Olli Keränen’s works often discuss shared spaces that are in a constant need of negotiation. The focal point of the work is the dialogue and the dynamic space that is created in the gallery, where the discussions take place between the artist, viewer and the artworks. The physical presence of a viewer is central to Keränen’s works.
In his work Keränen reconciles the irreconcilable. He aims to reveal such a dichotomy. For Keränen the relations between the work and the beholder have become crucial. He is interested in how works, at a closer encounter, can tell stories about their origin. The work entails, and may so reveal, information on the work process, choices of medium and their purpose in the visible end result. A certain type of minimalism and an illusion of near emptiness allow the viewer to imagine themselves in the work even if they vary from time-based works to more object oriented works. Thus, here the point of transformation from actions into objects is denoted. As the artworks as objects have a status of additional components in a space, Keränen pays attention to reason their existence methodologically.
Olli Keränen’s (*1979 lives and works in Helsinki) studied sculpture, graduating in 2006 from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Keränen’s works have been previously shown in solo exhibitions in Copenhagen and Helsinki as well as in group shows in Finland, Spain, Sweden and Norway. In 2013 Keränen was awarded the Raimo Utriainen Art Foundation prize for young artists. In 2014, a three-part public work by Keränen will be installed at the Siilitie metro station in Helsinki.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS AT SIC:
RULER: THE MOVEMENT THAT DIDN'T HAVE A DOG AND A STICK AROUND IT
24 SPACES - A CACOPHONY