Highlights of the year
The first year of Konsthopp has been challenging, exciting and certainly eventful. Over the last couple of months we have visit over two hundred art exhibitions in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and U.K. These exhibitions have been in three descriptive words; wicked, weird and wild. The list below, our highlights of the passing year, includes the three w — and everything in between.
We are already turning our eyes to 2012 and looking forward to it.
Dear readers, thank you for your trusty support and happy new year!
/Írena & Ingunn
(Elin Eng; Galleri KG52)
(Lindalovisa Fernqvist; Meeting ROOM)
(Leif Holmstrand; CHRYSTAL)
(Christian Sandell; ID:I galleri)
(Gatëan Rusquet; ANTI Festival)
(Meghann Snow; Young Art)
(Johnny Boy Eriksson; Wetterling gallery)
(Pure Evil; The Scarlett Gallery)
(Ad de Jong; Gallery 1857)
(Jenny Grönvall; Studio 44)
Photographs by Konsthopp
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Alt_cph11 encounters: 16th – 18th of September 2011 (Copenhagen)
This time we’re located at Istedgade — a street mostly associated with cheap hotels, drugs and porn — where we’re about to see our very first Peep Show.
It’s sticky, moist, secret and dark — but indeed no ordinary Peep Show.
Christin Johansson established Window 107 in 2004, a gallery window on Istedgade that exhibits objects and projects by all kind of ceramists. Her initiate with the small-scale but wide-open gallery was to attract a wider audience and give random passersby the opportunity to experience new, contemporary ceramic arts. In addition, the project behind Window 107 takes an aim at getting rid of the old stereotypes of ceramics being bland, brown and boring.
At alt_cph11 encounters, these stereotypes were certainly proved wrong, as the gallery exhibited Denmark’s very first Clay Peep Show. A show that was in fact bold, brilliant and by all means amusing!
Presenting some of Denmark’s most prominent —but often shy— ceramists, the audience was given the opportunity to get a live insight into the “…otherwise secret, sticky, brown and moist universe of ceramics”. By drawing or writing down personal perception of the art form, the viewer could directly influence the characters and creative process of this spectacular show. Trough the small holes of the peep box, the audience was thereafter able to spy on each artist and closely observe the creation process — in an interesting combination with a discoball, music and some dancing!
Photographs by Konsthopp
Nordic ceramists are widely recognized but have unfortunately become rarities in Danish galleries. On our trip to Copenhagen we were lucky enough to visit an atelier of artists, ranging from sound artists and photographers, to of course — ceramists.
To see our latest workshop visit, click here
The show must go on!
Artist talk: Harpa Rún Ólafsdóttir (Iceland)
When Harpa Rún Ólafsdóttir was eight years old, she already knew she wanted to be an artist. Ten years later — clearly a goal determined person — she had one of her most memorable moments as an artist:
When I was 18 I had my first exhibition, a very small exhibition in a culture centre. I was watching the news on TV a few days later and the anchor looked right at me and said … Harpa Rún Ólafsdóttir is a young artist … I had no idea I was about to be in the news. It was a very surreal feeling.
Today, her artistic goal is to constantly evolve and stretch out of her artistic comfort zone. And never to stop.
There seems to be plenty on the schedule for this dynamic artists as Harpa recently joined muses.is and is about to do a collaboration with other Nordic artists. To learn more about Harpa, read Konsthopp’s latest artist talk here.
Gallery Crymo – alt_cph10
Photograph by Konsthopp