I am currently painting two-dimensional surfaces and three-dimensional objects in parallel, because I want to detach the experience of three- dimensionality from the ‘modelled form’ and link it instead to the surface of the painting. The three-dimensional works are interventions of sorts, they thrust into the space but conversely they also project space.

Paradoxically, I have noticed that I work with them in opposite directions spatially. I construct two-dimensional works by painting a volume or by piercing the surface. When I paint three-dimensional pieces, I do it optically against a wall. I also personally associate this method with reliefs and the experience of depth in them.

The surfaces in my work do indeed break up and search for direction. For me, the sharp angles are above all points where the surface of the painting makes a turn, disrupting its frontality, which immediately makes the work more interesting. Viewers find themselves in a danger zone or embroiled in something that exists independently of them.

The eventfulness in my works is generally not logical; I am interested in seemingly impossible spatiality. I construct spatial paradoxes into my works, surfaces of collision or friction that seem to lead to a destination. The situation is a bit similar to groping one’s way blindly in a new environment.

There is no point of painterly knowledge or control. The spatial experience of my work cannot be fixed to any single cognitive or experiential point. Instead, the works are loaded with elements that lead to fracture, such as acute angles where the surface of the painting takes a surprising turn. I also deliberately use a forceful stroke technique to give the planes a spatial direction and an accelerating motion. Often, however, this conflicts with the three- dimensionality. I am intrigued by such disturbances or intervention.

I need geometry for some reason. But my geometry is of a kind of cut-and-fold type. Dividing a plane into ever-smaller parts will always involve geometry or mathematics. But I have no interest in systematising the principles of spatial division. I am interested in intuitive progress instead. At the same time, I am very careful to keep the level of experience moving. Instead of constructing interesting forms, I decompose structures of space-time into images, offering viewer-subjects an opportunity to situate themselves more individually within.

WORKS

2017

  • Mime, 2017, 206 x 62 x 29 cm, oil on board
  • Two-Way, 2017, 83 x 86 x 28 cm, oil on board
  • Two-Way, 2017, 83 x 86 x 28 cm, oil on board
  • Two-Way (Units), 2017, 34 x 28 x 18 cm, 49 x 42 x 29 cm, oil on board
  • Two-Way, 2017, 46 x 48 x 14 cm, oil on board
  • Two-Way, 2017, 46 x 48 x 14 cm, oil on board

2016

  • Mime, 2016, 210 x 170 cm, oil on board
  • Mime, 2016, 153 x 96 x 24 cm, oil on board
  • Mime, 2016, 210 x 170 cm, oil on board
  • Mime, 2016, 125 x 150 cm, oil on board
  • Mime, 2016, 130 x 150 cm, oil on board

2015

  • Mime (Hybrid), 2015, 190 x 90 x 52 cm, oil on board
  • Mime (The Same Different), 2015, 200 x 100 x 51 cm, oil on board
  • Mine, 2015, 144 x 152 x 39 cm, oil on board
  • Mime (Star), 2015, 153 x 80 x 33 cm, oil on board
  • Mime (Innermost), 2015, 224 x 161 x 40 cm, oil on board
  • Mime, 2015, 210 x 170 cm, oil on board
  • Mime (Lap), 2015, 103 x 67 x 47 cm, oil on board
  • Mime, 2015, 78 x 69 cm, oil on board

2014

  • Mime (Fold), 2014, 140 x 120 cm, oil on board
  • Mime, 2014, 145 x 132 cm, oil on board
  • Mime (Set), 2014, 150 x 150 cm, oil on board
  • Mime (Stepwise), 2015, 131 x 150 cm, oil on board
  • Mime, 2014, 175 x 127 x 30 cm, oil on board
  • Mime (Drawn Away), 2014, 142 x 145 cm, oil on board
  • Foldaway (W-Hole), 2014, 110 x 140 cm, oil on board
  • Foldaway (Circuit), 2014, 200 x 145 cm, oil on board
  • Foldaway (Turn), 2014, 205 x 150 cm, oil on board

