The Danish Arts Foundation awarded me a very generous work grant this year, thank you!
The foundation’s motivation: Ceramicist Gitte Jungersen is centrally placed in her professional field and expresses herself artistically in a fierce and present language that understands and continually challenges essential ceramic forces. Earth, chemistry, temperatures and gravity in constellations causing respective transformation, decomposition, dissolution and entirely new connections. You feel that you are facing something eternal when you encounter Jungersen’s experimental art. Whether you are out in the distant galaxies with black holes, or in a muddy flood of man-made constructions or simply staring at a bubbling congealed glaze surface, you are overwhelmed by raw beauty and insistent creative power. Many years of impressive work with glaze combinations and experiments with firing techniques have shown that Gitte Jungersen creates her very own characteristic structures, surfaces and colours.
Mindcraft18, exhibition at San Simpliciano during Milan Designweek.
All is Flux #7 and All is Flux #8 (2018)
Photo: Julie Hering
Mindcraft18 was presented by the Danish Arts Foundation,
Curated by Ditte Hammerstrøm.
‘All is Flux’ is a radical experiment based on enlarging and highlighting the tactile properties of ceramic glaze as a manifestation of the constant state of flux that characterizes the entire physical world, even if some transformation processes are so slow as to appear imperceptible. The liquid glaze is transformed in the kiln, but the apparent permanence of its new, solid form is merely an illusion, a temporary stage. Like a tactile snapshot, the works can be seen as a single point in the lifespan of the objects – just as there was a time before their current state, there is an ‘after’. Over time, the objects will break down, dissolve and re-emerge as new physical manifestations.
The objects in the series consist entirely of thick layers of different glazes that are poured into sharply defined rectangles and kiln-fired at 1280 degrees Celsius. In the kiln the glaze melts, boils and bubbles up, the process transforming the texture and appearance of the material and blurring the edges of the rectangular shape. A sudden reduction in the temperature freezes the chemical reaction. The complex and ambiguous textures can be seen both as primordial matter and as a manmade material in the process of melting and transformation.
All is Flux #7 and All is Flux #8
198 x 98 x 5 cm. 195 x 95 x 5 cm. Several layers of different glazes.
Easels: black stained wood.
Photo: Anders Sune Berg.
Bort is a cooperation between Flemming Tvede Hansen and Gitte Jungersen. Bort (Borders) is an activation of the spaces we normally overlook: the room’s edges and corners, the uneven meetings between wall and ceiling. Overseen or ‘lopsided’ spaces are emphasised and stimulated to add a subtle, visual surplus. ‘Bort’ adapts to its spatial location and will always appear differently in a new place.
Images are from the exhibition In Between at Galleri Nørby in Copenhagen (2002), together with Derfor! (That’s why!) at Paustians Bolighus (2003)
Bort is in the collection of Danish Arts Foundation