EAST & WEST 02.10. – 20.10. 2019


Galleria Kookoksen East & West näyttely on ensimmäinen kansainvälisten näyttelyjen sarjassa, jonka tavoitteena on saada eri kulttuurien nykytaide kohtaamaan, samalla kasvattaen vuorokeskustelua, sekä yhteistoimintaa taiteen alueella.
On ilo esitellä kulttuurisesti erilaisia taiteellisia maailmoja, sekä niiden lähestymistapoja ja erityispiirteitä, tulevien East & West -näyttelyiden kautta. Näyttelyssämme on nyt mukana kolme suomalaista nykytaiteilijaa, sekä kolme kiinalaista nykytaiteilijaa ja taideopettajaa.
Toivomme näyttelyjemme avaavan, sekä kiinalaisen, että eurooppalaisen
kulttuurin ja nykytaiteen tuntemusta, luoden lisääntyvää vuorovaikutusta ja yhteistyötä. Uskomme näyttelyjen myös antavan uusia näkökulmia sekä taiteilijoillemme että galleriavieraillemme.

Näyttelyn taiteilijat:
Xiong Ai Hong 熊红, Leena Mäki-Patola
Zeng Qian Ting 曾倩婷, Mika Natri
Liang Yong Biao 梁永标, Paula Salmela

Curators: Chen Guohui陈国辉, Mari Blomroos-Heininen

Avajaiset: 01.10. 2019. klo 18-20.



East & West Exhibition is to bring contemporary art from both cultures to the forefront while increasing dialogue and artistic collaboration. In this Exhibition we are focusing on the differences and similiarities we both have in our cultures.
It is a pleasure to present culturally diverse artistic worlds in our gallery, as well as their approaches and characteristics in this East & West exhibition. Our exhibition includes three Finnish contemporary artists and three Chinese artists and art teachers.
We hope that with this exhibition, where there is both Chinese and European knowledge of culture and contemporary art, creates increasing interaction and collaboration. We also believe that this exhibition will give our artists and our gallery guests new perspectives.

Xiong Ai Hong 熊 红, Leena Mäki-Patola
Zeng Qian Ting 曾 倩 婷, Mika Natri
Liang Yong Biao 梁永 标, Paula Salmela

Chen Guohui 陈国辉, Mari Blomroos-Heininen

Opening Ceremony: 01.10. 2019 at 6 – 8 pm.


EAST & WEST 东成西就



Xiong Ai Hong 熊红, Leena Mäki-Patola
Zeng Qian Ting 曾倩婷, Mika Natri
Liang Yong Biao 梁永标, Paula Salmela

Chen Guohui 陈国辉, Mari Blomroos-Heininen

开幕式 2019/10/1 周二下午 6-8点。


Xiong Ai Hong 熊红

My pantings mimic the textures and forms you can find in nature.The various forms I use is chosen for their symbolism of nature and respect for life. The intention is to follow the air, the spray, flow, and wish of the ink, so that the painting can present a great freehand, and then presents a quiet and faint Zen.
The meaning to not use a brush in my works is to look for other possibilities between figuration and abstraction. 2017 works: “Qing” and “Ming” reflect on the change of the relationship between human and nature. To pursue a kind of inner feeling, “bright and clear”, close to the realm of the id.
In the paitings, the landscape tends to be flattened, weakening to a faint gray surface and a simple shape. The flow and sense of space of the traditional mountain ink are dispelled, and the spirit of the landscape is more prominent. The landscape texture becomes the visual focus. I use the visual effects of contradictions and contrasts to enhance the ultimate sense of the image, the ultimate clean and peaceful inner experience. Clean edge processing is intended to remind the viewer of the temperament of inkjet paper.
I strive for it to be simple and not monotonous, no level and several levels. It is ink, but not traditional ink. It is tangible and invisible. In the plausible ink and excitement I make the viewer appreciate the current spirit of ink, and deliberately keep the ancient temperament.

