Ann Linnemann Gallery
Natur Kultur Objekt at the Ann Linnemann Gallery in Kronprinsessegade shows the work of two ceramicists - Turi Heisselberg Pedersen and Marianne Krumbach - with ten pieces from each artist.
These works could hardly be more different in style but it is interesting to see, juxtaposed here, their use of colour and texture and to see how these very sculptural pieces occupy their space.
Ann Linnemann Galleri
Kronprinsessegade 51, København
12 September - 19 October 2019
Turi Heisseiberg Pedersen
Turi Heisselberg Pedersen studied at the School of Design in Kolding. She has taught and has been an external examiner at the Royal Academy.
Works shown here are a development of a series entitled Faceted Shapes from 2015 to 2016 where the pieces had strong underlying bulbous or baluster shapes but with bold irregular facets - flat planes - over the whole form to create strongly geometric pieces. In this more recent series, there is that same use of facets like an irregular giant crystal but with more complicated composite forms that are more distinctly asymmetric and, in some pieces, there are two or three elements grouped together.
This is stoneware with a slip finish and the surfaces are matt - rather than glazed and reflecting light - so the material itself increases and enhances shadows and makes distinct changes in tones across each face as light falls on the piece. The surfaces are boldly cut at different angles but the finish has a light texture and that too effects the colour and enhances and both simplifies but also makes more dramatic the quality of the shadows.
This fragmentation of complex forms is reminiscent of the work of so-called Deconstructionist architecture of the late 20th century.
There appears to be a distinct evolution from smooth, rounded and symmetrical shapes in an earlier series of ceramic vessels - The Baluster Series from 2008 to 2012 - and then a series of related but less complex forms but with fluting or deep texture called Organic Shapes from 2013. The current works are moving to a stronger emphasis on the underlying geometry of form and surface together.
Marianne Krumbach studied Art History at the University of Copenhagen - graduating in 1994 - and then, through to 2001, studied ceramics and glass at the School of Design in Kolding.
The pieces shown here are, in comparison with the work of Turi Heisselberg Pedersen, organic but in two forms …. with one group taking as a starting point nature, be it rather dark and foreboding nature, in groups of stems or leaves or bud-like shapes that enclose and seem to be self contained or even exclude the viewer, and the other amazing and complex and loosely-wound shapes of strips or ribbons of clay that somehow draw you in like entering a maze or secret place.
They have strong colours with thick glazes and again much of this, in terms of materials and colour, is about exploring light as it falls across complicated forms to create deep and dramatic shadow not only beyond the work - the shadow cast - but shadows and dark spaces within.