Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.

Eye and Idea

Jul 01, 2018 - Ville Kumpulainen

Next I present my new works from my ongoing series Eye and Idea (2018 -)


Twisted dimensions, illogicalities, holes, distortions, anti-gravitation and sensations of total emptiness occupy my photographic works. The process of making these images offers me an experimental approach to spaces and things; it enables a new discovery of dimensions and visual actualities otherwise hidden from the mundane view. I use materials such as objects, words, archival images and analogue photo paper, which I dismantle and recompose by cutting, tearing, folding and rearranging.

What then unfolds within the photographic plane is an array of sculptural formations. They create depth and paths allowing experience and perception to get lost in the images. The borders of the photographs are closed. They force the photographic spaces to stay in their place and solidify, thus becoming generous abysses for the gaze to immerse with.

In my photographic practice, the intrinsic voice of objects and things gets combined with fragments of words which I have encountered in magazines and books and have collected over time. Useless objects void of their familiar purpose gain new meaning through these words. My artistic body of works visualizes the unexpected and inconsistent ways of thinking which can be sought after and arrestingly discovered in the process of creating.