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Currently Obsessed With: The Nordic Craft Fair

January 21, 2009
Louise Nippierd

Perhaps it’s because of the cooler temperatures and winter colors these days, but the Scandinavian aesthetic has increasingly been on the brain. One of my current projects is focusing on a purely Northern European style, as well, which doesn’t help the obsession. So it seemed like more than coincidence when a few minutes ago I got the heads up about an upcoming show at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts called Irreverent: Contemporary Nordic Craft Fair. Interest piqued, I wondered, ‘Why the name?’

“Irreverent showcases the surprising work of a new wave of craft artists from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden who challenge the aesthetics and principles of Scandinavian modernism. Rejecting the sleek elegance and mass production that characterized the modernist movement, they emphasize the role of the maker in the act of crafting and the narrative potential of functional objects. The artists move away from the utilitarianism of high modernism and turn instead to camp and intricacy, triggering a fresh relationship between craft and art.

Check out the featured artists and their amazing work, then tell me you still don’t want to go:

Frida Fjellman

Anders Ruhwald

Anni Rapinoja (it’s made of reeds!)

Per Lysgaard

The show starts this Friday, January 23rd, and runs until April 12th. Click here to find out more about the YBCA. Opening night is $10 at the door, $8 in advance. Tickets are $5 with a student ID, and the galleries are FREE the first Tuesday of every month.


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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2009 9:04 pm

    I’m down. Can we hit up the Nordic House (http://www.nordichouse.com/) for pickled herring beforehand? Yummmm…

  2. January 21, 2009 9:04 pm

    I’m down. Can we hit up the Nordic House (http://www.nordichouse.com/) for pickled herring beforehand? Yummmm…

  3. January 21, 2009 9:09 pm

    Perfect! But only as long as you do the ordering, sir. I do not want to be held responsible for the outcome of that gamble…

  4. January 21, 2009 9:09 pm

    Perfect! But only as long as you do the ordering, sir. I do not want to be held responsible for the outcome of that gamble…

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