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The project takes as its starting point the widespread belief that art matters, has a use, or at least should be somehow functional. I decided to consider these ideas seriously, testing them practically so that they resulted in 11 artworks of two categories: “art aimed to save the world” and “art aimed to save the artist”. Together they comprised the show Functional Art at the Studio Emanuel, which I turned for HIAP Open Studios Week in November 2020 during my residency into a small but nevertheless two-story exhibition hall.

Works exhibited:

Red Flag.

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Chair for a Muse.

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Artist Clock.

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Black Square Icon.

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Anal Spider.

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Kosuth Chair.

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Smiley.

Stone.

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Small Glass of 2020, Even. 
 

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Above-the-Sofa Painting. 
 

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Three Exhibition Guest Books.

Functional Art Comments.
 

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Drawings as Functional Art Comments exhibited:

Acknowledgements:

Miina Hujala and Arttu Merimaa for their kind invitation to HIAP; Anna Rawlings for collaboration, inspiration, and help; Sir Alec Guinness, John le Carré, Marcel Duchamp, Kazimir Malevich, Ilya Kabakov, Jesse Darling, Louise Bourgeois, Semyon Motolyanets, Jyrki Siukonen, and Joseph Kosuth -- for inspiration, as well as for some art devices I probably borrowed; Matthew Cowan for insight and humour; Jakub Bobrowski and Philipp Dochantschi for strong help and great funny vibe; Eleni Tsitsirikou, Paul Flanders and Stephanie Roiko for technical arrangements and all other support; Anna Škodenko for the help with photo documentation and nice company while doing it; Anastasia Artemeva, Kaisu Koivisto, Mark Maher [extra special thanks for vodka], Minna Henriksson, Sezgin Boynik, Panos Balomenos, Effrosyni Kontogeorgou, Timo Tuhkanen and Aldo for smiles, grins, and [distant] hugs.

All photographs by the artist except when otherwise mentioned on the image. 

Functional Art show was supported by HIAP.