GRAPHIC TALES - Exhibition May 2012

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Lisbeth Holst-Jensen DK
Exhibition 2 – 26 maj 2012

A ceramic composition of graphic images in interaction with oval forms.
The exhibition is a fine example of how skills, technical ingenuity, artistic and musical understanding can combine in the ceramic media.

The graphic vessels and 'image-plates' reflect Lisbeth Holst-Jensen's experience with the tactile possibilities of the ceramic material, knowledge of art history and artistic curiosity linked to a great passion for music.
Lisbeth Holst-Jensen was educated at the Kunsthåndværkerskole (Denmarks DesignSchool) in Copenhagen and has an Eksam.Art (BA) in Art History at the Copenhagen University.
She taught at the Skolen For Brugskunst (Denmarks DesignSchool) for a number of years and is especially renowned for her knowledge of art history, decoration and material understanding, and a indomitable passion for working with ceramics from her first functional ware to the latest graphic and imagery motives on ceramic form and surface.
She has received grants and awards from The National Danish Art Foundation, The National Bank Art Foundation and has exhibited at the Denmark Ceramic Museum 2007, Georg Jensen 2004, Gallery Nørby 2001, Bornholm Museum 1999, and sold pieces to the Danish colletions: Statens Kunstfond (National Art Foundation), Art Museum Trapholt, New Carlsberg Foundation etc.

GRAPHIC TALES by Lisbeth Holst-Jensen
The surface of the oval forms is characterised by the content told in a graphic language, where the division between dark and light parts creates the basic structure, while the ceramic materials give to the expression a high degree of depth and tactile character. In the simplified motives and lines, the image-surface shows the expression and tension, that appear between them. The desire is, in an abstract graphic form language, to express an atmosphere, a tale.

Subject wise I become occupied with a detail, a structure, that I 'spread' and allow to set the agenda for the whole composition. I draw or paint the themes again and again, finding a simplification and abstraction, that makes the motive ambiguous and open for interpretation.
The motives are built up on a flat piece of cloth, where layer upon layer of the soft porcelain are dripped, poured, brushed. The thickness defines to what extent the next layer will 'shine through'. The thin 'clay-image' is transferred to a clay-slab, and then it is formed. This working method, I have developed, gives me room for improvisation and impulsion, and results in a richness of nuances, that awaken the image expression. The result often holds an area of tension, tells a story.

The painted tiles appeared from my wish to work with surfaces on a large scale. The individual clay-sheets can, as a module, join to larger units. This gives me a larger work space, contain more 'material' and more statements. This desire is a natural consequence of the very concentrated expression on the oval vessels.
I have developed my image-technique, that is now transferred to a ceramic sheet, that will keep a straight form and surface after firing. The sheets can be seen as individual images with a thematic connection or a unified composition. This use of clay-sheets may lead into new possibilities for commission work.

BIOGRAPHY – Lisbeth Holst-Jensen CV
Lisbeth Holst-Jensen grew up on the Danish island of Bornholm, as a next door neighbor to the oldest stoneware factory in the North: Hjorths Fabrik, where she in her childhood collected rejected bisque ware, that she painted on. At the age of 15 she started making her own ceramics fired at the factory. This place was for her like an 'Aladdins Cave' and has highly influenced her first years in ceramics.
Inspiration came generally from the fertile ceramic environment at Bornholm: Lisbeth Munch Petersen, Gertrud Vasegård, Marie Hjorth, Grethe Lindblad, Julie Høm, Bo Christiansen, Hans Munch Andersen and Gert Hjorth Petersen, - and many others; - together with ”the unique nature of Bornholm, the great variation of landscape, plants and growth, the Baltic sea and the cliffs”.

At the age of 18 Lisbeth started at the Art School, 'Kunsthåndværkerskolen' in Copenhagen. – She says: ”It was a revelation being permitted to work with my greatest interest, the creative – every day. I had Niels Lauesen as a teacher for all the 5 years, and I am grateful for it. During a School trip to London in 1974, visiting Tate Gallery, it was an especially fine experience seeing an exhibition of the painter Mark Rothko.”