Xiong AiHong 熊红《2017·10·FL》2018年 69X44cm

Xiong AiHong´s CV

Born in a family of artists in 1966.
1991 Bachelor degree, Oil Painting Dept. of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts
2010 Postgraduate diploma of Chinese Landscape Painting, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Mentor Prof. Liu Shu Min
Selected Exhibitions:
2017 Watching the Mind – Contemporary Ink Exhibition, Da Xiang Art Space, Taiwan
2016 The Second Session of “Attitude”, group exhibition, Guangzhou, China
2015 “Xing·Wu”, Duo exhibition with Wu Yalin, PIPAL GALLERY, Guangzhou, China
2013 “Chinese Ink and Refreshing Breeze”, group exhibition, Keyuan Museum, Dongguan, China.
2013 “Blooming Beauty”——Oiling Painting Exhibition of Modern Paintress, Desheng Art Museum, Shunde, China
2005 Art Exhibition on the 50 Anniversary of the Guangdong Artists Association, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2004 The Tenth National Arts Exhibition-Guangdong & Cantonese Arts Exhibition on the 55 Anniversary of the Foundation of the State, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2003 “Shining July”Xiong Ai Hong SoloExhibition, Guangzhou, China
2003 “Gatherings of Elites in Huangpu Military Academy”——Oil Paintings on the Theme of Guangdong Revolution, Guangdong Museum of Revolution History, Guangzhou, China
Guangdong Museum of Revolution History, Keyuan Museum and private collections.

Zeng Qian Ting 曾倩婷

I love poetry. Sculpture is my way to write poetry.

Starting from intuition, the work moves towards what I think and feel. I want to show a variety of emotions and human experience.
“Light Rain” comes from a Tang poem: “Flowers fall, people stand, light rain, two swallows fly.” The people are lonely waiting for the mood, they don’t know where to start and end.
“Dream from Awakening” is everyone’s own experience, waking up in a dream, but the dream is too true, trying to recall that mottled dream.
“Time” shows the warmth and tranquility of the world. The woman watches with the man the prosperity of the world as time goes by. My work is just to get an impression or emotion from their appearance – quiet but not melancholy, lonely and not sentimental. I believe that love is in every bit of life, not in every big event. The world excites us a lot, but I choose to be quiet.

I learned one modern take from Bronchus’s concise works, so I took out the excessive details and made it into simple forms. Like writing, it’s not as shocking and brilliant to describe profound things in a lengthy way as it is in the concise meanings of Tang and Song poetry.
The relationship between the characters and space created by Giacometti’s works produces loneliness, fragility, distance and strong psychological experience. Therefore, I am inspired to explore the works to express reality, distance and dreams.

Influenced by Professor Liang Mingcheng, you can trace my style back to the academical taste – striving for elegance, if not refinement, but also implicit. Like Chinese poetry and painting, words have endless meaning. Like my favorite Hou Hsiao-hsien movie, my work presents a simple image, but throughful people can see several deep meanings.

My art creation is a continuous process of hollowing out, as well as I always want to push myself further. It is my hope and pursuit that works can prove their artistic personality and courage. To end with a light-hearted poem as a metaphor I choose Li Shaojun’s poem “Expressing”
under the tree, we talk about our own ideals
you say you would write a biography of mountains and a history of waters
and I, only want to take true-to-life pictures of clouds
draw a landscape of the window
(with one or two occasional sounds of chirping birds)
as well as a sketch of my little daughter at home
definitely, she must stand under the Chinese flowering quince