2013

  • Foldaway, 2013, 118 x 239 cm, oil on board
  • Foldaway (Splitting), 2013, 140 x 220 cm, oil on board
  • Foldaway, 2013, 220 x 346 cm, oil on board
  • Foldaway, 2013, 140 x 110 cm, oil on board
  • Foldaway, 2013, 140 x 110 cm, oil on board
  • Foldaway (w-hole), 2013, 110 x 260 cm, oil on board

2012-2011

  • Frontiers, Fold, 2012, 221 x 260 cm, oil on board
  • Frontiers, Crystal, 2012, 170 x 240 cm, oil on board
  • FRONTIERS, REFLEX, 2011, 241 X 260 CM, OIL ON BOARD
  • FRONTIERS, REALITY CHECK, 2011, 260 X 415 CM, OIL ON BOARD
  • FRONTIERS, KNOT, 2011, 221 X 260 CM, OIL ON BOARD
  • Timer II, 2012, 110 x 170 cm, oil on board
  • REVERSE I, 2011, 122 X 100 CM, OIL ON BOARD
  • REVERSE II, 2011, 122 X 100 CM, OIL ON BOARD
  • Frontiers, Bond, 2011, 220 X 292 CM, OIL ON BOARD

PAST

  • Salon Dahlmann, 2014, Berlin
  • Misplaced (in Steps), 2010, 240 X 340 cm, oil on board
  • Misplaced (in Dark), 2010, 240 X 340 cm, oil on board
  • Misplaced (in Yellow), 2009, oil on board, 240 x 340 cm
  • Twist-Yellow, 2005, 122 x 130 cm, oil on board
  • Blind Spots, 2003, 102 x 122 cm, oil on plywood
  • Fine Tuning, 2003, 63 x 115 cm, oil on plywood
  • Fine tuning, 2003, 102 x 122 cm, oil on plywood
  • Galleria Kari Kenetti, 2002, Helsinki
  • Static (Petrol Blue), 2002, 125 x 275 cm, oil and lacquer on aluminium
  • Invisible, 2007, 122 x 270 cm, oil on board
  • Lars Bohman Gallery, 2009, Stockholm
  • M in Us, 2010, Vasakronan, Stockholm
  • M in Us, 2010, Vasakronan, Stockholm
  • Expose #13, 14, 1996, 146 x 320 x 24 cm, aluminium and oil on plywood
  • Expose, Vuosaari metro station, 1998, Helsinki

PUBLICATIONS

Jussi Niva – Timely Remains, Helsinki 2010

essays
Mieke Bal, Academy Professor, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Inkamaija Iitiä, PhD, researcher of contemporary art
photographs
Jussi Tiainen, Marcus Hansen
graphic design
Helena Sandman, Jussi Niva
translations
Tomi Snellman

paper
Galerie Art Matt 170 g/m2
printer
Kariston Kirjapaino Oy, 2010

acknowledgements
Arts Council of Finland
FRAME, Finnish Fund for Art Exchange
Kordelin Foundation
Gallery Kalhama & Piippo Contemporary
Lars Bohman Gallery

cover
Misplaced (in Yellow), photo: Marcus Hansen

publisher
Parvs Publishing
www.parvspublishing.com

ISBN 978-952-5654-28-8

Download book in .pdf format HERE

You can order the book HERE

Jussi Niva, Mime, Helsinki 2016

essay
Anita Seppä, PhD, Professor of History and Theory of Art, Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts, Helsinki
photographs
Gunter Lepkowski
graphic design
Helena Sandman, Jussi Niva
translations
Tomi Snellman

paper
Galerie Art Silk 170 g/m2
printer
Bookwell, 2016

acknowledgements
GALERIE FORSBLOM

cover
Painting from the series Mime

Download the conversation at Niva’s studio in .pdf format HERE

BIOGRAPHY

Download CV in .pdf format HERE

BIOGRAPHY (selected)

Born 1966 in Pello, Finland
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Helsinki, Finland

