28 May 2014 • Finland
Hypnopompic by Kustaa Saksi at TextielMuseum
Finnish artist and designer Kustaa Saksi resides in Amsterdam and so it seems fitting that he should now have brought the colourful, surreal tapestries of his Hynopompic exhibition to the TextielMuseum in Tilburg, the Netherlands.
Hypnopompic is an actual condition that is a dreamlike state of consciousness, filled with illusions that can occur between waking and sleeping. Inspired by this state of sensory confusion, when the process of awakening gets mixed with a weird dream world, the exhibition’s intricate pieces carve out an unusual universe inhabited by creatures, such as colourful monkeys, giant spiders and other such insects creeping their way across organic designs that are visually appealing yet slightly disorientating.
The exhibition includes a series of eight original, large-scale tapestries. Each artwork began life as a screenprint that was then transformed on a mechanical jacquard loom. This procedure can accommodate the utmost of detail with complex material combinations. Presented by the museum’s TextielLab, Saksi has worked with experts there to weave his designs into vivid three-dimensional landscapes using mohair, alpaca wool, cotton and synthetic materials including phosphate and metallic acrylic thread.
The large-scale works in the Hynopompic exhibition have been on tour for the best part of a year, beginning in Helsinki, then heading to New York, London, Milan and Madrid, and now taking up residence in Tilburg (where they have been since the end of April and will stay until November). Exclusively for the Tilburg show, Saksi has developed a new white tapestry which can be brought to life by projection.
The accompanying film (partly sponsored by The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux) illustrates the design and development process and offers a glimpse of the processes involved in producing one of the tapestries from the Hypnopompic collection at the TextielMuseum:
Hypnopompic runs until 2 November 2014.
Images courtesy of the artist and the museum.