Christine Candolin

presentation of my work / visions behind them / between matter and mind

“Thoughts, whether in philosophy or in science or in art, cannot be separated from the thinker, but they cannot be separated from the community of thinkers and speakers either.” *

I have been working with installations since early 1980s.
Evolution of the human mind, especially the interconnectedness of matter and mind and the emergent properties connected to this, are the important constituents of my studies, and can be seen as allegorical reflections in my work.

The postmodern research on cognition and perceiving and our actions in the world has a relevant part in the ideas behind my working. My studies have branched from philosophy, biology to semiotics, developmental psychology and the neurosciences.

I´m wondering how we effect our world by perceiving it, experiencing it and living it. This is what I mean with the expression “matter and mind“. For where does the mind end and the “world” begin?

For me the world is not a given place outside us, my approach is phenomenological; the world unfolds in correlation with our own cultural and mental development, with our broadening cognition and knowledge. This is an interdependent and ongoing process. -I referred to this in the 3-room installation called “Matter & Light” in 2008 at the Amos Anderson Art Museum in Helsinki. In this exhibition I studied the ideas of the evolution from matter to consciousness, thought and meaning.

My installations are allegorical reflections on this exploration. Can I express myself as an artist on this subject matter? Yes I can and I should, as art is the medium where you can approach the world from a different angle; art is therefore special vantage point to the world.

-As Maurice Merleau-Ponty once said: “ To interpret and express “that which is” -is an endless task both for a philosopher and an artist.

This is why I´m not trying to find scientifical answers by my artwork, but rather to reflect questions, thougths, feelings and perspectives. My installations manifest those impressions which cannot be precisely expressed by words. They are perhaps visual markings of “that which is”.

My art is space-specific. I’m often assembling my installations to fill several rooms, so that the subject matter can be sensed through the connotations of the combined materials, form, and thought. Some of the materials I use have a transient character, like water, breeze, light, grease, and pigment powders. But also stones, steel, glass and other reflecting materials are often parts of the installations. I prefer to create installations in which beauty combines with austerity, meaning and thought.

In my latest work I ́ve been concentrating on video-installations. By creating big wall projections I continue with my studies on human perceiving and identification. Also studies on cultural and social borders as well as mental locations and the phenomena of otherness, exclution and alienation have lately also been the subject matter behind my working.

*Quotation by Siri Hustvedt
Christine Candolin 

I live and work in Helsinki Finland

I have my studio at the Cable Factory Helsinki

My special intrests are literature, philosphy, psychlogy, the natural sciences, ecology, social justice, global issues on human rights; welfare and justice . I´m active in several ecological and social projects here in Finland. I also like to connect art and science by gathering both artists and scientist to co-operate with me  in different projects.



The University of Art and Design ( the Aalto University) Helsinki, 1975-82


The Association of Finnish Sculptors, Board member 1995-98

                  Exhibition Committee  1997-98


Rewiews in  daily papers:

Helsingin sanomat: 4.10 1984; 24.2 1990; 19.12 1991; 19.7 1993; 10.2 1995; 21.1 1997; 17.4 1998; 22.4 1998; ; 23.7 1998 ; 18.11 1999; 2001; 23.8 2003; 28.5 2004; 19.1 2008

Uusi Suomi 1989 , Aamulehti 5.6 1996

Hufvudstadsbladet: 8.12 1995; 23.4 1998; 2000 ; 26.8 2001; 30.8 2003; 2.2 2008                             

Göteborgsposten: 1.111996 / Gotlands Allehanda 29.4 1992 / Gotlands Tidningar 27.4 1992

West Frieslander post 1997 / Tartu Postimies 18.11 2004 / Eesti Express 16.12 2004                                                               Morgonbladid Reykjavik 13.1 2006

Rewiew in art magazines:

The Art Magazine TAIDE 3 / 94  Presentations Lars Saari

The RAZZ MAGAZINE  Presentations May 1994

The Cork Examiner / 94

The Art Magazine TAIDE  1 / 96  Presentations  Arto Virtanen

De Boterhal / Overzicht II   1991 – 1997 / Hoorn

Rooms Installations  Lars Saari  1997

Rewiew in art books:

The Art History of Finland ; from the Middle Ages to the Modern Era / Schildts 1998

The Red Kicksled and other pictorial encounters / Pro Artibus 2000

The Passage of  the Mystical / Tampere Art Museum / Karisto 2003

Other publicity:

Work presented in the Swedish TV, Bild
1984   One woman show,   Vanhan Galleria, Helsinki Finland

