Yesterday was the final day for visiting Galerie Forsblum ehibitions for Jenni Hiltunen‘s ‘Endless nameless’ and Ryan McGinness‘ ‘Women & Mindscapes’.

Different in style, yet both adressing contemporary symbols. Contrasting these two artists works, I was reminded of Klaus Haapaniemi‘s signature style. A sense of similarity is most likely enhanced by the bold, single-color backdrops found in each artists work. More importantly however, all three seem to blend poses and images that blend bright and sinister impressions in an uncanny mix that is hard to pass by.

Jenni Hiltunen uses color sparingly – at a first glance. The poses displayed are familiar (fashion, music videos), even tragicomical when captured in close-ups and repeated over.

black impression of woman on yellow blackground

Painting by Jenni Hiltunen. ‘Endless nameless’, 2013, 127 x 175 cm, Acrylic on canvas, GF 6966 (galerie forsblom)

abstracted head in black and yellow on mint green background

Painting by Jenni Hiltunen. ‘Pretty hate machine’, 2013, 80 x 70 cm, Acrylic on canvas, GF 6967 (Galerie Forsblum)

Painting by Jenni Hiltunen / ‘Material Immaterial’, 2013, 190 x 170 cm, Acrylic on canvas, GF 7060 (Galerie Forsblum)

My first impression of Ryan McGinness went along the lines of graffiti-meets-Picasso. The layered over amalgamation of crisp icons led to a dizzying, three dimensional illusion. The effect was enhanced by blue selectively installed UV lights. However, the combination of pixel sharp, vector like forms and a rich,

Neoncolored women shaped as icons over black backgroundr

Painting by Ryan McGinness. ‘Untitled (Women Painting 16)’, 2012, 182.9 x 182.9 cm, acrylic on canvas over panel. GF 6770 (Galerie Forsblom)

multicolor abstract collage like painting on hot pink background

Painting: Ryan McGinness / Left: Pretending to be Human, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 72 in. Right: Detail / ryanmcginness.com

blue and white illustrated book cover

Multiverse, 2005, 11 x 8.5 in., 2C, 96pp., softcover, signed and numbered ed. 1,000 ISBN: 2-906496-44-8 / Published by Galerie du Jour on the occasion of the exhibition Multiverse at Galerie du Jour, Paris.

Steeped in rich folk lore imaginery, Klaus Haapaniemi’s work asks for a study of each detail: pastel colors and animal characters are set in ornate, decorative forms.

owl with mouse in beak illustration

Print by Klaus Haapeniemi. Print name ‘Bubo Scandiacus’, £350, Silkscreen on paper, 70 x 100cm Lilac paper, print in cream and purple

Klaus Haapaniemi. Pattern for Creator mag / Woo Agentur.

floating walrus character and swimming goldfish with onion dome buildings as a backdrop

Klaus Haapaniemi: Wall size print for solo exhibition in Seoul, Korea 2006 / Woo Agentur