A selection of contemporary Belgian ceramics a groupshow curated by Kris Campo at Zwart Huis, Brussels, Rivoli Building #12
CRMCS#1 is an exhibition that came out of a meeting, but also because of an appetite and enthusiasm for it. When gallerist Elke Helbig of Zwart Huis met ceramicist Kris Campo there was an instant appetite and enthusiasm to celebrate and honour the ceramic arts, their expressive power, their sensuality, tactility, sense of spectacle and the visual richness of clay as an artistic vehicle.
Jason Jacques Gallery is thrilled to present new work by Anne Marie Laureys, a Belgian artist based in Russeignies, in her first solo exhibition in the United States.
Over the course of her lengthy career, Laureys’ vision of what constitutes a vessel— and wherein lies its potential— has been refined into an effervescent series of forms reminiscent of gently-gaping heart valves, clouds, sand dunes, and rippling waves fashioned of paper-thin stoneware. The undulating vessels, which Laureys has called “metaphors for feelings,” have reached their remarkably organic state of being through meticulous turns around and around the potter’s wheel, followed by sculptural warping resulting in a striking visual effect.
There is a subtle inversion the interior-exterior boundary these vessels engage in as they twist and turn on themselves. These spacious, fine forms “hide the inside while framing the outside.” Laureys’ sculptures are not only novel and technically advanced in their approach to the sculptural development of a wheel-thrown vessel, they are also visually complex and full of spaces for a wandering eye to travel through.
This life-long relationship with clay began during the artist’s studies at the Luca School of Art in Ghent, Belgium. Since then, her work has been exhibited at the Icheon Biennale in South Korea, in Taiwan (Yingge), Japan (Mino), China (Changhai), and more recently in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France and at Florida’s Boca Raton Museum of Art for the exhibition Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter (2017-18).
Look Out opens November 7th and runs through December 11th. A reception will be held on November 7th from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the gallery.
Violet Cloud and Sunday Basket are selected for Home Faber Best of Europe.
EXCEPTIONAL WORKS BY THE VERY BEST EUROPEAN ARTIST-ARTISANS
TAKE A TOUR OF EUROPE THROUGH HUNDREDS OF EXAMPLES OF CONTEMPORARY CRAFTSMANSHIP
Did you know that artisans in the Volterra region of Italy have been working with alabaster for more than three thousand years? Or that gilding leather has been a tradition in the northern Netherlands since the 17th century? Discover the rich artisanal heritage that inspires contemporary European craftsmanship in this fascinating showcase of hundreds of objects made by over 150 artist-artisans working across the continent today. Wonderfully displayed in an exhibit designed by Italian architect Stefano Boeri, each object has been conceived and made by a single creative talent who draws on the traditional techniques and materials of their homeland to create contemporary works. Together, these fascinating objects paint a picture of Europe, reflecting the rich culture, history, landscape, knowledge and skills that make up this diverse continent.
Between Art & Design, The Belgian scene offers us an ensemble that reflects the wealth and particularly the diversity of contemporary Belgian design. In this selection, the most striking aspect is the great artistic diversity that is also a strong characteristic of the world of visual arts in Belgium. The designers are acting as very independent and individual and they have developed their own ideas about the day-to-day environment and the interiorobject. This exhibition highlights the importance of the questions that Belgian designers have around the choice of form and function in designs. The tension between these two fundamental aspects of design was a key element in the selection of the items for the show. This tension also comes up in the research into and experiments in the techniques and materials used. The result is always a very personal design language that invite interaction. The objects may surprise, make us think about, move us, disturb or mislead, or even amuse. Curated by Roel Rijssenbeek & Inge Vranken at the occasion of Brussels Design September 2018.
The designers :
Alain Berteau, Anne Marie Laureys, Ben Storms, Bram Boo, Brut Collective, Casimir, Charles Kaisin, Damien Gernay, Danny Venlet, De Vylder Vinck & Taillieu, Erwin De Muer, Jean-François D’Or, Julien Carretero, Kaspar Hamacher, Laend, Lionel Jadot, Maarten De Ceulaer, Marie-José Van Hee, Muller Van Severen, Octave Vandeweghe, Ola-Dele Kuku, Pierric De Coster, Piet Stockmans, Raphael Charles, Sep Verboom, atelier lachaert dhanis, Studio Job, Sylvain Willenz, MdSt, Unfold, Vincent Van Duysen, Vladimir Slavov, Hans Weyers, Xavier Lust.
In this groupshow curated by Monique Deul of Taste Contemporary 5 recent pieces are on show. This exhibition entitled Contained | Contenu, Taste Contemporary, in collaboration with Musée Ariana, is proud to present the unique voices of seven internationally renowned artists working in ceramics and glass, each of whom explore particular sensibilities and concerns of containment in an exhibition of works that inhabits the territory between the physical and the emotional.
In addition they demonstrate that while materiality, form and process are intrinsic to their practice, different approaches to function also exist within their expressive vocabulary as they engage with the notion of containment.
atelier lachaert dhanis invites anne marie laureys ceramics
Starting from a series of thrown vases on the pottery wheel, Anne Marie & Patrick – Montagne Russe subtly pushes, pinches, pulls, dents and folds the wet and soft clay with their fingers. Thrown and deformed parts are assembled together. The essence of clay and the traces of movement are hypostasized into solid form. This result in amorphous objects have a sensuality that stresses the ample suppleness of clay, in sculptures that exploits the tension between volume and skin, between texture and color
Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter brings together 24 unique major works of George Ohr (many not exhibited in public before) along with objects by contemporary artists working in the same avant-garde vein. These contemporary artists exemplify the medium’s cutting edge and include Glenn Barkley, Kathy Butterly, Nicole Cherubini, Babak Golkar, the Haas Brothers, King Houndekpinkou, Takuro Kuwata, Anne Marie Laureys, Gareth Mason, Ron Nagle, Gustavo Pérez, Ken Price, Brian Rochefort, Sterling Ruby, Arlene Shechet, Peter Voulkos, Jesse Wine, and Betty Woodman.. Regarding George Ohr is guest curated by the renowned ceramics expert Garth Clark.
Snowwhite (the dwarfs are out there) 2014 Dim cm 38x25x38