Jan-Erik Andersson (b. 1954) is an artist whose works are dealing with primary biological, psychological and sociological energies of being human – loving, constructing, communicating, eating, dreaming, playing. Since 1980 he has presented installations, performances, public art works, interactive media works and architecture. In the course of the past one and half decades Andersson has explored the effect of the unexpected by collaborating with other artists and architects, especially with sound artist Shawn Decker from Chicago and architect Erkki Pitkäranta from Helsinki. Since 1991 he has been a member of the performance group Edible Finns.
Andersson’s best known work is the total artwork Life on a Leaf, where he lives with his family. The house, a product of collaboration with Pitkäranta, was the subject for his Doctorate in Visual Arts 2008 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. The project explores the house as a membrane between nature and culture and the potential of art and ornamentation to create ”iconic space”.
Born 1954 in Turku
Lives and works in Turku, Finland
GSM: +358-40- 501 396 0
1973-81 Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland .Faculty of Science, Bachelor of science. Major Biology and Organic Chemistry, Minor Botany and Art History
1979-82 Turku School of Fine Arts, Turku, Finland
2008 Doctor of Fine Arts. Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
Selected solo exhibitions:
1985 The adventures of the triangle, the circle and the square, Tammisaari city library
1987 Yves Klein’ s boxing gloves and other stories, Gallery of the Artists Association, Jyväskylä
1988 The triangle, the circle and the square meet the Fast-food-boat, Galerie Pelin, Helsinki
1989 Tampere Art Museum
1990 The Baby Retsospective, Pori Art Museum and Turku Art Museum
1991 To keep the balance in the alps, Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Helsinki
The triangle, the circle and the square meet the Fast-food-boat, Studio N, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
1993 The houses of the three pigs, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki. With assistance from Henrietta Lehtonen and Annuska Rantanen
1993 The dream of the Iceprincess, Sara Hilden Art Museum, Tampere
1994 Cafeteria Andersson, Jämsä
1995 Clean/Puhdas/Ren. Galerie Sculptor, Helsinki
Cafeteria Andersson, Turku Art Museum
1997 Galerie Régine Lussan, Paris
1998 The Secret of the Goldenred castle, Sodertalje Art Hall, Sweden
2002 World Wide Chocolate Heart, Galleri 21, Malmo, Sweden
2003 Paradise. Gallery Sculptor, Helsinki
The Core of Christmas. Turku City Art Museum, Finland
2004 Bird’s Nest Wakefield, Public Arts, Wakefield, UK (with Shawn Decker)
2006 The Sans of the Pure Cut (The ornament is back, Adolf Loos! ). Installation in the stairs of the Ateneum building, Helsinki.
I dreamed I was the Moominpapa who dreamed that… Installation in the Anna Akhmatova Museum, St Petersburg
2007 Bird’s Nest. Evanston Art Center, Chicago. (With Shawn Decker.)
I dreamed I was the Moominpapa who dreamed that… Installation in the Turku Castle, Finland
2008 I dreamed I was the Moominpapa who dreamed that… Installation in the Moscow Book Fair
2009 Life on a Leaf – The House as a Total Art Work is open for visiting groups
2012 Sounding Dome Sauna (with Shawn Decker). Turku City Art Museum
”Iconic Space” – the future of art and architecture. Gallery Art Kaarisilta, Sanoma building, Helsinki
War. Å-gallery, Turku
2014 Life on a Leaf Video Kiosk. Gallery VISU, Kokkola
Urkonzert. Gallery Sculptor, Helsinki
Selected group exhibitions:
1984 /1986 Young Artists’ Exhibition, Art Hall, Helsinki
1986 Turku Art Biennale, Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museum, Turku
1987 and 1989. Finnish Artists’ Association Annual Exhibition, Art Hall, Helsinki, 1993 Karkkila Factory
1987 /1988 Eighty-European Painters, Touring exhibition in Europe.
