Translated title of the contribution: OBJECT 6

Andy Best (Curator), Merja Puustinen (Curator)

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OBJEKTI 6 – WILD WEST Contemporary sculpture, installations, comix and paintings in Espoo Centre 10.6.-6.9.2020 The theme for OBJEKTI 6 exhibition this year is WILD WEST. The theme highlights some symbolic meanings attached to Espoon keskus as a wild place in between the railroad, historical Kuninkaantie and the idyllic Espoo river surrounded by the park scenery and the cathedral. In addition to the mythical reputation, Wild West refers to rapid urbanisation, building and the rapid growth of population inducing cultural rupture that has a major effect on the daily life of Espoo citizens as part of the globalization process of the entire capital region. The artists taking part in the OBJEKTI exhibition use their art works to analyze the cultural, social and ecological questions of our times through the means of art. The exhibition aims to enliven the Espoo Centre area and bring comfort to inhabitants by the means of art. The purpose of OBJEKTI exhibition is to bring surprising joy to local residents. We, as the curators and producers of the exhibition, wish that the artworks installed in the urban environment would offer exciting emotional and intellectual experiences and revelations, allowing us to encounter our daily life surroundings from new perspectives. Surprising juxtapositions, new materials, forms, spaces and proportions installed into the urban landscape may provoke positive feelings, or maybe even irritate viewers. Art can touch, intercept, and open new avenues for interpretation and generate a wider conversation about the flora of meanings attached to our environment. The exhibition is free. It is targeted to all the people living, working and visiting Espoo Centre. The exhibition has been curated and produced by visual artists Andy Best and Merja Puustinen, MEET Factory Oy. The artists and their art works: Anna-Kaisa Ant-Vuorinen, Autokulta (2019), car-parking space, in front of Espoontori, Siltakatu Matti Hagelberg, The Pyramids & The End (2012-2020), underpass, Espoonportti Yasushi Koyama, Owl, Woodpecker, Black and white cat (2020), in front of Espoontori, Siltakatu Anni Laakso, Street (2020), grass area beside S-Market, Siltakatu Le Hien Minh, Divine Feminine (2019), rose garden, Veteraanipuisto, Vanha Lagstadintie 8 Antti Minkkinen, paintings (2020), underneath the footbridge, Siltakatu Kalle Mustonen, Decayers are consumers (2016-2020), Kirkkopuisto, Vanha Lagstadintie 8 Jenni Tieaho, Night visitor (2019), Veteraanipuisto, Vanha Lagstadintie 8 Iiro Törmä, Pusheen (2019-2020), grass area beside S-Market, Siltakatu Noora Ylipieti, I thought all I was getting offered was sex, Mental Hygiene, An innocent madness, Turn and face the strange (2019-2020) 4 paintings in the windows of Espoonsilta The exhibition has been supported by Espoo Cultural Board and Espoo City, Division of Culture (Tiina Kasvi). In collaboration with Espoo City (Niko Riepponen), Suomen kuvanveistäjäliitto ry, Helinä Rautavaara museum, Entresse shopping centre.
Translated title of the contributionOBJECT 6
Original languageFinnish
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherEspoon kaupunki
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2020
MoE publication typeF2 Partial implementation of a work of art or performance
EventOBJEKTI 6 - Espoon keskus, Espoo, Finland
Duration: 10 Jun 20206 Sept 2020

Field of art

  • Contemporary art


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