Birds Pub Vol. 1-3

Renja Leino:
Birds Pub Installation

The installation Birds Pub OnLine at Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museum was the first public presentation of this new body of work. Visitors could sit on the sofa and look into our garden in Korpo from a screen. They could also read books on birds and make studies in real time in our Birds Pub. The installation also included an old bird’s nest from our garden, books about birds, a notebook, and wallpaper by Birger Kaipiainen (Ken on kiuruista kaunein).

In the following few years I continued working with this thematics. The exhibitions series Birds Pub Vol. 1.- 3. mostly consists of videos and photography and installation Night Club. Video works Happy Hour 2:02h, We Can tell You, 4 min and  Birds Night, loop.

I am not quite done with the birds yet… There are still some things I want to do with the materials. Meanswhile, we continue to feed the birds, and I continue my artistic work with them.

Video: Happy Hour 2.02h. Editio 2/3.  2013. Collections: EMMA Museum of Modern Art Espoo City Collection and Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museum

 

Nature Is.

Man has been feeding birds and wild animals for ages. Not only in order for those to survive through winters, but also because it’s fascinating and even comforting to follow their lives. When observing wild creatures the circle of life starts to imperceptibly close up, and all the roar of the world and everything else fades away: there is only this moment.

At times the birds pub looks like a decoration on our yard. On the other hand the pork rinds, seeds and droppings of the birds look rather unscrupulous when having a closer look. Visual artist Renja Leino is fascinated by this concurrency of the unscrupulous and opulence. The surrounding nature and the animals of it as well as the birds eating frantic, brawls and territorial battles bring a poignant addition into observing the nature and astonish from day to day.

The behaviour of the birds begins to resemble the human being itself. While observing the birds, thoughts might slowly travel to ponder values, hunger. It is clear, that feeding the animals during the winters is possible at wealthy times. So we put some more savory to the birds pub. The birds appear as invited, and for a moment it feels like we’d know each other. It might really be like that, but what do we actually know about that either? Nature does not care. Nature is.

Works

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Happy Hour

Happy Hour video 2:02h
From series Birds Pub.

Renja Leino:

End of Euphoria

A crashed car was painted in glossy white and set in a parking lot surrounded by ordinary cars. ”What a hell is that?!”

Renja Leino:

Sound work, stories about Wind

Natural phenomena, the changes in the weather and the climate, have a heightened affect on the everyday of the islanders compared to the urban communities. One of the stories…

Renja Leino:

Absent minds

Absent Minds & Just Anybody are focusing on the phenomena of digital invasion and its effects into our lives. Both series by a mobile phone camera since 2005-

Renja Leino:

Being

I was sitting on a bus watching the scenery go by, when suddenly a strange building flashed before my eyes. The next time I passed the same place I was ready to take a better look at the object. The bubble-shaped building was still there but somehow altered.

Renja Leino:

Birds Pub Vol. 1-3

When observing wild creatures the circle of life starts to imperceptibly close up, and all the roar of the world and everything else fades away: there is only this moment. Birds Pub OnLine was the first public presentation of this new body of work.

Black and White

Sometimes I still work with B/W, mostly with unique Fotograms and different combinations with negatives, usually on FB paper. I am experimenting with chemistry and old papers possibilities.

Greenery On Loan

When walking in the forest and meeting this installation you could see the light glimmering, the rain gathering on the mirror surfices. It was showing the sky and the growing trees crowns… or your face.

Just anybody

”I am taking snapshots with my mobile. Later I study my images and their details on my computer screen. Just like anybody else.”

Sea Frills

Sea Frills installation under Cathedral Bridge in Turku 2011. Flux Aura was an art event organized by Turku Artist Association. Turku, European Capital of Culture 2011 Material: Thousands of reflectors. Sponsor Hella Lightning Finland.