Kaolin’s exhibitions 2020
Kaolin’s exhibitions 2020
AMONG THE LEAFY TREES IS WHERE I LIVE
24.10 – 15.11 2020
In his new exhibition at Kaolin, Kennet Williamsson celebrates the wooded river ravine just outside Askersund where he has made his home and had his workshop since the early 2000s. Inspired by artists such as Henri Matisse and Ellsworth Kelly, he creates images of the leafy, light greenness around him in ceramic materials. The natural and muted shades of the ash glazes in wall tiles and containers contrast with saturated red in a gallery space, opening up room for contemplation and timeless presence.
“These leafy trees that surround me have become my allies and consolation in some unique way. I can’t think of a time when I’m not looking up into the crowns of the weeping birches swaying in the western wind.”
Kennet Williamsson has a long, busy and multi-faceted career as an artist and potter behind him. His work has been rewarded with a state income guarantee and the Prins Eugen Medal for outstanding artistic achievement. In recent decades, Kennet Williamsson has been a recurrent exhibitor at Kaolin and we are very happy to welcome him back again.
3.10 – 21.10 2020
With a focus on materials and minimalism, Jane Holmberg follows in the footsteps of the Danish ceramics tradition. She works with unique objects where the material plays an important role in the encounter between the chaotic and controlled that often arises in her works. After having worked in porcelain for many years, Jane Holmberg started to explore the opportunities offered by the different colours of earthenware clay.
Jane Holmberg has created her own colour palette of a white, a red and a black clay that she combines in different ways to create pattern and shade. When the different clays come together and are combined on the wheel, shifts in colour and marbled patterns emerge in a constantly changing form of expression. The chaotic marbling is enclosed in a strict form. All of Jane Holmberg’s works are raw and unglazed. It is tempting to call her work dogmatic; three types of clay, one wheel and her hands.
“The jar is central to my work. It is a fundamental element in the traditional craft of pottery and I am interested in working with recognisable themes in new ways. I combine my interest in classical craftsmanship with inspiration from nature – the sun and the shadows in the sky, cut tree trunks with rings that tell the age of the tree and a lived life... a raw and beautiful cut that helps to create a frame for my works.”
/ Jane Holmberg
Jane Holmberg studied ceramics and glass at Design School Kolding, graduating in 2001.
In 2015 Jane Holmberg was awarded a bronze medal from the Danish award Kunsthåndværkerprisen af 1879 for the project “Clay and Color”. The same year also saw her exhibit at the Copenhagen Biennale. We are proud and happy to present Jane’s art to a Swedish audience and would like to warmly welcome her to Kaolin.
BUILDINGS AND HOMES
22.9 – 30.9
Houses, places to live.
This is what this exhibition is about, and yet not.
Kerstin Sarvimäki is interested in and influenced by the fundamentally human aspects of houses and buildings, forms to which she therefore constantly returns. It is not always the buildings themselves but their shapes that attract her; houses as symbols and sometimes as fragments from her dreams. In her ceramic buildings, she welcomes the observer to weave in their own associations, so letting her buildings speak for themselves.
“I’m not in the position of being able to build a house of my own so, for me, my ceramic houses are a wonderful way of channelling that desire. And then they may also express something else too. The viewer will have to decide that for themselves.” /Kerstin Sarvimäki
Trained at the Academy of Art and Design at the University of Gothenburg, and one of the founders of Sintra in Gothenburg, Kerstin has a long background as a potter. She works with practical pottery and with slab built and built designs, often in unglazed, black stoneware with coloured slip. Her works are represented in museums including the Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft and Alingsås museum.
Kerstin lives in Gothenburg and works in the studio area Konstepedemin.
22.8 – 9.9 2020
Lisa Hellrup’s art always focuses on the clay as a material that offers inexhaustible possibilities and huge limitations. The creative process is seen as exploring the nature of clay and the works often show signs of the process that went into them.
“For me, the creative process begins at the moment when I take in the things that surround me – people, events, words and objects. It is the clay that filters and translates all these impressions. The clay and I interactively process the mass of impressions – sorting, naming, specifying, or going in deep and exploring until I have worked out how the emotion is to be shaped.”