1987 400 steps. Installation in the old ropefactory in Turku
1988 Both/And, Nordic Art Centre, Helsinki
1989 Budka. Joined exhibition with young artists from St. Petersburg. Installation in the yard of the Turku Castle
1989 Stockholm Art Fair. Galerie Kaj Forsblom
1990 /1991 Water. Touring exhibition in Finland arranged by the Church of
1991 Freezone. Art Hall, Helsinki and 1991 Art Hall, Budapest
1992 Lumen 10. Installation in the artificial caves of the Retretti Art Centre, Punkaharju
1992 Sculpture in Kainuu. Outdoor installation-sculpture in Sotkamo
1992 Con Temporis. Installation in Millesgården, Stockholm
1992 Finlandida. Young Finnish Art, design and architecture. The Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm
1993 Energy Station. Telecommunication with the Casino Container in Cologne, Helsinki
1994 Art by Airfright. Museu de Arte Contemporanea (MAC), Sao Paulo
1995 Here, Where, Otherwise? Pakhuset, Nykoping, Denmark
Timescape, Kerava Art Museum
Timescape, Södertälje Art hall, Sweden
Timescape, Aine Art Museum, Tornio.
Timescape, Bergens kunstforening, Norway
1996 Timescape, Northern Arizona University Art Gallery, USA
Timescape, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, USA
Timescape, McNeese State University Art Gallery, Lake Charles, USA
Dialogue, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Borealis 8, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
1997 Ilo irti, The Finnish Painters’ Association’s exhibition, Galerie Allinna, Riihimäki
MAP-biennale. Amos Andersson Art Museum, Helsinki
1998 Artranspennine98. Public Arts, Wakefield
1999 The Sky is the Limit. Chocolate sculptures for environmental art exhibition in Tampere
Emotions. The Helsinki City Museum
Alphabets and tools, Artemisia gallery, Chicago, USA
2000 Transitions. Finnish Art. Malmo Art Museum, Sweden
Transitions. Finnish Art. Rostock Art Museum, Germany
Alphabets and tools, Finnish Cultural Center, Paris, France
World Wide Choclate heart, Continent. Media Art exhibition. Lasipalatsi, Helsinki-Brussels
Transplant-Heart. Helsinki-Bologna. With Karin Andersen, Bologna
2001 Rotation, Mediaproject in Morgenbladet, Norway, NIFCA
Retretti Art Centre, Punkaharju, Finland
2002 Klosterruinen Berlin, Germany
PR02(en ruta), Puerto Rico Biennale, Puerto Rico
2003 In the Artist’s House, Espoo Art Museum, Finland
Beyond the Dreams, Oulu Art Museum, Lappeenranta Art Museum, Finland
2004 ISEA Wireless experience, Kiasma, Helsinki
2005 Taju05, Environmental works in Hyvinkaa, Finland
Dulcis in Fundo, Ilmola Communal Library (Edible Finns)
