67 Greenland Street
Saturday 25th September 2010
Artist Antti Laitinen invites the public to join him for a launching party to witness the first and possibly final voyage of the vessel he has made in Liverpool from ancient bark collected from the forest floor in Finland. The vessel will be transported from A Foundation to the Canoe Club at 110 Mariners Wharf, Queens Dock, l3 4dg. There it will be launched on the high tide and will endeavour to navigate the River Mersey.
A Voyage across the Mersey.
He will also present a new commission for the Liverpool Biennial. This new work will be the building of a vessel in the gallery of A Foundation Liverpool and an inaugural voyage. The Bark is a boat made from ancient bark collected from the floor of the forest. It has both metaphorical and material qualities. It can transport us from the place of origin to somewhere else far away. In this story the bark will be transported by boat from Finland to England and then made into a vessel that will transport the artist on a voyage across the Mersey.
Antti Laitinenworks across idioms of performance, video and photography in a collective mission to stage mythologies and erase the boundary between success and failure through a trajectory of personal endurance and almost delusional imagination. Laitinen takes us beyond the normal realms of the world into a new reality at once both innocent and yet haunted by the knowledge of our contemporary ecological crisis. He encapsulates an artistic vision that explores the imperfect resolution of the world when faced with the sublime limits of our imagination.
He says of his work: “It is more important to struggle for your dreams than succeeding in them.” The crtitic Peter Suchin suggests; “The term “authentic” is so deeply embedded in the ideology of the artist that to suggest Laitinen moves away from the special world that this word implies may seem to some a heretical assertion. It is, rather, a point of criticality to raise questions around received ideas about art and the special status of the artist, and in this respect Laitinin’s work is, surprisingly, a type of realism. The more absurd it looks, the more real, in a certain sense, it is, a man like any other man carrying out in a painstaking fashion extremely demanding tasks.”
For A Foundation Laitinen will present a survey of keys works from the last decade of his performances including, the It’s My Island trilogy, Bare Necessities, Untitled and Walk the Line among others.
Antti Laitinen has exhibited extensively internationally including; NETTIE HORN, London, UK, 2009; Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark, 2010; Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland, 2010;; Athens Biennial 2009 and most recently in England with a video of his performance work, It’s My Island exhibited in Earth at GSK Contemporary, Royal Academy of Arts.