Finnish artist Kaarina Kaikkonen’s two-site specific works, viagra sale The Blue Route, canada cheap and Time Passing By, no rx an outdoor work that used Brighton’s free-standing Clock Tower, have been recycled and the items of clothing given to Oxfam. The installations were made entirely from clothes donated by people in the city and the show was very well-received with 2,000 people visiting Fabrica over the opening weekend of the Brighton Festival.
Working primarily in public and easily accessible places, Kaikkonen uses simple, everyday objects such as second-hand clothing, toilet paper and women’s shoes, to create large-scale installations that articulate the architectural or open space in which her works are sited. She is best known for several major works using hundreds of discarded men’s jackets, which have a highly charged and personal significance for her. Though ambiguous in meaning her works evoke associations of personal loss, collective memory, and local history. The installations have been made in collaboration with Fabrica and the Brighton Festival.
Kaarina has described the work as a celebration for the people of Brighton and Hove and a kind of self portrait. But what did some of the visitors seeing the work think? Frame and Reference asked for their responses.
Ken, Fabrica volunteer invigilator:
“The general response has been almost entirely positive, although when people come in the side entrance they look and some of them say, “Mmm Contemporary Art.” Then, when they walk to the front, it all makes sense. But you don’t need to read a page to know what this is about. All the shirts are hung on cables to give a precise curve and there’s something about the sculptural aspect that has a calming effect. It’s peaceful. She’s got a very good eye for colour and a lot of people pick out the yellow shirt and ask what it means. She’s not explained any of it, she’s just responded to the space. Kids and couples like to have pictures taken with them standing in the middle of it. She talks about how every one of the shirts once had a beating heart inside of someone in Brighton or nearby. Her father died in front of her when she was ten of a heart attack, so clothing has had this significance for her. She used to wear articles of his clothing to give her the sense that he was still there. Once you know this, it helps unpack it a bit.”
Mike and Sheila:
“We’re on our way to see a Fringe event so we were just passing. It makes me think of the sky and the sun and the sea (Sheila). The yellow shirt is quite striking, I do think it’s clever. It’s great, I think it’s fascinating.” (Mike)
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