STUDIES

1984-89  Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016  Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
2014  Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
2012  Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2012  Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
2009  Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2008  Gallery Kalhama & Piippo Contemporary, Helsinki, Finland
2005  Gallery Sculptor, Helsinki, Finland
2004  Gallery Heino, Helsinki, Finland
2002  Gallery Kari Kenetti, Helsinki, Finland
2001  The Aine Art Museum, Tornio, Finland
2000  Viive gallery, Rovaniemi, Finland
2000  Ama gallery, Turku, Finland
1999  Gallery Kari Kenetti, Helsinki, Finland
1997  Galerie Artek, Helsinki, Finland
1995  Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
1994  Galerie Artek, Helsinki, Finland
1994  Galerie Quartair, The Hague, The Netherlands
1992  Galerie Gebauer u. Günther, Berlin, Germany
1991  Galerie Artek, Helsinki, Finland
1990  Kluuvi Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Signature, Habitare, Messukeskus, Helsinki, Finland
Nokia’s Donation, Emma, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland
Dreamaholic – Art from Finland. Miettinen Collection, Weseburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany

2016
In Wonderland, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin, Germany
Living Collection: Facing the Public, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
From Heino With Love, Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

2015
Clear Form, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
Touch, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland
Summer Exhibition, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland

2014
Splendid Views, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin, Germany
Vinternatt, Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Black Market – Sand in Vaseline, L17 project space, Berlin, Germany
Black Market Sinne, Sinne, Helsinki, Finland
Feel the Spirit, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland
Unknown Masterpieces, Wonderloch Kellerland, Berlin, Germany
Black Market Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Space – Abstract Intervention & Social Media, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin, Germany

2013
Kiasma Hits, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Events in Nature, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland
The 7th Wave – Wihuri and Visual Art, Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Finland
Sommerprogramm, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin, Germany
Panorama, Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Summer 2013, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland

2012
The Magic of Lapland, Korundi, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Rovaniemi, Finland
The 7th Wave – Wihuri and Visual Art, Kunsthallen, Helsinki, Finland
Art Market / Galerie Forsblom, Stockhol, Sweden
The Armory Show / Galerie Forsblom, New York, USA

2011
Kesä – Sommar – Summer 2011, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
Know the Landscape, Jyväskylä Art Museum, Finland
The Magic of Lapland, Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Spatial Places: The Poetry Of Places, Fiskars village, Finland

2009
ArtHelsinki 09 / Gallery Kalhama & Piippo Contemporary, Helsinki, Finland
Flash! – Light and Movement, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
I Love Malmö, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
Swanljung Meets Malmö, Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden
The Site of Painting, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland
Carnegie Art Award, Centre International d´Art Contemporain, Carros, France

2008
Kuvan jälkeen, Image and after, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
Carnegie Art Award, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden / Oslo, Norway; Den Frie Udstilling Copenhagen, Denmark; Listasafn Kópavogs, Kópavogur / Reykjavík, Iceland; Konstakademien, Stockholm, Sweden; Royal College of Art, London, UK, Göteborgs konstmuseum, Gothenbourg, Sweden
Tuhlaajapojan paluu, Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa, Finland

2007
Carnegie Art Award, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
Taiteilijatiloja, Jugend-sali, Helsinki, Finland
Maalaus ja valokuva ja maalaus, Korjaamo Culture Factory, Helsinki, Finland
I love Malmö, Turun taidemuseo, Turku; Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa, Finland
Kuntsin ikonit 1, Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa, Finland

2006
Suspended E-motion, Galerija Vartai, Vilnius, Lithuania

2005
Vastamaalattu – Painture Fraiche!, Kerava Art Museum, Kerava, Finland
Työnimi: Heijastuksia, Korjaamo Culture Factory, Helsinki, Finland
Stockholm Art Fair / Galleria Heino, Stockholm, Sweden
X Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä, Finland
Purnu 2005, Orivesi, Finland

2004
Vastamaalattu – Peinture Fraiche!, Le Triage, Nanterre, France
Talviunia – Hibernations, The Rovaniemi Art Museum, Rovaniemi, Finland

