1 TEEMU LEHMUSRUUSU ARTIST STATEMENT (0) Teemu Lehmusruusu (born 1981, Helsinki, Finland) is a contemporary artist whose primary medium is moving image. His works explore the nature of human existence using exhibition space as an investigative workshop - a place where audience can engage with the values and thoughts within the work presented. The works are often polyvalent and have a bare or minimalistic appearance. Recent themes include investigations into different spiritual traditions, human addictions, Romanticism and horticultural environments. Lehmusruusu is at the moment finishing his thesis for the Master of Art degree in Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture Helsinki and preparing his 5th solo show called Observatory. Teemu Lehmusruusu is represented in Supermarket 2014 Art Fair by 00130Gallery Helsinki. The work seen is the second part of a series of three video works called The Declaration of Love. The movement improvisation was created in collaboration with the contemporary dancer and choreographer Jennifer Amelie Vogel (born 1985, Stuttgart, Germany). The performance is shot in a closed sanatorium in Beelitz-Heilstätten, Germany. It is a bodily meditation on sufferings and affects, love as impossible, inaccessible and unfulfilled. And still, as the principles of Romanticism state, even despair itself is a manifestation and act of love as such.
2 TEEMU LEHMUSRUUSU CV Born 1981, Helsinki Finland. Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland (0) EDUCATION 2014 Master of Arts Aalto University in Photographic Arts School of Art, Design and Architecture Helsinki, Finland 2011 Lens Based Universität der Kunste Berlin, Germany Contemporary Practices prof. Hito Steyerl 2011 Bachelor of Arts Aalto University in Photographic Arts School of Art, Design and Architecture Helsinki, Finland 2007 Fotokonst Västra Nylands Folkhögskola Karis, Finland 2006 Bachelor of Social Science University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences in World Politics Helsinki, Finland SOLO SHOWS 2014 The Island Illusion Fotocentrum Raseborg, Finland 2013 Union Gallery Kalleria, Helsinki, Finland 2012 Love Is a Dog From Hell 00130Gallery, Helsinki, Finland 2012 Bonsai No Kokoro Gallery Uusi Kipinä, Lahti, Finland 2011 Voyage to the Bottom Gallery Sinne, Helsinki, Finland of the Sea SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2014 SUPERMARKET 2014 Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm Independet Curated and represented by 00130Gallery Helsinki Art Fair 2013 Summer School TR1 Kunsthalle, Tampere, Finland Curated group show 2013 Hellää vierasta valoa Photographic centre Peri, Turku, Finland Curated group show 2013 Summer School Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland Curated group show 2013 Epävakauden museo Helsinki University Museum Arppeanum, Finland Museum of Instability Curated by Anna Virtanen 2012 Uusi Muu Curated exhibition part of the Muu 25 years jubileum Muu Gallery, Helsinki, Finland 2012 No Exit Helsinki Photography Biennial 2012 main event Helsinki City Museum, Finland Curated by Ari Kakkinen, Marko Karo, Harri Pälviranta, Kari Soinio & Hanna Weselius 2011 Looking Forward Jukka Male Museum, Helsinki, Finland Curated by Timo Kelaranta, Virpi Suutari & Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger
3 2011 Rundgang 11 UdK Berlin, Germany Curated by Hito Steyerl 2011 Looking Forward Gallery oyoy, Lahti, Finland Curated by Timo Kelaranta, Virpi Suutari & Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger x11 Elintila Gallery, Helsinki, Finland Curated by Anna Virtanen 2010 Je me souviens de Paris Finnish Culture Institute, Paris, France Curated by Andrea Holzherr 2010 Je me souviens de Paris Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland Curated by Andrea Holzherr HAPPENINGS AND PUBLICATIONS 2013 UNSEEN Book Market A Book of Lies at the Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam September Editors Aukusti Heinonen & Teemu Lehmusruusu 2013 A Book of Lies Editors Aukusti Heinonen & Teemu Lehmusruusu väritettyjä totuuksia Musta Taide 3 : 2013 Published by Valokuvauksen Opiskelijat ry & Musta taide 2012 Vartiosaaripäivä Vartiosaari Artists House, Helsinki, Finland 2012 YYY zine Romantikko Series in YYY s issue nr 1 Laboratory - Art Space for Now Helsinki, Finland 2011 Karhunkaatoja Aalto University Department of Photography, Taide