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Spatial Drawing - Spatial Drawings


The lecture will be looking at a cross section of ceramic artist Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl's works to establish an understanding of the artistic development over the last 15 years. The non-narrative, abstract character of the works appears a constant, but the processual approach has undergone great changes in the period, not least through the use of digital media as a means to challenging his perceptions of formal possibilities.

For the process of developing ideas and projects, that eventually lead to new works, Bodilsen Kaldahl established phases of interplay between physical drawing, photographic images and further manipulation of these in either 3D programmes or Illustrator as a way to maintain unpredictability and an open-minded awareness towards both the material and the artistic expression as a whole.

In Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl's works the fundamental existence in space of objects is brought into focus. He is deeply interested in transforming completely minimal or decidedly insignificant experiences of things into sculptural expressions via a precise, formal fashioning of the material. With a keen eye for the monumental within the insignificant, he allows his works to emerge via a process that creates conditions for an intuitive, spatial form.

He bases his work on an overall vision, but incorporates stumbling blocks in the actual construction of the works, so as to let go of the control and avoid a predictable result. As is the case in doodling, where consciousness is only partially present, larger structures are built up out of smaller pieces which, according to the principle of randomness, becomes a dancing sequence that moves up and down - almost reeling out into space. The sculptural utterances have partially arisen in a mental vacuum; they exist, but could just as well have looked completely different. They express a pure, sculptural movement, the seizing of a now - an image of the moment.

Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl continually experiments and challenges his own ability and understanding of the surrounding world. His approach is non-narrative - he allows the forms own statement and potential to influence and initiate feeling to stand out in a clear and easily decipherable expression which remains open to many different interpretations and experiences. His often spartan use of materials underpins this. The works are often unglazed, but with a worked textural surface that emphasises the rhythmical sequence in the form, or with strong clear colours that add a more insistent dynamism and energy to the works.

The lecture will be held in English

Lecturer: Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl is a ceramic artist, curator and teacher living and working in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is associate professor since 2009 of Ceramic Design at SuperFormLab at KADK, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. In 2011 he initiated the exhibition platform, Copenhagen Ceramics with Danish artist colleagues, Bente Skjöttgaard and Steen Ipsen. For three years they ran a gallery in Copenhagen from 2012-2014 CC, curating 27 exhibitions. Since 2014 they operate as independent organizers and currently, they are the curators behind the international exhibition Ceramic Momentum - Staging the Object at CLAY Ceramics Museum Denmark). Upcoming exhibitions: Parcours Ceramiques, Geneve, 2019 (w. Taste Contemporary Gallery); Art Geneve, 2020 (solopresentation with Taste Contemporary Gallery, Geneve).

Date: 11/27/2019

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Categories: Art

Organizer: HDK

Location: HDK, Kristinelundsgatan 6-8
Stora hörsalen

Additional information:

Contact person: Katarina Andersson

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