FORM LANGUAGE - June-August 2014

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FormLanguage - MindCraft
36 contemporary ceramic artist
Exhibition 12 June - 13 August 2014
A 'library' of contemporary ceramic art - to be read in multiple ways :-)
Danish contemporary artists who work in clay, have each made a ceramic piece in connection with a written piece.
The ceramics relate to everything from poem, fairy tales, proverbs to technical manual - all forms of writing..

A Jury has selected the pieces from application to the exhibition and
awarded the piece 'Stablet Bo-enheder' (stacked living-units) by Vibeke Rytter.

Things and phrases are linked to 'literally' visualize the written word in contemporary ceramic art.

All-Things history is a diverse, versatile, meaningful narrative in clay.
Everybody relate one way or another to the written word: novel, short story, fairy tale, poetry, biography, newspapers, articles, proverbs ...
There are no limit to words in use :-)
Each exhibitor show how their ceramic piece and text belong together.

The exhibition can be read, seen, sensed and thought of according to the viewers mind and imagination.
An advisory jury has selected the ceramic pieces based on applications to the exhibition - both new works, new expressions, ideas, experiments, but also thematically relevant earlier works.
This way, the exhibition shows a wide range of different ceramic approaches, techniques, themes and artists - and tell new stories on contemporary art.

From jar, sculpture and wall object to installation - Everything's allowed :-)
- if only the ceramic work is sincere, genuine and relate to a written piece!
A jury awards a first prize: an exhibition at Ann Linnemann Gallery in 2015.
JURY: Karen Harsbo, Marianne Nielsen, Kristine Tillge Lund and Ann Linnemann.
The award winner(s) receive an exhibition at Ann Linnemann Gallery in 2015.

EXHIBITORS: Asger Kristensen, Better Lübbert, Birgit Krogh, Charlotte Thorup, Dorte Blenker Kristoffersen, Dorthe Lange Søndergaard, Finn Dam Rasmussen, Gerda Østergaard, Helle Vestergaard, Jeanette Hiiri, Jette Löwen Dahl, John Gibson, Jonathan Keep UK, Karin Michelsen, Karin Sauer, Kim Holm, Lis Biggas, Lisbeth Holst-Jensen, Lone Skov Madsen, Louise Gaardmann, Louise Sidelmann, Mariko Wada, Mette Marie Ørsted, Mia-Maria Gravgaard, Ninna Gøtzsche, Ole Vesterlund, Pernille Pontoppidan Pedersen, Sten Lykke Madsen, Søren Thygesen, Thora Finnsdóttir, Trine Bach Jakobsen, Ulla Bech-Bruun, Ursula Munch-Petersen, Vibeke Rytter, Vicki Hansen, You Little Teapot (Lars Rank and Thomas Lagermand Lundme).

Alfabetic list of artists by first name from A-Y

Asger Kristensen -
'Rødt og Sort'(red and black) - sculpture, stoneware
'Nitten Digte' by Gustaf Munch-Petersen (1912-38)
Better Lübbert -
'MIT RUM' (my room) – sculpture, porcelain
'MY ROOM & my friends room' by Niels Winther (1948-2014)
My room.
In a way I'm mostly you
But in order to be with you, I have to know my room
Where I am I
Just to dare to be mostly you

If I do not have my room, I won't be here, I won't be there
There'll be no me
Not anywhere

My room will show, where I will go
And where I'll be, my eyes will see things in my room

I cannot see, what i don't know
Without a concept of my own, I have no recognition, all is strange

My room is me
In this time
Forever me
If I don't find my room inside, I will be lost in all of you.

Birgit Krogh -
'Kaos' (chaos)
– sculpture and wall object, stoneware
Text by Birgit Krogh
Charlotte Thorup -
'Forbindelser' (connections)
- sculpture, stoneware and porcelain
'Norwegian Wood' by Haruki Murakami
Dorte Kristoffersen -
'HareVase' (Hare Wase) - wase, cast and modelled porcelain
'I en skov en hytte lå' an old childrens song
Dorthe Søndergaard DK/Norway
'Postkorttaske' (postcard bag)
- porcelain and rubber
Private postcards received throughout life..
Finn Dam Rasmussen -
'Men shall know commonwealth again'
- sculpture, stoneware
Music by Leonard Cohen 'Dear Heather'
- 'Villanelle for our time' by Frank R. Scott, Canada 1899-1985
From bitter searching of the heart,
Quickened with passion and with pain
We rise to play a greater part.
This is the faith from which we start:
Men shall know commonwealth again
From bitter searching of the heart.
We loved the easy and the smart,
But now with keener hand and brain,
We rise to play a greater part.
The lesser loyalties depart,
And neither race nor creed remain
From bitter searching of the heart.
Not steering by the venal chart
That tricked the mass for private gain,
We rise to play a greater part.
Reshaping narrow law and art
Whose symbols are the millions slain,
From bitter searching af the heart
We rise to play a greater part.
Gerda Østergaard -
'Don Quixote og hans væbner' – sculpture, raku fired
'Don Quixote' by Miguel de Cervantes 1547-1616
Helle Vestergaard -
'Filemone og Bautic' – sculpture, porcelain
'Metamorphoses - Filemon and Baukis' by Ovid (43 b.c.-17)
Jeanette Hiiri Marquart -
'Din Lott' (your lot) – stoneware, modelled
'Dikter 1882' by Viktor Rydberg, Sweden 1828-95
Jette Löwén Dall -
'Alice in Wonderland' - sculpture, porcelain, readymades
'Alice in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll
John Gibson DK/UK
'Original Sin' - hand modeled, bronze patinated ceramic
'The Bible - Genesis Chapter 3'
"by Unknown Writer.. but probably many :-)”
1) Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2) The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3) but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
4) “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.
5)“For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6) When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7) Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
8) Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9) But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10) He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
11) And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
12) The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
13) Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Jonathan Keep UK
Sound Vessel – Sound Surface, 3D-printed porcelain
'Rapsodie in Blue' by Gershwin - from volume/rythm to 3D-form

