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    Sale 7624

    Photographs

    19 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 40

    ILKKA HALSO (b.1965 Finnish)

    Rollercoaster from 'Museum of Nature', 2004

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    ILKKA HALSO (b.1965 Finnish)
    Rollercoaster from 'Museum of Nature', 2004
    chromogenic print
    signed, titled, dated and numbered 'AP1' in ink on backing board
    40 x 53in. (100 x 134cm.)


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    This work is number AP1 from the sold-out edition of 6 + 2 AP.

    'My project Museum of Nature,' Halso says, 'is based on a pessimistic vision of what is happening on earth. I am looking into the future and I am not very happy about it. I am considering these pictures more as visual pamphlets than aesthetical images.' (Artist statement, 2004) Combining analogue and digital processes, Halso painstakingly constructs powerful fictional tableaux that question the state of our relationship with nature.

    Halso received his MA from the University of Art and Design Helsinki. His photographs have been shown widely in the US and Europe, including the Helsinki School travelling exhibitions and most recently, Nordic Moods -- Landscape Photography of Our Time at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Denmark. His works are in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections, including FNAC, France and The Finnish Museum of Photography. He lives and works in Orimattila, Finland.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    Nature becomes a joyride for tourists...

    ILKKA HALSO, 2004

    DISTINCTIVELY NORDIC


    Literature

    The Helsinki School: Photography by TaiK, Hatje Cantz, 2005, p.86 (fig.C); 'Nature in the Raw', Art Review, April 2006, pp.40-41; C International Photo Magazine, No.5, Ivory, pp.196-97, 264-65; Gether & Helveg (eds.), Nordic Moods -- Landscape Photography of Our Time, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, 2008, pp.56-57, pl.16 (fig.A).