When Lisbeth Holst-Jensen studied Art History at the Copenhagen University (1975-79) her main areas were the painters Max Ernst and Jackson Pollock, and Middle-age frescoes in Denmark and Italy. - ”The lectures about fine art, sculpture and architecture opened a new world – a treasure chamber of expression possibilities, that formed a foundation for the rest of my working life”.
The awarded residencies at the Danish National Studios for Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen (1998, 2001) and the Danish Art Institution San Cataldo in Italy (2002, 2008) offered optimal work conditions and artistic development. Journeys and exhibitions, mainly in Europe, have given active time for studying collections and special exhibitions of major artists, like the latest Kandinsky-exhibition at Centre Pompidou in Paris. Likewise a scholarship journey to New York was of great inspiration, - ”and naturally colleagues work and exhibitions in Denmark”.

GRAVITATION - Exhibition April 2012

Esben Klemann DK
Exhibition March 29 marts - April 28 2012

Esben Klemann's core area of expression is clearly defined by his interest in architecture, construction and material, – a constant desire to further the development of process is the main importance in his finished pieces.

Esben works freely with architectural pieces for public space and exhibition.

Always challenged by the characteristic qualities of the material and a desire to test limits of ability - in concrete or ceramics, he is 'plain-curious' and possesses a strangely defined, – and 'probably therefore interesting' - inclination for 'space-narrative'.
He has a desire to do 'something totally different' - often. Maybe this is what 'runs the clock' for him.

Esben Klemann was educated at the Royal Danish Art Achademy in Copenhagen.
He is known for his remarkable sculptural and architectural art work.
Two Concrete Barriers, Vanløse Culture Centre – Entrance at Paschal, Denmark A/S, AArhus 2010 – Concrete Element, Bornholm Art Museum 2009 -'Step Elements' Eventyrhaven Odense County 2008 – Concrete Elements, Technology Institute, Tåstrup - 'The Bank' outdoor ceramic relief at parking building, Miami USA 2007
Recent exhibitions: 'Sculpture by the Sea' Århus 2011, Solo Exhibition, Agallery and 'Across' Tappehallerne Carlsberg, København 2010.
2012 – Honorary Award, The Arts Foundation of 1973 for painters and sculptors – The Danish National Art Foundation, Fine Art Department

GRAVITATION by Esben Klemann – About my work:
” I am basically open for all means of work, that so to say 'work'. The sum of my experiences throws ideas into space and challenges me to give them physical bodies, - that will work. They continuously materialize in my studio, and wait there in heaps, while I think, rethink and decide, whether I will work further with the idea. If positive, I make a couple of related small works, a kind of test balloons, and from there I escalate in size and number. This way I build up my spacial 'form-curve' by trying, looking and retrying...
This way I challenge the GRAVITATION in ceramic pieces, where I anyway do things that apparently can not be done. Because it is ALWAYS interesting – ceramics or not.
I cast plastic movements in margarine boxes or fix string in sharp squares; knock stamps into clay blocks and freeze movement by slip-casting into the void...

I intend keeping a certain speed in the 'art production', because I tell myself that boredom during work is directly readable in the finished work. Like trying to figure it out too much, causes laziness, fear and lack of fantasy.
You can call my work theme-less or abstract, or you can call it language of form, consequently communication by making artistic touched spaces and objects, it injects vitality onto things as a contrast to the ordinary.

A piece on the floor works differently from a piece at the wall - likewise it is a great difference making an object for an exhibition or building a piece in a specific location.
When I work with the space between ceiling and wall, I get into an area, where often a stucco is placed. This way my work collides with the public expectation of a sculptural manipulation at this place, that may be more in direction of a Roman ornament or fluctuating flower decorations. This way I attack peoples memorized conception of how stucco looks like and at the same time sculpturally play with the space at places, where otherwise room is only left for art pieces on window-sills, flat on walls or small size pieces on little shelves.

In public spaces I usually work with the concrete element, because it is often this material, that forms the architectural frame for people. Concrete is cheap, robust and flexible – but unfortunately mainly used in squares with flat sides. By reshaping I show other possibilities to demonstrate, how a concrete element can act and look. I have made copies of the stop-blocks, that typically stand before road work in cities. A concrete block, that is applied a relief, is beautiful. Furthermore it has flexibility as the traditional mobile concrete block yet liberated from the pedestal of the traditional sculpture. It is natural to move the concrete block using it in new connections.”