Marcus Lerviks (born 1969) studied at the University of Art and Design Helsinki (with a Master!s degree from the Pallas Fine Arts study programme) from 1998 to 2001. Marcus lives and works in Vaasa, Finland. He has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions since 1994 in both Finland and internationally, including Galleri Maskinen in Umeå (Sweden 2012), Galleri Elverket in Tammisaari (Finland 2009), Vaasa City Art Gallery (Finland 2004, 2006 and 2010), Kunsthalle Helsinki (Finland 2005), Gallery Sinne in Helsinki (Finland 2005), Helsinki Art Museum (Finland 2005), Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki (Finland 2004), as well as a public artwork entitled Once More! created for the Culture House of Korsholm (Finland 2007).
Marcus uses video as his principal medium. His works are typically installations employing video, spatial elements, lights and sound. Characteristically the works position the spectator in the space in relation to low bass sounds, lights or constructions, for example. There is often a performative dimension to the works as well. Many of them address the issue of interpersonal interaction, often with an attitude of ironic observation.
Alongside with his own projects, Marcus also works with an artist group called FinnFemFel, which has organised solo and group exhibitions since 1998 in both Finland and internationally, including Kuntsi, Vaasa (Finland 2011), Luftmuseum, Amberg (Germany 2010), Galerie der Künstler, Munich (Germany 2007), Situated self, Nordic Walking, Belgrade (Serbia and Montenegro), Helsinki (Finland 2005), Nordic Walking, Umeå (Sweden) and Budapest (Hungary 2003).
studio address: Marcus Lerviks / Levonsgatan 2 / 65200 Vasa / Finland and home address: Marcus Lerviks / Kråkfjärdsgatan 14b7 / 65200 Vasa / Finland. Telephone: + 358405275613 e-mail: mail(at)marcuslerviks.com or marcus.lerviks(at)gmail.com
led-nerves & precision / 2010
To this exhibition I made a new series of photographs called "led-nerves" and a video installation entitled "precision". Each photograph in the led-nerves series is the size of 80x120 and has 80 led lights per picture. The idea is that when the viewer sees the work from a distance there i one led lit in the photograph, when the viewer passes the work a motion sensor is activated, this turns on a about 2 second short sequence where the lights randomly seek out a new place lit for the next viever.
In the video installation i wanted to concentrate on the tension that grows up in-between the explosions in the video. This tension has a strait contact with the led-nerves photos, in this case the viewer discharge the appearance of the work, as in the video its a given duration in-between the intervalls. Overall i wanted to create an experience where randomness has a big roll in the work, also as a viewer that you participate with your movement in the space and this way visually effect the appearance of the work.
underverket / peter rosvik & marcus lerviks & sirius theatre / 2010
Peter Rosvik and I where asked to collaborate with the Sirius Theatre involving a play called "underverket". We where asked to make new video art-pieces for the play. The result was a synchronized 4-way video piece with a duration 1:30h. The work was one of the most challenging pieces so far involving technical solutions and working in a totally new and different environment - the theatre! In the end the visual side turned out really good and hopefully the hole crew share my thoughts about the result.
"Underverket" is written by Danish playwright Christian Lollike. The play is subtitled "A text about art, faith and terror" and is a brilliant post about the significance of art in today's turbulent world. It is a piece of contemporary drama, while challenging, provocative, and in its form extremely experimentell. Sirius Theatre, Peter Lüttge directs the show and its visualized by video, image and performance artists Marcus Lerviks and Peter Rosvik. Lighting is planned by Ada Halonen. On stage is Harriet Abrahamsson, Paul Hollander, Paul Olin and Cecilia Paul.
"1656" & walk-by photos / 2009
This project was developed during our stay at Villa Snäcksund in Tammisaari 2006-2009. When I found out that we would live in Tammisaari for three years my main thought was that during this time more or less completely concentrate on one single project, not knowing what the project would be about. As i got more familiar to the surroundings there was produced a series of photographs entitled "walk-by photos" and the main work for the exhibition was a video installation called "1656".
To explain the background of the project, it should be said that Villa Snäcksund is located on a scenic peninsula where the there is a regular pedestrian traffic witch goes on in front of the studio and apartment building. This brought in an early stage my interest of directly doing something with this place. In the work I have two cameras in my studio filmed every event that occurred between my studio and my apartment for a year, or rather the events and processes exactly on the path that runs along between the houses. It was interesting that there was a path that people subconsciously followed and that led directly over the yard of Villa Snäksund. This provides the basis for interesting behavioral observations. These events witch where recorded were the number of 1656 times during the observation year. Not too many people per day. It is also worth noting that the video only shows the events, not the frozen moments between them. Therefore, this gives the video an impression of a denser traffic than what it actually was.
two cameras where installed in the studio, they where placed in an distance of 5 meters apart from each other. This ment that in the composition there was partly the same background in both pictures, but the movement was exact. This is if the people passing the studio where following the given path witch surprisingly in most cases was followed. In the final installation the synchronized videos where shown in this small angle also to create a composition where distance and perspective plays a big roll of the final work. The computer that recorded the movements had a program that detected motion in the picture, so each day there was about 50-100 clips recorded from witch about 1-3 where used for the work. In the end the final duration of the work was 4 hours and 21 minute loop.