2003
Maisema nyt, Mikkeli Art Museum, Mikkeli, Finland

2002
Over the Horizon, Malmö konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden

2001
Soome Nûûdiskunst – Kekarainen – Niva – Vuokola, Eesti Kunstimuuseumi, Tallinn, Estonia
Interface – Kosketuspintoja, Suomen taiteen III triennaali, Göteborg
Konstmuseum, Göteborg, Sweden & Helsingin taidehalli, Helsinki, Finland

2000
Europe – Different Perspectives in Painting, Museo Michetti, Francavilla al Mare, Italy
Pohjoismainen postmodernismi, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
100 VR-makasiini, Helsinki, Finland
Berlin Art Fair / Galleria Kari Kenetti, Berlin, Germany

1999
Carnegie Art Award, Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland; Listasafn Islands, Reykjavik, Icela
Finnish Line: Starting Point, Musées de Strassbourg, Strassbourg, France
Pohjoinen maisema, Salo Art Museum, Salo, Finland
Kekarainen – Niva – Vuokola, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
Frankfurt Art Fair / Galleria Kari Kenetti, Frankfurt, Germany

1998
Carnegie Art Award, Konstakademien, Stockholm, Sweden; Sophienholm
Copenhagen, Denmark; Stenersenmuseet, Oslo, Norway
Stockholm Art Fair / Galleria Kari Kenetti, Tukholma

1997
Galleri Wynick / Tuck, Toronto, Canada
Art goes kapakka, Restaurant Taidehalli, Helsinki, Finland
TAiDETTA, Konstens hus, Luleå, Sweden
Kari Cavén – Henrietta Lehtonen – Jussi Niva, Galleria Kari Kenetti, Helsinki, Finland

1996
TAiDETTA, Karlskrona Konsthall, Karlskrona, Sweden; Västerås
Konstmuseum, Västerås, Sweden; Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Norrköping, Sweden;
Skövde Konsthall, Skövde, Sweden; Värmlands Museum, Karlstad, Sweden
Konst I hemmiljö The Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Comp I Box, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland
Enter, Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland

1995
ARS-95, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Air Water Earth, Takaoka Art Museum, Takaoka; Fukuyama Museum of Art,
Fukuyama, Japan; Turun taidemuseo, Turku, Finland
Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach, Germany

1994
Ennakkoluuloja – Fördomar, Östergötland Country Museum, Lindköping, Sweden; Oulu City Art useum, Oulu, Finland; Örebro länsmuseum, Örebro, Sweden; Landskrona konsthall, Landskrona, Sweden; Museum for Contemporary art, Warsaw, Poland; Museum for Contemporary art, Vilnius, Lithuania
Nordisk Önskemuseum, Göteborg Museum of Art, Göteborg, Sweden
8 rum till måleri, Galleri F 15 Alby, Moss, Norway
Grreen, Tourch Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Nina Roos – Jussi Niva, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
Air Water Earth, The Azabu Museum for Arts and Crafts, Tokio, Japan

1993
Fünf Bilder, Galerie Gebauer u. Günther, Berlin, Germany
XLV La Biennale di Venezia, Nordic Pavilion, Venice, Italy
Entrée, The Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Finland
Valintoja, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
Transit, The National Museum of Finland, Helsinki, Finland
Ennakkoluuloja – Fördomar, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm;
The Nordic Institute for Contemporary, Art, Helsinki, Finland

1992
Välimatkoja – Avstånd, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Documenta IX, Kassel, Germany
Rakkautta raunioilla, Tampere Museum of Contemporary Art, Tampere, Finland
Finlandi Dá -92, Stockholm, Sweden
Tidsanda, Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden
Frankfurt Art Fair / Galerie Gebauer u. Günther, Germany

1991
Seeing, Näkeminen, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland
Tillstand Switches, Stedhalle, Zürich, Switzerland
Face to Face – Ars Baltica Prolog, Kunsthalle zu Kiel / Stadgalerie im
Sophienhof, Kiel, Germany; Kunsthalle Latvija, Museum of Foreign Art, Riga, Latvia;
Künstlerhaus Bethanien / Kunst-Werke, Berlin, Germany
Aurora 4, The Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