In her creativity, Lisa Hellrup adopts the perspective of a little clump of grass, reflecting the view of a small, attentive and emotional person and their experience of the world. The lightness of a single moment, sorrow or fear, fragile memories, striving to understand one’s place in the wider context, everything that elapses and builds up us as humans. The artist interacts with the living characteristics of the clay and experiments with encapsulating processes and movements.
“The emotion is conveyed by the repetitive work of thumb and forefinger. A large amount of the satisfaction comes from the sensitivity of the fingertips. Getting to feel the clay change structure depending on how hard or how gently I press it.”
Hellrup’s exhibitions are often like worlds of their own – spaces where time has stopped for a moment with all its emotional charge. It is characterised by a certain unfinished quality, like an unanswered question or an unclear thought. Another sign of where Hellrup wants to position herself – on the way, not at her destination; in the question, not in the answer.
Lisa Hellrup is a new member of Kaolin and lives and works in Leksand. Lisa has previously exhibited in the USA, the UK and the Lebanon and this is her first one-woman show at Kaolin.
SUMMER AT KAOLIN – MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION16.3 – 3.4 2020
Kaolin’s members exhibit on the theme of Kitchen art, curated by Kennet Williamsson.
CHALICE OF LIFE
14.3 – 28.4 2020 IN THE PROJECT ROOM
In Fredrik Persson’s works, the chalice of life is a metaphor for the individual. He prises between and twists the norms and attitudes that surround us. In Fredrik’s world, the vessel, describes how our knowledge and experiences shape ourselves. In his exhibition, Fredrik explores how we relate to the everyday forms and objects and their relationship to the body and existence itself.
“The body, the physical, bearer of the mental, thought, which in turn shapes our bodies. We are beautiful beings when we steer towards good aims, we can seem like sand blasted in the wind, gently rounded, hard and brittle. The physical body stands firm and solid, protecting the mental, the transient.”
“How thick can the membrane or wall of a cup be for it to be seen and used as a cup? At what thickness does it become an object representing a cup?”
Fredrik has been a member of Kaolin since 2005. He trained at Konstfack and works as a potter and graphic designer. In his studio in Örnsberg, Fredrik prefers to work in unglazed stoneware. The objects he creates often exist in the borderland between sculpture and practical pottery.
14.3 – 28.4 2020
Lisbeth has been a member of Kaolin since the late 1990s. She has been working with raku firing in both functional ceramics and sculptural work for many years and many people will recognise her definitive jars with lids in colourful raku glazes. In the exhibition “Black water”, Lisbeth has worked sculpturally with the thoughts and tones of all the watercourses of the forests of Halland. Small invisible things have taken shape above the surface of the water.
“I live in a place where everything is built around the water. There is an interconnected system of pools, canals and log flumes. They are no longer used but the remains are still there, which mean that the water rushes along in some places and flows slowly in others. This also means that wherever you go, you can hear the sound of water. It babbles, seeps and rushes from different directions.
It is in this environment that the first ideas for this exhibition were born. There are places I always return to, kinds of power stations for inspiration. I have walked along the canal countless times. The spruce forest, the veils of mist and the black surface of the water fire my imagination. Beneath the surface it is teeming with life. The shapes I have built up and then raku fired are inspired by the tiny creatures I have seen under the microscope but also by my own imagination about life under the surface.”
22.2 – 11.3 2020 IN THE PROJECT ROOM
Clara Fjällström works sculpturally with clay and experiments with different forms of construction, both methodically precise and wildly intuitive in a mixture of abstract and representational forms. She sees her work as a collage of different times, nature and culture, and makes use of both artefacts and natural objects that can be used as a model or mould, so as to then find their place in a sculpture. Clara is fascinated by creating objects that exist somewhere between the clearly man-made and the organic, between the random and the controlled.
Clara graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Academy of Art and Design at the University of Gothenburg in 2017 and now works in a collective workshop in Södermalm in Stockholm.
