Lauri Anttila & Corinna Helenelund

Duo exhibition: The light of the Dark Age


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Welcome to the exhibition opening on Thursday 8 August 2019 from 5–7pm!

Those things are called beautiful which, being seen, are pleasing.”
-Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

The visions I saw I did not perceive in dreams, or sleep, or delirium, or by the eyes of the body, or by the ears of the outer self, or in hidden places; but I received them while awake and seeing with a pure mind and the eyes and ears of the inner self.
-Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)

In the second Duo-exhibition of the Association of Finnish Sculptors, works of Lauri Anttila and Corinna Helenelund come together. Through meetings and emailed letters the artists have discussed color, light and time, and returned to a shared interest in the Middle Ages.

38 years ago Anttila wrote an article in the magazine Taide (1/82 ”Pimeän kuva”) about medieval researchers in England. They were interested in the geometric properties of light. The behaviour of light, its reflections and refractions, were measurable. The research about the light of the “Dark Ages” has developed, and the last years have provided new knowledge.

While Anttila has returned to medieval studies of light, astronomy and cartography, Helenelund has been reading texts by the mystic Hildegard of Bingen. Through a meditative craft work, with an interest in the touch sense of the eye, and through wandering in the paths of both Anttila and Hildegard, Helenelund has approached a reality where spirit and matter are an inseparable weave of a greening life force. In the collaboration the artists have got acquainted with each others working methods, Helenelund has been wandering, and Anttila made a textile work.

In the exhibition the discussions take form, and the dialogue continues as a Gesamtkunstwerk. The Middle Ages is known as a dark age, the exhibition explores its light.