IC-98 (earlier Iconoclast) was founded in 1998. One of their major working methods has been to produce books for free distribution. However, IC-98 does not confine itself to one medium. They always choose the medium with a strategic consideration of the context, history and current situation, as well as the objectives of the project at hand. In addition to publications, IC-98 has realized a number of social interventions and installations in public and gallery spaces as well as animations, post art projects and various collaborative projects with practitioners in other cultural fields. Typically, an individual project combines together multiple media to present a multifaceted whole.
"For us, drawing is not something personal, 'a direct link between mind and paper'. We value registration over expression and concepts over composition. We do lots of research, both empirical (observing things, contexts and places) and archival (reading, going through archives). Thus, our drawings and animations are amalgamations of our discussions and our research, ambiguous mashups constructed from diverse sources of information. They are stages or stagings, tableaux vivants, a theatre where the world according to us is played out. The drawings can be characterized as narrative constructs, blueprints of the possible or scripts for action. They don’t close on themselves but act as condensations of diverse fluxes, both linguistic and affective – they open up to point something out or to bring something together, like collages. However, we strive for certain anonymity, a streamlined coldness of style, which still retains traces of incompleteness, a process or becoming – it is a language but a language which stutters, which has obscurities and strange gaps, a cartography that escapes pure reason. In general, drawing for us is the art of the virtual: in drawing it is possible to create worlds. Drawing is not an end in itself. Instead, it is just another way of writing together.”
Artist Bio / CV
IC-98 (Patrik Söderlund & Visa Suonpää, Finland)
2009 | Borders & Beyond, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland
2009 | Korjaamo Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2009 | Turku Biennial 2009, Finland
2008 | Theses on the Body Politic (In the Labyrinth), Iconoclast Publications 12.
2008 | Shadows in the Sea of Dee/Evidence of the Descent, Iconoclast Publications 11.
2008 | Theses on the Body Politic (Shadows & The Descent), Turku Art Museum, Finland.
2008 | Escape from Tokyo, Iconoclast Publications 10.
2008 | Strek i bevegelse, Lillehammer Art Museum, Norway.
2008 | How to Build the Mississippi River in Your Own Backyard, Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden.
2007 | Theses on the Body Politic (Vicious Circles 1-3), Pori Art Museum, Finland.
2006 | The Peculiar And Accidental Situation In Which Providence Has Placed the Americans, Fair Exchange, The Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, L.A., USA.
2006 | Tekeningen VI, Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives, The Hague, Netherlands
2006 | Civic Matters, LACE – Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, L.A., USA.
2006 | Foucault’s Sleep – Models for a Proposal, Un Nuevo y bravo mundo, Alcala 31, Madrid, Spain & ARS 06, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki.
2005 | Auri sacra fames, ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival, Kuopio, Finland.
2004 | Run and Die, PR04 [Tribute to the Messenger], San Juan & Rincón, Puerto Rico, USA.
2003 | Truth/In/Formation, Tomorrow’s News, Gallery 101, Ottawa, Canada.
2002 | The Growth of Production, Helsinki City Art Museum/The Kluuvi Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.
2002 | A Monument for Moments of the Living Present (A proposal), Transformer, Pori Art Museum, Finland.
2008 | Framework: The Finnish Art Review Issue 8 (April’08) | Jyrki Siukonen, ”Never Mess with an Old Librarian”.
2006 | ARS 06 | Helena Sederholm, ”The Doze of Reason”.