Zeng Qian Ting曾倩婷, Drizzl微雨 , 2009, cast copper铸铜, 48 x 12 x 15 cm

Zeng Qian Ting´s CV

Born in Guangzhou in 1977, she graduated from the Department of Sculpture, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree.
In 2009, she graduated from the Department of Sculpture, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts with a master’s degree.
She is currently a lecturer in Guang Zhou University.
Board member of Guangzhou Sculpture Society
Selected exhibitions:
In July 2019, “Time” Works Participated in the First Academic Annual Exhibition of the Sculpture Art Committee of Guangzhou Artists Association.
In June 2015, Series Works Participated in the First Exhibition of Guangzhou Sculpture Society.
In Nov. 2008, “Light Rain” was selected for the First National Master of Arts Excellent Works Exhibition at the Chinese Art Museum.
In May 2007, “Best Time” was selected for the Graduate Works Exhibition of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.
In Nov. 2003, “Memory of the Far” won the Excellent Award of the Fine Arts Works Competition of China Youth Cup.
In August 2001, “Xiguan Family” won the Best Sculpture Award of the Fourth China Garden Exposition.
In May 2000, “Bingxin Portrait” was selected as the outstanding graduation sculpture works exhibition of China’s higher art institutes. It was exhibited in Qingdao Sculpture Art Museum and included in the picture album.

Liang Yong Biao 梁永标 

What the horse without a soul will be? Only the depleted skin is blown by the wind, and it is exhausted and collapsed on the ball of time, letting it keep running… The sculptor Liang Yongbiao’s works in East & West exhibition at Galleria Kookos have triggered our thinking about life. Will Chinese and Westerners have different views on the meaning of life?

Liang Yong Biao 梁永标, Wind blown horse被风吹动的马, 2019, resin coloring, 35 cm height

Liang Yong Biao´s CV

Graduated from the secondary school of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1988;
Graduated from the Printing Department of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree;
Awarded the “City Sculpture Professional Qualification Certificate” issued by Chinese Urban Sculpture Committee in 2007.
Selected public collections and commission works:
2018, “Full Blooming” forged bronze sculpture for the entrance of Tianyi Huafu;
2018, “Pioneering Cattle” for Shenzhen Stock Exchange
2017, coastal fishing villages in Nansha District, Guangzhou
2017, street scenery in Dongcheng District of Dongguan City.
2016, copper sculptures in Shunde Beijiao water town.
2015, “Large Waterfall Landscape of Jiulongbi”, Dali Kowloon Park in Nanhai city.
2009, sculpture works in Dali, Jiulongyong, Nanhai city
2007, “The Great Wall Never Falls”, stainless steel sculpture “Dance of Harmony” and glass sculpture “Hai Ge” in the headquarters building of Haige Group.
2006, bronze sculpture “Ancient Civilization and Modern Transportation” in the lobby of Guangzhou transportation Committee Building.
2006, “Oasis Wonderland, lychee riping and Cicada Ming” in Conghua Bus Station.
2004, line carving fresco “A Long History” in the hotel lobby of Baiyun International Convention Center, Guangzhou.
2002, environmental sculptures “Harmony”, “Endeavour”, “A smooth sailing”, “Power”, in Guangzhou North Railway Depot of Yangcheng Railway Corporation.
1996, bronze sculptures, “Land of Fish and Rice”, “Song of Peace”, “Moonlight Serenade” and “Sound of Spring”, in Guangzhou North Depot of Yangcheng Railway Corporation.
1995, sculpture “Beyond” in Huashan Town Government Square, Huadu District. Guangzhou
1993, the group painting of the lithographic work “Paradise in the Far” was selected into the national printmaking exhibition, in which “Black Swan” was collected by the Chinese Art Museum.
Secretary-general of the Sculpture Art Committee of Guangzhou Artists Association
Vice president of Guangdong Provincial Display Art Association
Board member of Guangzhou Sculpture Society
Art Director of Guangmei Design Institute
Investor of the Hulai Art Foundation
Founder of Quantang 68 Original Art Space

Leena Mäki-Patola

Leena Mäki-Patola is a visual artist living in Varkaus, in eastern Finland. She graduated from the University of Art and Design Helsinki, UIAH (now Aalto University) in 1983. Her main material is ceramic. Depending on the subject, she experiments with different techniques to gain the results what she wants. Today in part of her works and installations she combines selfmade ceramic parts, readymade objects, video and sound.
Mäki-Patola finds the inspiration for her work from daily life and news itsems which have lodged themselves in her mind. Art for her is one way of taking part in social and political discussion.

