Who is hiding in the garden – OLLE BORG
Where things can grow

MIKKO KALLIO

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Olle Borg

Who is hidning in the garden

It has been eight years since Olle Borg´s last gallery exhibition in Stockholm. He will show new paintings on aluminum and works on paper, based on meetings between mathematical systems and the non-causal. The patterns can be seen as an attempt to find the answer to the question: “Who is hiding in the garden?”

We are looking for a pattern in the non-causal – a vain attempt to create a meaning out of the meaningless. Our fear for what lacks reason lead us to to weave complicated conspiracies to explain the state of things. Or that when SETI scientists listen to infinity, they search for a pattern that will provide the noise content and meaning. Even in the cancer cell proliferation, we see a purpose, though an evil one. But it’s really the lack of purpose that defines the cancer. Even the gambler think they can see a pattern in the randomly generated numbers seemingly unaware that chance has no memory.

In the piece “Nine Days from the Diary of Mr. Chance”, randomness repeats over and over again, to reach the final sum 144 as total goal. Even if we know that there is no system we still think we will be able to discern a pattern. The system repeated indefinitely would mean that the goal is reached, but the scale would be virtually incomprehensible, as is the case with our physical reality.

The piece “For You and Me” can be seen as a kind of tool, both for the viewer and the artist.

The seriers ”Who is hiding in the garden”, consists of twelve paintings on aluminium. Here instead it is the matematics that generates the pattern. This is an attempt so find a ”pattern” in the pattern.

Mikko Kallio

Where things can grow

– Works on paper

IN SHOWROOM at S.P.G 26.2.-2.4.2016

”In the beginning work goes quickly, I arrange bits of paper and different objects on the sheet of paper, and that’s the composition. Then I can look at it for weeks. This seedbed is not yet a living one. It is still undefined. Now I need to let things develop and grow.”

Mikko Kallio’s works are in a way archeological. Sand, wood, wool and pieces of paper stratify into colorful, voluminous collage landscapes. These landscapes are populated by figures who wonder around, peek and hide in their surroundings; they gather together in dots and surfaces, they teem with linework. Diverse elements seem to be growing together, like a unique ecosystem.

These works do not force an interpretation out of their audience, they do not search for a particular mood nor are they serious. Otherwise they could cause anxiety. Like music, Kallio’s artwork gives audience space. The figures seem satisfied with their condition and appearance, likewise the materials of the works. They have all settled in their habitats. In
their own state of being.

“I try to avoid outside influences when I work, otherwise I get lost. I want to stick to the image and the materials. Paper, drawing, wood, colors. Paper and materials are a seedbed where things happen, things are born, they move, die, are born again. Organisms and objects are thrown into a seedbed, and they settle there, into life, picture, into their own tune.”

–Written by Jarkko Suhonen (M.A.), based on an interview of Mikko Kallio

Mikko Kallio´s (born 1971, Espoo, Finland) collage works are drawn with ink and graphite and include watercolor with attached found objects. Kallio has exhibited in Finland, Germany and USA and his works are included collections such as Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki,
HAM Helsinki Art Museum, State of Finland and private collections internationally. Mikko Kallio´s works are now seen for the first time in Sweden.

Opening Thu 25th Feb 17-20, welcome!

www.mikkokallio.com