Timo Aho: Some Forces Unknown
Some Forces Unknown comprises of Timo Aho’s recent light sculptures and
previously unseen collages. The exhibition explores phenomena, which shape the
modern world and the existing structures within it. The works draw references to
some invisible dimensions that may stand behind our endeavors.
To step into Aho’s exhibition is almost like entering a sacred space. The light from
the sculptures interrupts the darkness of the room. There is a feeling of anticipation
for something to happen or expecting something that never appears.
The light sculptures resonate in us with a strong feeling of familiarity: an advertising
light box, a tree, a cross. To Aho, they are representations of certain forces – market,
imagination, religion – that influence our beliefs and our perceptions of reality.
Sunday At The Factory (2019) follows the shape of a crucifix, but Aho transforms it
to something unknown, yet universally common. The work is open to multiplicity of
interpretations such as the notion of Christian values versus the power of the
established institute of Church.
Aho’s imaginative collages combine images mostly found from various art history
books. He arranges different subject matters into unexpected compositions with
subtle humour. Beach Party (2017) shows a classical rotunda placed over a shore
crowded with people. It’s surfing on the waves, but barely has any destination. The
collage may invite reflections about the dubious meaning of our efforts.
Timo Aho’s works examine the fine line between reality and fiction, representation
and perception. They are manifestations of the artist’s fascination with political
ideology, consumerism, and religious or spiritual beliefs. By investigating the
perplexity of processes in our modern society Aho seeks to better understand what it
means to be a human in the world today.