In summer 2007, The Artisans, Designers and Artists of Fiskars Cooperative will arrange an exhibition on the theme “Transparency”. The theme will be interpreted at both concrete and abstract levels through the means of art, design and craftsmanship.
Transparency is a topical phenomenon of our age. It is widely used in social discourse to denote openness and honesty. The concept also has a powerful visual impact on our environment. Transparency has created a new aesthetic norm: it reveals both abstract and tangible structures and puts what was secret into the public domain.
Transparency is a consequence of the splintered nature of the modern world, where constant change has made chaos an ever-present aspect of everyday life. Transparency tends to highlight pluralism, most visibly in the media. The media reality, the simultaneous presence of truth and illusion, has obscured the nature of what is actually real. Mercifully, this has coincided with an increased public awareness of the structures of democracy and the impact of the media.
This phenomenon is evident in art, architecture and design as a proliferation of different new materials: some of the new favourites are gauzy metal webbing and plastics, glass and wooden trellises and grids, and various reflective materials. Their aesthetic effect relies on their capacity for filtering light and a “metabolic” effect that influences perception, breathing, heat, humidity, touch, sound and other similar aspects. Elements where surface and structure are the same component have become far more widespread in both architecture and design. In art, this same phenomenon is manifest as a distancing of the surface texture.
In an almost self-referential sense, transparency is a highly complex subject: works created from plastic, film, gauze and ice bring a natural, tactile presence to the exhibition.
Exhibition architecture: Simo Heikkilä
Exhibition grafics: Tommi Jokivaara
Exhibition photography: Sade Kahra
Antti Siltavuori, industrial designer, Chairman of the exhibition committee
Barbro Kulvik, industrial designer
Simo Heikkilä, interior designer
Teija Isohauta, museum curator
Sade Kahra, photography artist, Exhibition Secretary
Sade Kahra, exhibition secretary,
The following Finnish artists, all highly acclaimed representatives of their field, have been invited to contribute to the Transparent exhibition:
visual artist Saara Ekström
architect Hannele Grönlund
interior designer Eero Haikala
architect Ville Hara and Anu Puustinen
sculptor Helena Hietanen and visual artist Jaakko Niemelä
textile artist Agneta Hobin
visual artist Erika Kelter
interior designer Markku Kosonen
artist Paula Kovalainen
jewellery artist, designer Elina Makkonen
cabinet maker Rudi Merz
glass artist, industrial designer Camilla Moberg
visual artist Jukka Mäkelä
visual artist Ron Nordström
visual artist Katri Pailos
visual artist Sari Palosaari
jewellery artist Inni Pärnänen
visual artist Katarina Reuter
visual artist Nina Roos
designer Timo Salli
interior designer Kivi Sotamaa
visual artist Janna Syvänoja
photography artist Marjukka Vainio
sculptor Merja Winqvist
Invited foreign artists are:
jewellery artist Ingrid Bärndal, Sweden
visual artist Humberto Duque, Mexico
artist Alba D'Urbano, Germany
jewellery artist, metal smith Caroline Gore, U.S.A.
designer Konstantin Grcic, Germany
designer Sigurdur Gustafsson, Iceland
multimedia artist Mun Leng Lau, Malaysia
artist Beili Liu, China/U.S.A.
textile artist Deepa Panchamia, U.K.
video artist Massimo Pianese, Italy
jewellery artist Camilla Prasch, Denmark
video artist Megan Roberts and sculptor, computor animator Raymond Ghirardo, U.S.A.
photography artist Kiriko Shirobayashi, Japan
visual artist Wyn-Lyn Tan, Singapore
visual artist Ehryn Torrell, Canada
The Wood Studio at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki is participating in the Transparent exhibition with outdoor works.