Anu Tuominen: Kitchen

Oct.6-25, 2006

  Art-U room is pleased to host the first solo exhibition in Japan of Finnish artist, Anu Tuominen.


  Anu Tuominen graduated from the University of Art and Design (dept. of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design, 1984-1992) and from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki (majored in Media Studies 1990-95). She started to show her works in solo and group exhibitions from 1989. In 2003 Tuominen received the best prize at Ars Fennica, the most respected annual award in the visual art in Finland.


  Tuominen displays daily objects and household utensils almost as they are in the way of ready made, but with a slight modification; e.g. she inserts a spoon into a rift in a red-orange woolen beret and names it ‘Carrot Puree’, or she releases the butterflies on an illustrated entomological book by cutting their wings from the page. These kinds of subtle interferences liberate the objects from their functional existence and arouse in the viewers' minds small '!'s and '?'s, often accompanied by smiles and giggles.


  This exhibition gathers the works around Tuominen's favorite subject 'kitchen'. The most banal kitchen utensils such as funnels and whisks, found in the flea market for the most part, are examined meticulously, interpreted and reincarnated as ‘something-else', guided by Tuominen's conceptualization, or by her miraculous 'recipe'.


●  Opening hours: Tue.-Sat. 12:00-19:00. Sun.12:00-17:00. / closed Mon. and National holidays

●  Reception with the artist : Oct.6, 18:00 - 20:00

■ Supports: The Finnish Institute in Japan, Oskar Öflund Foundation, graf: decorative mode no.3 design products. inc.






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