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Gunzi Holmström: I asked a stone to show the way 15.8. -2.9 2018

"The true artist helps the world by revealing mystic truths!"-Bruce Nauman

New art trends rarely give an aging critic so much satisfaction, but finding a new talent is always pleasing. We like when someone surprises us by showing a new version of what it's all about, in life and in art.

Anyway, it’s pleasing to encounter someone who has found a way to a spiritual reality, and who has begun to visualize it’s insights and methods and also reveal what the spiritual pursuit is about. Genuinely and with good taste - in a new way but in accordance with the given codes. Something Newnew does probably not exist. The spiritual struggle is new to all - a work with the unknown.

Fortunately, such spiritual seekers appear occasionally, even in Finland. The latest proof is Gunzi Holmström; a mature artist who, through a crisis, found a new channel for her spiritual growth in art. For the last six years, she has explored this new vision and processed it in her art. The key to this is meditation, the Sampo of new culture.

Already now the artist's harvest is remarkable: a versatile vision where each step reveals a new insight. The traces of the crisis is still there, which is good for credibility, but the artist's journey is mainly now unrestrained and often joyful. The pictures are clear and fresh, breathing findings from the stream of the consciousness. We need them.

There is no end to the vision. But every artist seeks the Great Symbol of Life, which makes all the phenomena of life organized and meaningful. Art is a good tool for it. It will be interesting to follow Gunzi Holmström's artistic journey, and see where her way is still leading. The best thing I can hope for is an understanding audience!

J.O.Mallander 8th of July 2018

(translation G Holmström)

Gunzi Holmström: Pyysin kiveä näyttämään tietä 15.8. -2.9.2018

Todellinen taiteilija auttaa maailmaa ilmentämällä mystisiä totuuksia!” -Bruce Nauman

Ikääntyvälle kriitikolle uudet taidesuuntaukset harvoin tuottavat sen kummempaa riemua, mutta tuoreen lahjakkuuden löytäminen on aina iloinen asia. Me pidämme siitä, että joku yllättää meitä näyttämällä uuden version siitä mistä on kysymys, elämässä ja taiteessa.

Vielä enemmän tämän kirjoittaja ilahtuu siitä, että näyttämölle ilmaantuu joku, joka on löytänyt kanavan henkiseen todellisuuteen, ryhtynyt todellistamaan sen oivalluksia ja menetelmiä, sekä myös manifestoimaan sitä mitä kilvoittelussa liikkuu. Aidosti, ja hyvällä maulla – uutta luoden, mutta annettujen koodien mukaan. Mitään Uutta uuttauutta ei taida ollakaan. Itse kilvoittelu on jokaiselle uutta – työskentely tuntemattoman kanssa.

Onneksi näitä kilvoittelijoita aina ilmaantuu, myös Suomeen. Tuorein todistus on Gunzi Holmström; kypsä taiteilija, joka kriisin kautta löysi taiteesta uuden kanavan henkiselle kasvulleen. Hänen kuusi viimeistä vuotta ovat merkinneet tämän uuden vision löytämistä, ja työstämistä taiteen keinoin. Avain siihen on mietiskely, uuden kulttuurin Sampo.

Jo nyt taiteilijan sato on merkittävä: monipuolinen visio, jossa jokainen siirto tuo esiin tuoreen oivalluksen. Kaikuja kriisin tunnelmista on edelleen mukana, kuten uskottavuuden kannalta on hyvä olla, mutta pääpiirteittäin taiteilijan matka on nyt vapautunut, ja usein riemukas. Kuvat ovat selkeitä, tuoreen tuntuisia, hengittäviä löytöjä tajunnan valtamerestä. Me tarvitsemme niitä.

Visiossa ei näy loppua. Jokainen taiteilija kuitenkin etsii Elämänsä Suurta Symbolia, sitä mikä saa hänen elämänsä kaikki ilmiöt järjestymään, ja näyttämään merkityksellisiltä. Taide on hyvä väline siihen.

Tulee olemaan mielenkiintoista seurata Gunzi Holmströmin taiteellista matkaa, mihin hänen tiensä vielä vie. Parasta mitä voin sille toivoa on ymmärtäviä katsojia!

J.O.Mallander 8.7.2018

Gunzi Holmström: Jag bad en sten att visa vägen 15.8. -2.9 2018

"Den sanna konstnären hjälper världen genom att uttrycka mystiska sanningar! "-Bruce Nauman

Nya konsttrender ger sällan en åldrande kritiker så mycket tillfredställelse, men att hitta en ny begåvning är alltid glädjande. Vi tycker om att någon över-raskar oss genom att visa en ny version av vad det handlar om, i livet och i konsten.

Än mer gläder det undertecknad att någon som har hittat en väg till den andliga verkligheten träder fram, någon som har börjat synliggöra dess insikter och metoder och också manifestera vad den andliga strävan handlar om. Genuint och med god smak – på ett nytt sätt men i enlighet med de givna koderna. Något Nytt nyttnytt finns det troligen inte. Den andliga ävlan är ny för alla – ett arbete med det okända.

Lyckligtvis framträder sådana andliga sökare då och då, även i Finland. Det senaste beviset är Gunzi Holmström; en mogen konstnär som genom en kris hittade en ny kanal för sin andliga tillväxt i konsten. De senaste sex åren har hon utforskat denna nya vision och bearbetat den i sin konst. Nyckeln till detta är meditation, den nya kulturens Sampo.

