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Photo Stuart McIntyre

Photo Stuart McIntyre

Photo Stuart McIntyre

Photo Stuart McIntyre

Material Manifestations

One Man's Treasure


Common Ground

Annelie Grimwade Olofsson and Jeppe Søndergaard Hansen

11 November – 18 December 2021

In the exhibition Material Manifestations, the two young artists Annelie Grimwade Olofsson (SE) and Jeppe Søndergaard Hansen (DK) direct an expanded focus on materiality through experimental processes that transform recycled materials and ceramic waste into new and surprising expressions. The two ceramicists have a shared interest in materials as carriers of stories about the society they are a part of and a shared ambition of communicating through embodied and sensuous statements and objects that open unsettling and restorative perspectives.

Annelie Grimwade Olofsson collects waste from ceramic production, ash from incineration plants and scrap metal from heavy industry and transforms these materials into objects that challenges our runaway consumption of nature’s resources. Her objects spark immediate sensory fascination, but once their underlying history becomes clear, they also foster an unsettling awareness of the profound impact of the human interference in the planetary circuit. The objects may be regarded as tangible manifestations that tell stories about waste and challenge our notions of the value of materials.

Jeppe Søndergaard’s objects speak mainly through their tactile qualities. The pieces in the exhibition have their origin in excursions around Copenhagen where Søndergaard collects recycled bricks from demolished buildings. To Søndergaard, the bricks represent the building blocks of society’s foundation – a familiar and humble element whose role in contemporary construction is a far cry from what it once was. In Søndergaard’s works, the bricks are transformed and take on a new, aesthetic purpose. He subjects the bricks to an almost violent process: a ceramic ‘overfiring’, where extreme temperatures make the bricks melt and flow out of their given shape and perhaps back to the nature from whence they came.

The exhibition was curated by Jeppe Søndergaard Hansen.

Jeppe Søndergaard Hansen (b. 1991) graduated from the Ceramic Design programme at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen in 2020 and holds a bachelor’s degree from the Royal Danish Academy, Bornholm. Selected exhibitions: Studiolo. Solitude. Saint Jerome, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (Copenhagen, DK), 2019; Layers & Growths, Pillnitz Palace (Dresden, DE), 2018; Systematic Chaos, travelling exhibition shown at CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark (Middelfart, DK), Politikens Hus (Copenhagen) and Bornholms Kunstmuseum (Rø, DK) 2018.

Annelie Grimwade Olofsson (b. 1991) holds a bachelor’s degree from the Crafts programme at the Royal Danish Academy, Bornholm, from 2019. In 2021 she participates as an Artist-in-Residence in 5 x Designers Detroit (USA), curated by the Danish Arts Foundation and College for Creative Studies. Selected exhibition: Wasteland Object, Officine Saffi (Milan, IT) 2021; Soil Matters, Helsinki Design Museum (Helsinki, FI), 2020; Wasteland, Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition (Copenhagen, DK), 2020.

Images by Stuart McIntyre