2015 “Beyond G(l)aze”, KODE, Bergen, Norway

Beyond G(l)azeBeyond G(l)aze, KODE, Bergen, Norway. From the Curators: Feng Boyi, Heidi Bjørgan, Bjørn Inge Follevaag, Wang Dong: The exhibition title; Beyond G(l)aze defines glaze, and our – the spectator’s – gaze, as key visual characteristics of clay based art. Besides the material’s obvious tactile qualities, there is also a visual appreciation involved. This appreciation is often historically preconditioned; almost as if we were genetically conditioned to evaluate clay works from our long historical relationship with the material. We often contextualize according to aesthetical, formal or functional qualities rather than content or substance. This exhibition investigates expressions outside of the realm of aesthetics, functionality and form. Material based expressions, such as textile or ceramics, have often been considered from a material perspective rather than artistic expression. However, as demonstrated in this exhibition, clay goes far beyond material. The selection of artists encompasses works of artists who apply this medium as material, but also artists with obvious links to a clay-based tradition. As such, the material itself becomes insignificant, and expression essential. Artists from Norway: Jim Darbu, Irene Nordli, Nils Martin, Torbjørn Kvasbø, Anne Helen Mydland, Corrina Thornton, Linn Pedersen, Stein Haga Kristensen, Ingrid Askeland, Artists from China: Chen Xiaodan, Liu Jianhua, Feng Feng, Ai Weiwei, Lu Bin, Lu Pin Chang, Liu Dan Hua, Huang Huani. Text from “Beyond G(l)aze” catalogue: ISBN 978-82-999335-2-0

From the Curators: Feng Boyi, Heidi Bjørgan, Bjørn Inge Follevaag, Wang Dong: The exhibition title; Beyond G(l)aze defines glaze, and our – the spectator’s – gaze, as key visual characteristics of clay based art. Besides the material’s obvious tactile qualities, there is also a visual appreciation involved. This appreciation is often historically preconditioned; almost as if we were genetically conditioned to evaluate clay works from our long historical relationship with the material. We often contextualize according to aesthetical, formal or functional qualities rather than content or substance. This exhibition investigates expressions outside of the realm of aesthetics, functionality and form. Material based expressions, such as textile or ceramics, have often been considered from a material perspective rather than artistic expression. However, as demonstrated in this exhibition, clay goes far beyond material. The selection of artists encompasses works of artists who apply this medium as material, but also artists with obvious links to a clay-based tradition. As such, the material itself becomes insignificant, and expression essential. Artists from Norway: Jim Darbu, Irene Nordli, Nils Martin, Torbjørn Kvasbø, Anne Helen Mydland, Corrina Thornton, Linn Pedersen, Stein Haga Kristensen, Ingrid Askeland, Artists from China: Chen Xiaodan, Liu Jianhua, Feng Feng, Ai Weiwei, Lu Bin, Lu Pin Chang, Liu Dan Hua, Huang Huani. Text from “Beyond G(l)aze” catalogue: ISBN 978-82-999335-2-0

 

2015 “Transformator”, galleri Format, Oslo, Norway

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Rørskulptur, porselen, produsert på Norsk Teknisk Porselensfabrikk. Galleri Format, Oslo. L 500 x b 350 x h 150 cm

Rørskulptur, porselen, produsert på Norsk Teknisk Porselensfabrikk. Torbjørn Kvasbø. Galleri Format, Oslo. L 500 x b 350 x h 150 cm. Gjenstandene oppe til høyre: Irene Nordli. Photo: Torbjørn Kvasbø.

Norsk Teknisk Porselensfabrikk (NTP) har i snart hundre år produsert keramiske isolatorer til høyspenningsanlegg. NTP har latt 17 kunstnere få innpass i fabrikken og gitt dem tillatelse til å anvende produksjonsfasilitetene der. Resultatet er er utstillingen Transformator, som ble vist i Bomuldsfabriken i Arendal, Hydrogenfabrikken i Fredrikstad, og Kunstnerforbundet, Galleri Format og Ram galleri i Oslo.

Mer tekst om Transformator under “Artikler”.

 

2015 “Transformator”, Hydrogenfabrikken, Fredrikstad, Norway

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Rørskulptur, porselen, produsert på Norsk Teknisk Porselensfabrikk. Hydrogenfabrikken, Fredrikstad. L 500 x b 350 x h 150 cm. Sylindere i front: Caroline Slotte. Photo: Torbjørn Kvasbø

 

2014 “Transformator”, Bomuldsfabriken kunsthall, Arendal, Norway

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Rørskulptur, porselen, produsert på Norsk Teknisk Porselensfabrikk. Bomuldsfabriken kunsthall, Arendal.  L 500 x b 350 x h 150 cm. Objekter på veggen bak: Katrine Køster Holst, Norge. Photo: Torbjørn Kvasbø

 

2014 “Attention Craft”, Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

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I Liljevalchs tradition ligger det att introducera nytt konsthantverk och genom sommarens utställning Attention: Craft fortsätter vi denna tradition. Vår förvissning är att de elva utställarna, i praktiken, visar på konsthantverkets utvidgade fält – det vill säga att gränsen mellan konst och konsthantverk i dag är upplöst.

Materialtraditionen liksom materialkunskapen är stark men samtidigt skapar nya arbetssätt och undersökande arbetsprocesser nya uttryck. De elva är alla experter inom sina respektive materialfält; glas, keramik, textil, trä och metall men gemensamt är en närvaro i tiden och i omgivningen och en ständig rörelse i sökandet efter ny kunskap.

Deltar gör Karin Bengtson, Linus Ersson, Silje Figenschou Thoresen, Hanne Friis, Mia E Göransson, Linda Karlsson, Simon Klenell, Torbjørn Kvasbø, Erlend Leirdal, Anders Ljungberg och Märit Runsten.
Utställningskommissarier är Agneta Linton och Maj Sandell. Till utställningen produceras en katalog med rikt bildmaterial och introduktionstexter.

 

2014 “Beyond G(l)aze”, Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China

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2013 Lillehammer kunstmuseum, Lillehammer, Norway

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2013 Drammens Museum, Nøstetangenrommet, Drammen, Norway

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2010 Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway

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2009 Trøndelag senter for samtidskunst, Trondheim, Norway

24 Relieff 250x230 cm samt stakker h90 cm. 2009

 

2007 Exhibition Terres Extremes, Argentona, Spain

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2007 Terres Extremes, Exhibition Maison de la ceramique Contemporaine, Giroussens, France

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2005 Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo

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2004 Vestlandske kunstindustrimuseum, Bergen

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2003 Bomuldsfabriken kunsthall, Arendal, Norway

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2001 Galerie DM Sarver, Paris, France

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2000 Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway

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1999 Norwegian Contemporary Ceramics, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam 

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Wall 1998, earthenware bricks 450x500cm Søren Ubisch

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1993 Hordaland kunstnersentrum, Bergen, Norway.

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1990 Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimueum, Trondheim, Norway

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1987 Hordaland kunstnersentrum – “Krypten”, Bergen, Norway

14 Stoneware slabs, anagama fired, natural ash glaze, 1986. H 80-90 cm. Krypten Hordaland Art Centre 1987.

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1986 Christiansands Kunstforening, Kristiansand, Norway

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1979 Galleri HH, Lillehammer, Norway. My first solo exhibition.

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