Redan nu är konstnärens skörd anmärkningsvärd: en mångsidig vision där varje steg avslöjar en ny insikt. Ekot av krisen är fortfarande där, vilket är bra för trovärdigheten, men konstnärens resa är huvudsakligen nu otvungen och ofta glädjefull. Bilderna är tydliga och fräscha, fynd som andas i medvetan-dets ström. Vi behöver dem.

Det finns inget slut på visionen. Men varje artist söker sitt Livs Stora Symbol, det som får livets alla fenomen att ordnas och bli meningsfulla. Det är konst ett bra verktyg för. Det ska bli intressant att följa Gunzi Holmströms konst-närliga resa, och se vart hennes väg ännu leder.

J.O.Mallander 8.7 2018

(översättning G Holmström)


Holy (2017)

Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Jätkä 2, Helsinki, Finland

Saint Clare of Assisi.
Your name is a flower
eaten by a beautiful giraffe.
(Gunzi H., 2017)

“I work with oil paints. My theme is spiritual mysticism which I express through abstract and symbolic forms. I am inspired by the prophets and saints’ revelations, but the intention is not to illustrate their experiences. Instead, I use contemplation to reach my own inner visions. I combine universal structures and symbols when reflecting on the relationship between the visible and invisible world. It is about energies that cannot be seen with the naked eye but, nevertheless, they are part of our reality.

The exhibition also features some poems inspired by the poetry of the mystical branch of Islam, Sufism.

While working, I have studied different mystical traditions. I have familiarized myself with Christian saints such as Hildegard of Bingen and Saint Clare of Assisi, read writings by Simone Weil and Emmanuel Swedenborg and immersed myself in the visual world of medieval church art.”

Gunzi Holmström will be at Galleria Huuto on Sunday 10 December and Saturday 16 December. She lives and works in Helsinki and over the years she has showcased her works in about twenty countries. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Valand Academy in Gothenburg in 2006.

THANK YOU: Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the Eugène, Elisabeth and Birgit Nygrén Foundation


Ezekiel saw that wheel (2017)

Ezekiel saw that wheel
Way up in the middle of the air
Ezekiel saw that wheel whirling
Way up in the middle of the air
Now the little wheel runs by faith
And the big wheel runs by the grace of God
And a wheel in a wheel whirling
Way up in the middle of the air (Negro Spiritual, Listen)

Visual artist Gunzi Holmstrom works with watercolors. Her theme is the spiritual mystery that she expresses through abstract and symbolic forms. She is inspired by the visions of prophets and saints, but her intention is not to directly illustrate their experiences. Instead, the artist uses meditation and other spiritual exercises to achieve her own inner visions. Gunzi Holmstrom combines universal structures and symbols to ponder upon the relationship between the visible and invisible world. It's about the energy we can not see with the naked eye but nevertheless is a part of our reality. Consider feelings, the intention of the thought, or dreams....

While working on the exhibition, the artist has studied traditions in Christianity, Buddhism and Sufism. In the Bible, she has particularly paid attention to Ezekiel's fascinating visions. She has studied Christian saints such as Hildegard of Bingen and read Emmanuel Swedenborgs Arcana Caelestia, or "Heavenly Secrets".

MFA Gun Holmström is a Finnish artist living in Helsinki. After working for many years with video, sound and digital photo she changed her artistic practice to painting. She has shown her works internationally in about twenty countries.

(Gallery 54, Gothenburg; Galerie Pleku, Berlin)


Hello Heaven (2015)

"Gunzi Holmström’s delicate watercolor paintings take the artist to a new level. The abstract thoughts suddenly began to appear on paper as colors and shapes that she does not try to explain. The exhibition includes Holmström’s latest works that she began to create during her artist-in-residence period in Paris during the spring of 2015 and continued working with since then.

The paintings as well as the installation included in the exhibition take the audience through abstraction to a timeless dimension where things always appear new and reformed, as if seen through the eyes of a child. When looking at Holmström’s works, one can sense that they have been inspired by the image worlds of different spiritual movements as they bring together universal structures as well as symbols through which she explores light and a visible and invisible world.

The exhibition offers the audience a reminder that at its best art is contemplation and it allows us to build a bridge towards spirituality. Visual artist Soili Mustapää"

(Huuto Gallery, Helsinki)

Gallery Huuto 2015

Gallery Huuto 2015
View from "Hello Heaven" att the Huuto Gallery in in Helsinki 2015.


 

The feeling of clouds (2014)

 “My grandfather was a lighthouse keeper who said that everything we know about ourselves could be written on the back of a matchbox. As someone seeking the truth about people, I have developed the need to engage in a deep exploration of the related issues and the keys to spiritual insight. I am inspired by religious concepts and medieval pictorial allegories. My aim is to surprise myself by painting things I am not quite familiar with. This is about surrendering oneself to a kind of artistic pilgrimage.” Gunzi Holmström

(Tobaksmagasinet, Pietarsaari; Cultural Centre Vuotalo, Helsinki)

 

© Gunzi Holmström
contact: gunholmstrom /at/ gmail.com

 

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