Light installation created for Kai opens in Finland

Kai Art Center is excited to collaborate with Kunsthalle Seinäjoki to show the monumental neon light sculpture Radical Light – Elements VI  by Norwegian artist Anne Katrine Senstad. Originally commissioned by Kai in 2020, the exhibition in Seinäjoki presents two central installation works: Elements VI and The Sensory Chamber IV. The neon light sculpture Elements VI is accompanied by a spatial sound composition by acclaimed New York based composer JG Thirlwell.

 

Elements VI is defined by the unity of chromatic white neon composed of twenty-nine vertical light columns enveloped by a white horizon that stand amidst the concrete columns of the former military industrial warehouse of Kunsthalle Seinäjoki. In composing a sensory environment of pure light, Senstad is primarily examining the emotional and semiotic connotations produced by white as a color. Her work is situated in the tradition of installation art, where the surrounding environment and the viewer become part of the work itself.

 

Sanna Karimäki-Nuutinen, art curator at Kunsthalle Seinäjoki, says that “the exhibition brings the artist to Finland for the first time and it wouldn’t have been possible without collaboration with Kai Art Center and Finnish Art Promotion Centre. I believe that working together and sharing is something we need to emphasise in these strange times. There are also a couple of interesting connections between us and Kai – both being recently opened art centers in former military buildings.”

 

Raised in Singapore and Norway, Anne Katrine Senstad lives and works between New York and Oslo. She received her art education at Parsons School of Design and The New School for Social Research in New York 1994 and 1999. Select exhibitions include: Kunsthalle Seinäjoki in Finland, Kai Art Center in Estonia, He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, Zendai MoMa in Shanghai, S12 Gallery and Trafo Kunsthall in Norway, Freight and Volume Gallery and Yi Gallery in New York. Biennals include Bruges Art and Architecture Triennale, Prospect 3+ New Orleans, 2015, 56th Venice Biennale, and 55th Venice Biennale.

 

The exhibition at Kunsthalle Seinäjoki, Finland will be on view from June 16 to September 4, 2021.