Erkka Nissinen


Oh, man, I’m not sure what this young Finnish artist’s videos are about, but if you don’t mind gobs of bodily fluids, I guarantee you’ll be intrigued and entertained. The 13-minute Night School features creepily illuminated scenes of roadside abductions, a hilariously prolonged golden shower that burbles with philosophical musings, and a gooey post-blowjob sing-along, all shot with painterly aplomb. If Mr. Rogers had wandered his neighborhood in Leatherface’s flesh mask from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, he might have gotten close to the vibe of the main character in the video Vantaa (2007). This hobbling dwarf, his face jiggling grotesquely, converses with Technicolor flowers, observes as the names of musical instruments are spelled out across the screen, and goes in search of Karlheinz Stockhausen, who has stolen his yogurt. When found, the German composer nearly drowns in a bowl of the goopy stuff, and you might think you’re watching an unexpurgated Monty Python skit.

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. Starts: June 26. Continues through Aug. 1, 2008