Outi Koivisto’s works deal with the phenomena of perception and photography’s quality of mediating its depiction. Covering the walls of the exhibition space are layers of pencil drawings and frottage. The works within the installation Dusky Room, emblazon the space with images of ambiguous landscapes and interiors, stimulating slow and intensive viewing. These numerous elements were either drafted or fostered during her time working in the City of Chicago, USA from 2016 – 2017.
Dusky Room also investigates the connection between private and public space. A landscape is a shared, common space that frames our lives and is an image of that which has been constructed. A place of one’s own inside of walls is thought of as private, but no-one is alone in a space. The landscape, buildings, and home talk of its community and society and imbue it with meaning. The surroundings of a home and the inside of its walls are never separated. Through a hole in the wall, the outside world produces an inverted image of itself.
Outi Koivisto is a visual artist who employs different methods of drawing, printmaking, and writing, while focusing on themes of landscape, perception and language. She graduated with an MA from the Aalto University in 2016 and has worked as a visual artist since 2009. Her works have been presented in several solo and group exhibitions. In 2015, she received third prize in The XII Baltic States Biennale of Graphic Art exhibition at the Kaliningrad Art Museum, Russia. In the summer of 2017, as a part of the Porvoo Triennial, she created a written intervention inscribed atop the urban environment. The exhibition at Hippolyte Studio is a continuation of Outi Koivisto’s solo exhibition Landscape Sees, first displayed in 2017 at Gallery Ratamo, Jyväskylä, Finland.
image: Outi Koivisto, Dusky Room, 2016–18
25 May – 17 June 2018
Open: Tue–Fri 12–17, Sat–Sun 12–16