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

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SKIN, 1993. Potato-skin surface, Plexiglas, 154 cm, Collection of Pori Art Museum.



At the center of a series of circular works completed in 1993 stay materials identifiable as belonging to the cultivated agrarian landscape: moss-covered roof shingles, the bottoms of wooden skis and cow dung. These elements, worked into plane surfaces, Timo Heino has set in relation to black Plexiglas, which encircles them as a frame or interlaces them. Characteristic of the works is a strong temporal dimension, as being in a certain place, as wear and as duration. The repetitive element inherent in life, a sort of "eternal recurrence," is illustrated in a humorous vein in the work Iho ('Skin'), which is included in the collection of Pori Art Museum. Its organic surface consists of the peelings of all the potatoes consumed in the artist's household over one year. The work is a tribute to everyday life and its life-supporting routines.

By matching the materials Timo Heino obscures their given identities and offers an opportunity for alternative interpretations. Heino's works also offer an opportunity for direct experience, bypassing language and concepts, where the world momentarily reveals itself without given values. At the deepest level, the dualism in Heino's works may be thus understood as anti-dualistic. Through it, the seemingly innocent uses of the dichotomy between nature and culture become questionable. The view of nature as something apart, as all that which contains no humans or culture, collapses simultaneously. In Heino's view, man is an inseparable part of nature, of the world as a whole. In man, the world tells of itself.

(c) Marja Jalava