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A new group of best glass engravers from Sweden, Finland, Germany, Estonia, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Austria, Romania, Belgium and the Czech Republic will be showing their work at the Finnish Glass Museum at Riihimäki.
These artists represent the diversity of contemporary European glass engraving in both artistic and technical terms, ranging from the best of traditional engraving to cutting edge experimental pieces, extending the boundaries of what we mean by ‘glass engraving’. Contemporary glass engraving is very much a living, dynamic activity.
The exhibition Light Years explores the thematic of the everyday and the passage of time. Observations rise from the interaction between the untamed nature and the human constructed environments, which overlay with the narratives of the past, the present and the future. Individual experiences are refined into mundane poetics that melts together the coexistence of the ethereal and the corporeal. In the works of the Light Years the painterly approach allows the light to travel through the material, bringing out the depths and the concrete yet elusive qualities of the glass.
Henriikka Pöllänen (born in 1985) is an artist and a designer who specializes in glass painting and by orienting in its history and tradition through a contemporary practice has made it her own. Her works have been exhibited internationally at the Venice Glass Week in Italy, the European Glass Context 2016, and at the Glass museum of Ebeltoft in Denmark among other places.
EGS - Writing Stories with Three Letters
at the Finnish Glass Museum
NEW GLASS ART DOES NOT WIND UP IN GLASS CASES
EGS, Finland’s internationally most widely known graffiti artist, has discovered a new means of expression in the endangered craft of glassblowing. In February 2020, an impressive display combining glass, painting and photography by EGS will be on show in the large exhibition room of the Finnish Glass Museum.
EGS (born 1974) is one of the most successful Finnish artists of his generation, and one of the most widely networked graffiti artists in the world. Preferring to remain anonymous, EGS has expanded his repertoire to glass art in recent years and has aroused international interest also with his new works.
A series of works considering glass art from a new perspective is currently being prepared for the highly regarded Finnish Glass Museum in Riihimäki. Opening in February 2020, Writing Stories with Three Letters, will fill the museum’s large exhibition room with works combining glass with various techniques. In a manner typical of EGS, the new works will also relate to international society and the contemporary changes that are taking place in it.
‘Glass art of a new kind will be on show rather than objects in glass cases. The name of the exhibition refers to his initials EGS, but also to how issues and their changes can be addressed with the aid of art. In principle, I’ve written a completely meaningless combination of letters for 30 years, and now I can do something deeper’, EGS sums up.
Glass artist Aimo Okkolin (1917‒1982) has a place in the history of Finnish crystal art as one of its last masters. Though lacking formal training in applied art and design, he became one of the Riihimäki glassworks most successful designers. Aimo Okkolin was also known as a masterful cutter. His legacy to Finnish glass art consists not only of a larger number of individual cut glass works but also utility glassware.