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05.01 – 28.01
Anders Ruhwald


Louise Hindsgavl and Gitte Jungersen: Setting the Stage
Welcome to the opening Thursday 30 August 5 – 8 pm
On Saturday 1 September at 2 pm you are invited to an Artist Talk
with Louise Hindsgavl and Gitte Jungersen

Louise Hindsgavl and Gitte Jungersen at Copenhagen Ceramics
Photo Jeppe Gudmundsen Holmgreen

Louise Hindsgavl: Part of the installation “Luckys and Bunnys”, stoneware, 2012.
Photo: Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

Louise Hindsgavl: Part of the installation “Luckys and Bunnys”, stoneware, 2012. H: 50 cm
Photo: Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

Gitte Jungersen: Place to be Lost # 23, stoneware with found figure, 2012.
Photo: Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

Gitte Jungersen:”Place to be Lost”, stoneware with found figure, 2012. L: 60 cm x H: 24 cm
Photo: Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

For their upcoming exhibition at Copenhagen Ceramics – Setting the Stage – Louise Hindsgavl and Gitte Jungersen are each showing their variant of a contemporary version of the figurative ceramic tradition. They both share an interest in visually expressing the psychological aspects of life and their wish to reflect the inner life of humans in figurative works with elements of animal and human being.

From children’s books and fairy tales we are used to projecting human characteristics on to animals and so we likewise identify with the drama that takes place in the ceramic scenes of Jungersen and Hindsgavl.

The ceramic expression of Louise Hindsgavl and Gitte Jungersen differ widely. But each have, in their own way, revived the figurative tradition and renewed its relevance. The porcelain figure is a starting point for both, but the kitschy and banal references, that are normally attached to this genre, are replaced and transformed into underlying, more disquieting messages. The figure or the figurine – which plays an ever important rôle in the history of ceramics – often contains wit and humour and is of lesser scale than that of sculpture, is well suited for both artists’ commenting accounts on big and small dramas of life.

For the exhibition at Copenhagen Ceramics Gitte Jungersen has taken a new step. She has in recent years been transforming the stories of found, industrially produced, porcelain animals by inserting them through firing into new landscape-like ’scenes’. This feature of the earlier works is now to a large degree substituted by abstract structures made up of squared shapes. However, these otherwise stable forms are falling in, collapsing and broken at times. The dissolution is further emphasized by masses of glaze, that overflow the shapes as big blobs, partially erasing them. The scenes evoke a sensation of the uncontrollable and catastrophic, while the ceramic appear sensually specious and beautiful.

Glazes play a very special rôle in the works of Gitte Jungersen. She is known for her heavily sensual surfaces of great textural complexity. The bubbly surfaces of her pieces result from the glazes ’boiling’ at top temperature of the ceramic kiln and the subsequent rapid solidifying in the cooling-process. Thus the handling itself of the materials contributes to emphasizing the thematic content. Whether it’s a nearing dissolution awaiting or rather a new narrative in the making, is left open for you to decide.

Louise Hindsgavl’s contribution to the exhibition circles around the loss of innocence, the confusion and the transformation, that happens in the transition from childhood to becoming an adult. For this show, Hindsgavl has chosen to work with a totally different expression than her well-known porcelain-figures and their absurdist accounts about the darker recesses of the human mind. In recent years she has also experimented with including other materials and ready-mades in her porcelain tableaus. Now the pieces are bigger, of a coarser nature and with quite a different volume than she has mainly been using, but her works still invite to our ongoing discussion about pure and impure.

The work ’Luckys & Bunnys’ refers to the tale of Alice in Wonderland, where the child meets change in the shape of an unknown magical world and where the rabbit is the central element, pulling the child through its development.

Both artists have over many years been frequent exhibitors in Denmark and internationally.

Their works have been acquired by many museums worldwide as well as by private collectors. Louise Hindsgavl is represented at e.g. Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The National Museum, Stockholm; New Carlsberg Foundation, Denmark; the Röhsska Museet, Gothenburg; Designmuseum Danmark; Trapholt Museum of Art, Denmark.

The works of Gitte Jungersen are in collections of e.g. Designmuseum Danmark; the Natioanl Museum, Stockholm;; McManus Galleries; UK, Vestlandske Kunstindustrimuseum, Norway; New Carlsberg Foundation, Denmark and International Ceramics Museum Grimmerhus, Denmark.

The exhibition will be opened by Adrian Hughes, host of cultural programmes at National Danish Television.

On Saturday, 1. September at 2 pm. Copenhagen Ceramics invites to an Artist talk with both artists at the gallery, where art historian Jorunn Veiteberg also will be putting the work of Jungersen and Hindsgavl into perspective in a historical and contemporary international context.

Copenhagen Ceramics
Smallegade 46, baghuset 2. sal tv
2000 Frederiksberg                                            

Contact: Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl
Mobile: 2728 5452

Wednesday — Friday: 1 – 6 pm
Saturday:  12 am – 4 pm

Click names to view each artists work:

Louise Hindsgavl
Gitte Jungersen


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