Original title: The darkside of sunsets or the ambiguity of a sunset seen from a shelter in the dust, rain, fire, flood, ect.
The way we perceive the beauty of our environment can be understood as a combination of a physical phenomena and an assessment of them under moral aspects. The transformation of the blue day sky to a deeply red one in the evening seems to be a sublime phenomenon of sunlight through molecules in the earth's atmosphere and explains the colors of the sky. Knowing that different aerosols carrying more or less harmful substances can enhance the red colors of the sunset sheds a different light on the beauty of the illuminated sky.
Smog is formed out of various substances floating in the layers of our atmosphere. This misty phenomenon also known as pea soup or black fog does not only take our breath away metaphorically and literally, it also affects our infrastructure as for example the efficiency of solar power. Nevertheless efficiency is not the only parameter that comes into account in dealing with these unforseen challenges. Isn't that the productive but hedonistic human nature; the urge to erect ivory towers in the haze?
Lea Wittich & Jaakko Heikinheimo
2021, Gallery Aarni. As part of the group exhibition: (un)seen, in the dazzle of infrastructure.
Artists, curators, contributors:
Kirsi-Maria Raunio, Onerva Heikka, Miklas Hoggard, Ronya Hirsma, Amanda Ripatti, Anna Kozonina, Ya-Yu Tseng, Lea Wittich, Jaakko Heikinheimo, Maikki Siuko, Ya-Yu Tseng, Petra Aaltola, Sara Blosseville, Outimaija Hakala, Jonna Halli, Heidi Holmström, Eeva, Ala Leresteux, Liisa-Irmelen Liwata, Rasmus Mäkelä, Aarin Purple, Emma Sarpaniemi, Maija Annikki Savolainen, Ferdinand Waas, Patrizia Constantin, Bassam El Baroni.
Video, 10:24 min, white fleece curtain
8 x 8 x 1,5cm, brass, acrylic, sulfur, iron, pigment
90 x 15 x 15 cm, steel and pinewood treated with different substances
Dust, rain, fire, flood, etc.
15 x 90 x 15 cm, steel coal, bitumen, sand mixed metal dust