Pekka and Teija Isorättyäs works are often based on recycled materials: scrap metal and parts of different machines, waste plastic, bones and animal leather. They combine technology with these materials, creating mechanical sculptures, robots and installations that tackle humankind's relationship with technology and nature poetically, but also with a bit of sarcastic tongue-in-cheek playfulness.
As in popular culture, the Isorättyäs also use robots to illustrate the conflict between a perfect, ideal person and real human weakness. The Isorättyäs’ use of robots with human deficiencies manages to crystallise something essential about being a human. Another recurring theme is how nature tolerates imperfection - in other words, we humans. We wound nature, even though we are part of it.
Article by Pia Parkkinen, Yle (Yleisradio, Finnish Broadcasting Company)
is a playful artwork that features three robots getting wasted at a bar. Two of them talk shit to each other, and the third one recites poetry.
Robotized sculptures, mixed media; Open source;
Veke & Tortsua eyemechamisms and Tortsua mouth mechanism: open source 3Dprinting & engineering Nilheim mechatronics/Will Cogley,
Script and realization of robot voice (Marina): Marina de Ita
Script and realization of robots voice (Veke & Tortsua): Samuli Pörhölä
Programming Jaakko Niska
Photographs: Ville Mäkilä / Turun museokeskus
Love Gear 2023
Aalto University, Espoo Finland
Materials: Wood, Stainless steel, copper, glass, electronics, mirrors
Size: Width 2,6meters, Height 4,6meters.
Lovegear is a playful artwork where the key themes are the scales of mechanical and digital engineering and the beauty of machines. The movement of the non-human-like machine is still strangely familiar and produces emotional response in us touching the uncanny. The artwork creates an illusional effect into the façade of the building by opening a tunnel to eternity in dusk and reflecting the forrest in the front at dawn. This way flora steps into relationship of man and machine.
Photograph: Dario Lasgni
Enlightenment, Now. 2018
Materials: surgical instruments, chemistry glass, acrylic, wood, electronics.
In a Leash. 2018
Materials: surgical instruments, acrylic, glasstable, chain, electronics.
Sacrament Chiller. 2018
Materials: surgical instruments, chemistry glass, acrylic, lamp, electronics.
Forever & Ever. 2018
Materials: surgical instruments, acrylic, lenses, electronics.
Photographs: Dario Lasgni
Space Diamond. 2018
Materials: surgical instruments, irises, lenses, acrylic, electronics.
MECHANIC WOLF 2018
Robotizised sculpture: taxidermy wolf, dna test, mixed media.
The material starting point of this work is a taxidermy wolf, which had been used for biology instruction until the 1990s.
We found the wolf in the basement of an abandoned school and sent samples of fur and a molar to the University of Oulu for genotyping which revealed that the wolf had lived in a wolf pack in Inari Lapland of Finland more than 100 years ago. Inari region there are no wolfpacks for the harm of reindeer farming
Photographs: Lisa Kejonen Pauker / Konstmuseet i Norr
Photograph: Pirje Mykkänen
Photograph: Petri Virtanen
NATURE MORTE 2017
Material: surgical instruments, wood, acrylic glass, electronics, flowers.
Nature Morte is a multi-dimensional kinetic installation that lives betwixt and between the tensions of contemporary life and its uncertain relationship to the one beyond. It calls to mind the ambiguous relationship of the human to the mechanized and is rooted in the reuse of materials as an expression of the power of a transformative process that reflects the memory of a discourse
with our collective past. The installation encourages its audience to befriend the anxiety of the unknown, simply by inviting them to participate in it. This garden of life, and potentially the afterlife, is labyrinth-like in structure. It is composed of real and mechanical flowers and over 80 kilograms of surgical instruments, rife with their own rich histories of use, donated by the surgeons of the Länsi-Pohja
Central Hospital in Kemi, Finland. The participation of the visitor in Nature Morte is key to the conceit. The scalpels, clamps, needles and surgical tools respond to the presence of the viewers. Ultimately the deeply profound and playful Nature Morte, is a reminder of the opportunity of consciousness, hope and transcendence found in art to guide us in letting go of fears and embracing life in its fullness in the midst of an imminent and uncertain future for our contemporary world.
Photograph: Ville Mäkilä / Turun museokeskus
LILJA'S GARDEN 2022
Material: IV lines 1224 pcs, hoses, waterpumps, metal
Size of one flower height: 4 meters; lenght: 5 meters; width: 5meters
The IV lines used as the material for the piece come from eight-year-old Lilja Widenius. Lilja has a rare disease: her body cannot break down fats, which is why she cannot tolerate being without nutritional intake. Part of the treatment for this condition is a nightly IV drip. At night, when Lilja is going to bed, her parents connect an IV line to a small port placed in her abdomen. This ensures that Lilja gets the nutrients she needs while she sleeps. In the morning, her parents clean the disposable plastic line and store it as material for artwork. This treatment will continue throughout Lilja’s growing years. With the treatment, Lilja is a healthy and happy girl. The disease and its treatment were discovered some twenty years ago, before which it invariably resulted in the child's death.
