…AND THE HARE — Pekka Jylhä and Sculpture as Existential Fable

by Samantha Anne Scott

Vavisten ja kunniottaen | With tremor and respect, 2005, Stuffed hare, milk, glass, motor

Finnish sculptor Pekka Jylhä may be renowned for his political monuments, but his enigmatic sculptures that combine elements such as taxidermied animals, glass, metal, light, fire, water, and motion are visceral explorations of the existential. Harnessing darkness and light, shadow and illumination, Jylhä’s sculptures invoke whimsy and naïveté as evocatively as they conjure knowledge and dread.

Scroll down to peruse some of Jylhä’s sculptures and, then, visit his website to explore his entire body of work. While you’re there, take advantage of the artist’s generous nature and download high-resolution images, perhaps for a desktop background or screensaver. It’s always useful to be reminded that slow and steady wins the race, but, sometimes, the lingering question is whether the race is even a worthwhile undertaking. Whatever you decide, Jylhä’s sculptures will prove charming, haunting objects of meditation.

Tahtoisin ymmärtää | I would like to understand, 2000-2001, Stuffed hare, stainless steel, pump, rotating water

Surun merkit | The marks of sorrow, 2007, Painted glass fiber, stuffed bird

Suru | Mourning, 2010, Crystals, light

Ei ole vielä liian myöhäistä | It is not too late, 2009, Stuffed hare, light

Syntipukki | Scapegoat, 2005, Stuffed goat, cloth, air-pump

Kulutuksen käärme | Consumption snake, 2010, Recycled material

Meri | Sea, 2010, Stainless steel

Albino, 2000, Stuffed hare, mirror, candle

Kohtaaminen | Encounter, 1993, Limestone, aluminum, butterfly, neon lights

Puhdas omatunto | Clean conscience, 2007, Crystals, light, stuffed hare, wire

Vaellus | Ramble, 2005, Glass, painted bronze, stainless steel, lamp oil, flames

Taivaan alla | Under the sky, 2005, Painted bronze, stuffed bird

Kynttiläni paloi molemmista päistä | My candle burned at both ends, 1994, Glass, lamp oil, flames

Kyynelten kuivaaja | Tear dryer, 2003, Cloth, stuffed hare, water, aluminum, acrylic ball

Ilmestys | Revelation, 2000, The gilt deer is 20 meters up in a rock cut and brightly illuminated at night

Ilmestys | Revelation, 2000, The gilt deer is 20 meters up in a rock cut and brightly illuminated at night

Valon tuoja | Bearer of light, 2002, Rotating balloon, cloth, motor, air-pump, stuffed hare, candle

Pöytä | Table, 2007, stainless steel

Olen nähnyt valon | I have seen the light, 2001, Water, shock-proof acrylic, wire, light, water, and air pumps

Maailma | World, 2005, Stainless steel, painted bronze, bronze

Yksityiskohta teoksesta Matkalla Onneen Suomen pääkonsulinviraston sisääntuloaulassa Pietarissa | On the way to happiness in the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg, 2004-2005, Stainless steel, painted bronze, bronze

Tällä puolen tuolla puolen | This side that side, 1994, Lead, motor, batteries

LINK:
Jylhä’s website


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  1. Susanne Hase says:

    I really fell in love! Specially with all those lovely rabbits – now being artobjects…
    that ´s me; named “hass” what means rabbit in german. Is there any chance, to get some of this works as postcards?? would be a great present for me…
    Respect to all your creative work!!
    with best regards from Heidelberg Germany

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