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Tatu Vuorio: Alchemy at Finlandia University Gallery

HANCOCK, MI €“ Tatu Vuorio: Alchemy will be on display at the Finlandia University Gallery, located in the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock, from September 22 to October 18, 2014.

An opening reception at the gallery will take place on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Dr. Alexandra Morrison, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Michigan Technological University will present a talk on art and philosophy beginning at 7:15 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

In a series of works titled Alchemy, Finnish artist Tatu Vuorio explores the ideas of existentialism. Small in stature and poetic in nature, Vuorio€™s work asks big questions. How should we live each day? How do our actions of today affect tomorrow? How does coincidence drive existence? How does the inevitability of death affect the way we live our life? Vuorio€™s lyrical and sensuous work asks us to pause, reflect, and question the most meaningful and most undefined qualities of human life.

Drawing from abstract, figurative and conceptual traditions, Vuorio€™s work experiments with technique and material, combining painting, sculpture, jewellery, and installation.

€œAs a creative person I have not experienced the need to focus on a particular method,€ says Vuorio. €œI find using a variety of techniques, materials, and approaches to address my inspiration creates the most dynamic meaningfulness.€

€œThe key thing of making art has been a curiosity and interest in new issues,€ says Vuorio.

Using intuition and experimentation, Vuorio explores the theme of human existence, with mythology of the alchemist tradition and philosophy integral to his work.

Vuorio believes that to create something new, an artist must have an understanding of the history of artistic pursuits, including materials and working techniques.

It is by experimenting and stretching this historical knowledge, and combining it with the courage to explore that Vuorio creates work; work that sometimes even takes him by surprise.

Vuorio received a Master of Arts in Applied Art and Design from Aalto-University of Art and Design and a Bachelor of Design in Applied Art/Jewellery and Object Design from Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Design. He is currently a Jewelry design teacher at IJKK Järvenpää. He has also taught courses in Painting and Sculpture.

His work has been exhibited widely in Finland, and he was the Association of Finnish Sculptor€™s €œArtist of the Month€ in January 2014. He has received grants from the City of Espoo, the Arts Council of Finland (2013, 2014), and the Aune & Mauri Riuttu€™s foundation, among others.

€œAlchemy€ will be on display through October 18, 2014.

The Finlandia University Gallery is in the Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy Street, Hancock. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday 8:00 a.m. €“ 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 12:00-4:00 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call 906-487-7500. More examples of Vuorio’s work are below.

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