TEOS 2017 Kicks Off With Affordable Prints and Sculptures

Exhibition | TEOS 2017 at Puristamo, Cable Factory | 23 February – 5 March 2017

Images | HKI Art Guide

TEOS 2017 is this year’s edition of the annual sales exhibition created by the Finnish Printmakers’ Association together with the Finnish Sculptors’ Association.

Opening today, 23 February 2017 at the Puristamo space in Cable Factory, TEOS 2017 will remain on display a bit over a week, until Sunday 5 March. This gives plenty of time for art enthusiasts to find some favorite pieces to take home.

In fact, the sales exhibition is a also a take-away show as most art works can be packed on the spot for the buyer to take home immediately. Which is often not the case with the typical exhibitions, where collectors need to wait for the show to end before getting the work they purchase.

TEOS goes back over 20 years and it was initially organized for the Finnish State Art Collection and other prominent collections to pick their favorite works. Today, everyone is more than welcome.

In 2017, the sales exhibition gathers around 800 pieces of graphic art from 150 printmakers and some 250 pieces of sculpture from 100 sculptors. 22% of the printmakers represented in the exhibition are male, while 78% are female. The sculptors strike a balanced, egalitarian gender percentage of 50-50. Each artist can have a maximum of 3 art works displayed in the space.

As it is mainly a sales show, TEOS 2017 is not curated on a main theme or topic, but a ”micro-theme” – as Petra Hollmérus of the Finnish Printmakers’ association calls it – is ”art in the garden”. This relates of course to some of the sculptures that are also fit to be installed outdoors, but it is also a link with TEOS 2017’s corporate collaboration this year with Naava – a Finnish company that produces green walls to purify the air quality in office spaces.

There is no specific curator for the show, but the staff of the two associations together with a couple of artists have collaborated closely in order to set up and visually balance the show. The result is a mix-match of everything, but despite the apparent crammed presentation the viewer can still find enough space to view each piece separately.

Among artists you can expect to see are also prominent names in Finnish contemporary art such as Outi Heiskanen, Ulla Rantanen, Tommi Toija, Pekka Paikkari, and Ari Pelkonen, who was also the young artist of the year in 2012.

The associations did not wish to disclose their previous editions’ sales numbers, but mentioned that last year was the best selling year so far, attracting over 6000 visitors. This year they are hoping for an increase in numbers.

The average cost for graphic works is €650 with prices ranging from €100 to €3,000. For sculptures, the average cost is €2,000, prices ranging from €300 to €10,000.

The art works can be paid by card or invoice. Payment in parts is also possible for most works, in installments of up to 12 months. The minimum sum per installment is €25. Art made affordable for virtually any art enthusiast, not only established collectors.

TEOS 2017 does not have a dedicated webpage but can be followed during the exhibition days on Facebook and Instagram. The exhibition is open during weekdays from 11:00 to 19:00 and during the weekend from 11:00 to 17:00.