Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Photos from Äkkigalleria 24 - Moths Day and Night

 photo: Emily Tracy
  photo: Emily Tracy

  photo: Elizabeth Hobbs

  photo: Juho jäppinen

   photo: Juho jäppinen

   photo: Juho jäppinen

   photo: Juho jäppinen

  photo: Juho jäppinen

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Äkkigalleria 24 - Moths Day and Night

An animation intervention proposed by Tracy & Hobbs.

Two British animation artists, Emily Tracy and Elizabeth Hobbs, will combine forces with local research entologist and nature conservationist, Jussi Päivinen from Metsähallitus, to create new animations inspired by Finnish moths.
This intervention includes two workshops, one for a class of school students and the other open to the public. The workshops will be followed by an exhibition of some of Tracy & Hobbs' animation films. The events will begin on Thursday January 23rd at 3pm.

Äkkigalleria 24 is located at Kauppakatu 25 (asuntogalleria real estate) and will be open to the public from January 23rd until the 25th.

Elizabeth Hobbs is an  illustrator, printmaker and animation artist, whose animation artist whose films have won many awards.  A large part of Elizabeth’s work is creating participatory animated films and devising visual art projects with young people and community groups with artist Emily Tracy.  She also lectures in animation at Anglia Ruskin University, in Cambridge, UK. Elizabeth was the first Pépinières residency artist to come work at the Jyväskylä Centre for Printmaking. She came to Jyväskylä for the 6-month artist residency in 1996. We are very excited to have her back!

Emily Tracy is a visual artist specializing in public interventions, light installations and collaborative projects. She works with the lit form: Lanterns or large scale sculpture. Having trained as a painter she has developed techniques using shadow, colour and a diverse range of materials, including recycled ones, to create extraordinary spectacles which aim to startle, amaze and inspire. These installations often come about through research into local history, architecture, stories and working with a particular group of people and are therefore site-specific. Most recently she has been developing projects which highlight environmental issues through use of materials.

Jussi Päivinen
is a research scientist, environmental conservationist and butterfly enthusiast who has been fascinated with butterflies since he was 7, he has a a doctorate degree in philosophy and currently works for the Metsähallitus. Jussi is joining this project as a consultant, sharing his expertise on Finnish moths with workshop participants. Data and facts that he supplies will be used in the creation of a new animation on Finnish moths.

The event is free of charge everyone, of all ages, is invited to join us!

The gallery will be open as follows:
Thursday 23rd,  3-6pm*
Friday 24th, 11-7pm
Saturday 25th, 11-5pm

*Everyone is welcome to drop by, watch and/or participate in the light-animation workshop on Thursday January 23rd from 4-6pm.

Friday, January 3, 2014

News for 2014

This year Äkkigalleria has received a grant from the Koneen Säätiö, enabling us to continue supporting artists and promoting art and artistic activity in the city of Jyväskylä!

Our first Äkkigalleria of 2014 will be at held near the end of January. This event will combine the expertise of local research and conservation scientists with two animation artists from the UK. More information will be posted soon.