Setting the Stage, Copenhagen Ceramics, 2012
Gitte Jungersen investigates a certain wellknown type from the history of ceramics; the figure. Often containing wit and humour, and being of lesser scale than that of sculpture, and with the kitschy and banal references that are normally attached to this genre, the figure is in this exhibition transformed into more disqueting messages.
In Jungersens works found figurines from the porcelain industry are literally stuck fast in masses of boiling glaze. Glazes play a very special role in her works, and she is known for her heavily sensual surfaces of great textural complexity. The bubbly surfaces of her pieces result from the glazes ”boiling” at top temperature in the ceramic kiln, and the subsequent rapid solidifying in the cooling process. In this way, the actual processing of the material underpins the thematic content. Whether it is imminent dissolution that awaits or, on the contrary, a new narrative that is in the process of emerging is left open.
(Excerpt from exhibition text)
Copenhagen Ceramics is an artist run platform, which from 2012-2014 curated and exhibited in the galllery Copenhagen Ceramics in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen.
Exhibition view (2012)
Place to be Lost #23 (2012)
23 x 48 x 14 cm. Clay, glazes and found porcelain elephants.
Place to be Lost #12 (2011)
34 x 26 x 30 cm. Clay, glazes and found porcelain elephant.
Place to be Lost #18 (2012)
37 x 34 x 43 cm. Clay, glazes and found porcelain dog.
Place to be Lost #20 (2012)
82 x 35 x 40 cm. Clay, glazes and found porcelain elephant.
Place to be Lost #21 (2012)
60 x 25 x 24 cm. Clay, glazes and found porcelain dog.