Leena Mäki-Patola, Avoimia ajatuksia / Open minds, 2020, glazed stoneware ceramics, 50 x 50 cm

Leena Mäki-Patola´s CV

Latest solo exhibitions
ECHOES, Music Centre, Helsinki, Finland (2019)
REFLECTIONS, Galerie Pleiku, Berlin, Gernamy (2018)
THREE COLOURS, Ars Libera Gallery, Kuopio, Finland (2018)
Latest group exhibitions
SINS IN EDEN, Botanical Garden of University of Latvia, Riika, Latvia (2019)
CONTEMPORARY TOUCH – Finnish Ceramic Art in Taiwan 2018, Sanyi Fu-Guei Gallery, Sanyi Township, Taiwan (2018)
REFLECTIONS OF OTHERNESS, Lapinlahti Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (2017)
ANDERSARTIG, The Finnish Institute, Berlin, Germany (2015)
Latest joined exhibitions
IAC Member’s Exhibition, Thematic Exhibition and Free Expression, Yingge Ceramics Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan (2018)
AVA Art Festival 2018, Enokojima, Art, Culture and Creative Center, Osaka, Japan, Centro Cultural Light, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, (2018)
State of the Art – contemporary art from The Collection of Finnish State Art Comission, Riihimäki, Finland (2017)
Leena Mäki-Patola participates actively in projects concerning her professional field.

Mika Natri

As a sculptor my works are often based on my feelings and thoughts about our society. Western world is based on consumerism and neverending economic growth. Our way of living treats nature as neverending source for materials, which, of course, it isn’t. Global
warming, use of oil, ecocatastrophes etc. are some of the issues I have commented with my works. Alongside these commentary pieces I also work with lighter themes, e.g. abstract sculptures and works based on plant-world or our living environment.
As a painter I’m interested in expressing myself via abstraction; the dialogue between composition, surfaces and colors. How rich expression can be achieved with only a few means.

Mika Natri, Shift VI,2018, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 cm

