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Antti Laitinen Exhibition 2013

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A Finnish Forest Becomes Art
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'Falling Trees by Antti Laitinen

The Nettie Horn is a relatively new gallery, having opened in 2007. Located in Fitzrovia, Central London, it mainly showcases the work of European artists. The gallery's main interest is in experimental art with a focus on the themes of space, time, and human experience.

No one quite fits that bill as well as the Finnish artist, Antti Laitinen, who recently took part in the Venice Biennale, a bi-annual contemporary art exhibition.

This is Laitinen's third solo exhibition at the Nettie Horn, and his work will be on display until the 27th July. The gallery is showcasing a selection of projects that he has worked on since 2002, including his lasted creation, Forest Square, which he entered for the Venice Biennale 2013.

Forest Square is something that might possibly have been conceived by someone with OCD. Laitinen chopped down trees from a forest covering ten square metres, collected soil, moss, pine cones, etc, and then reorganised the scene according to colour. The installation is a form of hyperrealism: it is nature, but a little too perfect.

Another project on display is The Bare Necessities (2002), in which Laitinen performed the artists' equivalent of method acting. As part of a lifestyle experiment, he spent four days beside a lake in a Finnish forest without clothes, food, or water, and had it documented on video.

Other projects include Three Stones (2004), The Line (2005), and The Island Trilogy (2007-2009), in which he built his own island in the Baltic Sea, using sacks of sand.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 27th July
Phone: 44 (0)207 637 2106
Where: Nettie Horn
Cost: Free
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