The ceramic works of Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl (1954) displays a search for the experience of trancendence with their strong focus on proportion and essence of form.
Kaldahl works on from a modernist tradition with a particular interest in the relationship between form and ornament, which he tries to rethink by constantly questioning the rôle of ornament as a complicating factor in relation to form. His approach is very precise and almost grammatical. At present he is exploring the boundaries of the abstract narrative form as in the works from the ‘Knotpot - series’ and in the very new work that involves direct casts from nature in conjunction with hand built forms of organic, yet architectonic character. The exhibition will be presenting new pieces resulting from these explorations.
Kaldahl first trained as a potter in the 1970ies. In 1988 he joined the Masters programme at the Royal College of Art in London, where he graduated in 1990. His work has been exhibited widely in Denmark and abroad and he is represented in many public collections. Earlier this year he received the Sotheby Award at the Collect Fair in London and his work is included in the Victoria & Albert Museum Collection. He has been teaching and lecturing part time for many years and has held the post as Head of the Ceramics and Glass Department at Danmarks Designskole, Copenhagen. He is now a research fellow at the college.