helsinki: hypnopompic

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kustaa saksi is a finnish graphic designer based in amsterdam. an acclaimed creative, saksi has worked for some of the planet's leading brands and companies. he adventurously applies his talent to a wide variety of fields and materials, and textiles happens to be one of them. currently on at korjaamo galleria in helsinki is hypnopompic, an exhibition of surreal and unique artworks manufactured with the jacquard weaving technique. the show's title hypnopompic refers to a state of sensory confusion leading out of sleep, when the state of awakening is blurred by the dream world and becomes a surreal reality. this is an exceptional state of consciousness, in which one may experience the presence of, or see creatures and animals, such as spiders, monkeys and insects.

as such, it has been affiliated with visual delusions caused by a nagging migraine. interestingly, these graphic patterns, designs and textures are thought to have contributed to the traditions of ornamentation, mosaic and textile. in the work on display work, saksi refers to scientific studies of the subject in his search for inspiration. as a result his surreal works are like abstract landscapes that also refer to the tradition of optical art. they're colourful distinctive landscapes of organic shapes that each feature intriguing psychedelic worlds [on through sep 15]. location: kulttuuritehdas korjaamo, töölönkatu 5 [etu-töölö].

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