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August 12th Exhibition
The Limits of Control
Opening August 12th, Opening Reception 6-8pm, On View through September 4th, 2016
Curated by Ilari Laamanen
Artists: Tyler Adams, Estelle Hanania, Nicolai Howalt, Jouko Lehtola, Takeshi Murata, Iiu Susiraja, Kohei Yoshiyuki

The Limits of Control takes as its point of departure the tension between humans and their built, regulated habitat. The exhibition focuses on analyzing social identity with specific interest in control, repetition and artistic gestures.

The Limits of Control is organized by FCINY - Finnish Cultural Institute in New York in collaboration with the Station Independent Projects. The exhibition is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland and Frame Contemporary Art Finland.

The exhibition is accompanied by the publication Beyond the Pleasure Principle featuring works by the exhibiting artists alongside articles by Mark Johnstone, Reba Maybury and Aaron Schuster.

For his audiovisual work Sirens Tyler Adams juxtaposed films of civil defense sirens. Each siren carries through its motion and has its own sound. The video collage documents the array of models and at the same time creates the impression of a choreographed concert.

Estelle Hanania’s main interest is in depicting different kind of rituals and manifestations of the body. The starting point for her photographic series Parking Lot Hydra was a traditional winter masquerade Kukeri taking place in a village in Bulgaria.

For the photographic series Car Crash Studies Nicolai Howalt documented anonymous cars that had been involved in severe accidents. The work is more about the aftermath and abstraction than shock and sorrow.

Jouko Lehtola is known for his sombre and socially critical documentation of Finnish youth culture. He also raised the issues of domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse and highlighted the outsiders that exist on the fringes of our society.

The language created by Takeshi Murata can be seen surfacing in the breakdown between analog and digital. In the works appear artifacts, distortions between transfers, and erratic colors, which he then uses and manipulates through precise digital processing to create new material.

Iiu Susiraja creates intriguing self-portraits and videos that address questions of social roles and corporeality. Susiraja’s work encourages spectators to revisit their ideals about image making and normative behavior in touching and humoristic ways.

Kohei Yoshiyuki’s nighttime photographs, taken in parks in Japan in the early 1970s, put the spectators of illicit sexual encounters into the spotlight. The series strongly resonates with issues relevant and topical today, such as surveillance, spectating and privacy.

Curator Bio:
Ilari Laamanen works as a Project Manager for the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York and is a Co-Curator of the upcoming Momentum Biennial (2017). He holds an MA in Curating, Managing and Mediating Art from the Aalto University in Helsinki.