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ilkka halso: nature rescue
jan 12, 2010
ilkka halso: nature rescue


ilkka halso: restoration
galerie wagner + partner, berlin
january 15th to march 6th, 2010

restoration, untitled (5), 2000
100 x 136 cm, edition 6
50 x 68 cm, edition 10

weather has become ‘climate’. climate has turned into ‘climate crisis’ – something which has
become an unstoppable threat of our natural environment, and has been part of a global
discussion for many years. through his work, finnish artist ilkka halso deals with the healing
and rescue of nature which is endangered. considered a form of land art, his body of work
is a response to our changing planet.

halso’s upcoming exhibition at galerie wagner + partner, looks at his aesthetic approach
of rescuing our natural environment. through his series, ‘restoration’, halso has developed
and built pseudo-scientific arrangements, using scaffolding trees with transparent gauze –
kind of a ‘mending process’ – and then illuminates them. here, nature is given ‘treatment’,
receiving medical care to restore its health. all of the photographs are captured by night,
when nature is, ‘getting a good night’s rest’.


restoration, untitled (2), 2000
100 x 136 cm, edition 6
50 x 68 cm, edition 10


restoration, untitled (6), 2000
100 x 136 cm, edition 6
50 x 68 cm, edition 10


restoration, untitled (3), 2000
100 x 136 cm, edition 6
50 x 68 cm, edition 10


restoration, untitled (1), 2000
100 x 136 cm, edition 6
68 x 52 cm, edition 10


restoration, untitled (7), 2000
100 x 136 cm, edition 6
50 x 68 cm, edition 10


restoration, untitled (8), 2000
150 x 305 cm, edition 6, triptych
75 x 152 cm, edition 10, triptych


museum of nature, roller-coaster, 2004
100 x 134 cm, edition 6
50 x 67 cm, edition 10

his other body of work ‘museum of nature’ shows a shift in this healing process.
nature is no longer being healed. instead it is being rescued. trees and whole landscapes
are in glass pavilions. like a work of at, nature is stored and conserved in a museum.


museum of nature, theatre I, 2003
100 x 154 cm, edition 6
50 x 77 cm, edition 10


museum of nature, kitka-river, 2004 (triptych)
183 x 300 cm, edition 6
91 x 150 cm, edition 10


museum of nature, museum I, 2003
100 x 135 cm, edition 6
50 x 68 cm, edition 10

ilkka halso was born in orimattila, finland in 1965.
he received his master of arts from the university of art and design in helsinki in 1992.
halso’s solo exhibitions include shows at the galerie frank, paris, synart art gallery, frankfurt
and the F48 fotografisk galleri, stockholm.
he currently lives and works in orimattila, finland.

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