Grönlund & Nisunen


Gallery Niklas Belenius is pleased to announce the opening of its first show by the artist duo Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen.

With the presence of the works, the gallery space is not only architecturally challenged, but also invaded by the sound and the speaking silence of the installations, as well as the magnetic powers of “Illusion”, which end up in a state of weightlessness, when the magnets are being hindered in their movement towards each other.

While “Spring Field” and “Unstable Matter” move and make sound in a random manner, “Illusion” is silent and immobile. Its fragile stillness makes manifest a utopian vision of harmony, but the state of peace is deceptive. Under the visual surface a cold Hobbesian war is going on, a silent struggle between opposing movements and forces.

Grönlund-Nisunen’s installations can be described as experimental plays, in which the objects are actors, directed in co-operation with the unseen forces. The works make references to the techniques of science, but the outcome is something quite different.

Science has proven successful in the disenchantment of the world; the soul Thales attributed to the magnet, because of its capacity to move iron, was carefully amputated a long time ago and replaced by far less poetic stuff.

Grönlund-Nisunen do not end up in explanations or verifications of hypothesis. They rather direct the pole of scientific power against itself, making visible the insufficiency of rational explanation. The outcome is a state of wonder. A re-enchantment of the world.