Hypnopompic by Kustaa Saksi

Detail of woven artwork at Hypnopompic, courtesy of the artist

The Jacquard weaving technique, which enables the creation of complex, mechanically patterned silk fabrics, is increasingly popular with a number of important contemporary artists such as Grayson Perry, Kiki Smith and Chuck Close. Kustaa Saksi truly draws on the simultaneously disorientating and mesmerising quality that this art form affords, creating surreal pieces that lock optical art and abstract landscapes together. The Finnish artist’s new show at Korjaamo Culture Factory presents exuberantly-coloured textiles made from mohair, alpaca wool, cotton and synthetic materials including phosphate and metallic acrylic thread. The exhibition also features a series of serigraphs on paper.

Hypnopompic refers to the state of sensory confusion leading out of sleep, when consciousness and the dream world are intertwined. Saksi describes this as “an exceptional state in which one may experience the presence of, or see creatures and animals such as spiders, monkeys and insects”. Indeed, many of his woven works have a hallucinatory quality about them, and draw the viewer into their sprawling, vein-like lines and organic shapes. Saksi is also known for his large-scale installation earlier this year for the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair Pavilion, which was a collaborative effort with Gert Wingårdh that consisted of a whopping 15000 A3 size papers. 

Hypnopompic is on until 15 September.

Korjaamo Culture Factory, Töölönkatu 51, 00250 Helsinki, Finland

Images courtesy of the artist.

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