Mika Natri´s CV

Place of Birth Jyväskylä (Säynätsalo), Finland, 1969
Lives and works in Turku, Finland
– BA, Arts Academy at Turku University of Applied Sciences, Department of Fine Arts, 1999-2003
– Lahti People’s College, Department of Fine Arts, 1998-99
– The University of Jyväskylä, (studies in Art Education, Art History, Multimedia), 1994-98
Solo exhibitions, selection
– Gallery Pirkko-Liisa Topelius, Helsinki, 2019
– Gallery Aura, Turku, 2018, 2016, 2013, 2011 and 2009
– Gallery Katariina, Helsinki, 2015
– Wave, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum, Gallery Takkahuone, Turku, 2014-15
– Galerie Pleiku, Berlin, Germany, (with Sirpa Särkijärvi), 2013
– Consequence, Galerija Singular, Pula, Croatia, 2013
– Paintings, Gallery G, Helsinki, 2013
– Gallery Kapriisi, Tampere, 2012
– Lönnström Art Museum, Studio, Rauma, 2009
– Gallery AMA, Helsinki, 2008
– Gallery Nefret, Studio, Turku, 2008
– In the Shadow of Factories, Kohiseva Gallery, Pukkila, 2008
– Gallery AMA, Turku, 2007
– Landscape, Kunstraum Malerhof Voigtholz, Germany, 2005, with Hasan-Fuat Sari
– In the Shadow of Factories, Gallery Pirkko-Liisa Topelius, Helsinki, 2005
– Landscape, Vanhan Raatihuoneen Galleria, Turku, 2005
– Beginning, Gallery AMA, Turku, 2003
– From My Mind, Brinkkalan Ullakko, Turku, 2002
Public artworks, Commissions, Collections
– Poppies, VASO-housing company, Turku, 2018
– Abstraction, Albertinpiha, Jyväskylä, 2017
– road, Award Sculpture, SAFA, Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities, Building Information Group, 2015
– Off-Balance, Kaarina, VASO-housing company, 2013
– The Tower and its Buddy, Helsinki, Lehtisaari Daycare center, 2012
– Clouds, Salmela-corporation, Turku, 2006
– Path, Academy of Finland’s Prize Sculpture, 2003
– Sampo, Finnish Literature Society, 2002
– State Art Collection, Finland
– Helsinki City Art Museum
– Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa Art Collections
– Finnish Art Society
– Wäinö Aaltonen Museum
– Aboa Vetus&Ars Nova Museum/Matti Koivurinta Foundation
– Turku Art Museum
– Lönnström Art Museum
– University of Jyväskylä
– Turun Sanomat
– City of Turku
– Arts Academy at Turku University of Applied Sciences
– Künstlerhaus Schloß Wiepersdorf, Germany
– 1st Prize (shared), Stamp Design Competition, Finnish Artists’ Association and Itella, 2014
– 1st Prize (shared), Annual Medal Competition, Guild of Medallic Art in Finland, 2008
– 1st and 2nd Prize, Academy of Finland’s Art Competition, 2003
– 1st Prize and 4th Place, Finnish Literary Society’s Art Competition, 2001
Personal Grants
– Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Southwest Finland, 2017, 2015
– City of Turku, 2016, 2008
– Arts Promotion Centre Finland, 2013
– Aboa-grant, 1-year artist grant, City of Turku, 2013
– Public Display Grant for Visual Artists, 2012, 2008, 2004
– Arts Council of Southwest Finland, 1-year artist grant, 2011
– Central Commission for Arts, 2011, 2009, 2005
– Finnish State, 1-year artist grant, 2010
– Oskar Öflund Foundation, 2010, 2008
– Svenska Kulturfonden, 2009
– Arts Council of Southwest Finland, 2009, 2007, 2004
– Finnish Cultural Foundation, Varsinais-Suomi Regional Fund, 2008, 2005
– Arts Council of Finland, 2005
– Finnish Cultural Foundation, Working Grant, Künstlerhaus Schloß Wiepersdorf, Germany, 2004
– Finnish Art Society, 2003
– Wäinö Aaltonen’s Society, 2003
– Turku Art Society, Magnus and Ellen Dahlström Foundation, 2003
Positions of Trust
– Jöötti, President, Member of the Board, 2011-2016
– Jöötti, Vice President, Member of the Board, 2007-11
– Union of Finnish Art Associations, Member of the Board, 2006-07
– Galleria Becker, Jyväskylä, Oct 19 – Nov 6, 2019
– Galleria Becker, Jyväskylä, 2020, solo
– Turku Castle, summer 2020
– Pirkanpohja 2020, Ähtäri, 2020

Paula Salmela

The recurring themes in my artistic work are man and nature. My personal, strong bond with nature and empathy for nature wounded by man materialize in my works as spatial art, sculptures and photographs.
Those of my works that reflect man himself are often spatial, based on light, materials or a situation created in collaboration with the viewer. The installations have been counterbalanced by less material works, where I am personally present to give birth to the work together with the viewer through things like touch or presence.

Paula Salmela, Tarkkailija / Observer, 2005, resin, germ, 30×30 cm (20×20 cm)