itsetutkiskelevana Bachelor s thesis elämänmuotona 2011 Save the Males Gallery Kakelhallen, Mariehamn, Finland Live-installation with Kenneth Bamberg 2010 Tila(nne) City Art Happening, Helsinki, Finland Workshop by Pasi Rauhala 2010 AHNE 10 Art Festival Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland 2009 Arabian Minimarket Arabian Minimarket, Temporary Art Space Helsinki, Finland 2007 Degree Show Gallery Zebra, Karjaa, Finland GRANTS Taiteen edistämiskeskus Arts Promotion Centre Finland AVEK The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture Koneen Säätiö Kone Foundation Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse Svenska kulturfonden Aalto University Svenska kulturfonden Aalto University WORKS IN COLLECTIONS Private collections MEMBERSHIPS Av-arkki the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art Muu Ry Muu Artists Association Valokuvataiteilijoiden liitto Union of Artist Photographers Suomen taiteilijaseura The Artists Association of Finland Valokuvauksen opiskelijat VOry Union of Student Photographers of Finland
4 TEEMU LEHMUSRUUSU VALKOINEN JA MUSTA VALO WHITE LIGHT, BLACK LIGHT 5-channel video installation sd, 4:3, 5-channel stereo audio constructed elements duration: 5 x 15min 2013 White Light, Black Light is a 5-channel video installation with five zafus (meditation pillows). Each channel guides the audience into a different exercise to balance their minds and hear their heart. Exhibition visitors are challenged to test their patience and presence for 15 minutes in each exercise. The work is part of curator Anna Virtanen s consept of a Museum of Instability. CAST & CREW Curator: Anna Virtanen Assistant Director: Helka Heinonen Graphic Design: Tommi Vasko Carpenter: Rainer Brock Thanks: Ville Tanttu, Ralf Åström, Kenneth Bamberg, Pasi Rauhala, Markus Lehmusruusu, Erno Raitanen, Antti Huittinen, Launo Tuuri / Aalto University Media Lab / Aalto University, Nirodha ry, Helsinki Zen Center Special Thanks: Aino, Arja, Dzamil, Eva, Juhani, Jukka, Katariina, Kauko, Sampo, Outi With the support of: Kone Foundation, Aalto University Photography, Sound Design, Production and Direction: Teemu Lehmusruusu
5 UPPER IMAGE: STILL FROM VIDEO. LOWER IMAGE: INSTALLATION VIEW.
6 TEEMU LEHMUSRUUSU DECLARATION OF LOVE I projected video installation hd, 16:9, stereo single channel, constructed elements duration: 8:30min 2012 Bonsai No Kokoro is the first part of Declaration of Love (2014). Bonsai No Kokoro consists of a staged mise-en-scene and of a voice over, edited out of a two hour interview with a bonsai gardener Andrea Melloni. Together these elements takes the audience to hear and question the principal philosophical thoughts of gardening as work of love. The work can be exhibited as an installation or as a screening-version. CAST & CREW Actor: Laura Brundrett Interview of Gardener: Andrea Melloni Graphic Design: Jaakko Suomalainen Costume Design: Oona Colliander, Jenny Brittberg Camera Assistant: Mauro Farinas Special Thanks: Hito Steyerl, William Sabiston, Timo Kelaranta Shot on location at Suteki Bonsaizentrum Berlin, Germany With the support of: Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse, Aalto University Photography, Sound Design, Production and Direction: Teemu Lehmusruusu
7 STILL FROM VIDEO.
8 TEEMU LEHMUSRUUSU DECLARATION OF LOVE II projected video installation hd, 16:9, stereo single channel, constructed elements duration: 8:30min 2012 The second part of Declaration of Love is a dance improvisation shot in a closed sanatorium in Germany. It echoes in early romanticisms Sturm und Drang movement, and thourgh it s title, in Charles Bukowskis poetry. The choreography is inspired by japanese buto and together these starting points come together to meditate the sufferings of affectuation, love as impossible. The work can be exhibited as an installation or as a screening-version. CAST & CREW Dance and Choreography: Jennifer Amelie Vogel Voice Actor: Pia Andersson Music: Markus Lehmusruusu Graphic Design: Jaakko Suomalainen Sound Design: Teemu Lehmusruusu & Markus Lehmusruusu Costume Design: Oona Colliander, Jenny Brittberg Special Thanks: Hito Steyerl, William Sabiston, Timo Kelaranta Shot on location at Beelitz-Heilstätten Sanatorium, Germany With the support of: Svenska kulturfonden, Genelec, Aalto University Photography, Sound Design, Production and Direction: Teemu Lehmusruusu
