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M i k k o K u o r i n k i


1 2 . 0 5 . 2 0 1 5 - 1 9 . 0 6 . 2 0 1 5 .


Curated by Ili Puskás


This is the first time the Finnish artist exhibits in Budapest. His works have been on show in various institutions worldwide, from The Hague to Seoul, from London to Sao Paulo. He has pieces acquired by Kiasma (Helsinki) and the Nomas Foundation (Rome) among others. The works debuting at the exhibition in May will reflect the impulses the artist experiences in Hungary.


Mikko Kuorinki investigates through his works how we understand the world and our place in it. He often uses found sights, objects and words to examine the relationship between the individual and the physical reality. For Kuorinki the materials of the works are not symbolic, he is rather interested in things as they are.


He has been exploring compression, creating balanced works that are confined to the essential elements. The objective of presenting lean pieces does not imply severeness, on the contrary, it facilitates the poetical.


Kuorinki’s praxis relies on the act of wandering. It ranges from physical roaming in the streets of an unknown city to endless browsing of the internet. This seemingly aimless drifting is however guided by sharp-eyed observation, and perpetual interest in the surrounding world and its phenomena. The stimulus leading to artworks can be found anywhere from contemporary poetry to the aesthetics of a gym equipment, from zen meditation to American sit-coms.


As the installations on display are compiled of fragments, one can’t help feeling the urge to assign a narrative to the sight. People are wired so, the mind wants to find the links and come up with an explanation of some sort. Mikko Kuorinki admits that it is impossible to prevent, but he doesn’t want to encourage it either. His works are not puzzles to be solved.