Ville Savimaa

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Saturday 22 November 2008

Wow, here’s some work that just made my Friday all the sweeter. Finnish artist Ville Savimaa creates the most clean, beautiful, and bizarre images, filled with chunky, abstract characters and creatures, as if viewed through an old fashioned grainy, black and white lens. It feels a lot like the trippiest noir film you never saw. Even when colour occasionally comes into the mix, Savimaa manages to gracefully maintain that sculptural sensibility, leaving the viewer feeling as suspended as the characters themselves.

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Marja Hakala

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Eco on Tuesday 11 November 2008

Finnish artist Marja Hakala makes site-specific environmental art out in nature — parks, reserves, mountainsides — as well as in gallery spaces and interiors using materials she finds in the environments she chooses. Her repetitive forms impose human order as a sort of meditation on human absence. Just as Thomas Cole and J. M. W. Turner emphasized the puniness of humanity before God and the natural world, Hakala draws out the futility of human endeavors in a 21st century context.

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Finland’s Holy Blood

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Music on Friday 25 July 2008

Why should the devil have all the good music? Finland’s Holy Blood is a great folk-black metal band by any standard, but its horn-raising tunes are all for the glory of the Good Lord rather than Satan or Odin. What would Jesus do? According to Holy Blood, he’d ride through the forests drinking mead and […]

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Dina Kantor’s Finnish and Jewish series

Alison Zavos Contributor

By Alison Zavos in New Photography on Monday 19 May 2008

I am immediately drawn to anything that reminds me of my childhood, so I was taken with this photo of Keren, a subject in Dina Kantor’s quirky and playful series, Finnish & Jewish. We caught up with her recently to discuss the photos.

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Gjallarhorn

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Music on Tuesday 18 March 2008

Finnish folk band Gjallarhorn is named for the horn that the Norse god Heimdall blows to announce Ragnarock — the end of the world. The bands music is far from dark, however: their brand of Scandinavian folk music incorporates mouth harps, fiddles, flutes, and even didgeridoo in a melange of cheerful, but ethereally beautiful tunes […]

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Naoji Ishiyama

Yuko Shimizu Reader Find

By Yuko Shimizu in New Art on Friday 7 March 2008

I needed a good reference of a dandelion for an illustration I’m working on, and then I bumped into the website of Naoji Ishiyama, a Japanese printmaker who lives and works in Finland. You can feel the zen-like quietness and coldness of the north mix together just perfectly.

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