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Issue No. 18 - Humanity

Esko Männikkö: Time Flies at Yancey Richardson Gallery

Image above: Esko Männikkö, Untitled, from the series Organized Freedom, 2012, ©Esko Männikkö/Courtesy of Yancey Richardson gallery, New York.
 

Yancey Richardson presented last 29th of January Time Flies , a selection of works by Finnish photographer Esko Männikkö, the artistʼ s fifth exhibition with the gallery. The selection is drawn from the artistʼ s current museum retrospective, which originated in Finland at the Kunsthalle Helsinki and is travelling to Collezione Maramotti, Italy; Huis Marseilles, Amsterdam; and Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden. Männikkö was previously the winner of the 2008 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, the first time a Finnish artist has been recipient of this prestigious award.

Esko double(Left )Yancey Richardson Gallery; (Right) Esko Männikkö at the opening on the 29th of January

 

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As a self-taught artist, Männikkö counts few stylistic precedents or influences, and though his interest in the residue of everyday life is the foundation of his image making, his formalism lends itself to metaphoric or existential modes of interpretation. Time Flies  includes a range of images – abandoned cars, cemetery portrait sculpture, discarded family photographs - whose subjects bear witness to the passage of time and serve as a poignant meditation on the inevitable collapse of all material things, human or inanimate. In the Time Flies  retrospective catalog essay, art historian Liz Wells suggests that Männikkö’s imagery moves “from social documentary towards a more expressionist formal aesthetic, and from the more specifically located to a more generalized engagement with the nature of existence.”

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collage1Esko Männikkö, (Left) Sylvi?, 2001; (Right)Untitled, from the series Organized Freedom 2014 ©Esko Männikkö/Courtesy of Yancey Richardson gallery, New York.

 

Tulostus_F4K4997_tulostusEsko Männikkö, Untitled, from the series Organized Freedom, 2010. ©Esko Männikkö/Courtesy of Yancey Richardson gallery, New York.

 

2007_ 055Esko Männikkö, Untitled, from "Organized Freedom, Italian edition" series. ©Esko Männikkö/Courtesy of Yancey Richardson gallery, New York.

 

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All Opening Images by Lena Vassiliou.

Ken Schles: invisible city/night walk at howard greenberg

Harold Edgerton at Sikkema Jenkins Co.