No Proper Roads – Roos Hermsen

There is a long straight road, and there are many detours and side-tracks.
21.10 – 13.11.2021
Malmitalo, Ala-Malmin tori 1, Helsinki

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21.10 – 13.11.2021


Malmitalo, Ala-Malmin tori 1, Malmi, Helsinki
Ala-Malmin tori 1
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There is a long straight road, and there are many detours and side-tracks.

The paintings displayed at No proper roads show figures and scenes encountered on the stray paths. The works developed out of an experimental process of expressive painting combined with strangely suggestive, romantic-ironic titles. Characteristic is their ambiguity and fragmented movement as if they are sudden glimpses of a bigger narrative.

Besides painting, the artist Roos Hermsen (b. 1994, NL) practices writing fiction. In her work she often wonders about the relation between the image and the word.

Together with the paintings the exhibition presents the release of a new art zine called Sadehuone / the rain chamber. This self-published booklet explores picturesque ramblings upon the theme: a room versus the road, isolation vs the wide world. It contains contributions by the artists Taavi Heikkilä, Roos Hermsen, Ville Kiviniemi, Roy Licher, Katri Paunu and Marius Rantanen.

Within the exhibition the rain chamber can be seen as a metaphorical inner room for reflection; a night cabin to hide for the weather outside or a place to rest for the wanderer. It offers the visitor a window to a deeper, literary context of the subject matter.