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Stay Ice: Interaction 7.1. - 21.1.2017

Interaction is Stay Ice’s fifth solo exhibition where the artist continues the same playful and graphic style seen in his previous works. Now the artist is moving towards the more traditional art picture, inside the white cube. The exhibition addresses the interaction between the human, urban space and art and the question of how the city can be constructed for the human. The exhibition encourages the viewer to consider their own role in relation to their urban surrounding. Interaction is an action that occurs as two or more objects have an effect upon one another. Stay Ice describes the theme of the exhibition: ”By interacting, we create continuance in progress. Let’s relinquish the illusion that the human, urban space and art would be separate entities. Living in a city should be a synergic experience where separate makers interact in a cumulative manner. The same thing happens in nature, so why not interact with our current environment as an active part of it?” The interaction of the three central elements is clear in the exhibition: in the simple black and white works Stay Ice presents the human, the environment and the art. The organic shape of the human figure is combined with the architectural and geometric silhouettes of the urban landscape and further on intertwined with multi-layered paint. In the visual contrast you can see the feminine and the masculine, the delicate and the strong. Stay Ice overlays in a technical manner, as well as in style as art historical portrait, sculpture and painting are combined in an interaction with each other. The exhibition radiates etherealness and Stay Ice’s usual technically polished style. In the visual centre of the exhibition, you will find an anonymous muse, who is in Stay Ice’s words ”an artist and a friend who helped to elevate the exhibition to this level with her ruthless critique and unlimited inspiration”. Do you want to know how to create a legal mural in Helsinki? During the exhibition Stay Ice will curate a comprehensive programme where one of the guest speakers will be G-Rex, a group whose aspiration is to create a better profile for legal mural art in Finland and offer alternatives for the commercial pictures in the urban environment. G-Rex members will discussing and sharing their thoughts and practical guidelines for taking action. Stay Ice has worked since 2011 and is best known for being a street art entrepreneur and the creator the igloo symbol. In his art Stay Ice has long been playing on the borderline of street art and fine art. The artist could be described as a modern day renaissance man, a creator of underground culture and the spokesperson for the annexation of the urban space, at the same time being frozen and a perpetual motion machine. Asbestos Art Space warmly welcomes the like-minded visionary! "How do we fight back? By creating art." -Terence McKenna

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