among others IV

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above: flower painting by Bengt Christer Carlsson, flower arrangement and mixed technique assemblage by Helena Hildur W;
below: mirror installation  by HHW and self portrait by Mayson Kourie;
all photos by Helena Hildur W.

The material readily grouped along three distinct themes – the narrative, the self portrait theme and that which deals with light and colour representing nothing but itself. Each one could have formed a separate exhibition; I chose to interlace all three, trying to do justice to the great range of expressions and temperaments. To the self portrait theme, I add mirror installations.

among others III

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self portrait by Erik Bergström; photo HHW.

In this exhibition, there are works from more than 30 originators, including myself. What we have in common may be the experience of solitariness, and a strive for communication which is not easily obtained. Some of us are restricted by neural or muscular disabilities, some of us have (for various reasons) never even spoken. Being human, we are vulnerable and imperfect.
Nevertheless, courage and awareness at times turn our imperfection into divine playfulness.

drawing by Ulf Magni; photo HHW.

among others II

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self-portraits in a social space, crayons and watercolour on paper; all photos by HHW.

These wall paintings originate from workshops I have carried out recurrently since 2002. By colour and form, they testify the courage and awareness mobilized in a creative process both personal and social.
So, here they are again, thanks to the evocative magic of images; Martin, Per, Soledad, Vivi, Bengt Christer, Ulf, Maria, Anders, Carina, Mayson… this exhibition is for all of you.

“med flera”, exhibition at Galleri Kretsen, Orionkullen, Södertälje

Open 12 – 16 all days except Mondays until December 5th.

Return to Darkness XIX

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art at work; all photos by Reino Koivula, except the snowsparrow (“installation by Josefiina 3”) by Josefiina Kiikka

I’m back home, but the terrastella stays quietly in the library yard, and people find their way to it. By dusk, the gas heater is lit and library visitors as well as skater kids get inside to warm up. On Sunday, November 7, Josefiina brings her installation: a mouse, a snowsparrow and all those eggs floating in air.

Return to Darkness XVII

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Monday, October 25th, I take the first load to the main library yard: walls, trestles and roof support. Erkki stays in workshop with the roof frames to drill the missing holes – 170 of them, in 5.0 mm thick iron. This part of work may be the toughest of it all.
At library, Simo helps me to unload. Pekka and Eemeli from Italfalò come to install the gas heater, but fire inspection will have to wait until everything is done. 2011 Foundation security officer Esa Pärnä is encouraging as always, and Pekka also kindly reminds me to rest a little… such things matter more than one could think.
Having found the optimal spot to raise this building, the rest of the week is spent by fitting everything into place – first making the lower walls level on sloping ground by the help of wedges, then attaching them in the right angles. This is night work; I do it alone under a moon that is once more beginning to wane. Next day, Erkki and I raise the roof frames… and again: good cooperation is a most beautiful thing, a dance. Hyvin kaunis.
Attaching the doorpieces is also four-hand work (at least), so I get some help from those teenager guys from Iran and Afghanistan who use to hang around at the yard. Friday morning is a crucial moment: I remove the roof support. Now terrastella stands on its own.
Then fastening all loose pieces by 170 screws in those 170 holes… now this takes time, and doesn’t even work out well – despite Erkki’s coming to help – and by the end of the day I realize the ground support has changed too much. Replacing the wedges with pieces of cut wood has caused the whole thing to move, angles changing and straight line edges collapsing into curves – and so, the glassfibre pieces simply don’t fit anymore. I have to call Simo to bring the wedges back, and start all over again. Luckily, the library café is a warm spot in every sense – Stefano, the cafe owner, cooks Sicilian pasta and offers coffee, Daryl from Vancouver makes teriyaki with a Canadian touch of maple syrup, the limoncello cake is irresistible and everyone is friendly. And on Saturday, Esa passes by once more, telling me not to give up.
On Sunday, finally, tough lady Leila – one of the persons employed to guard our cots – joins me to fit in those last missing pieces, the clear star that stretches downwards from the rooftop. We spend seven hours in the damp and cold, and finally – it’s there. A passer-by tells me that the terrastella resembles a House of Dreams – well, it is a House for Listening, so why not.
Meanwhile, Reiska is more than busy with his own work, so no photos from this part of the process…

Monday, November 1st, the felt pieces and benches are installed and fire inspection is done. Visitors and friends help me translate “House for Listening” to several languages – Spanish, Czech, Finnish, Italian, Sicilian, Dari, Pashtun, Farsi – and write it on pieces of plywood, which I attach to the official signpole – adding Swedish and English. I light the fire and invite the teenager guys to share the warmth and some snacks, and Päivi from the City of Turku 2011 office joins us. Finally, Päivi helps me load the huge trestles on my trailer, before I leave for Stockholm with the night ferry.

During the same day, Reiska’s Honeycot is transported from Barker to the square by the cathedral and raised by the help of a crane lorry.

We made it.

The terrastella on Monday evening, Nov 1st; photo by Heli Lempa

Return to darkness XVI

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Catch-up: during the last two weeks, Reiska and I have been working literally day and night – over-budget and over-time schedule – forsaking cooked meals more often than not, and sleeping a few hours (or minutes) when possible. Still, I could rest in the working process itself – largely thanks to the help and support offered by Matti and Erkki, the gentlemen of Terpol glassfibre company. Joining me in work, unfailingly doing the right thing at the right time, they embody the understanding of art as primary production and science of freedom*.
Everybody is an artist, and some very much so; my greatest reverence to you, gentlemen.

Reiska found some time to take pictures, despite his own hard work with the Honeycot. Here they are.

Darkness workshop at Barker, October 17th – 24th; all photos by Reino Koivula

*”So, first of all, we have art as the science of freedom, and as a consequence of this, we also have art as the primary production or as the original, underlying production for anything else. (…) I have to prepare myself throughout my life, conducting myself in such a way that no single moment is not given over to that preparation. (…) I must always have the presence of mind, the overview, the wider perspective, to perceive the overall context and set of forces.” (artist Joseph Beuys in dialogue with priest Volker Harlan; “What is Art?”, Clairview Books 2004)