Self-Portrait, 1958-1959. [image]
Erkki Sakari Heinonen
Yesterday, I went to the Ateneum Art Museum to seek respite from the snow. Currently on view is an Homage à Erkki Sakari Heinonen, curated by Maritta Mellais as part of the FOKUS series. Heinonen (1933-2010) was a Finnish artist known for his paintings, prints and writing. Heinonen often depicted scenes from his life in Haapajärvi (about 450 kilometers north of Helsinki outside of Oulu). The work frequently includes an element of social criticism, as in the series of prints entitled, Ilta maailmanlopun kylässä (Evening at the End of the World).
In these aquatints, a man and woman sit before a window while the view of the world outside progressively deteriorates. In the later prints, the man and woman become more graphic, highly stylized versions of themselves. They appear to be broken and reconstituted as chaotic swirls while the symmetrical composition stays the same. As a group, these prints have an incredible darkness to them as the title suggests; they are scenes from the end of the world but also, at the end of the world.
Ilta maailmanlopun kylässä IV, 1974. [image]