Jyri Ala-Ruona: HIIT Musings
In my paintings, insulation boards, electrical insulation and bales of animal feed are linked to the human body and its energy consumption. For example, sweat serves as a painted sign of the flows in the body. The word “HIIT” in the name of the exhibition is the abbreviation for high-intensity interval training and, when pronounced, also contains a reference to heat. I see exercise as an invigorating self-motivated activity and enjoyable waste of energy but also as a form of self-control that may include obsessive-compulsive behavior.
My works deal with compelling needs related to the consumption of energy, painting and exercise, compulsive repeated actions and the related outbursts. I create strange and exaggerated images of our relationship with energy and tools through which energy flows into our daily lives and through our bodies and changes them.Panimokatu 1, 00580 Helsinki