1989   One woman show     The Helsinki City Kunstahalle, Galleria Kluuvi, Finland

1990   One woman show     Galleria Transform, Helsinki, Finland

1991   One woman show     Porvoo Kunsthalle, Finland

1992   One woman show    The Gotland Arts Association´s  Gallery FGK,Visby, Sweden

1994   One woman show    Galleria Titanik, Turku, Finland

1994   One woman show    The Art Museum of Cork, The Crawford Gallery, Ireland

1994   One woman show    The Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland

1995   One woman show    Galleria Sculptor, Helsinki, Finland

1996   One woman show     The Museum of Modern Art, Tampere, Finland

1996   One woman show     Galleri Konstepidemin, Gothenburg, Sweden

1997   One woman show      Galleria Laterna Magica, Helsinki, Finland

1997   One woman show     De Boterhal Hoorn, Holland

1998   One woman show     The Cable Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

1999   One woman show      Galleria Bau, Helsinki, Finland

2000   One woman show     Studio Mezzo, Helsinki, Finland

2003   One woman show  Studio Mezzo / the Helsinki city Arts Festival

2004   One woman show  Tartu Art museum, Estonia

2008   One woman show  The Amos Anderson Art Museum,  Helsinki

2010   One woman show  The Malmintalo Galleri Vantaa, Finland

2012  Solo exhibition        Porvoo Kunsthalle, Finland

2013  Solo exhibition        Norrbotten museum Luleå-art biennale, Sweden

2014  Solo   exhibition      The Project Gallery for contemporary Art / Berlin Germany

2017  Solo exhibition        Galleria Laterna Magica Helsinki

Coming: 2018 The Paderborn cultural heritage project / a comission of the city of Paderborn to create a waterinstallation for the event.

Grants & Awards                                                                                             

1989   The swedish fund for culture  in Finland 
1990   The finnish fund for culture    in Finland 
1991   The cultural comittee for the state of Finland    
1992   The culture fund for Finland and Sweden                              
1993   The swedish fund for culture  in Finland                                
1993   The cultural comittee for the state of Finland                        
1994   The cultural comittee Nyland at the state of Finland          
1994    The cultural fund of Helsinki                                               
1994    The swedish fund for culture in Finland                             
1994    The Oskar Öflundin fund                                                         
1994    The swedish fund for culture in Finland                                      
1994     FRAME fund                                                                                
1996    The swedish fund for culture in Finland                              
1996    The Oskar Öflund fund                                                         
1996    The culture fund for Finland and Sweden                               
1997    The cultural comittee of the state of Finland                        
1997    FRAME fund   
1997    The swedish fund for culture in Finland                                        
1997    The  Saskiat association, award for outstanding 
1997     The finnish fund for culture in Finland                            
1997     VISEK fund for visual art in Finland                                                                                    
1999    The cultural comittee of the state of Finland                       
1999     The finnish fund for culture in Finland                            
1999     FRAME fund                            
2000     The swedish fund for culture in Finland,
                 one year workin
Group Exhibitions
1986   Group exhibition,     Rovaniemi Art Museum

