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The Slow Business of Going, by Dylan Ray Arnold & Océane Bruel at Helsinki Art Museum Gallery (HAM Gallery), Helsinki, 2020

The sculptural collaboration of Dylan and Océane connects to states of excitement and weariness. Following a material-poetic approach, they imagine encounters of static and mobile bodies, objects and desires. Their entanglements grow into sculptural situations, images and systems. The metamorphosis of matter and thought is at once quotidian and dream-like. Light steel structures, assemblages and paper pulp reliefs were formed in the shifting rhythms of affection and distance, hesitation and impatience, vitality and withdrawal. The works result from material and existential negotiations, time-intensive processes, and gestures of attention and placement.

The artists have been interested in the variations of social, transpersonal and private rhythms. Accelerations and dispersions were part of the working process, as well as questions arising from the thematic ground of change and stagnation. Where are we going? For how long can we keep up this pace? How long does it take to recover, to dry, to cure? Rhythms produce spaces and inhabit our bodies and relationships. These dynamics are also woven through mechanisms of power and distribution of agency. The only thing as important as being, is to keep going. But what or who decides the beat?

There are bodies appearing flat from, or flattened by speed, drifting around and joining into islands. Projects. Images extruding from surfaces, limbs fumbling with extensions or simmering down to the bottom. Hours seized in the night. Deadlines. Discharge. Someone is always on the go, while others get stuck. Trying hard to keep up, inevitably falling behind. Ok. Comrades in time and in standby mode. Dependent, supported stillness. Cocooning. Things tend to be on top of other things, to accumulate. Snakes and ladders around the privileges of mobility and belonging. Lock-down. Patience dance. There are also sleeves of intimacy, imprints in between the lines of movement.

The artists and the exhibition are kindly supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Suomen Kulttuurirahasto and Paulon Säätiö.

Review by Kaino Wennerstrand on AQNB (English)

Review by Anna-Kaisa Koski on Mustekala (Finnish)

Online on Scandale Project & Kubaparis

Photos : Dylan Ray Arnold