Alte Schönhauser Strasse 26
Eemil Karila
October 8 - October 29, 2011

Installation photos by Ilkka Saastamoinen


Interested in the constructs of society and fascinated by the possibility of discovery in the everyday, Berlin-based Finnish artist Eemil Karila employs various mediums in his new series “Alte Schönhauser Strase 26” that allow for his subjects to define his technique.

Intertwining Realist oil painting, Polaroid photography and Super 8 film, Karila studies the portrayal of his studio, which dually functions as workspace and personal safe-haven, and the personalities that pass through it. Within this space the artist finds confidence in his creative processes and constructs his own presence depicting encounters, sittings, still lifes, and suppers. Karila hones in on the distinctions in temporal representation between the different mediums and chooses to play each to their respective strengths.

Large-scale canvases depict sleepy still lifes of doors ajar, a kitchen with glasses recently set to dry, sunlight cast on exterior walls seen through large apartment windows. Polaroids are a testament to their existence. And a looping Super 8 film documents guest arrivals, the opening of wine bottles, subtle shifts in the facial expressions of a model; the painter at work captured and reified as subject. –Nicole Rodriguez