Things in Commom - June 2010

Things in Common
Prue Venables & Kirsten Coelho AU, Ann Linnemann DK
Exhibition 3 June – 3 July 2010

The two Australian ceramic artists Kirsten Coelho and Prue Venables exhibit together with Danish artist Ann Linnemann. All of them work with unique functional hand-thrown porcelain pieces, that contains a kind of 'story'. They met in England and later Australia, where they discovered various similarities in form language, idea, material and working methods. They have exhibited together in Australia and currently show their work at this collaborative exhibition in Denmark.

Things in Common – from Australia to Denmark

Kirsten Coelho ”finds beauty in the decay of iron. Eternally balanced and still, confident in the space they inhabit, her works also bear stigmata-like marks of mortality and poignant change. This exhibition includes opalescent and matt white glazed forms punctuated or banded with judiciously applied iron oxide. Other pieces have cool celadon glazes resting on rims and shoulders above iron-rich tenmoku glaze, forming a delicate transitional zone, suggestive of landscapes and mist-shrouded skylines.”
(text by Stephen Bowers, AU).

Prue Venables “makes the shift to porcelain the natural step for anyone looking for hardness and ringing clarity. Her objects are confidently utilitarian, with deliberate but understated echoes of the purposeful crispness and functionality found in laboratory funnels and crucibles. Venables wears her technical mastery lightly. Her resilient pieces are completely explicable to common sense as they glow softly with reflected light and colour. Delicately referencing materials like metal, stone and glass in a way that is unexpected, her household objects acquire an element of paradox that enlarges the imagination.”
(text by Stephen Bowers, AU).
Prue Venables: Mossgreen gallery - artists & Beaver galleries

Ann Linnemann shows in this new work her fascination of the decorative, story-telling image interacting with the functional object. The translucent porcelain pieces show 'landscapes' painted in alkalic ash glazes and ceramic crayons. She searches in her own language and new materials to express relationships between image and decoration in poetic, sensitive 'water colour' brush strokes describing the landscape, changes in nature, lines on the horizon or abstract dream motives, the atmosphere or scene of a landscape, a culture. The personal 'things' link her visions and memories to the everyday experience and ritual. Ann Linnemann

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.’ Logo:
Furthermore acknowledgement to the Arts Victoria