SAMU RAATIKAINENPaintings 22.11.2014 – 21.12.2014

Evolved, 2014
Mixed media on plywood
19,7 x 98,2 cm

Artist Samu Raatikainen's exhibition features his open-ended interpretations of faraway stardust landscapes and nature's details. His paintings are made of mixed-media panels placed together, and with the resulting paintings form a space where the abstract and the figurative interact. Juxtaposing these images changes the nature and meaning in the individual panels. The panels take on other "personalities" and turn into unrecognisable spaces, which are constructed using the interplay of light and dark colours.

The paintings bring together active images with reflective or slow, silent, monochromatic panels. This introduces unusual time into the painting's content and viewer experience. Time is also highlighted by the fact that the images of some of the paintings were completed at different times. Some might have been forgotten for a long time but were rescued when they were placed as parts of later productions. This juxtaposition creates a tension: rediscovered images are displayed with minimalist panels in carefully considered arrangement and composition.

For Raatikainen, painting is not merely paint and its application but also exploration of the meanings of various techniques and their interpretation. The paintings featured in this exhibition demonstrate this aim in their mixture of techniques and experimentations with various materials, for example aluminium and graphite. Raatikainen's use of mixed media is characterised by intuitive drawing and working the paint surfaces by washing. This information created from the resulting random image is then reworked in a controlled manner.

When I look at Raatikainen's paintings of stardust, I can jump to 13.8 billion years away while pondering the birth of all visible matter. Other paintings take me on a walk in the woods. On a dry day the trees and plants sway in the wind as different textured surfaces, while stones and sand stay muted. Water mirrors everything around it as an active element. As I walk on, I notice traces of something that used to be there. The landscape appears to be an endless process of changing matter, a momentum that started the second the universe was born.

Kari Alatalo

This exhibition is supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

  • raatikainen/2014/SAMU_RAATIKAINEN_STATUS_QUO_2014

    Status quo, 2014
    mixed media on mdf board
    45 x 132 cm

  • raatikainen/2014/SAMU_RAATIKAINEN_CLOSING_IN_2014

    Closing in, 2014
    mixed media on mdf board
    45 x 177 cm


    Unknown clusters I, 2014
    mixed media on mdf board
    110 x 316 cm

  • raatikainen/2014/SAMU_RAATIKAINEN_ON_THE_FRINGES_2014

    On the fringes, 2014
    mixed media on mdf board
    45 x 134 cm

  • raatikainen/2014/SAMU_RAATIKAINEN_EVOLVED_2014

    Evolved, 2014
    mixed media on plywood
    19,7 x 92,8 cm


    Unknown clusters II, 2014
    mixed media on mdf board
    110 x 293 cm

  • raatikainen/2014/SAMU_RAATIKAINEN_LISTENER_2014

    Samu Raatikainen, 2014
    mixed media on mdf board
    45 x 130 cm

  • raatikainen/2014/SAMU_RAATIKAINEN_CONCEALED_ENTRY_2014

    Concealed entry, 2014
    mixed media on mdf board
    45 x 54 cm

  • raatikainen/2014/SAMU_RAATIKAINEN_SOFT_TOUCH_2014

    Soft touch, 2014
    mixed media on mdf board
    94 x 68 cm