Still in love - exhibition November 2011

Still in love

Sten Lykke Madsen DK
Akio Takamori USA/Japan

3 November - 3 December 2011
Life appetite, narrative joy and humour in new ceramic pieces by Akio Takamori and Sten Lykke Madsen.
Akio Takamori and Sten Lykke Madsen always seem to work with love of humanity in mind.
This Summer the two friendly souls have worked together at a studio residency in Denmark, where they have been challenged by making pieces about love and eroticism.
The exhibition presents a joyful and reflecting enthusiasm for erotic love. It shows their undying appetite for life and love of clay, art and people.

Throughout time, history shows several examples of erotic art – from fertility goddesses and erotic statuettes to unlimited comments in contemporary art. Erotic art has been shown in secret museums and behind the shop counter, and at the same time appears as an ever existing and important part of the artistic expressions – both to happiness and indignation for the curious viewer.
Sten Lykke Madsen is recognized for his fabulous, humoristic figures, that in funny ways bring the viewer into a different world of hybrids between animal and human.
The theme of eroticism and love is always present in Sten Lykke's motives. He grabs with steady fantasy and humour the still new forms and lines to give out new experiences.
At this exhibition the bedroom chest of drawers shines of its own erotic adventures, while other forms play with each other and the viewers sense of imagination.
Akio Takamori is famous for his figurative works and masterly drawing on ceramic form.
At this exhibition he lustfully takes a starting point in race, gender and togetherness. He often uses the vase, the container as a basic form on which the figure drawing freely moves outside and inside the form in a sensitive brush stroke.
In those pieces, Akio tells about eroticism and love in ways that carry the mind into secret places and hidden corners, revealed around and inside the forms. He seems to talk about several aspects of erotic life and not be stopped by raised fingers and 'untimely' moralistic concerns.