Monday, April 20, 2009
Here is just a small peek into my wonderful world of talking trees and growing beans, something that I have been working on over the last few months. I intend to have three separate colour installations and I am currently working on the wall mounted landscapes for all these creatures. It's been a nightmare working with the assembly and composition of the pieces as I nearly always happen to break something! I often find myself questioning my motives for working with this delicate material!
As part of the ceramic course, students were asked to research a Norwegian ceramic artist and present it in class. I choose Ingrid Askeland. She is a recent graduate from KHIO (2005) and has been exhibiting regularly since. Her work contains strong personal narrative often depicting debauched nights out with friends and sexual conquests, to imagery of Norwegian popular culture. Her comic strip narrations are either depicted on over sized forms of beer cans, beer bottles or hip flasks. You can see more of her work at www.artoslo.com
Sunday, April 19, 2009
"Movement" is the key to the art of Jean Tinguely (1925 - 1991). His art is humorous and unpredicatable in its caricature of the technological and rationalised society of the times. For the first time in Norway, this spectacular exhibition of Tinguely's art will be on display at the Henie Onstad Art Centre. I checked it out and was enamoured by the playfulness of these kinetic pieces and intrigued by his performance pieces from the 70's. He worked with the fury of a genius to produce witty performances that commented on the mechanical age of society.
I had a very cultural Easter break this year. This being one of the highlights. Jan Guy (Head of Ceramics @ SCA) had mentioned the wondeful work of this artist before I left for Norway, and coincidently a friend of mine was going down to Stavern for the Easter holidays and told me of this exhibition. It was great to see some of his work in the flesh.
In late March a group of us from the Ceramic Department went on a little adventure in search of a small island in Denmark called Fejoe. After a long car journey, we stumbled upon the residence of Poul Jensen and his wife Anne. Our mission was to fire two kilns over the week. It was the continuation of a kiln building project that they has started with Poul last year, and we were there to christen the virgin kilns. We started off firing the Olsen Fast Fire Wood Kiln and struggled to get to temperature, so we read the manual once again and decided to change our approach. The second firing was much more successful and top temperature was reached, enough to enable us to salt the kiln for the second firing. We unfortunately ran out of time to fire the large oil kiln but I suspect Poul is firing it while I type and we should be looking forward to a delivery of work very soon!.
In February this year the Ceramic students at KHIO were invited to work on a project for the Sculpture Park in Can Serrat, Spain. This beauuuutiful artist residency is situated at the foothills of the Montserrat Mountains near the quaint town of El Bruc. I spent an inspiring week there helping the students with their project and sight seeing in Barcelona. The project was based on traditional Norwegian folktales and the pieces were then placed on metal beams, constructed to resemble an indigenous Sami tent. My contribution was the cluster of mushrooms on the forest floor.