                                Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku, Finland

                        Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

1987   Group exhibition,      Hyvinkää art museum, Finland

1987   Group exhibition       Kilo III, Espoo, Finland

1988   Group exhibition      The Mega-Arch, Helsinki, Finland

1989   Group exhibition      The 125th Jubileum exhibition of the Artists Association of Finland,

                         Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki 

1991   Group exhibition      Museum of Modern Art, Tampere, Finland

1991   Group exhibition      Otso Gallery, Espoo, Finland

1992   Group exhibition      Villa Roma, Turku, Finland

1993   Group exhibition      The 98th annual exhibition of the Artists Association of Finland.

                         Karkkila, Finland

1998   Group exhibition      The Cablefactory, Helsinki, Finla1999   

2000   Group exhibition      Malmö Art Museum, Sweden, The 90th jubileum exhibition of the 

                               Sculptors Society of Finland

2000   Group exhibition       Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany2000  

2001   Group Exhibition      Manege, the City Arthall of st.Petersburg, Russia;  Dialogues; the 

2001   Group exhibition    Nifca/  Nordic Objects, The Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland

2001   Group exhibition    The Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland

2001   Group exhibition    M-Art Gallery, Wien, Austria

2002   Group exhibition    Joensuu Art Museum, Finland; Desire to See       

2004   Group exhibition    Retretti,Punkaharju, Finland

2005   Group exhibition    Luleå international summer biennale, Sweden

2006   Group exhibition    The Nordic House Reykjavi, Iceland; Desire to See

2006   Group exhibition   The Tallin Applied Art  Triennal

2010 Group exhibition Kuopio City , Finland

2011 Group exhibition, Mänttä summer exhibition, Finland

2013 Group exhibition Norrbotten museum Luleå-art biennale, Sweden

2013 Group exhibition Hyvinkää art museum, Finland

2014 Group exhibition The Nordic House Reykjavik, Iceland

2014 Group exhibition The Museum of Art & Design, Helsinki Finland

2014 Group exhibition Tikanoja Art Museum, Vaasa, Finland

2014 Group exhibition New York Now! Factory Art / Broome Str. New York; US

2015 Group exhibition The Finnish institute in Berlin Germany

2017 Group exhibition The Galleria Lapinlahti Helsinki

2018 Group exhibition The Kerava Art Museum: Berlin-Tokyo-Kerava
the installation !WATER! 300 waterbottles in a steelshelf. Videoprojection, movement sensor, vibrator
Christine Candolin, Metall, Installation
Stonebasins with dripping water 5 basins
Christine Candolin
The Dance
The DANCE / A videoinstallaion a videoprojection on the wall, a reflection on a black acryl sheet on the floor.
Christine Candolin, Installation, Video
Contemplation 2014
Contemplation 2014. Porcelainplates filled with Reflection on the wall.
Christine Candolin, Installation, Keramik
The Journey 2018
The Journey / One Glassfibre boat in a dark room / videoprojection into the boat / a reflection on a black acrylic sheet on the floor.
Christine Candolin, Installation
In Tempus Praesens / Videoprojections of the rapidly bypassing landscape on four walls. The sound of a didgeridoo. The sign s of the elements on acrylic sheets on the floor.
Christine Candolin
The Butterflyeffect/ 12 stands with a serigraphy on glass-sheets. One sheet 80cm x 60 cm. Situated on the terrace of university students´ recidence.
Christine Candolin
Room for Silence
Oilstick-paintings on transparent canvases. 10 sheets in a space.
Christine Candolin, Installation, Textil
De Hominis Dignitate / Ecxerpts of the great speech by Giovanni Pico della Mirandola from 1488. With serigraphy on glass-sheets with dark blue colour. Shadows of the letters on the wall / Situated in the finnish consulate in st.Petersburg Russia
Christine Candolin
De Hominis Dignitate / Ecxerpts of the great speech by Giovanni Pico della Mirandola from 1488 with serigraphy on glass-sheets with dark blue colour. Shadows of the letters on the wall / Situated in the finnish consulate in st.Petersburg Russia
Christine Candolin
Christine Candolin, Installation, Video
The Waterpainting
video on screen
Christine Candolin, Video
Five Icons
Installation / Serigraphy on five x five glassheets. A study in movement.
Christine Candolin, Installation, Glas
The Rose
A rose in an iceblock melting slowly into a waterbasin underneath A poem has been written in the botton of the waterbasin: "I swam, the sea was boundles, I saw no shore. Tanit was merciless he answered my prayers. You who drown in love, remember me." An inscription on a carhagesian funerary urn of a noble lady. 290BC.
Christine Candolin, Installation, Eis
Matter & Light
installation in 3 parts
Christine Candolin, Installation, Mixed Media
Wer wenn ich schriee
Installation wiht glass-sheets and text excerpts from Rilke´s Duineser elegien
Christine Candolin, Installation, Glas
Matter and Light 1
Lightprojektion on metalmeshes hanging in midair.
Christine Candolin, Installation, Stahl
Void Charged
Two black acrylic sheets standin at a wall. Smaller steelsheets leaning at them. White porcelain plates lying on the floor in different layers.
Christine Candolin, Installation, Mixed Media
Installation in 3 rooms
Installation containing text excerpts from Shakespeares dramas, the chinese philosoph Chuantze´s texts and a projection of a rose on fa olded metal mesh.
Christine Candolin, Installation, Mixed Media
The one hundred talismanic forms of the character Fu´-happines
White Chinese characters have been made on a mirror and on numerous small glass-sheets standin on different levels above the mirror.There are 100 different sighn made in an ancient calligraphic style that has been used in China between the years 221-207BC. The signs have been made with potato flour.
Christine Candolin, Installation, Glas
Balck velvet on glassheets
Christine Candolin, Installation, Glas
NING JING ZHI´YUAN / from silence your thoughts find their way far
The title has been written with blue-coloured grease on 90 glass-sheets . the sentence has been written with chinese characters.
Christine Candolin, Mixed Media, Stein
The Ephemeral Garden
A charcoal-drawing on the wall, concrete slabs on the floor
Christine Candolin, Installation, Mixed Media
Ten monoliths in a space
ten monoliths made of steelbars filled with steelthreads & wire
Christine Candolin, Metall, Installation

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