Lasse Juuti: Ähky, 2019

An immense drifter rolls in. I rub my heel with the tip of the brush and the shoe rips. The stone in my shoe rolls out from the damaged sole. The drifter is being followed by an immense repetition that comes in from the sneezing winter on all fours, and the painting doesn’t know which way it should face. The neck is chafing, I rub my head with fingernails and the skin rips. From underneath the peeling skin a dough ball rolls in to my hand.

QUEUE means lining up. Queues guide us towards orderliness, and to avoid queues, we have created things like self-service checkouts that seasoned barcode readers may use to exit the shop quickly without having to participate in an agonising wait or encounter with the shop assistant. A queue is different from a row in that, in a queue, objects, people or things are one after the other, whereas in a row they are side by side. Paintings are often arranged in a row, turned facing the viewer.

In this exhibition we see paintings next to each other, on each others heels. In terms of their size and shape they seem to refer to statues and monuments, even make distant references to persons or alphabets. These paintings are not windows on the wall, but rather they stand in the room and demand attention with their garish colours.

And so, there is no soft moss growing on the stone in my shoe. The wait turns plump. I like painting and painting likes me. Finally, the stiff bloat shifts into smooth zen.

Lasse Juuti (b. 1990, Tampere) is a material-intensive painter who works with paintings, sculpture and installations. His recent works deal with the significance of authorship, language and the culture of naming. In his new paintings, existential questions are brushed to the side, imaginary friends are allowed to wallow in their crises and there is pleasure in doing. Juuti has studied at Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Helsinki, at Tampere Art and Media at Tampere University of Applied Sciences as well as at Kankaanpää Fine Arts at Satakunta Unversity of Applied Sciences.

The realisation of the exhibition is supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Finnish Art Society, Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the Paulo Foundation.