A celebration of Danish art, craft and culture
This event is connected to the Danish EU-presidency and is part of the official cultural programme of Denmark.
At Puls Gallery, ceramic work by Malene Müllertz and Stine Jespersen is on show. At Ampersand House you will see glass pieces by Tora Urup, Pernille Braun, Stine Jespersen and Tobias Møhl - and ceramics by Bente Hansen, Merete Rasmussen and Marie T. Hermann curated by Annette Sloth from Puls Gallery.
The ceramics and glass pieces at Ampersand House are exhibited in an environment of great Danish vintage furniture – the speciality of the house. Furthermore you can discover prototypes by young designers from the selection Mindcraft by Danish Crafts and paintings by the Danish artist Ane Vester.
Malene Müllertz belongs to the absolute top of Danish and international ceramics. Together with other icons like Bodil Manz, Jane Reumert, Bente Hansen and Beate Andersen, she is part of the legendary exhibition group Ceramic Ways. At Puls Müllertz will be showing around 20 net-like cylinders, networks if you want, up to 50 centimetres high, like three-dimensional patterns in the air. Müllertz is largely inspired by Andalucia and the masterful woven baskets in straw. In Müllertz vessels there is always a correspondence between the exterior and the interior. It seems like she aims to make the form appear as if it were stretched out to make room for an inner core that needs to get out: Her walls are broken through, into basket-like, woven structures. Her choice of form is dictated by impulses from constructions and patterns in nature and culture, in other crafts and materials. Sometimes the net-like structure is cut out of the clay, other times the net is constructed by means of a coil technique. For her newest works, Müllertz uses a wide range of colours: going from red, yellow and blue to more earthlike hues like white, black and brown. Müllertz networks belong to the most outstanding ceramics she has produced in years.
Stine Jespersen is born in Denmark in 1976 and has studied ceramics and glass at Danish Design School in Copenhagen, Saint Martin's and Royal College of Art in London. On her very first exhibition at Puls she shows both ceramic and glass pieces.
“From tubes and coils I chop and tear off pieces of clay, then pinch and press them together around plaster forms or in moulds. This act of repeatly chopping, tearing, pinching and pressing creates a rhythm and a flow as slight variations between the elements naturally appear. It is like visual music.I explore ideas and concepts by making series, groups and multiples in different themes and variations. The use of repetition has been important in my recent work, where I repeat the same elements, building new forms each time. The slight variation between the repeated elements draws the viewer in, as they discover the unexpected in the familiar.Working with ceramic archetypes, such as the bowl shape, provides an access point for the viewer, and from here I can twist their understanding. It is syncopated, like playing against an underlying beat. Working with contrasts is a key inspiration, whether in color and texture, order and chaos, or by combining industrial processes and hand building.
In my glass pieces you find the ordered structure on the inside as a contrast to the outside. Loosening up is a group of glass objects where translucence is being explored. The idea is to let the object become more and more translucent towards the edges to the extent that it almost disappears. The system or construction is loosing up.”