Kari Vehosalo, Picture of Dorian Gray, 2013. Oil on canvas, 155 x 129 cm. Sara Hildén Foundation. Photo: Jussi Koivunen
In spring 2021 Sara Hildén Art Museum will arrange a solo exhibition of Finnish artist Kari Vehosalo (b. 1982).
Kari Vehosalo's art gives form to the mutually shared abstract social reality. Social norms, caring, work, death, pleasure and pain are present in his art but as detached from the familiar meanings. Vehosalo's iconic pictorial language plays with the sense of reality by representing things and worlds that are true, but not real. By process of alienation Vehosalo's artistic practise enables the constant re-evaluation of the ontological map that we hold up against the world.
In his art Vehosalo has dealt extensively with issues concerning power. His works explore the psychopathology of everyday life and the structures of reality.