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From IC-98' exhibition. A projection shows a monochrome, hand-drawn image of a ruined building with Greek columns. The building is surrounded by trees.

IC-98

Drawn into Tomorrow

28 November 2015 - 14 February 2016

In winter 2015, DCA was 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 were transformed by large-scale projections of the pair’s extraordinary, richly detailed works, which combine intricate hand drawings with digital animation.

Two benches in DCA Galleries face a work which is part of IC-98's exhibition. A projection shows a black-and-white image of some tangled, thorny undergrowth.

Works in this exhibition included 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 was 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.

Artist Interview | IC-98 on Drawn into Tomorrow

Exhibition images

For IC-98's exhibition, the galleries are lit lowly. There are two projections on the walls - one shows a monochrome sea-scape, and the other shows a ruined building with Greek columns.
From IC-98' exhibition. A projection shows a monochrome, hand-drawn image of a ruined building with Greek columns. The building is surrounded by trees.
A projection in DCA Galleries as part of IC-98's exhibition shows a monochrome animation of a choppy seascape, with large mast with ruined flags emerging from the sea.
A projection in DCA Galleries as part of IC-98's exhibition shows a monochrome animation of a choppy seascape, with large mast with ruined flags emerging from the sea.
Two benches in DCA Galleries face a work which is part of IC-98's exhibition. A projection shows a black-and-white image of some tangled, thorny undergrowth.
A hand-drawn pencil image from IC-98's exhibition, which is displayed in a glass table. The picture shows several rooms in a house, with people living in the rooms.