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symposium 2005
reductive abstraction

less is more again

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  • jaak hillen
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  • Professional sculptors were invited to apply by sending an Email with their qualifications and/or cv. Six sculptors were selected to work with the above materials and tools.>

    In the spring of 2005 FOAM/ArtRadius and Saksala ArtRadius organized a sculpture symposium based on the theme reductive abstraction. During the last two decades it seems that art has been attempting to give itself more content by accumulation. Combinations of superfluous materials and styles have lead to a redundant art. But this apparent development is only an aspect of art as a whole. What is presented as contemporary or even avant-garde is only that which has temporarily in the spotlights of the museums and galleries. The marketing of art by too many fashion seeking art historians and art promoters is continuously aimed at creating new trends. This would not be so detrimental, if only they would realize that different art forms have to exist next to each other in order to stimulate and feed each other. Letting the artists determine their development themselves seems to be too much to ask.

    ArtRadius, a global initiative, set up and supported by artists, will give the wheel back to the artists - therefore seemingly forgotten movements in art will be re-established and put back in the spotlight.

    The development of art is parallel not serial.

    Therefore we aim to aim the spotlight at a development which did not only start during the Russian Revolution or the Stijl, but has been going on much longer; already in the renaissance artists were searching for a pragmatic, as well as scientific, approach to bypass emotional target practice. So constructivists were not only the men and women in the first decennium of the twentieth century.

    MINUS SPACE, an online initiative presentingthe best reductive, concept-based art, formulates it very concisely:

    "Reductive, concept-based work is generally characterized by its use of plainspoken materials, monochromatic or limited color, geometry and pattern, repetition and seriality, precise craftsmanship, and intellectual rigor."

    The material in which which was worked in was wood. The first artists worked from May through June - the last sculptor completed his work in September.

    the sculptors work in different periods during the spring and summer

    Kiril Prashkov Black Sea North Sea Zwijndrecht 1999

    Varol Topaç Kemijärvi 2003

    visit the symposium

    Belgium Jaak Hillen June 1-9
    Bulgaria Kiril Prashkov May 10-28
    Holland Ton Kalle May 18-31
    Holland Mari Shields May 29-June 14
    Holland Roland de Jong - Orlando May 27-June 14
    Turkey Varol Topac September 5-19

    Ton Kalle kasteel Groeneveld Baarn 1996

    Mari Shields Kasteel Groeneveld Baarn 2002

    Jaak Hillen Erfurt 2000

    Roland de Jong-Orlando Giro-Rigiro 2003


    with support of: Haukivuori Kunta, Etelä Savon Maakunteliitto, Mikkelin Kaupunki, ArtRadius Encouragement Fund Finland ry, KYYVEDEN SAHA OY, AllaprimA Foundation Holland, DutchDeltaDesign.com, de Jong Tours Holland

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