torsdag 10 januari 2013

Slow Art

At the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm there is an amazing exhibition right now. The whole museum will be closing for a large renovation February 3 this year. So all of you in Stockholm who haven´t been there in a while should take the chance now, otherwise you have to wait 5 years until next time. Especially worth seeing is the exhibition Slowart, curated by Cilla Robach. The exhibition is described like this; In Slow Art we will celebrate a contemporary movement in fine craft where technique, materials and the work process are considered especially important. See some 30 silver, textile, glass and ceramic objects, all of them unique and crafted with care.
Irene Agbaje Binary, at Nationalmuseum
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
The exhibition in it self is well worth seeing and you can also download an app with information about the exhibition. But what really impressed me was the wonderful catalogue written by Cilla Robach (which is also available for free online in Swedish and in English. Amazing!). In the catalouge she discusses the concept of Slowart in two chapters - Time and Artistic Process and A Design-Historical Perspective. The term Slowart is here introduced by Robach and she states that the term is about "the perspective on time and production processes" and many of the objects on display are made by very time-consuming techniques.

Pasi Välimaa Broderi, at Nationalmuseum
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
That is something I very much can relate to in our work at the studio as well as in my research. Allowing time to be an asset instead of an obstacle. And understanding that the process can be just as important as the result. Especially for the craftsmen working on the object (read more interesting perspectives on this subject in the catalog) who most often dedicate their time, knowledge and heart into their work.  

Janna Syvänoja HalssmyckePhoto: Alice Lund Textilier AB

I often think about this when looking at something that has been created at Alice Lund Textilier. That somehow the touch of the weaver's hand remains in the weave even after it has left the loom - like a footprint. That is something that a machine can never simulate and in my opinion one of the reasons why handmade objects still have such an appeal.
Eva Stephenson Möller Vävnad Kura, at Nationalmuseum
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

The textile artist Annika Ekdahl shares some interesting insights in the catalouge;
Yes, textile techniques take time. Thank goodness! This is not a problem but a quality, regardless of whether we are talking of textile art or utility textiles. Knitting, crocheting, sewing, weaving, spinning, twining, winding, tufting, bobbin lace-making, embroidering, are all about the intentional combination and transformation of fibres. They also say something about ourselves and our approach to art, to life. What would be the point of producing unconsidered, rushed works? That would be disrespectful, to ourselves and to those we regard as the target group of our endeavours. And one more thing: There are so many things on this planet already. If we nevertheless decide to transform yet another material into yet another object, this should be done thoughtfully and scrupulously. I have chosen to weave tapestries. Is this comparable to writing a novel? Letter after letter, sentence after sentence. That takes time, which is perfectly reasonable and understandable. Stitch is added to stitch, weft to weft, piece to piece. Stories unfold, in real time and without keyboard shortcuts. And time is revealed, it is fully visible. Anyone can see it and understand it. And feel respected. 

Annika Ekdahl Road Movie (verdure): Visiting Mom, Nationalmuseum
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

2 kommentarer:

  1. Vilken intressant utställning!
    Hinner inte dit.
    Min väv är nog slow art?
    Häls. Inger

  2. time for work and time to play
    time and time again