She is one of the rising stars of the Finnish art world and her works have drawn attention all over Europe these past years. In 1997 she took part at the Venice Biennale and in the year 2000 she received the Finnish state prize for her work. In her exhibition at i8 gallery she will show sculptures made of optical fibres, a material which she has been using for a several years.
An exhibition of Helena Hietanen's work will be opened at i8 gallery in
Reykjavik on Thursday 17th of January 2002.
Helena Hietanen (b.1963) studied at the drawing department of the Helsinki University (1989-1991) and at the University of Industrial Arts, Helsinki (1983-1992). She is one of the rising stars of the Finnish art world and her works have drawn attention all over Europe these past years. In 1997 she took part at the Venice Biennale and in the year 2000 she received the Finnish state prize for her work.
In her exhibition at i8 gallery she will show sculptures made of optical fibres, a material which she has been using for a several years.
Information on Helena Hietanen and her work are among others to be found on following websites:
HELENA HIETANENâ€™s "TECHNOLACE" most often is a site specific sculpture installation. The final form of the work depends on the form and the height of the final space.
The work consists of stainless steel structure, projectors with halogen lights, partially painted rotating glass discs and optical fibres. The hundreds of optical fibres are woven into lace like patterns. Each individual pattern has itâ€™s own source of light. The light is transferred to the optical fibres through the rotating, partially painted glass discs, which creates a visual movement of light in the lace, continuously changing in various speeds.
"Technolace" combines the feminine sensibility of traditional handicrafts with the developed technology of today.
The beauty of the work functions on several different levels simultaneously. Itâ€™s subtle changes of light create a meditative atmosphere absorbing the spectator into the art work. At the same time it leads the viewer into a self reflective process of reevaluating the traditional assumptions of beauty and craftsmanship. Because of itâ€™s technics the work is entirely contemporary and international yet it carries a certain traditional Northern sensibility referring to different natural phenomena typical to Northern environments: the density of light on winter days, the depth of the long nights silhouetted by stars, filtered moonlight.
Timothy Persons, September 2000
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