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86. LIGHT AND DARKNESS Drawings and Graphic Art by Pentti Kaskipuro,
17 October 1998 - 10 January 1999
Starting in the autumn of 1998 the Sara Hildén
Art Museum had an exhibition of works by Pentti Kaskipuro, the Finnish
master of graphic art. The exhibition included the artists most
important graphic works and their associated studies dating back to the
1950s . Collages and ex-libris were also shown in the exhibition.
Pentti Kaskipuro is one of the best-known and internationally
renowned Finnish graphic artists. Not only is he a well known artist among
specialist circles, but among the art-loving public he is also a truly
popular figure, whose works hang in the most prominent place in many peoples
homes. It is largely due to Kaskipuros influence that graphic art
has been so highly thought of in Finland.
Kaskipuros absolute mastery of intaglio, namely
drypoint and aquatint technique, has made him a highly regarded expert
and teacher in professional circles. The themes in Kaskipuros art
have helped to bring him close also to people who are uncertain of their
ability to understand abstract, contemporary art.
The main themes in Kaskipuros production can be
found on any kitchen table: onions, swedes, potatoes, beetroot,
mushrooms, fish, bread, cucumbers, turnips, eggs, tomatoes, sausages, and vases of
flowers. At times these motifs have widened in scope to form whole interiors
as well as window views. The objects he depicts, however, are always
tangible objects well-known to us all.
By concentrating on such apparently unimportant motifs,
and by developing his technique to such a state of perfection throughout
the years, he has cultivated his own individual style. From Kaskipuros
works the spectator can receive the consolation for which he longs, through
something which can be truly great, though seemingly insignificant. This
is in keeping with our concept of the mysterious and enviable ability
of the artist to turn everyday life into something full of joy
3,549 visitors attended the exhibition.