2007 WILD – Fantasy and Architecture, Turku City Art Museum.
2008 Todella siistiä, Raumo Art Museum
Fennofolk, Design museum, Helsinki
Pitkältä tieltä. Tampere Art Museum
2009 (un)Naturally, Kiasma, Helsinki
2010 Taiteilijan tilat ja talot. Kuopio Art Museum
Arte-50 years. Turku City Art Museum
Laznia Center for Contemporary Art, Gdansk
2011 Eco-Art. Pori Art Museum
Saunalab. Turku City Art Museum
2013. Mänttä Art Festival
Personal Structures. Palazzo Bembo, Venice Biennale
1994 Socially warming musicvideo-sculpture, The Kingdom of the Stubbles, in Leinola primaryschool, Tampere.
1997 The Balancing Soul. Leinola primary school, Tampere
The Story of the Islands. Installation based on a fairy tale in Rastis-Nordsjö primary school, Helsinki
The meeting of the Turku Castle Gnome and Valpuri Innamaa. A work on the Theatrebridge, Turku
1998 The Surrealistic Midsummerpole, Rasis-Nordsjö primary school
1999 Kaistapää. A talking sculpture in the Vehicle Administration Centre, Helsinki
2000 The River by the Mountain. Artwork in Masala Church, Kirkkonummi. In co-operation with architect Erkki Pitkäranta
2001 The King’s Road, Artwork in Karakallio Church, Espoo. In co-operation with architect Erkki Pitkäranta.
The Rainbow’s Treasure. Environmental work in Biowalley, Turku. 24 lightpoles with windsculptures.
2003 Pomona-a virtual diary for Sirkkala school, Turku Good Morning. Relief on the wall of Päivärinne primary school
2004 I am. A total art work in Kouvola congregation hall. In co-operation with architect Erkki Pitkäranta.
Life boat adventure. Interactive sculpture in Strandnäs primary school.
2005 Firewall, A permanent installation in Åbo Akademi University library
2006 Det eviga ljushavet över det ljudande golvet. Helhetskonstverk i Majblommans seniorhem, Helsingfors
2007 The Rainbow’s Treasure. Environmental Art Work in Bio walley, Turku
Fredrika Runeberg and the Dot. Light art work on the wall of the Ars Nova Museum, Turku 2009 God’s footstep. Ruunaniemi summer school center. In co-operation with architect Erkki Pitkäranta.
2010 The Ski Jumper’s House. Lehtoniemi Daycare Center, Kuopio
2012 Pehr Kalm Revival. Environmental artwork, Åbo Akademi University
1993 Eating-performance with Kari Juutilainen, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
1994 Eating-performance with Kari Juutilainen, Museu de Arte Contemporanea (MAC), Sao Paulo
Eating-performance with Kari Juutilainen and Pertti Toikkanen, Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium
1995 Eating-performance with Kari Juutilainen and Pertti Toikkanen, Pori Art Museum
Cleaning the Art, Södertälje Art hall, Sweden
Cleaning performance, Bergens kunstforening, Norway
1996 3 Performances in N.A.M.E.-gallery, Chicago, USA, together with Shawn Decker, Andrea Polli, Louise McKissick and Jeff Callen
1997 Sharp Hearts and Spare Parts. Performance with Louise McKissick (Chicago) in Titanik-gallery, Turku
Music from the Well-Fed Abyss. Digital sound Performance with Shawn Decker (Chicago) in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
1998 Eating-performance with Kari Juutilainen and Pertti Toikkanen, Public Arts, Wakefield, UK.
2001 Eating-performance with Pertti Toikkanen, Galerie Pussy Galore, Berlin, Germany
Geisha. Fazer café, Kluuvinkatu, Helsinki
2002 Eating-performance with Kari Juutilainen and Pertti Toikkanen, Lahti Art Museum.
Eating-performance with Kari Juutilainen and Pertti Toikkanen, Jämsä Summer Exhibition
2003 Edible Finns, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
2005 Edible Finns, Turku Art Museum
2006 Edible Finns, Rauma Art Museum Torgallmänningen, Bergen, Norway
2008 My Life as Books. Turku City Library
2010 Edible Finns, Joensuu Art Museum
2011 The Destruction of Beauty. Nomadic University, School of Economics, Åbo Akademi University.
2013 Edible Finns, Ars Nova Art Museum, Turku
Edible Finns, Kone foundation’s residency (Saaren kartano), Mynämäki
2014 Edible, Lusto centre, Punkaharju
Carl Milles & Olga. In co-operation with Marjatta Oja, 1992
The three small pigs. The final story. In collaboration with Henrietta Lehtonen and Joni Bergström, 1993
Mona Lisa, 1995
Paradise, video-sound installation in collaboration with Shawn Decker 2003
Apple Concert (with Shawn Decker, sound)
The Destruction of Beauty, 2011. Published on Youtube
The Destruction of Memories, 2013. Published on Youtube
1995 Clean/Puhdas/Ren. www.anderssonart.com
1997 The meeting of the Turku Castle Gnome and Valpuri Innamaa. A work on the Theatrebridge www.teatterisilta.weppi.fi
2003 Life on a Leaf – house project. www.anderssonart.com
1995 SOL-world. Artistic planning of the cleaning company SOL’s forthcoming head office in Helsinki. Together with architect Erkki Pitkäranta and architect Jari Inkinen.
