ilkka halso: nature rescue 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.

  • im not an expert at this theme, but it’s of my understanding that trees and plants, need darkness in order to “sleep” and kind like conclude their photosynthesis cycle. If this guy keeps them all nice and well iluminated during the night… im not sure he’s restoring or healing them… complete opposite!!

    Toski says:
  • Yep! Land of the mid night sun.

    PV&SSE says:
  • looks cool, BUT the function is messed up.
    It is more of an intrusion into nature than healing. if you just leave nature alone, it will restore it self. A good example is chernobyls site, which became a wildlife haven.

    laural says:
  • This is just a small voice trying to scream at a world looking another way. But, according to the comments, I think he got just what he wanted…..

    t says:
  • Well spotted, how can people say he shouldn’t be doing this microscopic ‘intrusion’ compared to what humanity has been doing for centuries. Photosynthesis doesn’t occur at all when forests are cleared.

    Jacques says:
  • Below, does it matter i think your missing the point.

    Ben0712 says:
  • hey people this is a cynical work. this is now about function.

    eunseon says:
  • you people are too stupid, this is an art work, showing to the world that nature is in danger and would be visible only in museum soon if we don’t change mind and try to “heal” the nature. Of course those pictures aren’t showing the solution we have to apply, it’s only a very nice and esthetical move. And if some are scared that the artist is doing worse rather than better, please try to understand that this is a temporary art work and that’s why the good boy took pictures and show them in a gallery!
    So please people, stop speaking before thinking, it’s so useless!

    Francis says:

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