TIMO P. VARTIAINEN

TIMO P. VARTIAINEN


1960, Pielisen Karjala / Karelia, Finland
Visual Artist, environmental artist
Helsinki,
timovar(x)iki.fi
https://kodingarbologiaa.wordpress.com/
Bio     

TIMO P. VARTIAINEN, born 1960 in North-Karelia, Finland, is a visual artist who uses in his works experiences and materials from different geographical or cultural margins. His works often deal with questions on: environmental issues, consumerism or cultural identities.

The starting point in his projects is outside of the studio-context: in desert, hitchhiking by the roadside or on the outskirts of town. The final work often consists of photographs, texts, drawings, artist’s book, found objects, soundscapes, wall paintings or perceptions of natur.

The originality in his works comes from the way he combines different objects and concepts.

He is known for his hiking trips and pioneer work ”RUBBISH, the Archeology of a Garbage Dump”.
An old garbage dump was reopened in the environmental project, providing material for various presentations (Vartiainen & Jensen 1992). He crosses boundaries while travelling around the Baltic Sea, hiking on the Komi taiga or slowly making his way by foot and hitchhiking from Malaga to Copenhagen.

Vartiainen’s artwork has been influenced by his involvement in environmental and conservation movements, as well as his nature-related hobbies that he started in the mid-1970s.

STUDIES
Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland 1984–1988
Lahti Institute of Design, Lahti, Finland 1980–1983

EXHIBITIONS
Vartiainen has participated in about 70 exhibitions since his debut in 1982 in Helsinki. The first environmental works were born in 1982 on the outermost islands in the Gulf of Finland.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014 and 1994 Kluuvi Gallery of Helsinki City Art Museum / 2008 Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma with Alkovi Gallery, Helsinki / 2007 Helsinki International Artist-in-residence, Project Room in Cable Factory, Helsinki / 2004 Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, Studio K, Helsinki / 2002 Studio Mezzo, Helsinki / 1999 Titanik Gallery, Turku, Finland /

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2011 Trømso Gallery of Contemporary Art, Norway / Green Art Trilogia 2006, Salo, Finland / 2003 Utopia, 2nd Tirana Biennial, Tirana, Albania / 2003 Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey / 1999 Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki / 2002 Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki / 1997 Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland











News

Solo exhibition ROSKA ON LUKSUSTA in HAm-kulma gallery, Helsinki Art Museum HAM in January-March 2018.


ORANKI ART 16
Environmental Art Exhibition in Pello, Lapland, Finland
http://www.orankiart.fi/nayttelyt.html

MÖHKÖNVIRTA 2016
Art Exhibition in Ilomantsi, Karelia, Finland.

KIRJATEKOJA
Artist's Book exhibition
10.8.–30.8.2015.
Harakka Island, Helsinki

Solo exhibition HOME GARBOLOGY in Kluuvi Gallery, Helsinki Art Museum 12.9. – 28.9.2014.

Home Garbology homepage: http://kodingarbologiaa.wordpress.com/

"Quebec" photo series in the solo exhibition "Home Garbology" (Kluuvi Gallery, Helsinki Art Museum HAM 2014)