Glass disease. Three Treatment Strategies
Opening 17.02.17 at 7 pm
Artists: Ammy Olofsson (se) Bjørn Friborg (se) Simon Klenell (se)
Curator: Vidar Koksvik (no)
Glass disease makes glass turn into dust due to a chemical error in the composition. A different type of glass disease is the condition wherein many glass artists finds themselves when they start to master the art of glassblowing. It’s not easily cured, the glass is too seductive. But some find a way out:
In Ammy Olofsson’s work craft and technology meet to investigate our self-perception in various contexts. Even if she is trained as a glassmaker her technique comes secondary in her expression. The glass plays different parts and she herself plays the part of the mad scientist constructing glass sculptures that also work as computers.
Bjørn Friborg’s pieces are big and masculine, but free from cleverness, beauty and mastery. The glass bodies are black and organic and on the verge of collapse, penetrated by glass tubes. The glass has been abused and tortured by a man at war with the material.
In Simon Klenell’s work we sense decades of glass history, but unsettling twists confuses us. The cut crystal has been reheated, stretched and bent, hot glass has been added, let to flow freely over the surface. Something is out of tune, control and order but strikingly beautiful and surprising.
The exhibition is curated by Vidar Koksvik as part of his MA in curatorial practices. His project aims to direct attention to the fact that Norway does not offer an education in glass art.
The exhibition is open until 19/3/2017