Undercurrents: A Selection of Contemporary Nordic CeramicsFebruary 5 through March 27, 2016
Kristina Riska (Finland), Hilda Hellstrom (Sweden), Marit Tingleff (Norway), Louise Birch (Denmark), Christin Johansson (Denmark), and Kjell Rylander(Sweden)
HIlda Hellstrom is also our current Guest Artist in Residence. Learn more HERE.
Just as undercurrents flow beneath the surface, independently, yet part of the same bodies of water, Undercurrents celebrates contemporary Nordic culture that is both individual yet rooted in deep and proud traditions. The work exhibits influences of traditional Scandinavian Modernism as well as personal and contemporary themes. Conceived by TCS Resident Pauliina Pollanen, the purpose of Undercurrents is to introduce our audience to a wide range of the innovative ceramic art being made in the Nordic region. From the work of Kristina Riska, who is engaged in both the sculpture and design worlds, to Christin Johansson, whose work is conceptual and often video based. Each of the participating artists is engaged in a shared history through the lens of contemporary practices.
A goal of Undercurrents is to raise the profile of Nordic ceramics in the U.S. and to highlight Nordic cultural heritage more broadly. Undercurrents is an opportunity for these artists to exhibit abroad, create an exchange of concepts and ideas, and establish dialogue and connections for future cross-cultural collaborations.
"Figurative ceramics primarily makes up the framework of my stories, but recently I have rediscovered an old interest in drawing and image making.
My work is inspired by illustration, philosophy, humor, mysticism, contemporary popculture, C.G. Jung's concepts of the collective unconsious, and by my own experiences in the world. Just to name a few..
My stories take shape in a constant dialogue with the material of choise a dialogue where sensuousness and intuition contribute on equal terms as the intellect." - Louise Birch.
She carries a deep secret. Porcelain is her healing substance and a symbol of the cycle of life. She carries a strong feeling from a time past in Dresden and Meissen. She carries the memories against her chest in the exact same spot from where energy once flowed freely. Its time to let go, but is it possible when the intuition is so powerful and so clear? She senses the will of the porcelain with her fullest attention. She is determined and ready to undergo the transformation that is required. - Christin Johansson
Kristina Riska first endeavored upon ceramic artistry as a student at the
Department of Ceramic Art at the University of Art and Design, Finland
in the 1980s. Defying the typical output of the student body, namely
articles of pottery made for daily use, Riska instead took a vigorous,
physical approach to her work. She would, as she does now, begin to
conceptualize her works on paper, her designs ultimately coming to
fruition spontaneously as she worked. She prioritized artistry above
functionality and despite the demanding and time-consuming process she
engaged in, her impressive yield was that of unique ceramic works that
transcended the boundaries of art and design. - Hostler Burrows Gallery
Marit Tingleff is internationally renowned as one of Norways greatest contemporary ceramic artists. Marit uses the landscape of her own daily life as a starting point for her large-scale ceramic plates. She takes ordinary, everyday, functional objects and elevates them to something much more powerful. Her large ceramic works are first modelled horizontally. Next, while still wet, they are raised to a more upright position with the help of large custom-made walls to counter the impact of gravity which would otherwise make the wet clay sag. Gravity also plays a role in how she further develops the works. Marit pours colour from the top of a work and lets it run down the surface to form random lines and patterns. - Taste Contemporary Craft
Ms. Hellstrom is our current Guest Artist, learn more about her HERE
Please contact Curator Jennifer Zwilling with any purchase inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-925-3453 x18.
Blatt Landskap (Blue Landscape) No. 9 (Light Blue), Earthenware, slip, 27.5" diameter, 2012, $2800.