Erik Nieminen – Painting, City, Reflection, Fluid

The Other Side - Erik Nieminen

The Other Side – Erik Nieminen

Erik Nieminen

For me, art is something unreal connected to something real.

My paintings present an independent reality, a world that is dependent on our real world yet is separate from it. It is a world that exists on its own terms. I’m interested in what one could call ‘ordinary fare’. I don’t look for the exotic. The scenes that I depict are usually immediately familiar as social types and contemporary spaces.

Ricochet - Erik Nieminen

Ricochet – Erik Nieminen

The reflective surface is a crucial component to most of my works. I am fascinated by light, and it is light that defines form and creates space. A reflection is an ephemeral response to light, but in a sense it is disconnected from the gravity of our world. If we allow for the possibility that the reflection is a state of ‘non-gravity’, then the possibilities that arise from it in terms of painting are basically endless. In its sublime materiality, it allows a direct connection to the natural world, as the primal state of glass is a liquid.

Janus - Erik Nieminen

Janus – Erik Nieminen

The reflection as seen through a liquid visually destructs the world we know. Part of my interest is in deconstructing the city and reforming it on my own terms. The glass reflection is a means to this end, as it allows us to see beyond ourselves and to twist and manipulate our vision of what is real, to break the grid of the urban environment.

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