Paula Salmela´s CV

visual artist, sculptor
b. 1965, lives and works in Porvoo
2005-2008 Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Sculpting
1997-2001 Visual Artist, Sculpting, Kankaanpää Art School (University of Applied Sciences)
2012 Specialization Studies, Photography and Video, Lahti University of Applied Sciences
2018 Colmio Gallery, Porvoo
2017 Present, Serlachius Museum Gösta, Mänttä-Vilppula
2016 Through, with Laura Lilja, Gallery Detroit Stockholm, Stockholm
2015 Galleria Daisy, Porvoo
2014 Galleria Becker, with Marra Lampi, Jyväskylä
2014 Galleria Kulma, Taidetehdas, Porvoo
2012 Poriginal gallery, with Sanna Pajunen, Pori
2011 Promenadigalleria, Hyvinkää
2009 Galleria Jangva, Helsinki; Galleria 5, Oulu
2008 Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
2007 Art Hall, Porvoo
2005 Vanha Kappalaisentalo gallery, Porvoo
2003 Galleria Becker, with Marra Lampi, Jyväskylä Artist Association, Jyväskylä; Almere cultural centre Corrosia, Almere, the Netherlands
2002 Finnish Paper Art Gallery, Kuusankoski
2001 Honkahovi Art Centre, Mänttä
2000 Poriginal gallery, Pori
2019 Flow, Domestic water provider of the city of Porvoo
2017 Forest Animals and Fox Friend, Kindergarten of Mänttä-Vilppula
2017 In-Out, Kivistö, Vantaa
2017 Daalia, Vuores, Tampere
2015 Heijastus, Tampere, Vuores
2013 Fredrikan tortut, Porvoo
2011 Together, Porvoo Campus, Porvoo
2003 Ketju, Sustainable development award, Province of Flevoland, The Netherlands
1999-2007 Saara lykkeli, Mikkola roundabout, Pori
State of Finland, City of Jämsä, City of Kankaanpää, City of Porvoo,
Porvoon Vesi (Domestic water provider of the city of Porvoo),
Itä-Uudenmaan Osuuspankki (Cooperative bank of Eastern Finland),
Private collections
2018 Medal of the Year 2018, The Guild of Medallic Art in Finland
2016 Invitational competition for Nikkilän Jokilaakso in Sipoo, 3st place
2010 Porvoo Campus artwork design competition, 1st place
2009 Award for the work Rajapinta, International Biennale “Dialogues”, Manege, St. Petersburg, Russia
2008 Award for the work Luottamus, I Baltic Biennale, Manege, St. Petersburg, Russia
2002 Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, exhibition scholarship
2002 Huittinen street gallery, exhibition scholarship
2000 Porin Saskiat, exhibition scholarship
Porvoo Artists´ Association, vice chairperson 2018-2019
Porvoo Artists’ Association, chairperson 2010 (together with Ylva Hollander)
Porvoo Artists’ Association, board member 2008-2009
Porvoo Art Society, board member 2004-2005
2017 Present – Paula Salmela, edited by Jyrki Siukonen and Laura Kuurne, published by Serlachius Museums / PARVS, 2017
2014 Ruoka, exhibition catalogue of Haihara Art Centre, Pie Club’s section
2013 City of Dreams, XVIII Mänttä Art Festival 2013, edited by Jyrki Siukonen, published by Mäntän kuvataiteen ystävät ry
2013 Sivuraiteella – Nykytaidetta Porvoon Staffaksessa 2004-2012, edited by Paula Salmela
2010 VIII International Festival of Experimental Art, edited by Larisa Skobkina, Nikolay Vasileyev, Natalia Zhestovskaya and Ludcia Khabibulina, Manage 2010, Saint-Petersburg
2010 Viisi näkökulmaa – Me-We, edited by Emilia Siltavuori, 2010
2009 Dialogues, IX International Biennale of Contemporary Art, edited by Larisa Skobkina, Nikolay Vasileyev, Anna Mazurenko, Manage 2009, Saint-Petersburg
2008 VII International Festival of Experimental Art, edited by Larisa Skobkina, Manage 2008, Saint-Petersburg
2008 I Baltic Biennale, edited by Larisa Skobkina and Tatyana Yurieva, Manage 2008, Saint-Petersburg
2006 DIALOGI, taiteilija opettajana ja oppilaana, edited by Matti Velhonoja, Satakunnan ammattikorkeakoulu, Pori
2004 Taidetta Ympäri ja Ämpäri II, Environmental art project by Pori Art Museum and Pori Department of Education, edited by Mirja Ramstedt-Salonen, Pori Art Museum publications 71
2002 Taidetta Ympäri ja Ämpäri. Art here, there and everywhere, edited by Mirja Ramstedt-Salonen, Pori Art Museum publications 58
– Serlachius-tv, 22.5.2017, http://serlachius-tv.net/?project=paula-salmela-present
– Yle radio, Kultakuume, 29.5.2017, http://areena.yle.fi/1-4103170 – Yle Uutiset Pirkanmaa 26.5.2017, https://areena.yle.fi/1-4147459 – Yle verkkolehti, 27.5.2017, https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-9634169

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