In previous work, I often worked with "video loops". It follows a sequence that will ultimately be fed back to the start and rolls constantly on. The essential thing is not to depict a story with a beginning and an end. More essential for me to depict moods that make up the video. Especially for this project where the subject is considered an everyday happening. Regular human behavior patterns that I in no way can control or influence, only visually record and present. The interesting thing for me is that the artist does not choose his subjects, he only chooses a place and time, and furthur this way follows the development of the work.
once more ! culture house of korsholm, 23 march 2007 - present.
This work is based on two (early) childhood memories. One- sitting in a car watching (for hours on end) the landscape pass by, and two,traveling by ferry and looking at red small lamps on a map on the wall telling me where my location.
These two memories are combined in this video. I have filmed landscapes on a trip around Korsholm from the car window. The film is shown on a big screen on the wall of the culture house. The film is combined with a map of the journey, placed in an exhibition case on the ground. On this map you can follow the exact location of the car and the film being shown, by watching red small lamps on the map.
IrritationX / 16:9 movie drawings / 2005
"irritationX" is a video installation with two video projectors that simultaneously shows up a face. The room that was constructed was covered with sound-absorbing materials to strengthen the feeling of intimacy. The audio of the piece are sounds of a hungry stomach.In the video theres a person who is struggling to stay awake, with personal traits such as irritability, fatigue, etc.. With the installation's various elements emphasized an intimate feeling where a viewer must view the work "mood" from the inside and not usually from the outside (In many cases where it is easier to distance themselves from the atmosphere that is born). The intention is to get the viewer to enter a little room, a private space, where he or she can watch (close up) gestures of a person in this "human" state.
"16:9 Movie Drawings" is a series of drawings made of stills from various films. Each drawing includes a large number of stills from the same movie, about 50-200 images depending on the length of the film and visual variety. During the working process the final drawings appeared by making the next still image on top of the previous one, this went on until the film had ended. The titles of the drawings are, for example "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)" or "The Deer Hunter (1979)".
The impression of the final drawings perhaps lead to maps of some kind, these "sill image"-maps have an abstrakt impression even though it is composed of unambiguous and clearly depicting still images.
As far as it goes / 2004
3 channel videoinstallation. The installation builds up a tension with a spear "flying" from one monitor to the other. In the middle there´s a projection of power lines filmed from a train. The starting point for the work lies in the recurrent will of sports to strive on.When you've achieved one goal, the fight starts all over for reaching something better.
keep it clean / 2004
Two channel video. The work consists of two monitors placed on a wall next to each other or in a box (as in the pictures). The image in the first monitor is an ice-hockey goalkeeper trying to manage his given task. In the other monitor there are short sequences of a food-struggle within the bird kingdom
enter tina turner / 2002
video / Light installation. The installation has ten 150 W lights placed on the floor (or on the wall) with a microphone connected to a device that amplifies the volume in the space lighting up the room. Theres a microphone on a stand in the middle of the space, you can choose if you want to be lit up ..or not!.
The video is an attempt to enter a concert in Helsinki in spring of 2000. The work has been in two exhibitions, the first one was in Oulu Art museum 2003 where the setup was made as in a karaoke bar ( learned that Oulo is one of the big places for karaoke in finland!) The second time was in the project room in Helsinki Art Hall in 2004, this time the work was presented a bit different .. look at the pictures beneath!
line and 147 / 2000 ( final work for University of Art and design, Pallas MA in Helsinki 2000 )
“line” is a video / rubber tape installation. The installation has a rubber string placed on the wall with a surveillance camera filming it. In the monitors the right image was pre-recorded as the left monitor showed a real-time image of the string in the space.”147 & mdf” is a video / painting installation. The installation was made for a specific space (Kluuvi Gallery in Helsinki) The intention was to combine movement with still images to form a line through the space.
"no-title" / 1999
Two channel videoinstallation. The installation deals with two extremes of control, the human in contrast to the the animal nature. This work was originally made for an exhibition together with Ulrika Ferm in the Academy of fine arts Gallery in Helsinki, where the theme of the exhibition was "control". Later the work has taken different forms of how its been presented, depending on the place.
in or out / 1999
video installation with two monitors flashing red warning signals and a large projection of a person considering whether to enter a train or not. The work has been shown in several different variations, depending on the space in use. The work has been installed with 500w red lamps, with monitors and it has also been shown as a screening.
easy pressure / 1999
video / sound installation with a loudspeaker giving randomly deep base tunes and a monitor showing a person rubbing himself up against the tv-screen. In the original installation I wanted two different objects to communicate with each-other, both displayed a feeling of pressure leaking out into the exhibition space. The loudspeaker box had a tune randomly playing with deep base frequencies which built a pressure inside of it, to the extent that the lit moved for a second or two. The video was made whit this thought in mind of "pressure building". This work has also been presented as a screening version, click on the videos!
you know we got some rules here../ 1998
Video / sound installation (in two rooms). Each room had a monitor and a loudspeaker. A simultaneous happening of a person walking from one room to the other. The video was filmed before the exhibition in the same location, in the installation the cameras where replaced with monitors displaying what was filmed, this was put togetherto a synchronized loop of 30 minutes. There was also a soundtrack made for this work giving directions of movement from one room to the other.
ny - by / 1998
This was my final work from the swedish artschool in Nykarleby, Finland. Video / sculpture / drawing installation. The drawings where randomly drawn roots-rivers-structures from the Berlin map. Video-sculpture had a monitor placed between two large tarpaulins showing a person slowely advancing towards the viewer.