Kari Vehosalo’s art gives form to the mutually shared abstract social reality. Social norms, caring, work, death, pleasure and pain are present in his art but as detached from the familiar meanings. Vehosalo’s iconic pictorial language plays with the sense of reality by representing things and worlds that are true, but not real. By process of alienation Vehosalo’s artistic practise enables the constant re-evaluation of the ontological map that we hold up against the world.
Kari Vehosalo (born 1982 Finland) has graduated from Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Fine Arts and Aalto University, University of Art and Design. Vehosalo is represented in many major collections, e.g. : KIASMA – museum of contemporary art, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Helsinki Art Museum, Lahti Art Museum. In 2017 he won the Ars Fennica prize. He lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.