My latest solo show is called Tahmeaa Tietoa. It’s at Laikku’s Studio in Tampere until February 24th. No topics, no statements, I would like to think it’s fuzzy in a good way. Go see it if you can. Here’s a trailer:
What happened last year? I’m not really sure but here’s a short listing of some of the activities I found myself involved with in 2018.
I showed Siipi Empii first at 3H+K in Pori in January and then at Myymälä2 in Helsinki in February. Sami Klemola and Tampere Biennale invited me to show my work at Tiketti Galleria in Helsinki. The show was called Äimän Tähkä and was a collection of old paintings and things and some new work including these small scale textile collages:
Kemialliset Ystävät Siipi Empii was released in April by Leaving Records and Ikuisuus. I feel like it might be the most original and in many ways “successful” piece of music I’ve ever released. I also feel that not too many people heard it? But that’s ok, there so much stuff out there! Some amazing artists agreed to make music videos for the album and you can see them all here.
I only played a handful of Tomutonttu shows last year but they were all fun.
Most of the spring I was working on a commissioned proposal for a public sculpture for the new children’s hospital in Tampere. My proposal, a mosaic covered pyramid serving as a landing spot for the extraterrestrial visitors, did not win but it was fun to make and I learned a lot while making it.
While I was melting away in the summer I somehow managed to also compose some music for NYKY Ensemble, a contemporary music ensemble operating in the Sibelius Academy. Together as a group we made an improvisatory piece that was performed in front of 15 000 people at Senaatintori in Helsinki. We were honoured to be the opening act for La Fura Del Baus’ Human Net spectacle.
I showed some work at Kotka Art and Pyhäniemen kartano, like these two paintings:
The rest of the year I was making things that then became Tahmeaa Tietoa.
The second version of my solo exhibition Siipi Empii is now up at Galleria 3H+K in Pori. After that the show will travel to Myymälä2 in Helsinki for a third and, at least for now, the last display.
The next Kemialliset Ystävät album is finished and will hopefully come out on March 20th. Who knows when it out for real but we have already booked a party dungeon for March 17th. Leaving Records will take care of the digital and cassette needs while our local heroes Ikuisuus will press a small run of vinyl. Lots of exciting music video projects in the works too!
My quilt Pientä hilpeää rahinaa (Utun värit) is part of a group show UTU - Russian Poets. UTU is an adventurous Tampere-based band who invited all sorts of artists to create work based on / inspired by the songs on the new album. The results were first shows at Tampere-talo in December. The second act will take place in Helsinki at Kulttuuritalo, starting tomorrow, January 13th.
I still have some copies of both of these silk screen prints:
4 color silkscreen, 59 cm x 42 cm, numbered and signed edition of 30, cheap I promise. Get in touch! jan at kemiallisetystavat.com
SIIPI EMPII (~ A WING HESITATES)
Vanhan Raatihuoneen Galleria, Turku
On a lovely flower I land to catch my breath. I rest my wings and enjoy a few drops of nutritional gruel.
I'm observing the nature fooling around with cryptic coloration, the effects of color and light. A bird's coloring is made up of singular plumes and feathers... like a mosaic. I'm contemplating the masquerade of a hunter dressed up in camouflage and screaming bright orange. Once I saw a seagull and thought it was an angel. Once I zoomed infinitely into a single pixel and felt a path open, leading to the source of an unnamed nutriment. The sun has inspired tons of art, like the tanning bed for example. It is all nature! Bless the whole world!
I flew over a wall separating the city and the woods. On it some naked witches were rehearsing their balance beam routines. I flew over a monastery and saw people gathering to form amplifiers for prayer. I flew over a lawn marking the spot where there's no need to grow food. On the silk road I saw a truck carrying the cotton fabrics printed for Jan Anderzén.
I'm on a true meadow. I'm aware that love gives you wings and that any flap of my wings may cause a tornado in some faraway land. Shattered bridges flying through the air, flocks of cars swiped into the ocean. My wings are closed, rubbing against each other in a circular motion – producing some small blithe rattle pitched too high for the human ear to catch.
I'm about to be teleported to Belgium where I'm honoured to perform Tomutonttu music and show some new art as part of the Delta~Wave – "a 3-day festival highlighting the trance-dimensional surface rubbings of new music, installation, sound sculpting, graphic and video art throughout Het Bos in Antwerp". Sounds pretty good! The stellar line-up includes music/art/video from people like MSHR, Visible Cloaks, Innercity, Umwurf, Robert Beatty, Virginia Genta, Jelle Crama, Hannah Giese, Amy Roselynne Faust, Gabriela Gonzáles and many more. I'll be doing a Tomutonttu performance also in Amsterdam (@Occii, May 24th) and Rotterdam (@Worm, May 28th). Thank you Frame Finland for supporting the trip.
If you're in Helsinki the upcoming weekend and in the mood for art fair you should go and see Art Fair Suomi. Somewhere in there, in between everything, you may find some little things by me. Go find them and then buy it all buahahaha... seriously though I need the money.
Hello good people of the Planet Wack!
I got two prints for sale that I just silkscreened. The one with the birds singing is 42 cm x 53 cm (numbered & signed edition of 15) and the other one's a little smaller, 30 cm x 41 cm (numbered and signed edition of 11). Both have 3 layers of acrylic colour and are printed on 200g/m² Canson paper. Get in touch for prices and availability.
Prosessigalleria ("Process Gallery", you guessed it) is a Finnish online gallery that is inviting artists to shine some light on their creative processes. My contribution took a form of a work diary. I'm writing something every day for a month and Prosessigalleria is posting my notes twice a week. Today they published the third one. It's in Finnish.
I've been working on a piece of Kemialliset Ystävät music called Nuotiossa ("Inside a Camp Fire") for the Helsinki based contemporary music group defunensemble. Yesterday I visited them in Helsinki and we rehearsed the piece. I must say, it sounded hot. I'm super excited about it! The world premiere will take place in Tallinn (Kanuti Gildi SAAL) on Friday the 9th of December and in Helsinki (WHS Teatteri Unioni) the next day, Saturday the 10th.
I'm putting together a little group show for everyone's favourite Tampere living room, Ravintola 931. It will feature art made by people who have their studio at Pyynikin trikoo, the old factory where I make most of my stuff.
My graphic score "Import Blues" is part of Sorbus Gallery's Sour Grapes show. It's open until 9th of October. They are making Sorbus wine out of the rowan berries picked from the tree in front of the gallery! "Import Blues" is also the front cover of Tomutonttu's "Kevätjuhla" LP to be released by Alter.
Here's an interview I did with The Witzard.
Something for the adventurous ear! You can now listen n download "Näkymättömän hipaisuja", a crude collection of spontaneous site-specific compositions / sound impression from 2012. This set was originally a sound walk commissioned by the 5th Triennial of Pirkanmaa.
Here's a new TOMUTONTTU music video “XL RATKAISIJAN VIITTA”. It's a continuation to an incurable life long obsession with flags, them trance inducing rags. It was filmed with a mobile phone while visiting Viikinsaari Island, a "verdant summer haven" 20 minutes away from Tampere city centre.
Here's another track from Kevätjuhla, this one's called KUINKA VOIN AUTTAA.
The other new album is called TRARAT and it is collection of recordings I made this spring while working on a live piece commissioned by Tampere Biennial. It is to be released on cassette and as a digital download by Leaving Records maybe before the summer is gone. Here's what one section of it sounds like:
Don't be sad if you couldn't make it to the Metso Library in Tampere yesterday. Thanks to the skilful youth at Tampere Nuorisopalvelut the event was streamed live and documented. I was asked to select some books, music and films from the collections of the library that I would recommend to people. The video starts with librarian Juhani Koivisto interviewing me about my picks. In Finnish. Then there's a little improvisation (starts at 27:50) with a volunteer assistant operating the Tomutonttu Music Box. The sound is a bit rough but that's just how it is sometimes.
Tomorrow (30.3.) there is a Tomutonttu interview and a live improvisation at Metson musiikkiosasto. Starts at 16:30. I heard there's gonna be a live video stream of the event.
Bordelines Festival in Athens invited Janderzen to host a Composer's Portrait Workshop for kids. This takes place on April 10th. The TT Music Box will be on display somewhere at the festival.
