Ville Kansanen Artist Statement
‘Procession of Spectres engages with vast landscapes to examine the fragmentary nature of the human condition and the emergence of self. Open minimal spaces create a sense of perceptual infinity and an introspective focus brought to acute focus when subjects are placed into them. The vast natural scene does not care if we are in it, if we are swallowed, lost or found. It is an equalizing environment to study connections to all living things. There is a kind of comfort in the melancholy of loneliness when framed in surroundings that permit almost no life and certainly no noise.
I create visual confines — frames — as a stage to execute different concepts, allowing for performativity. The structure relies on spontaneous staging and physical objects that move in an invisible choreography with my body and are assembled into still images. Presence is important to me. My primary ethic is never to introduce elements that were not there when composing the frame.
My themes emerge from silence — isolation, melancholy, grief, relief, introspection, gratitude, loneliness, peacefulness, regret, surrender — and fear. Silence is traditionally considered a virtue in Finnish culture and particular Nordic stoicism. My goal is to maintain the purity of my unconscious and intuition until authentic gestures surface. The hope is to provoke raw honesty within and softly release it.’
Under the title The Procession of Spectres, the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado will present works by Finnish photographer Ville Kansanen, starting on March 10th, 2017.
This is the second time that Kansanen’s work will be featured in a solo gallery exhibition. The show includes ten pictures and a video from his recent series The Procession of Spectres. The images create a stunning tension between majestic landscapes, surreal structures, the artist’s self, and a noble silence.
The work of Ville Kansanen confronts the viewer with an apparent infinity and the overpowering of a primitive, boundless nature. Nature becomes a projection surface for reflections on the human condition, to revive an emotional relationship between these two entities. The sense of loneliness and isolation that the pictures radiate, however, do not point to desperation, but rather resolution in a comforting melancholy.
Ville Kansanen has exhibited in various group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Diego, Lexington, Fort Collins, London, Germany, and Athens. His work was recognized with the Lucie Award for Discovery of the Year and the International Photography Award as Fine Art Photographer of the Year in 2015.
Kansanen lives and works in San Francisco.
For more information visit: www.villekansanen.com