"When slowly assembling these pieces, slice by slice, I contemplated the frozen garden beneath a snowy coat. It is the darkest time of the year in the North now, but other forces of darkness are scattered across the globe. It is hard to imagine that the green color will once again awaken, tiny green shoots that will peek out from the soil, but this green vitality, despite its twists and turns, is truly essential." - Janna Syvänoja
Janna Syvänoja is known for her jewellery and sculptural objects made from recycled printed paper, such as newspapers, maps, catalogues, and old books. In the exhibition Green Power Plant, paper from an electric equipment catalogue is also used. The pieces she makes, are rich by their past, carrying along certain places and accidental meanings. This material also gives the pieces their individual exterior and interior decoration, their ornaments. The artist decides how the results should be but in the end the pieces take the shape of its own. When certain formed components start to follow each other and find their rhythm in the making, the miracle happens. It is a slow, meditative, and a very natural process. Beyond the language of the material, there is an additional reality, the information that refers to communication between people - messages and expressions. A piece of jewelry is worn for the same purpose.
CURATED BY: Elin Flognman and Kristina Skantze
PARTICIPING ARTISTS: Anna Tedestam, Anna Rikkinen, Ellinor Augustini, Elin Flognman, Kari Steihaug, Kristina Skantze, Malene Kastalje, Pauliina Turakka Purhonen, Susanne Hangaard.
5TH – 27TH OF OCTOBER 2023
The exhibition is a part of the program of Stockholm Craft Week 2023
EVERYTHING LOOKS GOOD
Everything Looks Good can be a way of ignoring the actual state of things and focus on the surface and facade. It can reflect posts on social media where life seems flawless and always from the right angle to blur out what seems imperfect. For artists, these platsforms can function as an accessible, democratic art space with the ability to reach anyone with access to a screen. The nine participating artists in the exhibition have for some time shared pictures of their works with each other where they think everything often looks good. Now they meet in a physical exhibition where the visitors will be able to come close the works and the details. Will everything look good?
The exhibition is a part in the program of Stockholm Craft Week 2023 and made with support of Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Nordic Culture Fundation, Kulturfonden för Sverige och Finland and Swedish Arts Council.