The Art Trail

a journey to explore the world of art & creativity around us

Interior and Inner Space

It’s been an intense period of time with plenty of exciting and thrilling work, so I haven’t managed to take a full weekend off in a couple of months. This one though was reserved for a break. And a catch of breath. Always and without delay, every time I slow down I think about space. Physical space and mental […]

Looking Up

I took this photo of Ateneum’s ceiling a few months back. I like finding shapes and angles that surprise me in composition. Although I am very far from being a photographer. I mostly do it for my own mental snapshots. And sometimes also for work. Sitting at home on a Saturday afternoon, listening to piano sounds […]

Bring The Sun And Forest Indoors – Finom Lights

Design has always captivated me for its close relationship with artistic craftsmanship. It is the story of the craft and the idea that stands behind it that sparks my imagination whenever I find a masterfully designed piece. Even though we live in the era of mass consumption, in the past few years I have seen […]

Imaginative worlds in abstract paintings

From left to right: Sulamith and Margarete | Maaria Oikarinen | 2015, acrylic on canvas. All pictures by The Art Trail. Colors, splashes, smudges, bubbles, thick brush strokes and delicate lines reveal expressions of different worlds in Group OOO’s abstract painting exhibition at Galleria Huuto. In Maaria Oikarinen’s frequently distressed paintings, not just one but multiple worlds collide, create […]

The Truth Between Two Worlds

Still from Three Sisters,  2015, video installation by Tanja Muravskaja b. 1978, Estonia. Work part of Kiasma Demonstrating Minds exhibition, 9.10.2015-20.3.2016, Helsinki Two screens leaned towards each-other feature videos of two girls speaking in an installation by Estonian artist Tanja Muravskaja. From the first seconds of watching it becomes apparent that the speeches are polarizing, each an expression of […]

The Curious Case of Log Head

In a short film by Maarit Suomi-Väänänen, Log Head (10min, 2015), a personified tree log equipped with skis, furry hat and feelings goes out and about its day in the forest. Encounters with other more-or-less lively inhabitants make Log Head act and react in a quest for something yet unknown to the viewer. Log Head (or Pölkyllä Pää in its original Finnish name) has […]

Meet the Artist: Petr Řehoř

I came across Petr Řehoř’s latest work during Helsinki Art Walk last weekend at Galleria Pirkko-Liisa Topelius and I immediately became curious about the possible interpretations of  his semiotic paintings. The exhibition called Days in Rome emerged from the artist’s residency in Rome in the summer of 2014 and it displayed paintings and collages made during his stay in […]

Moving Art – Heather Hansen

Lately I have become increasingly interested in the relationship between visual art and kinetics, a topic that I have been researching for some time. It is not only the relationship between the two, but also the result of this fusion that particularly fascinates me. So today I wanted to share with you a truly inspiring artist whose very movements on paper gradually […]

Discovering Helsinki Noir at Amos Anderson

This past weekend I visited for the second time the Helsinki Noir exhibition at Amos Anderson. The first time around I went alone and now I was joined by a friend of mine who also works in the art world, bringing a fresh view over the entire experience. First of all, I must say that it is […]

Ai Weiwei’s exhibition at HAM

This is how you’re welcomed into Ai Weiwei’s exhibition at Helsinki Art Museum. A powerful statement defying official and government institutions, as well as tourist attractions & stereotypes. Here are 3 of Finland’s: the majestic white church,  the parliament building and the popular Viking Line, a major tourist hub. Going further than the typical exhibition setting, the […]

Jiří Georg Dokoupil’s Bubbles

I was recently impressed by the postmodernist Czech artist Jiří Georg Dokoupil and his unconventional work with liquid soap. A part of his works were displayed at Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki. The gallery also proposes this year a new concept of experiencing the artist’s work and fine-dining in collaboration with Helsinki restaurant Muru. This collaboration […]

Hvitträsk, a most magical Art Nouveau hideaway

Last weekend I was lucky enough to have a guided tour of Hvitträsk, the residence and workplace of Eliel Saarinen, one of Finland’s most well-known architects. Saarinen designed and built the place together with his fellow artists and architects Herman Gesellius and Armas Lindgren between 1901 and 1903. So Hvitträsk is not just one house, […]

Northtern Jugendstil Greetings

As any art spectator, I have my own love list and I feel closer to some styles more than others. Possibly my biggest crush so far has been Art Nouveau, known under many other names according to the place it manifested itself: Jugendstil, Glasgow style, Liberty, Modernisme or Vienna secession. Below a few photos from Helsinki, Finland. […]