Artist of the month

Eeli Saaristo

Eeli’s paintings are often a series of aesthetically resistant imagery in the sense of post-presentationalism, the image suggests an aesthetic familiarity to the artists personal adaption of contemporary stillness, but inverting it as an minor détournement of it’s own tools. The painting doesn’t become what it presents, since what it presents is not what is aesthetically perceived in the painting. The point of it being the cringe sweet spot, when one can experience the weird admiration for modernism, while realising the forced emptiness in the image.
Eeli lives and works in Helsinki.

As a basis for the commissioned Post bar poster Eeli choose to depict the wait of a wave by a surfer, a timely fitting subject.