Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen

First Seconds

15.09.17 - 28.10.17

Opening Reception: 14.09.17 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Tommaso Corvi-Mora is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Finnish artist
Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen.

Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen’s practice makes use of nature as raw material. His work often includes a performative element taking place in an isolated environment, like the middle of a forest. Sometimes objects are produced in the course of the performance and remain as the only trace of it. The artist brings the work to conclusion by writing a description of it, his words the only documentation of the piece.

The five new works included in the current exhibition were produced over the last two years and are all shaped by the act of removing an element from a found natural object or material. All materials used in the exhibition - skin, wood, clay - are in their “raw” state: they were not cured or transformed prior to handling and the qualities of each material play a role in the features of the work.

Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen was born in Helsinki in 1982 and lives between Finland and Sweden. He has exhibited extensively across Europe and a solo exhibition of his work will inaugurate KOHTA, a new space for contemporary art in Helsinki, due to open in November 2017.