Teemu Kangas: Hyperborea
Hyperborea is an ancient Greek myth of the origin of the North Wind in a far away land in the north
where the sun is said to set once a year. The exhibition aims to juxtapose the Arctic environment with the
presumed mental landscape of personalities who lived and explored these extreme regions. What kind of a
personality gravitates towards these conditions and does the harsh environment depict the mental
landscape of these people? The portraits in the exhibition aim to draw new interpretations from photos taken of known Arctic explorers and personalities.
The pieces in the exhibition have been produced by drawing and painting with ink, brushes and airbrush.
In the method a paper is creased in a specific manner suiting to the aimed result. The technique resembles the surrealist method of frottage in which the artist rubs out pictures of objects and shapes under a paper
or canvas. Similarly, a brush dipped in ink draws out forms and narratives from the creased plane as the
mind wanders freely in the empty paper. The creases in the paper are like topography from which a
mountain range or a rugged portrait can spring out of.
Teemu Kangas (b. 1980, Kuopio) is a visual artist living and working in Tampere, Finland. Kangas is
interested in the intersectioning of internal mental images and outer reality. His primary artistic method is a certain type of frottage in which drawing/painting with ink on paper gives out impressions of three
dimensional shapes and textures. Kangas has an M.F.A in visual arts from the University of Arts in
Helsinki. He also works as a licensed nurse in an adolescent psychiatric unit with especially difficult to
The exhibition has received support from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Arktinen hurtta (Sepp), 2022.
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