Faith tester, 2017
spray bottles, religions
69 x 21 x 26 cm
editio 5 + 2 AP
In his artistic practice Otto Karvonen specialises in creating small-scale, humorous interventions that generate unexpected encounters and surprising disruptions across a variety of everyday situations.
Otto Karvonen (b.1975) is a Helsinki-based artist whose work has featured in numerous museum and gallery exhibitions and art biennials around the world. A larger solo exhibition of his work was held in Helsinki’s Kluuvi Gallery in 2011. His body of work also includes public artworks such as Roots of the city from 2013 at Kamppi metro station in Helsinki. In October 2017, Karvonen completed super hyvä olo, his latest public sculpture created in collaboration with the author Mikko Rimminen, in Matinkylä, Espoo. It was accompanied by a book of the same title, published by Teos in 2018. A new artwork by Karvonen is set to be unveiled in Oodi, Helsinki’s new central library in December 2018. Members of the public can contribute to it via the Oodi website from April 2018 onwards. Karvonen’s Urban space occupation kit (2006–) will be included in Helsinki Art Museum’s upcoming Graffiti exhibition, set to run from 6 April until 9 September 2018. A more detailed exploration of Karvonen’s creative output can be found in Please act like nothing happened, published in 2016.

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