally to American publishing houses
since 2008. His most renowned works are the graphic novel series of
Hatter M. (parts 2-5) and Deadworld. In addition to these Makkonen has
illustrated e.g. an interactive comic project that was published along
with the launch of Ryse-computer game by Microsoft. He has also
illustrated album covers for Finnish Artists. Makkonen won the domestic
Sarjis-competition in 2007 with his series called Salvation and
forgiveness (Pelastus ja anteeksianto). The graphic novels Makkonen has
illustrated in the United States have won multiple awards.
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 11–18
Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6, Helsinki • firstname.lastname@example.org