Howard Smith (b. 1928) is an American born artist who moved to Finland in the early 60’s. Since then Smith has enriched the Finnish art scene with forms and colors from Afro-American cultural heritage and with an attitude of unforeseen playfulness. Combining those with Nordic minimalism and driven by endless curiosity has resulted in an astonishing oeuvre where no material or technique has been shunned. Best known by the public for his designs for Arabia and Vallila, he has also produced an amazing amount of sculptures, paper cuts, ceramics, drawings and paintings. His art celebrates the cultural diversity in a way that remains of great relevance.
The Aesthetic Research Tour built in the Copper smithy in Fiskars will show Smith as the poetic artist that the sculptor/ curator Martti Aiha has discovered going through his recently catalogued works. The visitor will be guided through the beauty of found objects and never ending curiosity – The poetry of putting things together in a way that makes us humans feel joy about this business of being alive.
The exhibition will be open 2.12.2018 -3.3.2019 wed-sun 12-17.
The exhibition is part of Howard Smith 90 jubileum supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation, The Arts promotion Center, Sophie von Julin foundation, Vallila, Fiskars Village, Onoma and Kuparipaja.