Jiri Geller
JIRI GELLER
b.1970 Sculptor

jiri.geller@gmail.com


Like an anarchist who has studied every stitch and fold of the banker's suit, Jiri Geller models and subverts the iconic forms of contemporary culture with vengeful precision.

While - not inaccurately - self-defining as "an outsider, a punk rocker", Geller is also the rare Finnish artist who has both managed to stay close to Finnish aesthetic strengths and traditions and also detonate his own unique brand of post-national, mind-fucker nihilism.

As a Finn, Geller's work perfectly fits that grey Nordic outpost's proud, tragic tradition. His sculptures are elemental and essential, fascinated with death and violence, critical of the fake and phony, and ever aware of just how dark the world can be.

But then, rather than being limited by his roots - or in denial of them, Geller keeps to this impeccable conceptual framework, and takes it global.

While never repeating himself, Geller targets the same territory again and again to explore the idea that what in our modern world is deemed solid, permanent and valuable is in fact melting, suspect, and utterly transitory.

Geller's objects offer meaning despite their solidity and materiality. A pessimistic yet playful - at times quite profound - energy flows through them: escalators connect one to nowhere; fiberglass tsunamis promise leisure sport and/or death by flood; ice cream cones sit frozen in mid-melt next to exquisite skulls that melt and drip like butterscotch candies in the sun.

It's rare to see such playfulness and heaviness seamlessly combined in the same artistic vision: Geller's balloon fabrications radiate all the lighthearted joy of portraits of children...who have recently died. And he has constructed a video game control module possibly intended to burn you alive.

But if Geller's all sharp knives, dark jest and nihilist prankster, what's with a name linked to that slightly dated globe trotting charlatan asshole - Uri Geller? Jiri explains:

"Uri is friends with Michael Jackson - that is cool. And both Uri and I do tricks for a living. I like the way that people get suspicious when thinking they might be being cheated. Like: ´Could this guy's name really be Jiri Geller´. Well, they should be suspicious. We've all been cheated big time."

- Mark Maher, Helsinki Finland, May 2010



EDUCATION

1991-1994 Silversmith
Graduated from the Lahti Polytechnic; Institute of Design; Faculty of Goldsmith (MFA)



SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012
SUGARED, Showroom Helsinki, Helsinki

2010
MAGIC, Studio, Turku Art Museum, Turku
LOVE & MONEY, Hasan & Partners, Helsinki

2009
SERIES OF DISAPPOINTMENTS, Gallery Kalhama & Piippo Contemporary, Helsinki
SERIES OF DISAPPOINTMENTS, LARM galleri, Copenhagen

2008
JIRI GELLER, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

2007
DUNKELHEIT, galleria Krista Mikkola, Helsinki
THE ART OF THE BEAST, Norrtälje Konsthall, Norrtälje
THE ART OF THE BEAST, Galleri 21, Malmö
THE ART OF THE BEAST, Örebro Konsthall, Örebro

2006
JIRI GELLER 1:1, the Korjaamo Culture Factory Gallery, Helsinki



JOINT EXHIBITIONS (selected)

2012
CAMOUFLAGE, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
WHAT A PARTY! Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku

2011
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HOSTILITY, Jani Leinonen & Jiri Geller, Showroom Helsinki, Helsinki
SPATIAL PLACES, Fiskars

2010
VOM DUNKEL GESCHLUCKT, Ars Auttoinen, Auttoinen
TÄHTIHETKIÄ, the Association of Finnish Sculptors, 100-year anniversary, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku

2009
KOTI TAITEEN NÄYTTÄMÖNÄ - Nykytaide kohtaa Loviisan historialliset talot, Loviisa
LUME, Purnun kesänäyttely, Orivesi
TRICLE-DOWN THEORY, the Korjaamo Culture Factory Gallery, Helsinki
TRACKING TRACES, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
SMART, the Korjaamo Culture Factory Gallery, Helsinki

2008
EVERY BODY COUNTS, Vestfossens Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen
NIGHT ON EARTH - Connecting Urban Art Scenes, Suvilahden voimala, Helsinki
NIGHT ON EARTH - Connecting Urban Art Scenes, Moca - Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai
NIGHT ON EARTH - Connecting Urban Art Scenes, Gallery Zero, Berlin
HEADHUNTERS, Showroom Helsinki, Helsinki
BEHIND THE MUSTACHE, Cable Factory, Helsinki
DARK, the Korjaamo Culture Factory Gallery, Helsinki

2007
EVIL EYE, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
THE 25 BEST ARTISTS IN FINLAND, Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä
CAUGHT IN A MOMENT, Kuopio Art Museum, Kuopio

2006
ART SUPER MARKET PIKASSO, Helsinki
HUUMA, Skövde Konsthall, Skövde
HUUMA, Linköping Konsthall Passagen, Linköping

2005
HUUMA, Örebro Konsthall, Örebro
JOIA FINLANDESE, FAD, Barcelona

2004
LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

2003
SCULPTING, the 8th Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä
TOMORROWS NEWS, Gallery 101, Ottawa

1999
THE NORDIC POSTMODERNISM, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
OLOHUONEVIIKOT, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

1996
MYRSKY JA MYLVÄYS, Museum of Applied Art, Helsinki

1995
CLASS OF `95, Goldsmiths Hall, London
TALENTE `95, Internationalen Handwerksmesse, Mynchen

1994
NONVERBAL, Museum of Applied Art, Helsinki
ECHOES, Tampere Hall, Tampere

1993
SUVI PINX, Sysmä



GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2008
ROR, Fennofolk - New Nordic Oddity , Design Museum, Helsinki

2007
ROR: POWERTRIP, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
ROR: REVOLUTIONS ON REQUEST, Brändström + Stene gallery, Stockholm

2006
THE STATE OF THINGS, Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo

2005
ROCK`N ROR, "FAITES VOS JEUX", Shedhalle, Zurich
ROR FOREVER! MAM project 003, Mori Art Museum, Tokio

2004
ROR: ULTIMA THULE, DaDaDa, Temporary Contemporary Gallery, London
ROR: ULTIMA THULE, Together Forever, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver

2003
ROR: ULTIMA THULE, Tirana Biennale 2, Tirana
ROR : CONTEMPORARY PLASTIC, ctrl_alt_del, Marres, Maastricht
ROR: CONTEMPORARY PLASTIC, ROR galleria, Helsinki
UTOPIA STATION, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice
ROR: PIECE BY PIECE,, The Straight or Crooked Way, Royal College of Art, London

2002
ROR: PIECE BY PIECE, Fundamentalisms of the New Order, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
ROR: PIECE BY PIECE, Manifesta 4, Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main

2001
ROR: UTOPIA, Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm
ROR: UTOPIA, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel
ROR: UTOPIA, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

2000
ROR: TERROR 2.0, Finnish Institute Gallery, Stockholm
ROR: TERROR 2000, Nordic House, Reykjavik
ROR: TERROR 2000, Into gallery, Helsinki



COLLECTIONS

- Design museum, Helsinki
- Fondation Francés
- Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
- The State Art Collection, Finland
- Åbergsmuseum, Karlstad, Sweden



PUBLICATIONS



Jiri Geller Selected works 1998-2008
A Museum of Contemporary Art Publication
112/2008
ISBN: 978-951-53-3065-9
ISSN: 0789-0338




Jiri Geller Bio
Jiri Geller Works