Skyline by Tor-Magnus Lundeby.

Tor-magnus lundeby is by his own admission introverted and somewhat anti-intellectual, but as he says, “that’s how I see the world, primarily through my eyes, not via precepts and theories.”

A graduate of the Bergen School of Fine Art in Norway, a one-time member of the experimental P.S.1 Studio programme in New York and a favoured artist in shows across the globe, Helsinki resident Lundeby was featured in the 2001 ARS 01 Kiasma programme, and again in 2007. But after ten years in the country, he has his first local solo show in the gallery at Korjaamo.

As might be inferred from his own personality classification, his work is by contrast bright and expressive. The exhibition Ikioma Lähiömme (rather feebly translated as “Owntown”) comprises interpretations of his own inner projections as well as visual reflections of features of our collective world. Paintings of intricate forms, blurred in their structure between mechanical and organic, pose for the viewer’s pleasure.

“I am inspired by all sorts of structures that systematically or randomly indicate and present an organism of any kind, like music, architecture, landscape and insects,” Lundeby explains.

Until 21 Feb
Ikioma Lähiömme
Korjaamo Gallery, Helsinki

In the rather small viewing space, Lundeby’s installation Creatown features a long mural painting, with a maze of conical two to three metre-high mini-skyscrapers arrayed in front, decorated with the code tags one often sees when buying stamps or on picture proofs. These have been stuck on the ascending tubes and simulate lit windows, creating the effect of a miniature inner cityscape. Behind and above hover the same mixed origin semi-creatures that Lundeby uses to populate his works.

It’s a mixture of resurrected and relabelled objects that in another context suggest quite different meanings. As a result, this is an exhibition that pleases the eye, while at the same time it teases the mind to decide what sort of art it really is.

Anthony Shaw