helsinki

Kari Cavén

Galleria Sculptor

Jaded by the overproduction of an in New York, one hardly expects to be awakened into feeling by work made and exhibited thousands of miles to the north. Helsinki, though it remains an active center of architecture and design, is scarcely home to artists working on the cutting edge. But 31-year-old Finnish sculptor Kari Cavén, in his second one-man show, produced a group of constructions in painted wood that dispense the unmistakable tonic of authenticity Though his graceful, geometrically spare wall pieces hark back to Cubism, Dada, and Constructivism (still beloved in northern Europe), this artist displays a fully articulated sensibility all his own.

Cavén’s use of weathered siding, old painted doors, and other found fragments of wood transform castoffs into evocative abstract shapes. The formal simplicity of these pieces is enriched by the patina that comes from aged paint. Color itself

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