Besides selling fashion from local designers, Acolyth store in Helsinki also operates as an art space, that showcases young Helsinki-based artists. On October 1st 2014 Acolyth hosted the opening of Ukkeli, a multidisciplinary art project by artist Teemu Keisteri that involves paintings, video & more lately fashion – something the artist is keen to broaden out to even more in the near future. The exhibition will run in Acolyth store (address Fredrikinkatu 24) to the end of year 2014.
Teemu Keisteri, who lives and works in Helsinki, Finland, considers himself to be an entertainment artist. Keisteri’s background is in photography, which he studied in Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts. Keisteri also studied visual arts in the Netherlands. Recently Keisteri has gathered a lot of attention for his Ukkeli character, which is something that manifests itself in all forms of art and media. The character was created by Teemu in Ruttopuisto park in Helsinki in 2008 and besides paintings, has now been featured in unique and hand painted t-shirts, postcards and dishware. Besides Ukkeli, Keisteri makes video art, art/dance performances, music and DJ gigs. Keisteri also runs a gallery called Kalleria in Kallio, Helsinki.
Pictures and video from the Ukkeli opening in Acolyth store. All Ukkeli images are courtesy of Teemu Keisteri.