Thursday, December 03, 2015

25th Contemporary Finnish American Artist Series to feature work by Eric Hongisto at Finlandia University Gallery

The artist Eric Hongisto at work. (Photos courtesy Finlandia University)

HANCOCK -- The 25th Contemporary Finnish American Artist Series will feature work by Eric Hongisto. Cangiantismo, a mixed media exhibit, is featured at the Finlandia University Gallery, from Dec. 3, 2015 through Jan. 16, 2016.

An opening reception for the exhibit will take place at the gallery from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, with an artist talk by Hongisto beginning at 7:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Hongisto, a Finnish American artist based in San Francisco, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1997 from Maine College and a Master of Fine Art in Painting and Drawing from Yale University in 1999. Hongisto continues to achieve both a meaningful and productive art career. His artwork has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States and he has received numerous grants and fellowships, including both a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. He is currently a professor of art at the University of San Francisco.

"Art can be an undefined space," said Hongisto. "It can be a theatrical experience."

Graphix, Acrylic on skateboard decks, 2015, by Eric Hongisto.

Using existing architectural walls and floors as a painting surface, Hongisto’s murals and installations reveal to the viewer that artwork is not necessarily an object. Combining thinking with intuition, feeling and sensation, Hongisto explores color theory while mixing in a bit of his interest in sport rock climbing, farming, skateboarding and climate change.

"As an artist, my highest concern is process," said Hongisto. "How changes can be represented, seen and interpreted. I am fascinated with the understanding that art will be remembered differently at a later period...art changes as we change."

The Finlandia University Gallery is in the Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy St., downtown Hancock. For more information, contact the Finlandia University Gallery at (906) 487-7500. Click here for more details about this exhibit.

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