for the Enrichment of Society II

art, beauty, time-out

Last week, I and my co-curators Eva-Karin Planman and Sabine Recht set up two exhibitions as a part of the KonstFunk project in Södertälje. In Luna, the municipal culture center, we gathered works by some 30 creators to form a group show…

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…presenting a range of techniques and expressions, from textile craft to art remakes, to icons, self portraits and paintings emerging out of colour itself…

What is the meaning of creativity?

An absurd question, of course. Someone plays with colour and materials – glossy, sticky, tufted – having no fixed thoughts about the final result. Another expresses a deeply personal experience; a feeling, an impression, a dream. A third one designs a “thing of beauty” to enhance everyday life… Intentions and situations differ. Distinct needs cannot easily be compared or evaluated towards each other.

The meaning of creativity can also be subject to change. What determines labels such as “therapy”, “craft”, “hobby” or “art”? Who has the mandate to categorize?

To master a language takes training and trying, again and again; art makes no exception. It needs a framework of meaningful understanding to mature into richness.

Broadening one’s technical abilities builds self-reliance and sparks ideas. Copying existing artworks is a common method for improving artistic awareness, skill and insight. Although copying does not boost ego, one’s personality will (most probably) come through in many gracious ways.

Whoever takes their work – or playing – deeply serious, also deserves an equally serious reception. Being creative together, we will all contribute to the enrichment of society…

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Also, during this same week, a solo show by artist Adrian Nehard was prepared in the City Hall – featuring eighteen woven, embroidered and (partly) painted tapestries.

More to come…

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for the Enrichment of Society I

art, beauty, painting

In 2002, I first met with some of the most ingenious and brave people I know. From that point onwards, the Land of Mir evolved; an imaginary space, where words and pictures, all kinds of creative designs and social interactions, became possible and meaningful. Functional variations were many, but in this setting the only disability would be prejudice and intolerance (which, in fact, very rarely occurred).

As an artist and a human being, I am deeply grateful for the experiences I’ve gathered over the years in the Land of Mir. And from this perspective – shared with others – the KonstFunk project has been launched; an impulse for the local community to fulfill Article 30 of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which states (among other things) that

States Parties shall take appropriate measures to enable persons with disabilities to have the opportunity to develop and utilize their creative, artistic and intellectual potential, not only for their own benefit, but also for the enrichment of society.

On Friday, February 7, KonstFunk arranged a half-day programme for employees from places where people with functional variations work, live and study. A lecture by Anneli Aaltonen Krantz (artistic leader at Inuti Foundation) was followed by artist talks with Magnus Östling (Stockholm) and Adrian Nehard (Järna). Next, participants were invited to try the tactile instruments of SymbioLab, to marvel at the felted pieces from Anna Gran‘s studio at Högklint (Mölnbo), and to delight in the wide range of expressions in icons, self portraits and still life paintings made at Klockargården (Järna) with Sabine Recht as the artistic leader.

Thank you, Södertälje konsthall, for hosting! Now we’ll see where this takes us… The next steps will be taken in a few weeks.

Program Inspirationsdag fm

To be narrated

art, recent work

observatorium“Observatory” by PS (photo HHW.)

The recent two weeks, I’ve spent together with old and new friends doing another Arts-and-crafts Creative Summer Camp; or maybe rather, another Common Creative Chaos/Cosmos Narrative Camp. The form has developed over the years; maybe it’s about time to name the technique, so let’s call it ‘integrative narration’ for a try…

Being the leader, I put forth the beginning of a story. The participants then respond by their own stories, artefacts and finds, their images and suggestions. The evolvement of things from day to day – also real-time concerns, conflicts and break-throughs – find their way into the story, mirroring ourselves as we are; with our strengths and challenges, our sense of beauty and humour, our sorrows and fears, fooleries, pride, wonder, wisdom and empathy. Finally, it ends up with a feast (of course).

kosmos“Cosmos” by TI (photo HHW.)