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Exhibition 12 May – 11 June 2016
Sculptural ceramics about time, memory and life
Barbro Aberg challenges the melting point in lava-like materials, composing pattern and structure in natural rhythm of process in which the apparent recognisability surprises with unknown sequences and richness of detail.
The pieces emerge from a personal insistence of developing an individualistic idiom of form.
Inspired by microscopic fossils combined with thoughts about time, memory and ways of life, she achieves a fusion of nature and culture.
Even when the bowl or vase appears, it is in form of the archetype.
Barbro Åberg: ”I relate to the impulses from the world of fantasy that can transform inspirations and sketches into three-dimensional pieces.
The exhibition pieces 'Texted Eggs' are a new line in my artistic work.
The ideas for these came out of a quick brainstorm.
The pieces have evolved into a combination of sculpture/ musical instrument or meditation object. Each object carries its own tale, its own note.
The exhibition also presents 'Entangled Pieces' a theme I have worked with for the past years.
The viewer, with no affiliation to ceramics as an artistic expression, is often astonished seeing my work - my special clay, the modelling and final expression.
I work mainly with the sculpture and object, - and when the bowl or vase sneaks in - it is in the form of an archetypal sculptural unique piece.
The clay is a mixed clay with the volcanic material perlite and paper fibres. The surfaces consist of various 'terra sigillata' or colours.
My inspiration are shapes, patterns, textural surfaces both in nature and down to the microscopic level, as well as in our man-made culture, including architecture and engineering.
In addition, I photograph and use the visual impulses from the photographic process as a kind of visual memory.”
BARBRO ÅBERG was born in 1958 in Umeå, Northern Sweden.
Danish married, working and living in Denmark since 1986.
EDUCATION at Arts&Crafts School in Kolding, DK 1986-88 and Konstskolan in Uppsala, Sweden 1984-85.
Member of IAC International Academy of Ceramics.
EXHIBITIONS - Gallery Pagter 2015; Gallery Lerverk, Göteborg, Sweden 2014; Biennial Parcours Céramique Carougeois (Prix du Public) Galerie Tiramisu, Schweiz 2013; Denmark's Ceramics Museum CLAY 2011-12; International Ceramic Festival Sasama, GIFU Museum, Japan 2011; Space Between Thoughts, Galerie Hélène Porée, Paris 2010; Gallery Nørby, Carlin Galerie m. Thiébaut Chagué, Paris and Meister der Moderne, Handwerkskammer of München 2005; From the Kilns of Denmark, travel exhibition USA, Paris, Berlin 2002-04..
ART FAIRS: SOFA New York og SOFA Chicago/ Lacoste Gallery 2008-12; SOFA Chicago/ Snyderman Gallery 2007, Gallery Nørby 2006; 2014 Collect London/ Cultural Connections, UK and International Fine Art & Antique Show/ Maison Gerard, New York.. See more: BIOGRAPHY..
Thanks to The Danish Arts Foundation for Project Funding of the Gallery in 2015-2016.
BIOGRAPHY - BARBRO ÅBERG www.barbroaberg.com
Born in 1958 in Umeå, Northern Sweden. Danish wed, living in Denmark since 1986.
Member of IAC International Academy of Ceramics since 2007.
1986-88 Arts&Crafts School – Kolding. Ceramics & glass.
1984-85 Konstskolan i Uppsala, Sweden.
1983 Student, Susan Steinman, Berkely, USA.
1979-82 Art Education Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, USA.
2004 Biennale de la Sculpture en Céramique, Mamer, Luxembourg.
1993 Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award, New Zealand.
1993,90,89 Artists Easter Exhibition Århus, DK.
1991 Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition, DK.
1988 Artists Summer Exhibition in Tistrup, DK.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS - SELECTED
2016 Potential Spaces, Kaolin, Stockholm.
2015 Entangled, Galleri Pagter, DK.
2014 Galleri Lerverk, Göteborg, Sweden.
2013 Galerie Tiramisu, Carouge, Schweiz.
2011-12 Erindring & Erkendelse. Denmark's Ceramics Museum CLAY, Funen.
2010 ”The Space between the Thoughts”, Galerie Hélène Porée. Paris.
2010,07,04 Galleri Jytte Møller, Frederici, DKa.
2008 Keramisch Centrum Nederland, Haarlem, Holland.
2005 ”Tanker om Tid”, Galleri Nørby, Copenhagen, DK.
2003 ”Spår av tid”, Blås & Knåda, Stockholm.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS & TWO-PERSON SHOWS - SELECTED
2015 Nature/Return. Det Ny Kastet, w. I.Ørntoft, S.Rasmussen, T.Andersson
2014 The Structure of Lust, Galleri R2, Svaneke, DK.
2013 Masterpieces - miniature, Ann Linnemann Gallery, København.
2012 Danish Clay w. Hans Vangsø. Lacoste Gallery, USA.
Drawing the Empty Space. w. XXIInd Biennale of Vallauris, Frankrig.
