Solo Show. In this exhibition the artist will be showing seven of her video works, Pick Me Up, Excess, Malfunction, 11th ID, Censor Me, Neurotica and Buy Me. The gallery space will be transformed into an environment reminiscent of one of her stage sets.
â€œSorry Dave Iâ€™m afraid I canâ€™t do that / said Hal who was turning paranoid/his mission too important to be jeopardized / sing the machine manifesto with me / malfunction, malfunctionâ€¦â€ (Malfunction 2004) 3 minutes, 40 seconds
PERCYMILLER are pleased to present video works by HK119, (Heidi Kilpelainen) the Finnish artist who moves smoothly between the worlds of cabaret, pop music and contemporary art. The performance name HK119 refers to product codes and in creating her â€˜productâ€™ she is the composer, lyricist, costume and set designer, producer, director and performer. Much of her work comments on the relationship between man and machine and advancing technologies. Her fascination with dystopias has led her to make video works, presenting songs in the style of a pop video, featuring punk baroque characterisations. Other works have been inspired by consumerism, popular culture and mass media and societyâ€™s ever changing notions of â€˜selfâ€™. As well as making the videos, live performance has always been an important element within her practice with the set designs often referencing the Bauhaus, Futurist and Russian Constructivist movements.
In this exhibition HK119 will be showing seven of her video works, Pick Me Up, Excess, Malfunction, 11th ID, Censor Me, Neurotica and Buy Me. The gallery space will be transformed into an environment reminiscent of one of her stage sets.
HK119 completed her MA course at Central St. Martins in 2004. She was selected for New Contemporaries (Liverpool and London) the same year and in 2005 she exhibited in From A to B and Back Again, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris and Wall to Wall, TENT, Rotterdam. Later this year she will be in a group show at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland.
PERCYMILLER and HK119 are working towards an eveningâ€™s theatre performance in the spring of this year.
With thanks to Delfina for their support
Percy Miller Gallery
39 Snowsfields SE1 3SU - London
Opening Times: Wednesday â€“ Friday 11am â€“ 6pm, Saturday 12 â€“ 4pm