Pekka Vesterinen’s Open Series investigates the potential of painting.
For Pekka Vesterinen, working quickly in a small format provides a freer approach to painting, as it allows access to a different range of colours and themes. Begun in 2007, the Open Series combines landscapes with the colours of nature and lighting effects.
The show in Kunsthalle Studio features works from the Open Series created in 2012. Observing the ambience and new scenes of a metropolis during a hot summer, Vesterinen paints a kind of visual travelogue, creating pictures that are almost like postcards executed in an idiom that is halfway between the figurative and the non-figurative. The hanging is designed to give viewers sufficient space to appreciate the small, yet condensed and colourful works.
Alongside the Open Series, Vesterinen also creates larger and slower paintings. He has exhibited his work in Finland and internationally for more than 30 years. He has work in many collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, the Finnish National Gallery, the Saastamoinen Foundation, and the Helsinki Art Museum.