Mellemrum is an exhibition by artists Manuel Canu Allan Stabel, Stine Jespersen and Kirsten Bøgh.
After theirs first collaboration debut at Gammelgård Kunstcenter, with theres exhibition Mellem/Rum, the artists are now presenting a new body of work at Janus Bygning. Here the audience is invited to experience a conversation between the artists two dimensional and tree dimensional works.
In this exhibition, the dialog between the art works are exposing the different approaches to media used by the single artists and their common interest in the relationship between the material and immaterial. And it is exactly the space between the material and immaterial that this exhibition aims to explore.
In a playful interaction between medias, in Mellemrum we can see how painting are taking shape and volume, and viceversa, ceramic sculptures are immortalised on the surface of canvases. But what lays between those two dimensions? The contrast between those two dimensions create an intangible place, is that a real space or it may be just an illusion, an idea, a concept? With those question in mind the artists curate the exhibition, delving into the abstract realm of space and place, opening up for the viewer own interpretation.
Allan Stabel with his expressive-constructivism paintings, is reinterpreting the understanding of form and space through the visual study of disposable packaging materials, byproducts of mass consumerism. The subjects in Allan paintings are repeatedly portrayed, inspecting multiple narratives between colour and composition.
Accordingly, Stine Jespersen ceramics sculptures apply repetition as a tool for finding uniqueness. The meticulously hand built sculptures apply a nearly meditative means to find novelty in the obvious, giving to each sculpture a distinctive expression.
In Kirsten Bøgh paintings, a composition of exotics patterns, resembling organic structures, and western still-life portrait, are merged together trough the arrangement of colour and light.This to create a cultural dialogue and space in which we are invited to enter. At times the viewer is just a spectator of a inaccessible dream like scene.
Interacting with the ornamental qualities that characterises the exhibition, Manuel Canu, with the creation of installations, ceramic sculptures and drawings, attempts to establish a relationship between space and self-identity. With inspiration in architecture, he works with opposites between physical and intangible characters, familiar and remoteness, as well as fragility and stability.
A Mad Tea Party, National History Museum, Tbilisi
Georgian National Museum in the framework of the Project “Contemporary Art Gallery” presents the solo exhibition of Lia Bagrationi “A Mad Tea-Party” at Tbilisi History Museum.
Lia Bagrationi is one of the most distinguished representatives of Georgian modern art. Ceramic artist progresses the traditional crafts into innovation and works in different media.
The project “A Mad Tea-Party” combines her earlier and recent works. Artist’s object of interest is the ritual of drinking tea, which according to her, is associated with a serene atmosphere and has no connection with madness. Therefore, the title “A Mad Tea-Party” is in itself absurd. The medium of Lia Bagrationi’s installation has the feature of dried clay, which is dissolved by water.
In the framework of the exhibition will be held a three-day workshop in collaboration with foreign artists: Alexandre Pere, Manuel Canu and Alexandra Eleanor Engelfrit; a round table and the presentation of the catalogue.
The project “Contemporary Art Gallery” was implemented in 2016 by the Georgian National Museum, with the support of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia. Project aims to support and promote artists working in Contemporary Arts both locally and internationally.
The exhibition gives the possibility to be acquainted to the creative versatility of Lia Bagrationi, through presented objects, video and catalogue.
Author of Project: Lia Bagrationi; Curator: Magda Guruli; Coordinator: Lika Mamatsashvili
Exhibition opening: November 29, 19:00
Workshop: November 30, December 1 and 2, 11:00 – 13:00 Round Table: December 8, 14:00 -16:00 Exhibition Duration: November 29, 2018 - January 20, 2019 Address: Ioseb Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum (Karvasla) Sioni Str. 8, Tbilisi, Georgia
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Manuel Canu · Mellemrum- Between Space
Manuel Canu, working on installation
Unica decorative ceramic ornaments and sculpure inspired by architecture and botanic structures.
Passageway, Unfired red clay and wood, 130x120x160cm
In this project I investigate the definition of ‘in between space’ as for conceptual and physical space. In between space is neither in one place or another. For me it is the learning that occurs culturally and mentally.
I interpret this concept by designing a step ladder, upon the acknowledgement of its symbolic function of passageway between places and the journey in which the destination is out of sight or unknown.
In the work unfired clay forms the body of the step ladder, which lies on a wooden structure composed of aligned wooden pins anchored on the floor. With this arrangement of materials I want to emphasize the application of the negative space in the construction and the contrast between the materials’ physical and aesthetic qualities. By exploiting the ambiguousness of the object I invite contemplation for its metaphorical and functional role.