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KONSTFACK SPRING EXHIBITION ’12

Vernissage: 16th of May 2012, Konstfack (Stockholm)

A glimpse in photographs from the opening of the spring exhibition at Konstfack last Wednesday. The exhibition is open until Sunday 27th of May. Stay tuned for more photographs and interviews!

 Live show & performance by Dyke Hard

“The ceremony” by Tobias Larsson

“I wasn’t allowed to wear black” by Liv Pettersson

“Lugnt, Stillsamt, Vackert” by Julia Dalgren

“PATTERN ATTACK” by Lisa Dalenius

“Smara” by Emma Persson

“Girls Club” by Karin Kakan Hermansson

“Happy meal” by Supawan Sihapoompichit

Work by Ida Bentinger

“Extensions, retractions, and missing parts” by Bianca Niabuco

“Ramené” by Emilie Florin

Work by Yusi-Chen

Work by Jonna Fransson

Photographs by Konsthopp

You can check out Konstfack´s 2011 exhibition here and here!

Artists: Newly graduates with Bachelor and Master degrees from Konstfack

Date: 16th – 27th of May 2012

Place: Konstfack, Telefonplan, Stockholm

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“TAKING A SHIT IN YOUR OWN FIST”

Artist talk: Haidar Mahdi (Sweden)

“Honest hearts produce honest actions” 

The highly honest artist; describe himself as “an insecure soft guy, a bit out of track.” (According to his profile picture, soft would absolutely not be the adjective I would use!)

He doesn’t have any favorite artists and the capability of clay brings him to a state of blissfulness. This is Haidar Maidhi; a 25-year-old Swede, currently living in Stockholm and the latest representative in our artist talk. You can read the full interview here.

From the exhibition “Black Mass,” Haidar Maidhi´s solo exhibition at the Royal Institute of Arts, Stockholm 2012.

Photograph belong to Haidar Maidhi

 

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TOP TEN ART EVENTS OF 2011

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

#1 Suitable Suits

(Elin Eng; Galleri KG52)

#2 Dreams of Salikon

(Lindalovisa Fernqvist; Meeting ROOM)

#3 Lord of the castle itch yes

(Leif Holmstrand; CHRYSTAL)

#4 De gamla grekiskorna

(Christian Sandell; ID:I galleri)

#5 Back and Forth

(Gatëan Rusquet; ANTI Festival)

#6 Dance Drawings

(Meghann Snow; Young Art)

#7 Devoured

(Johnny Boy Eriksson; Wetterling gallery)

#8 Pure Evil

(Pure Evil; The Scarlett Gallery)

#9 Help Young Worlds

(Ad de Jong; Gallery 1857)

#10 Again words will pass through our bodies, above our heads

(Jenny Grönvall; Studio 44)

Photographs by Konsthopp

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“NEVER STOP TO DARE”

Artist talk: Kristine Tillge Lund (Denmark)

“Until now it has been my masters degree in London. It started an important intellectual path that I am still exploring,” says the Danish ceramist; Kristine Tillge Lund about her most memorable moment as an artist.

Nordic ceramists are widely recognized but have unfortunately become rarities in Danish galleries lately. We were lucky enough to visit an atelier of artists and ceramists, including Kristine Tillge Lund on our impressive trip to Copenhagen last September. She kindly introduced us to Mayhem, an art community based in east Nørrebro. If you want to meet Mayhem and get closer to the Danish grass root, please check out our second workshop visit.

And to be honest I have to admit that I somehow always connect something sexy to ceramics. D0 you remember the scene in Ghost, starring Demi Moore and the departed Patrick Swayze?

Learn more about Kristine Tillge Lund and ceramic in our latest artist talk here!

An installation by Kristine Tillge Lund

Photograph by Konsthopp

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DO NOT ENJOY ART

The day of none-art: 1st of November 2011 (Reykjavik)

THE FIFTEEN COMMANDMENTS

1. Do not go to museums, design museums or galleries that holds any art works.

2. Do not look at art works, including paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations — whether it is inside or outside.

3. Do not go to concerts.

4. Do not listen to music — either from CD´s, vinyl records, cassettes, digital music players or smart phones (ringtones included).

5. Do not play video games with graphic images.

6. Do not go to dance performances.

7. Do not read novels, poetry or any other text that might be considered literature.

8. Do not go to theaters.

9. Do not watch a film — neither in a cinema, nor in computer, television or at any other screen.

10. If any kind of artwork is displayed on television; f. ex. in the news or in some advertising — you should close your eyes or look away.

11. If you hear music on the television or in the radio — you should turn it down.

12. Do not look at buildings which are designed by architects.

13. Do not watch or walk in gardens which are designed by landscape architects.

14. Do not watch or wear clothing by fashion designers.

15. Do not do anything or enjoy anything that could be interpreted as art or have artistic value, including work of dancers, designers, actors, artists, writers and musicians.

This text is translated by Konsthopp from the Sím homepage (The association of Icelandic visual artists).

Could you live without art?

A society without art is bound to be truly poor.

Photograph by Konsthopp

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CLAY PEEP SHOW (WINDOW 107)

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!

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JÆGERSBORGGADE

Our favorite street in Copenhagen

We were regular guests at Jægersborggade on our recent trip to Copenhagen. The street has a reputation of being the city’s second largest market for cannabis after Christiania, where drug dealers visibly operate around the clock. However, our purpose there was not to buy cannabis or any other drugs but to satisfy another addiction — with a cup of a quality coffee.

