Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Venice Biennale: Finland Pavilion

I went to the Venice Biennale late Sunday afternoon. I'd been writing, looking at words for over 5 hours, and the last thing I wanted to do was have to look at more of them. In such a frame of mind one is struck by just how many damn words there are to take in at the Biennale as part of the works themselves (not just as catalog copy). So much text to read, and even to hear--both spoken and sung.

But not everywhere. Below are images from Vesa-Pekka Rannikko's work in the Finland Pavilion. In fact, the below images represent only the video portion of the work, as the work as a whole also involves obscuring the outside of the original building designed by Alvar Aalto with "construction elements" (panels, 2x4s, etc).

So, in truth, the below images, presenting just part of the work, should be considered "details" of the whole, which when seen in its entirety plays with 2-dimensionality and 3-dimensionality, architecture, painting (as object and act), and exhibition space. But enough with the words already!


  1. What a contrast to the one from Haiti!

  2. Very very different. But in some moods panels of color are enough.