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Leading Sydney sculptor, Ari Purhonen, was born in Finland in 1953 and came to Australia in 1966. Since 1980, he has exhibited widely in Australia, the USA, England, and New Zealand. In recent years, in addition to his participation in the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award and the National Sculpture Prize, Purhonen has sought involvement in public works ventures and has worked with architects and civic authorities, including the Olympic Co-ordination Authority.
The Ian Potter Museum of Art presents work by Purhonen that spans nearly two decades, including two major free-standing sculptures, both titled Logic (1986–87), and a series of wall-mounted works titled Speed of light that incorporate fresh fruit into the sculptural ‘equation’. Purhonen’s sculptures can be likened to the measuring devices, tools and instruments that are used in scientific experiments. While his work extends the rationalist approaches and contexts of classically formal idioms, Purhonen is recognised as an Australian artist who continues to explore philosophical issues within sculpture.