Friday April 15th Janderzen will talk about his methods at a seminar organised by The Society of Finnish Composers. LOL.
Now my head is filled with music and I'm pretty much done with wo.r..d...s....Read More
THE HORIZON AFTER PARTY
November 14th – December 12th 2015
"The Horizon After Party" is a selection of recent work by a Tampere based artist Jan Anderzén. He has performed his joyful noise in Belgium numerous times before but "The Horizon After Party" is his first solo exhibition in the region.
He did not bring a suitcase full of low budget electronic instruments to Hectoliter but some quilted textiles and a series of small paintings. The images can be busier than a puppy in a room full of rubber balls but there's always an unrelenting endeavor towards harmony. They are splashes on a grid mirroring the nature of the life around us.
Elissa Määttänen, a long time collaborator and a dear friend, has this to say: "Janderzén's work has the beat of a frantic tide you want to be carried away by. It will overwhelm you, mesmerize you, take you down its labyrinthine ways and rearrange your sense of direction. Time is cyclical, layered, parallel. Everything melts into one and stands out. Faces fuzzy and clear encountered in heat.
Bear Bones, Lay Low will perform at the opening reception on Saturday the 14th. The party starts at 7pm.
On Sunday the 15th at 4:30pm there will be a Collective Composer Portrait Workshop for kids and people like kids.
visiting hours :
Thursday - Friday 3 pm - 6 pm
Saturday 2 pm - 5 pm
A long time in the works, here it finally is! The Tarzana LP is a collaborative work I have made with one of my dearest friends mr Spencer Clark.
“Alien Wildlife Estate” is a kulmination of both artists recording Pacific City Studios and finnishing off the compositions in a “YOUR MY FAVORITE ALIEN penpal flare! The music is engaged as a Fruitopian vision of a rescattering of all elements within an International Airport to be presented as Audio exhibit! With songtitles like”DEEP OCEAN IBEX ARENA” and LI SHEN SU’S PEACOCK MANTIS SHRIMP REPERTOIRES” one can glare the “Up-To-The-Minute”synthetic textures as they coalesce with the impressionistic voices and sound effects of the Symbiotic relationship of thee Modern Airport with that of an Earth Alien ZOOLOGICAL GARDEN.
"ALIEN WILDLIFE ESTATE" FULL LENGTH RECORD IS OUT NOW AND AVAILABLE FROM HTTP://UNDERWATERPEOPLES.COM/ IN NYC, INQUIRE WITH CHAZZY HIMSELF THROUGH: CLARKSR99@YAHOO.COM FOR BULK ORDERS.
In honor of this new insect we travel by slime through Europe with the ensemble of Jan Anderzén, Spencer Clark and Flors Vanhoof from November 20th – December 6th, look below for Out Of Your Tentacles Tour 2015
TARZANA EUROPEAN TOUR 2015
21.11.2015 – WEST GERMANY, BERLIN, GERMANY
22.11.2015 – PRAGUE TBC
23.11.2015 – RHIZ, VIENNA, AUSTRIA
24.11.2015 – STUTTGART, GERMANY
25.11.2015 – CAVE12, GENÈVE, SWITZERLAND
27.11.2015 – MILANO, ITALY
28.11.2015 – GROUND ZÉRO, LYON, FRANCE
29.11.2015 – PARIS, FRANCE
30.11.2015 – GHENT, BELGIUM TBC
01.12.2015 – COACHWERKS, BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM
02.12.2015 – THE VICTORIA DALSTON, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
03.12.2015 – ROODKAPJE, ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
04.12.2015 – HET BOS, ANTWERPEN, BELGIUM
05.12.2015 – FRIESE, BREMEN, GERMANY
A version of Home Sweet Home is part of the 6th Triennial of Pirkanmaa. It's a collaboration I made with the super mind Lars Mattila with some help from Tomas Regan, Tiina Lehikoinen, Tommi Musturi, Jarno Latva-Nikkola. Our piece is located at Studio Emil.
Lars will give a talk about the subject matters (#mold #spacesuits #futurehouse #fastfood) at the auditorium of the Vanha Kirjastotalo on Saturday the 3rd of October at 1pm. It's free. It's in Finnish.