Åberg & Floche
CIRCLES & OVALS
22.2 – 11.3 2020
In Anne Fløche and Barbro Åberg’s exhibition at Kaolin, both artists come together around a shared interest in simple, geometric forms such as the circle and the oval. In pictures, signs and in three-dimensional sculptures, they explore the basic shape and the nature of these ur-shapes. “The circle – the unit of all things” “The oval – movement”
Barbro Åberg was born in Umeå in northern Sweden and has been living in Denmark since 1986. Her ceramic work is often reminiscent of coral and plant life where the holes become as tangible as the clay around them. Her works both breathe and hover as part of biology or an architectural structure.
This exhibition has received support from the Danish Arts Foundation (Statens Kunstfonds Projekstøtteudvalg for Kunsthåndværk og Design) and Letterstedska Föreningen.
Anne Fløche has been working in Denmark since 1978. Anne’s work is reminiscent of fragments in the natural world, carvings and plants. She often works with raw ceramic surfaces and earth tones with finely-tuned details giving accents to the works.
Barbro Åberg previously exhibited at Kaolin in 2016 and Anne Fløche in 2006.
SHADES OF CLAY
1.2 – 19.2 2020
Nina Pärnerteg usually works in earthenware, where light, functional ceramics have become her signature pieces. In the “Shades of clay” exhibition, she shows her most recent work and her experimentation with the Nerikomi technique in which space is made for colours and patterns and where the clay is allowed to find its own path, untamed.
“I often turn to textiles to relax. I buy fabric when I’m travelling and second-hand. I’m fascinated by pattern, colour combinations and structure. Nerikomi is a technique where the clay is dyed and put together in intricate ways to make patterns. Whole sheets of figures and patterns can be created in this way. I tried it and was delighted. Patterns and colours appeared. In my work, I choose to be surprised, letting the clay itself join the game. I cut the stacks of clay in different ways, lay them out on the table, roll them out and let the patterns spread themselves out, like watercolour paint flowing across the paper. The flower pattern gets to dance across the table, living its own life.”
Nina Pärnerteg is a member of Kaolin and we are pleased and proud to present this further development in Nina’s work! Nina trained at Capellagården on Öland, and elsewhere. She lives in Stockholm with a studio in the old Gustavsberg china factory where she makes her ceramics.
MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION ON THE THEME OF BLACK / WHITE
1.2 – 19.2 2020 IN THE PROJECT ROOM
In the themed exhibition Contrasting Craft, Kaolin’s members display pieces large and small, in black and white – both functional pieces and sculptural works. Curated by Tove Tengå
Black and white is a theme that is never out of date. The monochrome highlights the lines and the shapes, making even practical items sculptural.” /Tove Tengå
As part of Design Week, Kaolin welcomes visitors to twin exhibitions.
The Project room hosts the members’ exhibition Contrasting Craft while the Gallery is showing Nina Pärnerteg’s exhibition Shades of Clay.
SPATIALITIES AND STRUCTURES
11.1 – 29.1 2020
In the “Spatialities and structures” exhibition, Anna Rutz explores architectural shapes and structures and translates them into stylistic objects in clay.
“What is it that makes us obsessed by and develop emotions for particular shapes – both large architectural shapes and the shapes formed in the clay? I am fascinated by building and shaping different structures in clay. I have explored different spatialities and structures for this exhibition based on drawings for houses that I have lived in or buildings that I have worked in. Using the architectural plans, I have experimented with different ceramic shapes, broken them up, simplified them, reduced them and tried out new formations.” /Anna Rutz
The inspiration for Anna Rutz’s work often comes from architecture and in her most recent exhibition “Formations” in Nacka Art Gallery, she studied Nacka from above. She both casts and shapes the clay, which is stoneware and porcelain.
Anna Rutz lives and works in Nacka in Stockholm. She has an MFA in ceramics and glass from Konstfack and is a member of the craft group Konsthantverkarna. She has held several one-woman shows and participated in group exhibitions. She is represented at the Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft and in Nacka municipality.