Postmodernism" At Fayerweather Gallery
24, 2001-- WHO: Eight
exhibition: "Nordic Postmodernism"
Nov. 2 through Friday, Nov. 30 Opening reception Friday, Nov. 2,
Gallery, Rugby Road
works of eight Nordic artists, on view in the University of Virginia's
Fayerweather Gallery through November, bring into play layers of
history and wrestle with the question of the artists' national and
visiting artist in the McIntire Department of Art, Marja Kolu of
Finland uses fabric to create installation sculptures, weaving history
into each of her works. Her large work outside Fayerweather Hall
was created using colorful light-weight curtains popular in Finland
during the 1970s. The light polyester and nylon fabric moves gently
with the breezes.
artist Juha-Pekka Inkinen questions the notion of progress in photographs
combining out-of-focus images of debris washed up by waves contrasted
with crisp images of the Artic Ocean in the background.
photographs of Niagara Falls, Eeva-Lissa Isomaa denies us a clear
view of the falls and uses the camera to explore ideas about photography
as a representational medium.
Puhakka uses wood and stone to create sculptures which bring to
mind the Finnish national identity with the forest but they are
scorched and scarred. His birch bark sculpture, "A Forest Child,"
"seems to come from some strange future, not from the reassuring
world of Schandinavian modernist design," said Dean Dass, U.Va.
professor of art and curator of the show.
and the exploration of role-playing are the focus of etchings and
photogravures by Piia Lehti and the mixed-media sculptures of Kjetil
Holma creates abstract monotypes with delicate veils of ink. Her
work is introspective without being representational.
etchings and graphics of Jyrki Markkanen are permeated with recycled
images of popular culture and entertainment which, upon closer observation,
often mask a darker theme.
Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery
will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 25 during
the University's Thanksgiving recess. For more information contact
the McIntire Department of Art at (434) 924-6123 or visit the Fayerweather
Gallery Web site at http://www.virginia.edu/fayerweather/.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298