1990
Finnish Visions, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway

1989
Finnish Painters´union 60th aniversary exhibition, The Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland

PUBLIC ART WORKS

2010 M in Us, Vasakronan, Stockholm, Sweden [ Link to project page HERE ]
1999 Expose #43-46, Finnish Embassy, Berlin, Germany
1998 Expose, Vuosaari metro station, Helsinki, Finland

COLLECTIONS

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
HAM, Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland
Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden
Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Rovaniemi, Finland
The Aine Art Museum, Tornio, Finland
Turku Art Museum, Turku, Finland
Oulu City Art Museum, Oulu, Finland
Hämeenlinna Art Museum, Hämeenlinna, Finland
EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland
The City of Tampere, Finland
The National Public Art Council, Sweden
Miettinen Collection, Germany
The Rafaela and Kaj Forsblom Collection, Finland
Heino Art Collection, Helsinki, Finland
Swanljung Collection, Finland
Saastamoinen Foundation, Finland
The Finnish State Art Collection

AWARDS

2009 Fine Arts Association of Finland, William Thuring Prize
1998 Carnegie Art Awards, Scholarship to a young artist
1996 Young Art Finland Prize

TEXTS

 

Bal, Mieke. 2010. Movement and the still Image – Espacio Tiempo y Forma, 4, Madrid, Spain [ Download text in .pdf format HERE ]
Seppä, Anita, 2016, Jussi Niva and Anita Seppä, Conversation at Niva’s studio in Berlin, 23.11.2015 – Mime, Helsinki, Finland
Verhoeff
, Nanna. 2012. ”Mobile Screens – The Visual Regime of Navigation,”, Amsterdam University press, Amsterdam, p. 167-168
Bal, Mieke. 2010. ”Timely Remains”, Jussi Niva – Timely Remains, Helsinki.
Iitiä, Inkamaija. 2010. ”The Space of Representation and Postmodern Stage: Jussi Niva´s Exposes”,
Jussi Niva – Timely remains, Helsinki.
Iitiä, Inkamaija. 2008. ”Kuvan jälkeen”. Kuvan jälkeen. Image and after, Nyktaiteen museon julkaisua 109/ 2008,
Helsinki, p. 42-43.
Iitiä, Inkamaija. 2008. Käsitteellisestä ruumiilliseen, sitaatiosta paikkaan – maalaustaide ja nykytaiteen historia,
Helsinki, p. 264-272.
Roos, Rita. 2006. Critique, Veenman Publishers/Gijs Stork, Rotterdam.
Kalhama, Pilvi. 2005. “Vuorovaikutusta väritilassa – Jussi Nivan Fine Tuning – sarjan dialogisia tulkintoja”,
Kanssakäymisiä, Osallistuvan taiteen tutkimuksen askelia 32, Helsinki.
Kalhama, Pilvi. 2002. ”Suomalainen nykymaalaus ja katsomisen haaste”, Pinx Maalaustaide Suomessa:
Siveltimen vetoja, Weiling+Göös, Espoo, p.280-287.
Kantokorpi, Otso. 2003. “Kuvan katoava taajuus”, Kosketuspintoja, Helsinki.
Haapala, Leevi. 2003. “Valomaalarit ja sähköinen valo”, Pinx maalaustaide Suomessa : Siveltimen vetoja,
Weiling+Göös, Espoo, p. 280-287.
Valjakka, Timo. 2000. Jussi Niva, Expose, Helsinki.
van der Heeg, Eerik.1999. ”Kekarainen – Niva – Vuokola”, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki.
Castern, Hannu. “Painting Beyond the Eye and Frame”, Form Function Finland, 1/95
Valjakka, Timo.1993 ”XLV La Biennale di Venezia, Melin Niva Stokke”
Thordeman, Thord. “Venezia!”, Paletten 3/93
Sandqvist, Gertrud. “Jussi Niva”, Siksi, 2/92