You know, block of flats are quite big.
Especially if you include every single apartment, and every single room inside of the house.
But what if you fill a whole block of flats with… art?
On the now ancient year of 2020, the City of Kerava allowed a collective called “Purkutaide”, roughly translated Demolition art, to fill up the whole block of flats with art. It was an absolutely huge success, despite the current epidemic, and people demanded more.
Purkutaide collective provided us with more. The artists were given a free reign to do whatever they pleased, and so it happened.
But I’ll let the photos speak for the art. And then maybe I’ll sprinkle some of my ramblings on the top of that.
Disclaimer: I’ll do my best to credit all the artists in the rooms we were in. If I miss anything, please let me know the details in the comments. All glory to the original artists.
The first floor above the ground floor was quite dark – as it was dedicated to illuminated installations.
Pardon the noise levels in some of the photos; I pushed my camera to its limits and did not want to spoil the artists’ original intentions with extra lights.
First image below: Home Made Heaven, Jouni “Psyke” Väänänen & Emma Salokoski
The very first installation that greeted us was, to our great surprise, a latex sheet covering ground!
We did not expect this. We did not expect it at all.
At least Leila was not the only thing wearing latex. But who wore it better?
Above and below: Farmers Fetish, Santtu Laine
Art installations above
Relationship Before Passage, Jani Toli
Two photos after: Jouni “Psyke” Väänänen, Näkymättömät “The Invisible Ones”
This room hit me in a good way. In a way it looked natural takeover by the nature, but then again it was juxtaposed with the paintings and themes around nature.
We added even more juxtaposition to the situation with Leila’s extremely shiny catsuit that really stands out in the location.
It just works.
Jukka Metsäaho, Concrete Garden
Capturing ultraviolet light with a regular camera is difficult. An abundance of UV lights really messes up with any camera’s automatic exposure, thus a completely full manual exposure is almost always needed.
I often set my camera on all manual settings during a Project L, besides for the ISO, which the camera can set up for me. This is especially useful when your camera has very low noise levels and the lighting keeps changing… But here it was an absolute necessity to keep on manual mode.
Never Ever Forest, Purkutaidepaja Taiku
Above and below: Tiina Koski & Niko Moisas
Party People, Plan B
Above and below: J-P Hiltunen & Sellekhanks
There were plenty of stairs to climb up.
It is a block of flats after all.
There were plenty of doorways to stand in, too. They frame the photo nicely.
And the spraypainted art on the walls… Just incredible. How can one create such clear shapes with a pressurised can? Just how?
You need to see this in real life, if you can.
One of the rooms was basically a huge whiteboard full of visitors’ drawings, writings and a huge amount of stickers with this… very fast rabbit on them.
Leila added her part to the wall – it should still be there!
Leila takes a very close look at a piece of art.
Above: Estranged X, Kasia Vuorinen
Below: Viivi “Viv Magia” Vierinen
It is my understanding that the “black and white room” has been extremely popular among the visitors.
I can see why. There’s just something so unique in being surrounded by just black and white. When is the last time you were surrounded by just two colours?
Leila’s butt was full of pieces of paint and disintegrating sofa after sitting where so many people had sat before.
High Life, Sheikki
Above and below: Riikka Aresalo
The current Finnish prime minister is a woman, which is – for some reason – very rare around the world.
Leila seems to be planning to take over her position.
Pääministerin kanslia, Juho Jusslin
Above: Hendenvaarallinen yksiö 2021 – Rad Park, Hende Nieminen & Kutsutut Vieraat
Below: Calligraphy by Joonas Koponen
First above: Kasvisto II, Kasvisryhmä
Second above: No More Gucci Jeesus, Pablo Fantastico
First above: Venomancer, Sellekhanks
First below: Takakenost Etukoneen, Flaumone
If you’re anywhere near Southern Finland, you should absolutely visit this place, Taiteen kotitalo, by the Purkutaide collective. It is absolutely worth the visit and the 6 € entrance fee. It’s extremely popular, though, so be prepared to wait in a line.
Check the map above for the location!
We were lucky to gain access inside on a day when there were no visitors, just photographers – and without that, the project could have not been done. We don’t want to disturb other art viewers with our project and we don’t want to force latex upon unsuspecting families.
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Black Women’s Standard Catsuit by Fantastic Rubber