Rhythmically repetitive forms. A restrained visual language. An intelligent understanding of the balance of the room. These features characterize Suvi Nieminen’s sculptural installation Nexus.
One of the white walls of the staircase at the Psychology Faculty is covered with hourglass-shaped protrusions. They form a wide-mesh grid, which gives the wall structure and texture. The even distribution of the forms in black and steel on the wall gives an overall impression of restrained elegance.
Steel is also found between the stairways. Sculptured steel bands fill the entire staircase, rippling rhythmically in and out. They are gathered in a knot between each floor, separated from each other to reach out to the stairways and attach themselves to the floor shifts. They provide a unifying aspect in the architecture, enhanced by the one wall that is decorated.
Suvi Nieminen (1957 -) is an installation artist. She is Finnish, but lives in Bergen. She is a graduate of Konstindustrihøgskolan in textile in Helsinki, and the Vestlandet Art Academy in Bergen. Nieminen often works creatively with the space of the room, in sculptures that repeat a single subject. In this way she creates precise, but intuitively placed installations in a minimalist style. Nieminen has made ornaments to the quay in Ulvik, the Statoil Platform C and the reception to the Statoil headquarters in Stavanger. She has worked as a teacher at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts and the Bergen School of Architecture, and is an artistic consultant for Public Art Norway (KORO).
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