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IC-98

Drawn into Tomorrow

This is a free event and does not require booking

This winter, DCA is delighted to present the largest UK exhibition to date by Finnish artist duo IC-98, fresh from representing Finland at the Venice Biennale 2015. The galleries will be transformed by large-scale projections of the pair’s extraordinary, richly detailed works, which combine intricate hand drawings with digital animation.

Works in this exhibition include Abendland (Hours, Years, Aeons), which focuses on a gnarled, towering tree creaking ominously in the darkened galleries. Arkhipelagos (Navigating the Tides of Time) features rafts struggling amidst all-encompassing waves; while A View from the Other Side depicts a 19th century portico in Turku, Finland as the seasons and centuries change around it.

IC-98’s members are Visa Suonpää (b. 1968) and Patrik Söderlund (b. 1974). Established in 1998 and based in Turku, the group’s original name was Iconoclast, an allusion to the destruction of images and an antagonism towards prevailing values. The artists are fascinated with nature and culture, material and myth, and the individual and the collective. They are also interested in the idea of the Anthropocene, our current geological age and a period during which human activity has been a dominant and often negative influence on climate and the environment.

Drawn into Tomorrow is IC-98’s largest exhibition in the UK to date and follows two successful exhibitions at Beaconsfield, London. Other recent exhibitions include Helsinki Art Museum, Finland, and previous appearances in Conde Duque Madrid, Spain (2014) and Turku Art Museum, Finland (2013), as well as numerous group exhibitions around the world.


Image: IC-98, Abendland (II: The Place That Was Promised), 2013. Video still, courtesy of the artists.