Explicit– A series by Martti Rytkönen
Explicit Checks and Stripes with straight, clear shapes with thin cuts exposing the crystal quality in a contemporary manner. Reeds, standing by the shore, dried by the cold winter, inspire the crisscross cuts on Explicit Stripes. The graphic design of Explicit Checks is reminiscent of the wooden fencing that is a typical feature of the Swedish countryside.
Martti Rytkönen (b. 1960) studied glass and ceramics at the College of Arts, Crafts and Design, although it was glass that captured his heart. The pure, clear crystal is his imaginative medium of choice, one which he cuts, etches, sandblasts and engraves to bring forth new graphical motives and effects. His motives are often narrative and full of humour.