Wednesday, October 31, 2007

CRAFTMANSHIP FOREVER - opening 1/11/07 18:00 hrs

contemporary glass design and photography
Opening: Thursday 1/11/07 18:00

10 G-ral Budisteanu


brought to you by
The Czech Centre in Bucharest & the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design Prague

Professors Michal Fronek and Jan Nemecek have encouraged five of their students to spend almost a month at the glass workshop Kvetna, where superior handmade glassware that is traditionally known for its exclusive quality is produced.
The objects produced by the students are the results of inspiration from the glass shapes designed by the great masters from the past and the creation of their own experimental designs of applied art. During this project, students were asked to underline a specific feature that the glass artists of Kvetna have – the ability to design objects similar to those from the past, modelling the glass in the same way. This experiment proved very interesting for both parties involved – manufacturers and students -who succeeded in creating valuable objects of innovative design.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Embassy of Finland in Bucharest &
FRAME Finnish Fund for Art Exchange

Wilma Hurskainen - Growth
18 - 30.10.2007
Opening: Thursday, Oct. 18th, 18:00 hrs.

10 G-ral Budisteanu
Bucharest 1

Growth 2003-2005
“Growth is a project in which I am reconstructing and re-photographing pictures that my dad took of me and my three little sisters when we were children. I am trying to make the new photograph look as similar as possible to the old one: the place and the composition are the same.
I have always been very attracted by the photograph’s ability to cross time and create this kind of comparisons. There is something sad, almost tragic, about looking at old photographs compared to new ones and seeing how people and things have changed or grown up. After all, it is said that time has been accepted as a common means of measuring life because people are not able nor willing to see the change in themselves. In the pictures it seems as if we were trying to go back to our childhood but unavoidably failed – there is no return in time.
I am also interested in family photographs and the way they are taken, stored and (not so often) looked at. Anyone with any family history can tell that, although the family pictures are supposed to tell a story about a happy, unanimous family, growing up with other people is never simple.
The project is still going on and I would even like to reconstruct the pictures again after 20 years. Unfortunately a part of the growth and life is that it is impossible to predict how things will turn out.” (Wilma Hurskainen)