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Five Corners Group Exhibition in Helsinki | Paul Landon

Group exhibition with Shoji Kato, Paul Landon and Marjatta Oja
at Saariaho Järvenpää gallery, Helsinki, opening on May 24, 2017

The exhibition Five corners features work by three artists who reflect on the urban space around the Viiskulma intersection in Helsinki. This landmark site, where five streets cross, demarcates the border between two historically opposing neighbourhoods; inner city development has resulted in a shifting of the economic specificities of the area where a once working class neighbourhood buttressed an affluent one.

The unique layout of the five-corner intersection is referred to in the works in the exhibition. Shoji Kato’s sculpture invoking a miniature landscape suggests a prehistoric geography of hills and passes that led to the unorthodox tracing of the city streets. Paul Landon’s drawing maps a constellation of five-pointed structures that relate to urban architecture and design and to how these are embodied to shape our perception and model our mental geography. Marjatta Oja’s site sculpture uses an array of video channels to present multiple viewpoints on the intersection as told first-hand in interviews with its residents. The ongoing history of the neighbourhood is a background for these accounts suggesting that the urban transformations are outlived and superseded by the everyday lives of those inhabiting it. Kato’s geographical tracings, the rubbings of cobblestones and a photograph of an abandoned quarry, suggest the passage of time and the passing of traffic, human, animal and mechanical, moulding the landscape and shifting the urban setting. Urban transformation is likewise evoked by Landon’s cardboard and wood reliefs of cinema interiors; the disappearance of local cinemas, characterised by the marquee sign of the Merano, a cinema closed over a decade ago, that remains an architectural feature of the intersection, is a symptom of the changing social functions that built space undergoes in the city.

While drawing no conclusions as to the possible futures for the Viiskulma neighbourhoods, Kato, Landon and Oja look to its complex presences and pasts to reflect on its potential.


On Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, The Elastic Spaces art lab invited visiting artist Stephane Querrec (a French artist based in Berlin) to talk about his artistic process at Concordia University with over 30 students, researchers and faculty members. Gathered in the 11th floor resource centre of Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology, Querrec shared his exploration of public spaces through the use of video, performance and text-based works. After discussing  his interest in pedestrian spaces to confront, challenge and invite viewers to become active participants in his work, Querrec invited the audience to engage in a conversation to discuss the possible challenges, ethical and technical constraints with these type of works. Querrec focused on his use of text to question the voice of the artist and the spectator, and how to place the work in a middle ground where the message is affected by the general public.

Stephane Querrec’s 5 week residency in Montreal culminated in the creation of his latest project, The Complaint, exhibited at the  Screen Mosaic at the Georges-Émile-Lapalme corridor at Place des Arts. This work opened to general public Thursday, November 10th, 2016 at 5pm.

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