Ptarmigan is no longer operating in Helsinki.

Ptarmigan existed as a project space in Vallila from 2009-2011 and a mobile curatorial/creative platform until 2014. We no longer exist as an organised collective, but this website will continue to serve as an archive of the activities produced as/at Ptarmigan during these years.

Karl Larsson (SE)
22 augusti 2013 - 1 november 2013

Karl Larsson's art is a reflection of the modern society, as an open question of its inhabitants search for a reason or purpose. This is not necessarily a critique of the modern human and their beliefs in different rules for the simplification of everyday life, but more as a transcript of everyday life through the artist's view. In his different projects, the artistic outcome isn't predicted by the shape or type of craft used. This can also be an expression of the artist’s need for change and new challenges as well as the contemporary search for mixture found beyond artistic expression. That is present in pieces made during studying (MA and post graduate diploma in Fine Art) where there is a mixture and blending from the starting point to the outcome of the work. This is not to be confused with a chaotic and undefined path in the artistic practice itself; Karl’s rather conventional and simplified pieces often become a starting point for existential questions, in which his point of view is less interesting than the viewer's own experience of the artifact in itself (and as a trigger of questions).

Karl was born in 1980 and has most recently lived in Malmö, Sweden. Karl has been working with a wide spectrum of artistic expressions. With an MA in fine art at Central Saint Martins 2009, and a diploma in light engineering, Karl’s artistic reference is in physical reality and how to embody it into different shapes and forms of experience.