In fact, the street ended up being highly appreciated as a starting point for most of our daily actions.

It´s all in the coffee!

The Street find its Way

To tell you a little bit more about the street we have to revert to the year of 2009. Back then, several shops at Jægersborggade were shut down as a result of the global financial crisis. The drug trade on the street was blooming, controlled faithfully by Hells Angels and their affiliates in the AK81 gang. One night, when 33 gunshots were fired in the street between rival dealers, two architects, Saskia Mia Peinow and Lise Bjerre Schmidt, sat down and developed the project; The street find its way. The team grabbed the opportunity and decided to transform vacant shop windows and unrented basements into temporary exhibition spaces for art and architecture. Over a period of almost two years, more than 60 artists contributed to the project and turned the chaotic and empty image of the street into a blooming cultural venue.


So as you’ve hopefully realized by now, Jægersborggade has more to offer than good coffee. But if you need to satisfy your coffee addiction, we can easily recommend Lyst and Retro.  Additionally, the street has many interesting specialty stores, filled with design/vintage clothing and objects, spots for gourmets like Ro Chocolate and of course art galleries — not to mention its trendy residents and colorful characters.

If you are on your way to Copenhagen don´t let this historical street pass by!

Sunday flea market on Jægersborggade

Photographs by Konsthopp

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ART COPENHAGEN

Nordic art fair: 16th – 18th of September 2011, Forum (Copenhagen)

Ólafur Elíasson – Andersens Contemporary (DK)

A total of 81 Nordic galleries gathered together last weekend in Forum — a huge event-building — where The Nordic Art Fair, Art Copenhagen was held for the 15th time. Like in recent years, the Danish art scene was in the foreground, represented with 52 art galleries while 29 of the exhibitors came from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the Faeroe Islands.

A number of galleries were on board for the first time; Lautom Contemporary (Oslo), Björkholmen Gallery (Stockholm) and Andersen’s Contemporary gallery (Copenhagen) were all newcomers to the Nordic art fair. Regulars included Andréhn-Schiptjenko (Stockholm), Elastic (Malmö), Galeria Anhava (Helsinki) and I8 (Reykjavík). The fair also passed a milestone, as art collectors from all around the world participated in a special organized VIP program. The fair is owned by Forum Copenhagen, which together with a fair committee is responsible for artistic management as well as selecting all of the participating galleries.

Konsthopp was in Copenhagen over the weekend, so of course we couldn’t miss the chance to check it out. It was our first time there, and believe me when I say that it was HUGE.

Assa Kauppi – Andersson Sandström (SE)

Thordis Adalsteinsdottir – Galleri Specta (DK)

Smike Käszner – Gallery Poulsen (DK)

Andreas Golder – Galleri Larm (DK) 

Maria Rubinke – Hans Alf Gallery (DK)

Bojan Radojcic – Galerie Pi (DK)

Yoko Ono – Wanås (SE)

Photographs by Konsthopp

These photographs hopefully give a little glimpse of what we saw at Art Copenhagen but are just a tiny piece of our whole “art experience” in the city.  So stay tuned, there is more to come!

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“TRY IT OUT”

Artist talk: Sanne Rosenqvist (Denmark)

Sanne Rosenqvist is one of the reason we’ve changed our attentiveness to ceramic art. Her intimate installations drew our attention instantly at the Konstfack Degree exhibition and we wanted to learn more about this talented artist.

“I dont know if I have found my own style yet but when I work with ceramics my focus is on concepts and how to communicate through form. My ceramic work is quite minimalistic…. I like to keep a certain immediacy and rawness in my work and humor is very important to me”.

Through our latest “artist talk” we’ve not only learned how Sanne works with her ceramics but we’ve also learned that she comes from Denmark, she has always been fascinated by fine art and if she would be another artist for a day, it would be Björk.

Learn more about Sanne and see photographs of her work by reading the whole interview here.

Photograph by Konsthopp

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NEW STARS 2011

Closing: 18th of June 2011, Galleri IngerMolin (Stockholm)

Until recently we haven’t been showing a lot of an interest in ceramic art. After the Konstfack Degree exhibition our attentiveness changed suddenly, as the ceramic and glass department was absolutely one of our top-picks. Since then we have been willing to dig deeper, open our perspectives and even seek for more ceramic-oriented exhibitions.

“New Stars 2011” is the title of a newly passed exhibition at Galleri IngerMolin, were the combination of ceramic and textile art was successfully in the foreground.

Above: Work by Amy Jayne Hughes

Maria T. Hermann (Denmark), Eszter Imre (Hungary), Amy Hughes (U.K.) and Elsa Chartin (France) are the artists behind the exhibition. Three of them work with ceramic art and the fourth one, Elsa Chartin, works with textile art and prints.

Tinitus by Elsa Chartin

Photographs by Konsthopp

Since it was opened in 1998, Galleri IngerMolin has focused particularly on displaying ceramic arts. The curator and gallery-owner Inger Molin noted that she chose these international women to create the first group-exhibition at the gallery and was naturally very happy with the results.

From Konsthopp’s point of view:

Mixing ceramic and textile is a surprisingly exciting venue, were the contrast between the elements become so clear.

If you’re doubting your own interest in ceramic art, we really encourage you to check out the artist’s homepages!

Date: 31st of May – 18th of June 2011

Artists: Maria T. Hermann, Eszter Imre, Amy Hughes and Elsa Chartin.

Place: Galleri IngerMolin, Kommendörsgatan 24, Stockholm

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