We will expand the Lilja’s Garden work as more IV lines used by Lilja are collected. The work was exhibited for the first time at the Mäntta Art Festival in 2016. At that time, there was one Lilja Flowersculpture. The three Lilja’s Flowers on exhibit at WAM are compsrised of 1,224 IV lines. Water flows through them like the water veins in plants that are also part of their communication system. As artists, we find the story of Lilja and her family to be a powerful metaphor for the well of strength that people, often unconsciously, draw from to maintain their mental well-being. The significance of this mental resilience is particularly highlighted in unforeseen and difficult situations that challenge people's habits and thoughts.
Photograph: Juha Åman
Materials: Tuna skin, wood, water pumps, electronics, plastic tubes and bottles. Size: height: 2,5 m; length: 4 m; width: 0,5 m.
The Mermaid imitates japanese puto dance. The movements are powered by liquids running between the bottles. During this dance, the Mermaid pumps air with its heart to an air pillow and then releases the air so time to time it sings a melancholy sigh.
Photograph: Ilari Tapio
JYRKI KANGS MEMORIAL, BASS STRING WINGS 2022, PORI, FINLAND
Materials: Stainless steel, concrete, stainless steel wire.
Size: Width 12meters, Height 6meters.
Interactive monument. The railings on the upper level have bass strings that can be played.
The monument was commissioned by the city of Pori to honor Jyrki Kangas, a versatile influencer in cultural life, who was one of the founders of Pori Jazz and worked as the artistic director of the festival for a long time.
Monument is inspired of Jyrki Kangas being a great visionary and his way of fly in his ideas as well as the state of flow created in jazz musicians' jams. The wings and the sound world they produce refer to Jyrki’s own instrument, the double bass.
CV PEKKA & TEIJA ISORÄTTYÄ
2010 Masters of Arts, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
DUO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)
•Porvoon Taidehalli, Porvoo, Finland
•WAM, Wäinö Aalaltonen Museumuseu, Turku,Finland
• Ierimonti Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
• Galleria Sculptor, Helsinki, Finland
• Conference on Art and Art Projects: Kobe studios, Kobe, Japan
• Aine Art Museum, Tornio, Finland
• Galleria Sculptor, Helsinki, Finland
• Finnland Institute in Deutchland, Berlin, Germany
• Gängeviertel: Galleri Loge, Hamburg, Germany
• Invalid Robot Factory, Berlin, Germany
• Polyforum Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico
• Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli, Mexico City, Mexico
• Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico
COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)
JOULUBILEET,Galleria Rankka, Helsinki, Finland
WORMHOLE, Rio Honda Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A F
TRANSITIONS, Konstmuseet i Norr, Kiruna, Sweden
ACHTUNG, Galleria Rankka, Helsinki, Finland
ARS FENNICA 2017, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland.
SPRING OPEN STUDIOS, ISCP, New York, U.S.A.
OPEN ART biennale, Örebro, Sweden
KIMMO PYYKKÖ taidemuseo, Kankaanpää,Finland
SULOISESSA SUOMESSAMME, Kouvola Finland; curated by Kaarina Kaikkonen
MÄNTTÄ ART FESTIVAL Mänttä, Finland; curated Anssi Kasitonni
NORD ART International exhibition, Büdelsdorf, Germany; curated Wolfgang Gramm/Inga Aru
OCCUPY SPACE ! Association of Finnish Sculptors exhibition, Korundi Art museum, Rovaniemi, Finland ;curated Daniel Werkmäster
12 NO MADO Confrence on Art and Art Projects, Kobe, Japan
ON/OFF Exhibition of kinetic sculptures, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland 2014
•ARS LIEKE Exhibition of electronic art, Poikilo Art Museum, Kouvola, Finland 2014; curated Jonne Pitkänen
Gallery Casona, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
EFEKTI Purnu, Finland; curated Petri Eskelinen
48 STUNDEN NEUKÖLLN Berlin, Germany
Galleri Heike Arndt, Berlin, Germany
UUSI VEISTOS Lahti Art Museum, Finland.