1996 The Cumin-house. Artistic planning of an ecological cow-house in Teuva for 40 cows. Together with architect Erkki Pitkäranta.
1997 The Flower house. Artistic planning of a schoolbuilding for gardeners in Kiipula. Together with architect Erkki Pitkäranta.
1998 Rosegarden Open production Table. Interactive exhibition of Rosegarden-projects in Waino Aaltonen museum, Turku
2000 Interior design (with architect Erkki Pitkäranta) for FRAME office, Helsinki
2003 Armfelt’s Swan Lake. Installation/sculpture/Internet cafe for Meritalo school in Salo. Together with architect Erkki Pitkäranta.
2009 Life on a Leaf. A Total Art Work. Andersson’s house and studio. Together with architect Erkki Pitkäranta.
2012 The Heart Shaped Reed House. For the Sounding Dome Sauna project, Turku City Art Museum.
2013 The Barbecue Lover’s Carousel Shelter. Artistic grill shelter for Kone foundation’s residency (Saaren kartano), Mynämäki
2007 WILD – fantasia ja arkkitehtuuri (Fantasy and Architecture). Together with the Canadian curator Jen Budneyn. Publisher: Maahenki / Turku City Art Museum. ISBN 978-952-5652-00-0
2010 Life on a Leaf. Book with pictures from the Life on a Leaf house. ISBN 978-952-5648-25-6. Pori Art Museum.
2012 Elämää lehdellä. Maahenki, ISBN 9 789525 870824
2014 Wow! – Åsikter om finländsk arkitektur. Schildts & Söderströms, ISBN 978-951-52-3315-8
Life on a Leaf. My House as a Total Artwork. Book based on my doctorate about the Life on a Leaf house. AraMER, ISBN 978-94-9177-553-6
Selected curatorial work:
2007 Curator for the WILD – Fantasy and Architecture exhibition together with Jen Budney. Turku City Art Museum 25.5-16.9.2007
Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Pori Art Museum
Kuopio Art Museum
Tampere Art Museum
Turku Art Museum
Oulu Art Museum
Espoo Art Museum
Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museum, Turku (Turku City Art Museum)
Ars Nova Museum, Turku
Vehicle Administration Centre
Åbo Akademi University
Public Arts, Wakefield, UK
Visiting artist in Chicago Art Institute, Department of art and technology, 1996. Through the Chicago International Artist Program (CAIP)
Art-critic and essays on art in many different papers during 1980-87, for example the finnish magazines Taide (art), Valokuva (photography) , Muoto (design), Åbo Underrättelser (daily paper) and Turun Ylioppilaslehti (studentpaper).
Several courses and workshops in painting, experimental sculpture and installations in the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki and the the University of Art and Design, Helsinki.
Many lectures on art and architecture, among others in Chicago Art Institute, Tallin Academy of Fine Arts, Bologna Academy of Fine Arts, Utrecht Academy of Fine Arts, Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts, Public Arts, Wakefield, UK and the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.
Invited to lecture in the ”Unboxed” series at Carleton University, Ottawa, arranged by Gallery 101, 2003
Facilitator of Challenging Architecture workshop in Public Arts, 2002, Wakefield, UK.
Lecture at the Littoral conference about art and agriculture, York, 2005
Workshop in the Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts, 2008
Member of the ECP (European Cultural Parlament) 2006-
Founding member of the AmosLAB