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  • COLLABORATION SIARD - MATIASS JANSONS MARCH 2010
  • COLLABORATION TIINA MIELONEN - ALEXANDER NIKITIN - MARJA DE JONG MARCH 2010

  • PRESENTATION CROSSROADS SAKSALANHARJU
    COLLABORATION MARCH 2010

    TIINA MIELONEN - ALEXANDER NIKITIN - MARJA DE JONG - paintings and drawings

    SIARD - MATIASS JANSONS - installation and video

    After one month intensively working two different kind of art collaborations are finished.

    It has been a challenge to create a natural environment for artists to start collaboration. Even it sounds simple: together working on a similar project, it is not. Creating art is one of the most individual actions and demands lots of concentration. It is the artist who starts the dialogue with their own production and in that process the artist is solitaire. 
    Collaboration requires the willingness to share a (small) part with some one else. This can start with working together in the same room, discussing together about an important artistic item, vision and can go up to work in the same art piece. In this project it was not a must to do the last option, the idea of the project is based on in what way artists cross their own boundary and are open for accepting influences from a colleague.
    It is fabulous to  to see how careful the participating artists are in crossing these boundaries by themselves as well as by the other party.

    Working together for one month, away from home and own atelier, focusing on the local environment and society is creating an atmosphere in which stepping in unknown directions is inviting.

    The three visual artists Tiina Mielonen (Finland), Alexander Nikitin (Finland, born and studied in Russia) and Marja de Jong (Finland - born and studied in the Netherlands) have intensively worked on an art production based on getting involved in the artistic view of the collaborating partners. 
    They have worked during one month in the same atelier near to each other and have explored the different artistic visions.
    To get involved in the art works of other artists and to find out what the common grounds are and how to explore it is an intensive process, which needs a long time. The process is demanding an open mind and the intention to create common areas to work together. The art works of these three artists are finally individual works, but the outcome of it is the result of the visual dialogue during the whole process. Each artist has made steps in a deviating direction. Sometimes in color, sometimes in form composition or material.
    This collaboration has an own authentic result in which the respect for the other view can be seen.

    The starting point of the other collaboration partners, Siard (Finland - born and studied in the Netherlands) and Matiass Jansons (Latvia) has been different. Their time was shorter and both artists are working in a different field of art. Siard is a media artist and Matiass a sculptor. Finally they create a work on the interface of static and dynamic. The sculptures of Matiass are part of a time document of Siard. The video registration is the documentation of changing in time and structure.

    The initiative of Tiina Mielonen to open a book to start a visual dialogue between the artists opens the way to reflect on the other works and also to start something new. This book will stay in the art center and other artists will be invited to use continue in it.

    The location has been inspiring all the artists. From inside to outside, from view to modeling, it opens for every artist new perspectives and allows new visions and reflections.

    During the presentation the Argentina artist Pedro Riva will show his first large scale paintings.


    project group
    Marja de Jong - Finland
    Lucien den Arend - Finland
    Tiina Suhonen - Norway
    Ian Newberry - Sweden
    Ilse van den Berk - the Netherlands


    This project has received funding from:

    Arts Council Finland
    Etelä-Savon Maakuntaliitto
    AllaprimA Foundation


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