Retrospective………Logomo Cafè, in Turku, Finland underwent an installation in 2011, by a German artist Tobias Rehberger in collaboration with modernist Nordic furniture company, Artek called “Nothing Happens for a Reason”. The project was ambiguously about ‘not seeing something’.
This homogenous space twists and turns and wraps up and over furniture flattening them into the field of continuous movement. The Graphic swirls completly ignore the architecture and objects as they take over the café. The eyes roam, but do they eventually rest? How can one not see something? Maybe one can’t “look” at any subject, because there isn’t one?
The busy space becomes an empty space as the objects become the wall and floor.
For a place where there is lot to “see”, perhaps it could be about, how you can’t truly see something if you are completely immersed in it?
It’s hard making reason of everything, especially art.
A bit about Artek; the Finnish furniture design company was founded in 1935 by four young idealists: Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The business strategy of the company was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions”. The founders of Artek advocated a new kind of environment for everyday life. They believed in a grand synthesis of the arts and wanted to make a difference in architecture and design as well as in town planning. Artek still now supply the original modernist classic pieces and more recent designs to the same design ethos.
The organic modernist Artek furniture disappears into the café, but their sinuous lines fold into the walls and make their mark…….a homage to Aalto!
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