StartPoint Prize 2015

Mika Helin

Since 2013, Mika Helin has been creating site-specific spatial installations, resembling abstract spatial paintings or drawings. From impressive piles of white cubes levitating in space and breaking into its borders — walls, floor and ceiling — he came to expressive assemblages, composed of found objects and various raw materials, primarily construction wood. He has created several of these challenging installations which gradually become more complex. Helin's graduation project, into which he incorporated a torso of a small car, represents the peak of his installations thus far. The artist is interested in pure emotional interaction with the viewer, who is literally drawn into the space, defined by its specific aesthetics. Helin tries to overcome the short physical duration of his works by the attention he devotes to photographic or film documentation, which then becomes an artistic output "an sich".