Maritta Nurmi: After the end of Art Anything Goes
Exhibition dates: December 10, 2010 to January 7, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday December 10th 6 to 8pm
Art Vietnam Gallery
7 Nguyen Khac Nhu Street
In this playful exhibition fusing art and fashion, Maritta Nurmi puts herself in the
vanguard of our times. She borrows the title of this show from Arthur C. Danto, the
philosopher and art critic, noted for his pieces in The Nation, the leftish American
weekly. It was Danto who questioned where art wouldgo once it lost all relation to
narrative. Maritta Nurmi takes this same position: Anything goes.
The artist is already noted for her richly detailed works of silver, aluminum and
copper leaf on canvas. In the show Art Vietnam is proud to offer viewers, she
continues along this path adding text and textile to accentuate her shimmering
surfaces. Freed from the constraints of making “Art” as it is currently conceived,
Nurmi explores all sorts of media and objects, elevating the everyday and mundane
into what we may call the zone of the sublime.
Large, round aluminum trays used for steaming rice are suddenly transformed into
whirlpools of flora and line; small wooden stools, playfully patterned, spring from
the floor to the wall, while their corresponding tea tables are transformed into
colorful, functional artworks. Stainless steel worktables are essays in structure and
line; dragons and Buddhas appear faintly in their mirrored surfaces, transporting
the object and the viewer into a fanciful world.
Nota bene, we must add: In the midst of all the playfulness, Nurmi takes her ideas
into yet another dimension. Inspired by the colorful textiles of the people of Benin,
in West Africa, where she was an artist in residence in 2009, she had fabrics of her
artworks made in India and then transformed the fabric into her own eclectic mode
of fashion, Couture Adorable de Maritta.
Stripes and circles, angles and lines, color and pattern all collide into a splendid
kaleidoscope of fun and frolic, a true testimony tothe function of art as art and art
as function wherein “anything goes”.
Please join us at Art Vietnam Gallery for an electric evening of dazzling color, fun
and frolic celebrating art as art and art as life.