Leena ja Kalle Nio, Painting Machine © Ari Karttunen / EMMA
Leena ja Kalle Nio, Painting Machine © Ari Karttunen / EMMA

29.09.2021 - 12.12.2021

Leena and Kalle Nio: Painting Machine

Every successful painting is a miracle
Leena Nio

Painting Machine, a mesmerising performance-installation that combines magic with visual art, is the first collaborative work by Leena Nio (b. 1982), a visual artist renowned for her multilayered paintings, and Kalle Nio (b. 1982), visual artist, magician and theatre director. With the help of magic, their installation is a playful investigation of art making and the sources of creativity.

The exhibition features a live performance every Saturday at 13:00 and at 15.30, in which the audience can follow the creation of a painting. In the space of 30 minutes, the Painting Machine produces a new visual artwork that is incorporated into the exhibition. You can book a seat for the performances by using the forms below. On Saturdays the Painting Machine can be experienced only in connection with the performances. On the other opening days the Painting Machine is on display in the gallery as an audiovisual painting installation.

Leena and Kalle Nio’s installation investigates artisthood in today’s increasingly automated world. Although the Painting Machine is a mechanical piece of equipment, it is human in its own way. The process of producing a painting with the machine is surprising and uncontrolled, and every machine-made work contains unpredictable details and mistakes – just as human-made works do.

  • Leena and Kalle Nio: Painting Machine. Portrait variation; Sun Girl, 28.9.2021. Acrylic and water-soluble oil on canvas. © Ari Karttunen / EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.
  • Leena and Kalle Nio: Painting Machine. Still life variation; Fruit Snake, 2.10.2021. Acrylic and water-soluble oil on canvas. © Ari Karttunen / EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.
  • Leena and Kalle Nio: Painting Machine. Portrait variation; Hat on the Head, 9.10.2021. Acrylic and water-soluble oil on canvas. © Ari Karttunen / EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.
  • Leena ja Kalle Nio: Painting Machine. Landscape variation; Beach Parasol, 16.10.2021. Acrylic and water-soluble oil on canvas. © Ari Karttunen / EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art.
  • Leena ja Kalle Nio: Painting Machine. Portrait variation; Boy Dog, 23.10.2021. Acrylic and water-soluble oil on canvas. © Ari Karttunen / EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art.
  • Leena ja Kalle Nio: Painting Machine. Landscape variation; Tree House, 30.10.2021. Acrylic and water-soluble oil on canvas. © Ari Karttunen / EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art.
  • Leena ja Kalle Nio: Painting Machine. Portrait variation, Looking at a Book, 6.11.2021. Acrylic and water-soluble oil on canvas. © Ari Karttunen / EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art.
  • Leena ja Kalle Nio: Painting Machine. Landscape variation, Butterfly, 13.11.2021. Acrylic and water-soluble oil on canvas. © Ari Karttunen / EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art.
  • Leena ja Kalle Nio: Painting Machine. Still life variation, Rosy Fantasies, 20.11.2021. Acrylic and water-soluble oil on canvas. © Ari Karttunen / EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art.
  • Leena ja Kalle Nio: Painting Machine. Landscape variation, Forest View, 27.11.2021. Acrylic and water-soluble oil on canvas. © Ari Karttunen / EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art.
  • Leena ja Kalle Nio: Painting Machine. Landscape variation, A Walk in the Mountains, 4.12.2021. Acrylic and water-soluble oil on canvas. © Ari Karttunen / EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art.
  • Leena ja Kalle Nio: Painting Machine. Portrait variation; Face Exfoliation, 11.12.2021. Acrylic and water-soluble oil on canvas. © Ari Karttunen / EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

Technical design and implementation:
Kalle and Leena Nio
Kalle Jarva
Kristiina Kajaste, Emma Holmberg / Rock Solid Painting
Eric Bouche-Pillon / Cie 14:20

Music and Sound Design:
Samuli Kosminen

(”Drawing” – Composed by Samuli Kosminen & Markus Hohti)

Lighting Designer:
Eero Alava / WHS

Curator:
Ingrid Orman

Project management:
Arja Miller & Ingrid Orman

With thanks to:
Suomen Kulttuurirahasto
Taiteen edistämiskeskus

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