Gallery Hu, Nagoya, Japan
2011 Verkehr Museum & International Ceramic Festival, Sasama, Japan.
2006 PULS, Bruxelles. w. Jonathan Keep, UK.
2005 Carlin Gallery, Paris. w. Thiébaut Chagué.
2001 ”Metamorfose”, International Ceramics Biennial, Austria- Danmark.
2002-04 From the Kilns of Denmark. Travel exhibition USA-Paris-Berlin..
”Céramique Contemporaines Danoises”, Carlin Gallery, Paris.
”Keramik aus Dänemark”, Keramik Galerie Hilde Holstein, Bremen.
1997 ”Keramiktriennalen”, Trapholt Art Museum, DK.
“Danish Ceramics 1850-1997”, Sophienholm, DK.
1999 “Standpunkte”, Keramikmuseum Keramion, Frechen, Germany.
Material: Earth - Size: Small, Schweiz.
2005 ”Meister der Moderne 2005”, Handwerkskammer of München.
2007 The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, USA.
2008 Danish Ceramics. Lacoste Gallery, USA.
The Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, GIFU, Japan.
ART FAIRS - from 2006
SOFA Chicago, SOFA New York, COLLECT London, International Fine Art & Antique Show, New York,USA.
FUNDS & AWARDS
Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark's National Bank Foundation, Painter Koefoeds Fund, Danish Crafts, Anna E. Munchs Legat, Frimodt-Heinke Fund, Politikenfondet,Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond, Esther & Jep Finks Mindefond for arkitektur og kunsthåndværk, Danish Crafts, Dalhoff-Larsens Fond..
REPRESENTATION IN COLLECTIONS
Musée de Carouge, Schweiz, GIFU-Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Japan, Danish Arts Foundation, Ny Carlsbergfondet, Designmuseum Danmark, Statens Konstråd, Sverige, Kunstforeningen af 14. august, Keramikmuseum CLAY, Internationalt Keramisk Center - Guldagergaard, Aarhus Kommune, Skanderborg Kommune..
Textile and ceramics meet in new materialities - concrete and inconcrete.
An interdisciplinary experimental collaborative project of material combinations and techniques, such as cylinder-drilling in cast concrete, glaze, clay.. made in a studio residency at The Danish Art Workshops SVFK Copenhagen in 2015.
Anne Fabricius Møller & Ann Linnemann - Exhibition in 2016 - LINK
The exhibition was a presentation of the project, showing the laboratory-like character of the experiments and work in progress.
A fascination with secret layers, geological research and collecting things has resulted in a collaboration in which sand, cement, old shards, cups and other easily available materials are cast and/or melted into unique small existences, which are core-drilled, and archaeological surprises have emerged.
Cup-drilled columns, some are several cuts out of one casting, creating new spatialities, as from the recycled teapot that is cast in concrete, to seabed-like associations in the ceramic drillings.
Much fell apart in the process, some fell out reasonably, but small revelations also jumped out of the project.
Unpredictable areas and substances, also much stuff in the bottom of a bucket.
Some casts are in a geological-like state as if extracted from the real world.
The project used gravel, various powders, metal oxids, glazes, clay, pottery shards, - Ann Linnemann's cups, jugs, bowls and Anne Fabricius Møller's accumulations.
Grateful thanks MT Højgaard for the loan of drilling equipment and The Danish Art Workshops SVFK in Copenhagen for studio space in the spring of 2015.
and to the Danish Arts Foundation Project Fund for exhibition funding in 2016.
The project is inspired by drilling with 'Cup-drills' (cylinder/core drills) for example occurring at construction sites, brickwork for pipes and installations, geological ground investigations, ice core drilling, biological research, time survey, archaeological studies, and not least the left-over drill holes and the drilling cores.
Key words: geological deposits - archaeological accumulations - time layers - time pockets - memories & secrets - conscious & unconscious - precision & randomness..
"We worked with material tests and experiments based on our individual experiences, but with the object being to challenge these experiences through interdisciplinary collaboration, differences in material knowledge, craftsmanship and artistic approach, mindset and philosophical aspects of the project itself."
Collection and accumulation of materials - layer by layer.
Material and form studies are mainly in clay and other ceramic materials, fired shards, but also concrete, sand, stone, cement, wood, and other matters.
We drilled with a cylindrical Cup-drill into mixed substances, which we then fired at different temperatures or fired before drilling.
Because of melting risk in the kiln we made clay containers that were labelled and filed in a coded system.
Anne Fabricius Møller - www.aaa-fff-mmm.dk
"Generally, I am inspired by what is at hand and daily chores, mechanics, tool geometry, botany, spontaneous processes, time, nature, and that of the good stuff, I can dig up from my own stash."
Ann Linnemann - LINK - ceramic pieces
"I am interested in the secret layers of the work. The dreamy and nebulous hiding in the object's concrete reality. The dialogue with the viewer and the story that underlies the experience, - and material, archaeology, scientific research...”