Spark
Critical Contemporary Art and Design
12 May – 15 September 2013 Granary, Fiskars


Art is often quiet contemplation. However, sometimes it is necessary to state your message loud and clear. When the sheer volume of injustice in the world seems overwhelming and so few seem to care about the necessity for change, artists need to take a stand and speak up – even by hyperbolic and provocative means.

The Fiskars Summer Exhibition, Spark – Critical Contemporary Art and Design, explores critical art and design in the 2010's. Where are the boundaries between art and reality? What issues does the new documentarism in art focus on? How can design take a stand – with its ever-expanding reach?

There are many questions. How to make social commentary without being trapped by political clichés? Can you also take a stand for maintaining traditions? Is tendentious art merely tendentious art? What alternatives are there to postmodern irony? How to avoid empty progressive gestures? Is it possible to create art with the experiential power to stir the audience not just aesthetically, but also ethically, politically and socially? Can they all be mixed together?

Meet the Curator and the artists at the SPARK exhibition 15 June and 31 August at 2 pm.
Venue: Granary, Fiskars.

Working group

The exhibition is curated by Art Critic Otso Kantokorpi.

Chairperson, Industrial Designer Camilla Moberg.

Chairperson, Cabinetmaker, Designer Tuulia Penttilä. 

Exhibition Secretary Elise Simonsson

Opening hours

The exhibition is open from February 10 to April 28 2013, Tue to Sun from noon to 5 pm.

Further information

elise.simonsson@gmail.com or +358 (0)40 740 7853.

For the pressen

Press release

Press images

KALLE LAMPELA
Solidaarisuus on voimaa
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ANTTI HOLMA
Uusi nainen
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SONJA SALOMÄKI
Valoihme Itä-Pasilassa
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TUIJA ARMINEN
  Noitavaino
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KIM SIMONSSON

  Johtajan muotokuva
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SANNI SEPPO

  Muotokuvia
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MINNA L. HENRIKSSON

 Kätketty
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COMPANY (Aamu Song & Johan Olin)
  Four Season Barbie
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MATTI KALKAMO
  Frankenchrist
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MIND LESS COMPANY
  Art Evaluation Research Finland
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