Jani Ruscica 1978 Finland
Jani Ruscica was born in 1978 in Savonlinna, Finland and raised in Italy, currently he lives and works in Helsinki.
He obtained an MFA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki in 2007 & a BFA from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London in 2002.
Ruscica probes the spaces that disconnect various art forms. As a result, one finds a multifaceted inquiry into these interim spaces and what they have in common. Using a variety of mediums – wood cut, sound, video, performance, photography and sculpture – his practice investigates the
ties between interpretation and representation, collapsing boundaries of matter, language and meaning.
Ruscica’s interdisciplinary practice has taken him to realise a wide range of commissions; amongst others by Camden Art Centre and Animate Projects in London, MoMA PS1, Creative Time and MTV global in New York. His works have been exhibited internationally and are held in public and private collections (e.g., the Pompidou in Paris and Kiasma, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki).
About the work:
Flatlands centres on three musical instruments located in caricatures or animated films depicting fictional musical instruments. The work appropriates and reinterprets the images of the instruments in the form of actual three dimensional objects, thereby underlining the materiality of objects of visual representation, as well as associations awakened by matter and material.