Karin Michelsen -
'Omskolet vilddyr' (retrained beast) - lowfired porcelain
'Urskoven' by Jens August Schade
Karin Sauer -
'Wandrers Nachtlied' – Raku
Phoem by Johann Wofgang Goethe, Frankfurt am Main 1749-1832
Wandrers Nachtlied II
Kim Holm -
'Vinter' – plate, lowfired stoneware
'Et besøg i byen Sarashina' (a visit to Sarashina) by Matsuo Basho
Lisbeth Holst-Jensen –
'Brevet' (the letter) – vessel, stoneware, porcelain/black stain
'Op al den ting, som Gud har gjort' by H.A.Brorson.
Lis Biggas -
'Der lå en lille krabbe' (there was a little crab)
– bowl/plate stoneware, prints of sea wheet, crabs, clows
'Der lå en lille krabbe' - children song by unknown writer
Lone Skov Madsen -
'Grønt objekt' (green object) - modelled, dotted surface
'Eurofoil and the small droplets' (instruction)
Louise Gaarmann -
'Landskabet er meget mere mig'
– earthenware, thin slabs, folded/stacked
'Turbo' by Per Højholt (1928-2004)
Louise Sidelmann
Wall object - stoneware and poecelain, modelled
'Husk at gro' (remember to grow)
A sentence found painted on a rail in the city
Mariko Wada -
'Slag' (punch) - stoneware, modelled and kicked
'Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.'
Quote by Bruce Lee
Mette Marie Ørsted
'Bag ved månen' (behind the moon)
- high fired earthenware, slab built
From the phoems 'Rum' (Room/Space) by Mette Kappel 1983
Mia-Maria Gravgaard -
'Æblet falder ikke langt fra stammen'
(the apple falls near the trunk) – porcelain
Ninna Gøtzsche -
'Krible-Krable' - Stillleben, thrown porcelain, sand/dirt glaze
'Vanddråben' by H. C. Andersen (1848)
Ole Vesterlund -
'Blackabout' - sculpture, earthenware, modelled
'Taxi Driver' by Paul Schrader
...”On every street in every city, there's a nobody who dreams of being a somebody - He's a lonely forgotten man desperate to prove that he's alive.”
Pernille Pontoppidan Pedersen -
'Dialog' (dialogue)
- Wall object incl. shelf, earthenware, modelled
'Ramt af ingenting' (hit by nothing) by Ida Jessen
Sten Lykke Madsen
'Kvælerslange fordøjer elefant' (snake eats elephant)
– stoneware, soda/wood
'Den Lille Prins' (Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Søren Thygesen
'Kasse med indhold' (box with contents) – earthenware/wood
'Sjælen sidder i øjet' (the soul is in the eye) by Carsten Jensen
Thora Finnsdottir Søe -
'Tårer for Helle' (tears for Helle)
- wall object, stoneware/textile
'Solbær' (blackcurrant) by Naja Marie Aidt
Trine Bach Jakobsen –
'Når der går hul på en engel' (when an engel brakes) - porcelain
'Når der går hul på en engel' by Pia Tafdrup (phoem no.45)
Ulla Bech-Bruun -
'k a s t a n j e' (chestnut) - porcelain, wax, wolf hair
'Døden og co.' by Lucas Moodysson
Ursula Munch-Petersen –
Jars - thrown stoneware
'Dao De Jing' by Lao Zi "The Old Master, China ca.300 b.c."
Vibeke Rytter -
'Stablet Bo-enheder' (stacked units) - earthenware, transfers
'Samlet' - Aflæsning af objekter, Objekterne, Den åbne skulptur
by Willy Ørskov DK
Vicki Hansen -
'Morgen' (Morning) - thrown porcelain and glass
'Morgen' by Otto Gelsted 1888-1968
Gyldendals Christmas-book 'Hellas i mit hjerte'
You Little Teapot (Lars Rank og Tomas Lagermand Lundme)
'Selvstændige Lis' (independent Lis)
- plate, porcelain, slips/stain/pencil
'Næste kærlighed eller Laila og de andre' by Vita Andersen 1978

Thank you to the Dalhoff Larsens Fond and Danish Crafts the funding in 2014.