CRUCE DE CAMINOS - EUROPA EN MEXICO Museo de Arte de la SHCP Antiguo Palacio del Arzobispado, Mexico City, Mexico; Curated Martha Papadimitrieou
IHMEEN LÄHELLÄ Oulu Art Museum, Finland
NORD ART International Exhibition & Symposium, Büdelsdorf, Germany ; Curated Wolfgang Gramm/ Inga Aru
EXPO BICENTENARIO Guanajuato, Mexico; Curated Martha Papadimitrieou
PIXELACHE Kerava Art Museum, Finland
• Isorättyä Swingers with Mimosa Pale, Mikko Myllylahti, Martti Kaartinen, Riku Rousu. Helsinki festival, Finland
• Isorättyä Swingers with Mimosa Pale, Martti Kaartinen, Riku Rousu, Jyrki Hakomäki. KalottJazz & Blues Festival, Tornio, Finland
• Isorättyä Swingers with Mimosa Pale, Martti Kaartinen. Biofilia openings, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
• Isorättyä Swingers with Mimosa Pale, Martti Kaartinen. Fusion Festival, Neustrelitz, Germany
• Isorättyä Swingers & Martti Kaartinen. Embassy of Nordic Countries, Berlin
• Isorättyä Swingers & Martti Kaartinen. Gängeviertel festival, Hamburg
• Isorättyä Swingers & Roku Rousu. Muusajuhlat -Literary art festival, Oulu, Finland
• Isorättyä Swingers & Roku Rousu. NordArt, Büdelsdorf, Germany
• Isorättyä Swingers & Ray Vera. UrsusFest - Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, Finland
• Mimproject & Invalid Robot Factory. Vabauduse Väljak, Tallinn, Estonia
• Polka Madre & Chicharrona project. Glastonbury Contemporary Performing Art Festival, Glastonbury, England
• Tuomari Nurmio, Polka Madre & Chicharrona project. Jyväskylä Summer Festival, Finland
• Polka Madre & Chicharrona project. Festival de Centro Historico, Mexico City, Mexico
• Polka Madre, Trans American Gipsy Punk Tour.12 Galaxies, San Francisco, U.S.A.
• Polka Madre, Trans American Gipsy Punk Tour. Mehanata Bulgarian Bar, New York, U.S.A
HUU-HA, Steel sculpture, Kuopio Finland
EXUVIA, ceramic, glass, steel sculpture, Vaasa, Finland
BASS STRING WINGS, Jyrki Kangas Memorial,
steel and concrete sculpture, Pori Finland
KOJAMO, steel sculpture Tornio, Finland
POLIISIN MUIKUT, Steel sculpture installation, Lappeenranta, Finland
INTERSTELLAR WALL, ArtesanianGlass sculpture, Kaksakslauttanen, Finland
LOVE OF LUNULATUM, ceramic, steel, iron sculpture, Kakslauttanen, Finland
FLOAT, Driftwood sculpture, Kakslauttanen, Finland
STREAM design for restaurant/planetarium edifice Kakslauttanen, Finland
BROKEN LANTERN steel and glass sculpture at riverside plaza. Tornio, Finland
• 2016 Lappland University of applied sciences, painting & drawing teacher
• 2013Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki. Department of sculpture- period for 1st year students.
• 2007Lappland University of applied sciences, painting& drawing course
• 2006 Tornio High School,Visual art teacher
• Workshops of Kinetic sculptures:
2018 Scandinavia House, New York U.S.A.
2017 ArtGear, Lappland University intergration program, Tornio, Finland
2015 C.A.P Kobe, Japan; Ii High School, Finland; Aine art museum, Finland
2010 Kerava Art museum, Finland
• Invited presentations (selected) :
2017 Scandinavia House, New York U.S.A.
2016 IHME contemporary art festival, Helsinki Finland; Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland
2014 Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland
2012 Finnland institute Berlin, Germany
2011Art 360 Oulu, Finland
2010 Aalto University Helsinki, Finland
AWARDS & GRANTS (SELECTED)
2022 Arts Council of Finland. 3 year grant for artistic work.
2018 William Thuring prize
2018 Finland state Art commission's art competion 1 st prize
2018 Arts Council of Finland. Grant for artistic work.
2017 Ars Fennica, Nomination.
2017 Ars Fennica, Public Choise Award.
2017 Lappland Art Price
2016 Art council of Lapland. Grant for artistic work
2015 Finnish Cultural Foundation. Grant for artistic work
2014 Alfred Kordelin Foundation. Grant for artistic work
2014 Arts Council of Finland. Grant for artistic work.
2013 Finnish Cultural Foundation. Grant for artistic work
2012 Arts Council of Finland. Residency Grant
2011Arts Council of Finland. Grant for artistic work
2010 Nord Art, Public Choice Award, 1st prize.
2010 Finnish Art Association. Grant for artistic work
2009 Finnish Cultural Foundation .Grant for artistic work
2008 Arts Council of Finland.Grant for artistic work
2007 FRAME. Project grant
WORKS IN COLLECTIONS
•Kiasma Finnish National Gallery
• Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation Art Collection
• Finnish Art Association Collection
• Aine Art Museum, Tornio, Finland
• Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku Finland
• Poikilo Art Museum, Kouvola, Finland
• Basware Art Collection, Finland
• Association of Finnish Sculptors
• Artists’ Association of Lapland
2017 ISCP New York
2015 The Saari residence, Mietoinen, Finland
2015 Conference on art and Art Projects, Kobe, Japan
2014 Heike Arndt Residency, Kettinge, Denmark
2012 Gängeviertel Hamburg, Germany
2010 Art council of Lapland residency, Berlin, Germany