9 INSTALLATION VIEW GALLERY HELSINKI.
10 TEEMU LEHMUSRUUSU DECLARATION OF LOVE III projected video installation hd, 16:9, stereo single channel, constructed elements duration: 9:30min 2013 The third part of Declaration of Love work consists of a video of a yogic exercise and of an edited interview of an ex-drug addict. It examines the roles bodily and spiritual addictions play in love and life. The video can be exhibited as an installation or as a screening-version. CAST & CREW Yogi: Pascal Interview with: Ilona Publitz Graphic Design: Jaakko Suomalainen Special Thanks to: Ronny Korneli, Ali von Stein, Krisana Locke, Eeva-Liisa Puhakka, Santeri Tuori, Antti Karvinen, Helka Heinonen, Ville Tanttu, Markus Lehmusruusu, Helinä Lindroos, Tomi Sandell, Valtteri Saurila, Wade Kyrölä, Aku Vehmersalo, Leena Ylä-Lyly, Bernhard Dino Wunderlich, Hannu Karjalainen Shot on location at OSHO Studio Berlin, Germany With the support of: AVEK - Audiovisuaalisen kulttuurin edistämiskeskus Photography, Sound Design, Production and Direction: Teemu Lehmusruusu
11 INSTALLATION VIEW. GALLERY KALLERIA.
12 TEEMU LEHMUSRUUSU ILLUSIA single-channel video installation sd, 4:3, stereo constructed elements duration: 2:30min, loop 2013 Illusia is a documentary video that has been installed carefully for examination in totally different context. The video screen is the size of a standard photography print (10x15cm). The film is shown together with an modified excerpt from Erik Enocksson s musical piece Finale Ange Nocte Nudapecta. CAST & CREW Actor: unknown Music: Erik Enocksson Carpenter: Anni Waris Graphic Design: Jaakko Suomalainen With the support of: Svenska Kulturfonden, Aalto University Photography, Sound Design, Production and Direction: Teemu Lehmusruusu
13 UPPER IMAGE: INSTALLATION VIEW. LOWER IMAGE: STILL FROM VIDEO.
14 TEEMU LEHMUSRUUSU MIRACLES Installation including photography, video, soundscape,notebooks and constucted elements 2011 Miracles is an extensice collections of photographs, found material, video and soundscapes. As an installation It potrays an excursion into the romantic around us. CAST & CREW Actor: Anna Merenkova Sound Design: Markus Lehmusruusu Graphic Design: Jaakko Suomalainen In cooperation with: Mediakeskus Lume, YLE Elävä arkisto With the support of: Svenska Kulturfonden, Aalto University
15 PHOTOGRAPH FROM THE WORK MIRACLES, 2011.
16 TEEMU LEHMUSRUUSU THE ATLANTIC 2-channel projected video installation sd, stereo duration: 2 x 10:00min 2011 The Atlantic is a 2-channel video installation based on teenage love letters across two continents. A theatre dramatist went through an extensive letter correspondance an left only anonymous expressions of emotions. Two actors read the texts to each other in intimate studio environment. The staged material was edited together with Finnish national archive footage of an cross-atlantic voyage with Suomen Joutsen - the Swan of Finland. CAST & CREW Actors: Saara Kotkaniemi, Jose Viitala Dramatist: Taija Helminen Photography: Pietari Peltola Additional Cameras: Matti Ahlgren, Antti Karvinen Sound Design: Ville Katajala Sound Recorder: Meri Tikkala Script: Mirkka Kallio In cooperation with: Mediakeskus Lume, YLE Elävä arkisto With the support of: Svenska Kulturfonden, Aalto University
17 INSTALLATION VIEW, GALLERY SINNE, HELSINKI.
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