Leena Saarto
28 Jan – 27 Mar 2011
In 2011 the Turku Art Museum Studio Program is dedicated to contemporary art from Turku. Leena Saarto (b. 1956) starts off the year with alphabet figures, which play a central role in her art. The materials have varied from paper to tin to plywood and the forms morphed from 2D to 3D as these familiar signs continue to react to their surroundings. Saarto is a keen observer of temporal phenomena and, especially, of unfolding narratives. In the exhibition the past and the present merge into a new meaning. A will to dialog is at the heart of Leena Saarto’s practice.  

A huge cross on the wall of the Studio seems to grow out of the building itself. The sign resembles an unfolded letter I, the most basic form in our alphabet. It’s no coincidence that it also refers to the English word I.

Two more tiny figures stand in the Studio. One of them is Shin Tanaka’s Gritty. Shin Tanaka is a world-renowned Japanese graffiti artist and creator of street origami. In the end it’s up to the visitors to interpret the meaning of these signs. Is it always necessary to have a common language to grasp the other? How could two people, you and me, communicate so that they could reach, even just for a fleeting moment, a true understanding?
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