In Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen‘s (Finland, 1982) work, complex yet universal relations become visible in time and space by consequence of consistently executed actions (often including physically laborious acts or hikes) that result in images and objects.

Born in Helsinki, currently living and working in Skövde, Sweden, Laakkonen has studied art at Nordiska Konstkolan in Kokkola, Finland and Malmö Art Academy in Sweden. This is his first solo exhibition in Finland.


His new work, Osan otto, consists of a freshly felled pine tree, dragged just next to Kohta’s entrance, and a dish carved from a segment of its trunk, cut as closely as possible to the ground. The end of the felled trunk, and the surface of the stub that remains in an undisclosed location, are also carved, so that all three elements could be reunited. The concave surface of the stump could accommodate the dish, which in turn could welcome the convex end of the trunk back into the whole that ceased to exist when the tree was felled.

Laakkonen has saved all the chips produced by his action of carving the plate and compressed them into a pyramid, onto which he has placed the plate.

Laakkonen’s World Tree or Tree of Life is divided into three parts, standing for the tenses of the verbal system and the levels of the shamanic order: stub/past/netherworld; dish/present/earth; trunk/future/heaven.

But Osan otto is also made from its title, the word that means ‘the taking of a part’ or ‘partaking’ but is also the commonly used expression for ‘condolence’.


Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen’s Osan otto is shown courtesy of the artist and Corvi-Mora, London.


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Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen at Corvi-Mora







Installation photos: Jussi Tiainen


Photo: Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen