basic info : works

01 Bypass Surgery
02 Second Skin
03 Bearded Virgin
04 Insect Collection
05 Dialogue
06 Fertilization
07 Borderlne
08 Reformatory
09 Bodyspace
10 Dialectics of the Surface
11 Contacts and Kaski
12 Pyromania
13 Anti-dualistic Dualism
14 Neon-forest
15 various works

On the Borderlines of Internal and External

In his installation Artery (1999), Heino has mixed pig's blood with transparent acrylate, which solidifies the liquid blood. From this alliance between organic and synthetic matter he has made balls, which by their shape bring to mind a drop of blood brought to fingertip by the prick of a needle. As matter, body fluids such as blood symbolize entities which have lost their worth and solid boundaries.

Wearing Surface
In the works Wearing Surface (1999) and Pressure (1999), Heino has paralleled long, blond hair with black car tyres. The hair, provided by a wholesaler in London, originates in Asia, and is thus a product of the global market economy, which has turned various parts of the human body in commodities, too. The dialogue between nature and culture, present in some of Heino's earlier works, has this time an ironic note, for it may be difficult to decide which one of the two surfaces is more 'natural;' exploded tyre or industrially bleached hair.

Gravitation (1999) is an expedition to the physical reality surrounding us, which we usually try to efface from our range of vision. The work consists of three dust bales hanging from the ceiling, to which a shiny ball made of stainless steel and filled with lead shots works as a counterweight. The dust has been vacuumed up from over 70 different homes, and it reminds us of the disorder against which we fight in our settings. In the dust bales, matter and objects usually kept apart are turned into a homogeneous mass, returning the differently classified contents to a state of precategorial shapelessness. Purity and stable boundaries are cultural ideals, but also obstacles to transformation into something new.

By using dust, Heino examines also temporalness; duration, wear and tear, disintegration, regeneration. For Heino, dust is materialised time. But at the same time, dust is cosmic, eternal matter. The whole universe is full of dust, mostly created by the explosion of countless meteors and stars, but also produced by the radiation pressure of the sun. Dust is universal waste, but also the beginning of new life.

(c) Marja Jalava